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Donald Trump in Scotland – musicians have asked that he refrain from using their songs at his political events. David Moir/Reuters

Long before Trump rolled in the deep, music and politics were entwined

The golden days of the 1960s protest song may be past, but music is still used across the world as a vehicle to voice political views. More than a sideshow, it can be a form of mobilisation and an expression of 'soft power'.
Australia’s political representatives have the ability to legislate on a wide range of matters. Marriage is one of them. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: what is parliament’s role in the marriage equality debate?

As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?
Despite more than three in every four refugees from South Sudan reporting experience of discrimination, a similar proportion remain positive about their new lives in Australia. AAP/Maria Zsoldos

Migrants from Africa bear brunt of discrimination but remain positive, survey finds

While 60-77% of migrants of African origin and 59% of Indigenous Australians report experience of discrimination in the Scanlon Foundation survey of Australian attitudes, optimism endures.
Research shows that poor and wealthy retirees spend about the same during their retirement. www.shutterstock.com

Poor and rich retirees spend about the same

Giving rich households superannuation concessions is not justified according to new research which says these retirees spend as much as their poorer counterparts.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society. Ben Macmahon/AAP

Eddie Betts and racism in sport: it’s not enough to just not join in

Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.