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Stranger Things 2 aims to raise political issues but misses the radical roots of rainbow coalition politics in episode seven and instead falls into mainstream Hollywood traps of centrist politics. (Courtesy of Netflix)

Stranger Things 2 relies on nostalgic race politics

The makers of the wildly popular Netflix show, Stranger Things, have a political message as they allude to Trump with their hairy, orange Shadow Monster. But what are their actual politics?
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice. www.shutterstock.com

Bad data collection means we don’t know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.
Slightly more optimistic economic figures gives Scott Morrison and the Turnbull government a boost heading into 2018, as the charts explain. Lukas Coch/AAP and The Conversation

Seven charts on the 2017 budget update

Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
Rapper Eminem performs in Santiago, Chile, in 2016. EPA/Sebastian Silva

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up … to Trump

Eminem is back and raging at Donald Trump - but for once the president has not retaliated. Maybe Slim Shady is just a bit too much like his core supporters.
The incidence of poverty among people over 65 is decreasing in part because of increased labour force participation. Col Ford and Natasha de Vere/Flickr

Older people now less likely to fall into poverty

There has been a substantial improvement compared to 15 years ago, when the incidence of poverty among the elderly was 32.4%.
Young job seekers are more likely to be registered with Centrelink than older job seekers, while those aged 25 and over tended to rely more on social networks and employment agencies when looking for work. Amtec Staffing/Flickr

Young people still find it hard to get a job, despite using the same tactics as older job seekers

Young and old job seekers use the same methods to look for work, but young people have the highest unemployment rates.
Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality. State Library of Queensland

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages

The federal government could restore its commitment to creating full employment in Australia, using its spending power to make up for any shortfall in private jobs as it did during the post-war boom.
Political reporter William D. Workman speaks at a GOP event in 1962. Courtesy of South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina

Before Breitbart, there was the Charleston News and Courier

In the 1960s, white newspaper journalists exploited racial divisions to help build the GOP's southern firewall.
O-Week has changed drastically since the 1960s, especially the student newspaper reportage, which was much more provocative back then. The University of Queensland

Student press in 1960s Australia was political, now it’s more Prozac

A new book from historian Sally Percival Wood explores how the politically active student media of the 1960s changed Australia socially, culturally and politically.

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