Detail of Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with monkeys 1943.
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo kept monkeys as pets and painted them often. They symbolised the children she couldn't have and were worshipped as gods of fertility in Aztec times.
The best way to ensure your vote contributes as much as it can to the election of senators is to number as many squares as you can.
Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?
Flatworms of the genus Temnosewellia liivng on the Orbost spiny crayfish (Euastacus diversus).
I am so proud of our recent publication, mostly because it has been a long time coming. We received an Australian Research Council grant in the year 2000 to work on this so it has taken us some time to…
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Thousands of people queued to donate blood in the wake of the Orlando massacre, but the target of the attacks, the gay community, was not able to contribute.
In the the wake of the Orlando massacre, many people directly affected by this homophobic hate crime are prevented from offering help due to homophobic regulations.
William Barak’s Ceremony has sold at auction to an unknown buyer.
Can you repatriate a painting? Descendants of Aboriginal painter William Barak ran a crowdsourcing campaign to try to buy back the previously unknown artwork Ceremony.
An unknown portrait of Lola Montez as a young woman.
Private Collection Print
The early goldrush was a topsy-turvy time for rebellious women, such as the globetrotting dancer Lola Montez. An exhibition showcasing goldfields jewellery spotlights this era when penniless immigrants could dress like queens.
Tony Abbott promised the IPA that his government would repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – only to renege on this when in government.
The Institute of Public Affairs was founded by rich men with rich men’s interests at its core, albeit with obligatory nods to the national interest.
Sex ed should be inclusive, empowering, and facilitate ethical sexual relationships.
Good sex ed doesn't lead to early sex, teenage pregnancy and STIs. It protects against them.
Magnolia Maymuru, who hails from the remote community of Yirrkala.
George Fragopoulos/Miss World Australia
Magnolia Maymuru, the Northern Territory's representative at the Miss World national finals, is a trailblazer. But will she escape the racialised exoticism that has long plagued Indigenous women?
La Trobe University becomes the first in Australia to move towards fossil fuel divestment after pressure from students, staff and alumni.
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La Trobe University is the first Australian university to commit to divesting fully from fossil fuels, but will it have any impact?
More than 7% of Western women choose not to have children.
Women who publicly state their desire never to be mothers in the traditional sense challenge the idea that woman and mother are synonymous.
Blended, rainbow, single or two-parents are just some of the ways to make a modern family.
It's tempting to look back nostagically when thinking about the idea of the "family", but the evidence shows that it's strong, functional and flourishing.
Wangaratta police at the capture of Ned Kelly in 1880.
William Edward Barnes/ State Library of Victoria
Was Ned Kelly a Robin Hood warrior or a lone wolf/dangerous criminal/whacko? Given enough cultural oxygen, outlaws are apt to become folk heroes - something today's shock jocks might care to remember.
Two former IT professionals in Melbourne have recently opened a community makers workshop.
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Unable to produce high-quality, meaningful results in their paid work, people are increasingly looking to satisfy this need in their leisure time.
Blue-green algae in the Murray River upstream of Mildura in April.
Toxic algal blooms were unheard of in Australia's major waterways before 1991. Now the Murray River has been struck by four major events in less than a decade, with more likely in the future.
If a funding promise is later “unpromised”, does that constitute a cut?
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Among Labor's most popular refrains is the claim that the government has cut $80 billion from schools and hospitals. Is it true?
The promise of recently explored oilfields dictated British interest in Mesopotamia (roughly, modern-day Iraq) during the Sykes-Picot Agreement negotiations.
The Sykes-Picot Agreement delivered the spoils of war to Britain and France, and deferred the dreams of Arab nationalists.
A whole-of-community approach works best in shifting cultural attitudes and behaviours.
Most Australian women (87%) have experienced some form of street harassment, whether it's whistles, stares, unwanted comments or being followed by strangers in the street – often before the age of 18.
Donald Trump is now the de-facto Republican candidate after John Kasich and Ted Cruz ended their campaigns.
If Donald Trump is tapping into a more fundamental disconnect from the Washington establishment, he might attract many voters who have previously abstained or even voted Democrat.