The evidence of cultural consumption and production in Australia does not bear out the claims made by Senator Brandis.
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What is the premise of recently-announced cuts to Australia Council funding, and the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts? There is actually a considerable evidence base from which to form policy decisions in Australian arts funding.
While plans to close ‘unsustainable remote communities’ have triggered recent protests, at the heart of the issue is the nature of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Decisions being made from on high about the fate of remote Indigenous communities are symptomatic of a continuing imbalance in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
It’s simply easier to say others are flawed than admit
you might be the one who is flawed.
A majority of Australians agree we have a problem with alcohol. But almost all say that it’s not a problem of theirs – it’s a problem that exists somewhere outside of their world.
Politicians may place a lot of weight on budget forecasts, but they’re often based on incorrect assumptions.
Even a basic look back at budget forecasts reveals forward estimates are rarely correct - in good times and bad.
Weighing people may do more harm than good by giving an unreliable picture of the complex realities of health and weight.
Weight and girth have become shorthand for health but these are blunt instruments that provide an unreliable and reductive snapshot of its complexities.
The stereotype of male as leader goes part of the way to explaining why so few women are in leadership roles.
The way opportunity is structured is the very thing stopping more women entering leadership roles in the workforce.
Je suis Charlie became an international catchcry after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015.
The American branch of PEN, a literary and human rights organisation, has prompted 35 writers to protest its decision to give recognition to the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. At its upcoming gala, PEN…
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
We are used to thinking of Gaza as a war-torn stretch of ground. A place where life goes grimly on in the face of an intractable conflict. A graveyard not only for civilians caught in the crossfire, but…
Bitto has remarked on the major impact of the Stella Prize and the conversations it has encouraged about women writers.
Emily Bitto has won the 2015 Stella Prize for her debut novel, The Strays. The prize is now in its third year and was established to redress the way in which women writers were typically overlooked for major literary prizes
Australia’s gas market is entering a time of change: increasing supply, such as coal seam gas, can provide certainty.
Australia's "looming gas shortage" - the basis for calls to deregulate coal seam gas - may not be real after all. But gas prices are still set to rise, and that's an area where coal seam gas could help.
We get the English word ‘chess’ from the Persian word Shah (king). The linguistic identification of this part of the world with chess belies its Indian origins, but in a country where the ancient nobility…
Many men living with prostate cancer are confronted with significant bodily changes that can make exercising difficult.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed male cancer in Australia, with around 20,000 cases detected each year.
Silent tributes at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, representing more than 100,000 men and women lost in war.
Why did it take three-quarters of a century beyond the first world war for Australians to build our own tomb of the unknown soldier, remembering the 23,000 Australians who died with no known grave?
Due to shortages of subject specialist teachers, too often teachers are having to teach subjects they don’t know about.
Australia continues to be plagued with high numbers of teachers teaching subjects they are not qualified to teach, according to the latest Australian Council for Education Research report
The human and financial costs to Australia of following America’s lead in imprisoning more and more people are huge.
The US is the great incarcerator, spending US$60 billion a year on prisons, and Australia is sliding down the same path. The solution? Confine jails almost exclusively to sexual and violent offenders.
Early closing times reduce alcohol-fuelled violence but still face opposition from businesses.
The Queensland government has said it will push ahead with its plan to introduce lockouts and 3am closing times for pubs and clubs. This is a good idea for patrons and businesses alike.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s figures were taken form the Intergenerational Report, but we should be wary of economic projections that claim to see 40 years into the future.
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Any forecast 40 years ahead is fraught with uncertainty, so we should be wary of warnings Australia was on a trajectory of debt and deficit heading to 122% of GDP.
The process by which women become fans is more complicated and interesting than people previously imagined.
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Men might believe that women don't have what it takes to be serious sports fans but new research into female AFL fans proves them wrong. Some women are footy converts, some have it in the blood – and some were born to it.
Differences in personal resources and capabilities mean that the most vulnerable Australians find the legal system inaccessible.
The demand for government-funded legal services is large and growing. Simply "not cutting" these services does the community a grave disservice.
In 1915, Australians came to terms with total war – and were prepared for the battle at Gallipoli and conscription in 1916.
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It was not the excitement but the seriousness of the first world war that captured the imaginations of Australians. The experience of 1915 had a marked effect on local commitment to winning the war.