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remember the arts? departments and budgets disappear as politics backs culture into a dead end

Remember the arts? Departments and budgets disappear as politics backs culture into a dead...

The federal decision to eliminate a department of arts came as a surprise to public servants. Image: Jade Ferguson/Opera Queensland The decision to merge the Department of Communications and the Arts with Transport, Infrastructure and Regional...
sunday essay: living with fire and facing our fears

Sunday essay: living with fire and facing our fears

The smouldering ruins of a child’s bike lies amongst a property lost to bushfires in the Mid North Coast region of NSW. Image: Darren Pateman/AAP It is only mid-November but we have to walk...
tick, tock… how stress speeds up your chromosomes’ ageing clock

Tick, tock… how stress speeds up your chromosomes’ ageing clock

Ageing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don’t know exactly why our bodies gradually grow ever more decrepit, we are starting to grasp how it happens. Our new research, published...
it’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. but don’t blame the greens

It’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. But don’t blame the Greens

In 2009, a Bob Brown-led Greens party voted against an emissions trading scheme – but they can’t be blamed for what came after. Mick Tsikas/AAP Federal Labor this week commemorated a dubious anniversary – a decade...
fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us...

Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use...
explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on manus island and nauru

Explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on Manus Island...

Jacqui Lambie has made a secret deal with the Coalition government to secure the repeal of medevac.  Image: AAP/Lukas Coch After much negotiation, the government has secured the repeal of the medical evacuation law – known...
‘life just went to crap’: why army veterans are twice as likely to end up in prison

‘Life just went to crap’: why army veterans are twice as likely to end...

For some, military service can be effective at controlling the effects of childhood trauma. Leaving means they’ve lost that important structure.  AAP Image/Glenn Hunt The question of whether Australia does enough to support its ex-service...
the government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

E-government involves using the internet to streamline interaction between government agencies and the public. SHUTTERSTOCK   In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a “roadmap” for what will supposedly...
islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. here’s what you can do if you see it or experience it

Islamophobic attacks mostly happen in public. Here’s what you can do if you see...

Picture by Muhammad Ruqiyaddin/Unsplash The second Islamophobia in Australia Report launched last month, in the same week a graphic video showing a pregnant Muslim woman being punched and stomped on circulated widely on social media. Earlier in...
‘nothing quite prepares you for the impact of this exhibition’: haring basquiat at the ngv

‘Nothing quite prepares you for the impact of this exhibition’: Haring Basquiat at the...

Crossing Lines, ‘a raw and uncompromising show’, opens with this reproduction of Haring’s creation on the NGV Waterwall, which he painted in 1984. NGV/© Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross Review: Keith Haring |...