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Noel Pearson.

Noel Pearson and White Masochism

For years Noel Pearson has been using people like me as a punching bag, and I’m sick of it. Having cajoled and bullied one government after another into pouring millions into his pet schemes, thereby depriving…
Jesus for Trump.

Trumpism as Whitelash

Can we get real about the meaning of Donald Trump’s victory? The day before the presidential election everyone believed Hillary Clinton would win. The polls consistently showed she was some 3 or more percentage…
Therapeutic group work is a consistent feature of traditional rehab treatments. Horrible Bosses 2 - "Group Therapy" Clip [HD]/YouTube screenshot

Drug rehab and group therapy: do they work?

Thousands of Australians go to residential drug and alcohol rehab programs every year. But is there evidence rehabs, as well as the group therapy they often rely on, actually work?
Suffragists head for Victorian Parliment.

Which protest movement has been most successful?

The new social movements that coalesced in the 1970s around demands for peace, women’s rights, gay liberation and Indigenous rights transformed Australia’s social landscape completely. It is impossible…
Former carer Natalie Ottini shared her experiences of working in residential group homes on the ABC’s Four Corners program. ABC/Poppy Stockell

Nothing to see here? The abuse and neglect of children in care is a century-old story in Australia

We have decades of evidence showing the widespread abuse and neglect suffered by children in the out-of-home care system. The agencies responsible for allowing the abuse have little to fear.
Who wants to waste compassion on aged sex offenders or murderers serving life in prison? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Do we care about old people behind bars, and should we?

An important indication of a humane society is how we treat our vulnerable. It is hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than an aged person in jail.
Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House in a promotional video ahead of Matt Groening’s visit to Australia this week. Twentieth Century Fox/Sydney Opera House

Why The Simpsons has lost its way

The subtlety laced with satire that graced earlier shows has been replaced by a brash, carelessness. And Homer, while always loud-mouthed, is now positively abusive. After 28 seasons, is it time for The Simpsons' creators to call it a day?
point degrees in Paris.

How to Think About 1.5 Degrees

Astonishment was universal last December when the Paris Agreement on climate change included the aspiration to limit warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, a much tougher target than the standard…
Amyl nitrite is a liquid that evaporates at room temperature and is light-sensitive. It’s used as an inhalant and kept in dark bottles so it doesn’t evaporate. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Weekly Dose: amyl started as a poison antidote, now a common party drug

Amyl nitrite is the most well known of a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrates, usually referred to as poppers.
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.

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