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A ‘humble outback structure’: a former Afghan cameleer’s mosque in Bourke NSW. Copyright Iain Davidson/flickr

Friday essay: the Australian Mosque

Those opposed to the building of new mosques don't recognise their long history here, or potential to support Australian ideals. Mosques are part of our suburban landscape and can help overcome fears about Islam.
LSD causes euphoria, increased body temperature and hallucinations where some or all of the senses are distorted. from shutterstock.com

Weekly Dose: LSD – dangerous, mystical or therapeutic?

During the 1950s and 1960s, LSD was used more for psychotherapy than recreation. Between 1950 and 1965, many were treated with LSD for alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia, autism and homosexuality.
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions. T Doherty

Invasive predators are eating the world’s animals to extinction – and the worst is close to home

Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.
A house of cards.

Climate Policy’s House of Cards

There are the pragmatists willing to compromise to get at least something, and then there are the idealists who stick to their principles and end up with nothing. Or so the argument goes. This tired old…
The Climate Change Authority’s latest report has divided its membership. Shutterstock.com

The Climate Change Authority report: a dissenting view

Two members of the Climate Change Authority offer an alternative view on its latest report, arguing that the recommendations are not in line with Australia's international climate obligations.
Thanks to the Holly Middle School.

The Anthropocene Belongs to Earth System Science

The idea of the Anthropocene was conceived by Earth System scientists to capture the very recent rupture in Earth history arising from the impact of human activity on the Earth System as a whole.(1,2…
Is the success of The Bachelor based on the spectacle of women psychologically tearing each other down for entertainment? AAP Image/Network Ten

How The Bachelor turns women into misogynists

The Bachelor, like most reality TV, thrives on drama. But its particular style of conflict illustrates an uncomfortable point: women can easily be sexist against other women.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters

Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
Ineffective altruism.

The cold logic of doing good

This weekend Melbourne is hosting a conference on effective altruism. The aim of effective altruism (EA) is to do “as much good as possible per dollar spent”. Its premise is that much giving is wasted…
Liberty Guiding the People by Delacroix.

The myth of public opinion

What this election shows more clearly than most is that the idea of the public will is a fiction, and that out there in the electorate politics is a battle of wills.
Those teachers who upgraded to an early childhood teaching degree were most likely to leave the profession. from www.shutterstock.com

One in five early childhood educators plan to leave the profession

20% of surveyed early education educators said they want to leave their job due to low pay, volume of paperwork and feeling undervalued.
Trump le Pen Orban Credit to the Economist.

Brexit, Trump and the Fracturing of Conservatism

Watching the rise of right-wing populism tear conservative parties to shreds provides a certain amount of Schadenfreude. Donald Trump’s fight with the GOP Establishment is being mirrored across the Atlantic…

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