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Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’. AAP/Dan Peled

The Nauru files: why don’t we believe victims of sexual abuse?

Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
Psychoanalysis is based on the belief our behaviours have an underlying cause from earlier in life. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is psychoanalysis?

Freud recognised the idea of an unconscious in his work in the late 1800s. He proposed physical symptoms often express deeply repressed conflicts and thoughts.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses? .SilentMode/flickr

Should students pay different fees for university courses?

Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
Lichen is made up of two types of fungus and an algae, that’s one more species than previously thought. wikimedia

Lichens may be a symbiosis of three organisms; a new Order of fungus named

There is big news in the world of lichens. These slow growing organisms have long been known to be a collaboration between a fungus and a photosynthetic algae or cyanobacteria. A recent publication in…
There’s a difference in the sex chromosomes between various mammals, such as the platypus compared to humans. Flickr/Darren Puttock

Did sex drive mammal evolution? How one species can become two

How new species are created is at the core of the theory of evolution. Mammals may be a good example of how sex chromosome change drove major groups apart.
Successive governments have ignored the health risks of climate change. Reuters/Daniel Munoz

Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being

As the new Australian parliament takes the reins, health groups are moving to ensure the new health minister addresses a major health threat in this term of government: climate change.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign. AAP/Lukas Coch

Are Australia’s political parties past their use-by date?

The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
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

Here’s looking at Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with monkeys

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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Election explainer: how does the Senate count work?

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). Andrew Murray

Spiny crayfish and their flatworm friends: an ancient partnership revealed

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…

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