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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Budj Bim’s world heritage listing is an Australian first – what other Indigenous cultural...

Ranger Trevor Bramwell on the walk up to the Split Rock art galleries in Cape York’s Quinkan Country in 2017. Rebekah Ison/AAP The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in south-west Victoria is the first Indigenous...

Changing the Australian Constitution was always meant to be difficult – here’s why

For a constitutional amendment to succeed,it has to achieve majorities in parliament, federally and in a majority of states. AAP/Lukas Coch Debates about constitutional change in Australia inevitably raise the poor success rate of referendums....

As the federal government debates an Indigenous Voice, state and territories are pressing ahead

The Queensland treaty process is still in the early stages and negotiations will not begin for several years. But it’s still a historic step forward for Indigenous communities. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie...
four corners’ forced labour exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

Four Corners’ forced labour exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

Target, Cotton On, Jeanswest, Dangerfield, IKEA and H&M are among the brands in Australia sourcing cotton from Xinjiang. www.shutterstock.com With China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, last...
wind and solar cut rather than boost australia’s wholesale electricity prices

Wind and solar cut rather than boost Australia’s wholesale electricity prices

Power failure. It’s gas, not wind, that’s pushing up electricity prices. Shutterstock Wholesale prices in the National Electricity Market have climbed significantly in recent years. The increase has coincided with a rapid increase in the...
explainer: what western civilisation owes to islamic cultures

Explainer: what Western civilisation owes to Islamic cultures

Sculpture of ninth-century Persian scholar Al-Khwarizmi in Khiva, Uzbekistan. Latin discovery of Al-Khwarizmi’s work introduced the numerals 0-9, one of many ways in which Islamic cultures have contributed to Western civilisation. LBM1948/Wikimedia Commons Algebra,...
it’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the worst ever – 5 charts on the 2019 season so far

It’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the...

The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths. From shutterstock.com From early this year it’s been apparent the 2019 Australian influenza “season” was...
understanding dog personalities can help prevent attack

Understanding dog personalities can help prevent attack

Dog attacks are often complicated, with many factors. The news of a fatal dog-bite incident in Melbourne last week has shocked dog lovers around the country. A 61 year old man was dead by...
sunday essay: the australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before nimbin

Sunday essay: the Australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before Nimbin

Whitlanders in the 1940s. Established in 1941 near the base of Victoria’s Mount Buffalo, this Catholic community celebrated the ‘dignity of manual labour’ and was led by a charismatic athlete and former judge’s...
the tga’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to protect women

The TGA’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to...

It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection. from www.shutterstock.com The proposed ban on some textured breast implants announced by the Australian...