facebook vs news: australia wants to level the playing field, facebook politely disagrees

Facebook vs news: Australia wants to level the playing field, Facebook politely disagrees

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Shutterstock The Australian government is setting out to develop a “bargaining code” to address power imbalances between news media publishers and digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. The creation of this code was recommended...
‘ageing in neighbourhood’: what seniors want instead of retirement villages and how to achieve it

‘Ageing in neighbourhood’: what seniors want instead of retirement villages and how to achieve...

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Seniors show pictures of what age-friendly homes and neighbourhoods mean to them. Photograph credit: C Osborne.,  Author provided (No reuse) The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for connection to our local community and...
tear gas and pepper spray are chemical weapons. so, why can police use them?

Tear gas and pepper spray are chemical weapons. So, why can police use them?

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Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA In the ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd and the broader issue of racial injustice, we have been bombarded with images of demonstrators being hit with tear gas and pepper spray. In...
voices, hearts and hands

Voices, hearts and hands

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Original Protest has, by default, always been aligned with sound. It is an action concerned with the amplification of a message – wanting to make sure it is heard. Over the past 50 years, protesters’ voices have...
cutting the abc cuts public trust, a cost no democracy can afford

Cutting the ABC cuts public trust, a cost no democracy can afford

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Picture: Danny Casey/AAP While Australians are singing the praises of the front-line workers during the COVID-19 crisis, there is a forgotten front line that has also made personal sacrifices to help us get through the...
attending the g7 in the us carries great diplomatic risks for australia

Attending the G7 in the US carries great diplomatic risks for Australia

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Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP “What’s in it for us?” This is the first question Prime Minister Scott Morrison should have asked himself when US President Donald Trump invited him to join an expanded G7 gathering at Camp David in...
permission to shine opens with big prizes and announces first judges!

Permission To Shine opens with Big Prizes and announces First Judges!

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Play It Forward, together with Dr Jonathon Welch AM, is thrilled to announce that round one of Permission to Shine is open. This online singing competition with a difference starts with three sections -...
local news sources are closing across australia. we are tracking the devastation (and some reasons for hope)

Local news sources are closing across Australia. We are tracking the devastation (and some...

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Image: Shuttlestock The Yarram Standard and Great Southern Star, both of which have covered South Gippsland for well over a century, won’t be returning from their coronavirus-enforced suspensions. The two papers are the latest in a growing number...
jenny hocking: why my battle for access to the ‘palace letters’ should matter to all australians

Jenny Hocking: why my battle for access to the ‘Palace letters’ should matter to...

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Picture: Independent Australia Professor Jenny Hocking recently won her longstanding campaign for the National Archives of Australia to release the so-called “Palace letters” about the dismissal of Gough Whitlam in 1975. This is her account...
sunday essay: the politics of dancing and thinking about cultural values beyond dollars

Sunday essay: the politics of dancing and thinking about cultural values beyond dollars

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A ghost light shines at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. AAP/Joel Carrett What keeps democracies together? As America burns, Brazilians die and Europe braces for another wave of the coronavirus, the question assumes an alarming...