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The Morrison government is at risk of losing control of China policy at the most critical time in Australian history. AAP/EPA/Thomas Peter/pool

Morrison needs to take control of China policy - but leave room for dissent

Backbencher Andrew Hastie's recent opinion piece has caused ructions within the government, but Scott Morrison needs to articulate a clear policy on China that also allows for dissenting voices.
Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities. Sasha Freemind

Here’s why there should be no gestational limits for abortion

If NSW decriminalises abortion, women will be able to access a termination up to 22 weeks' gestation. But such cut-offs are arbitrary and should be abandoned.
At least 5,000 Australians die each year as a result of sepsis, more commonly known as blood poisoning. From shutterstock.com

What is sepsis and how can it be treated?

With an ageing population, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, now is the time to be worried about sepsis.
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility. AAP/Lukas Coch

As Australia looks to join a coalition in Iran, the risks are many

With the experience of hastily joining the US-lead invasion of Iraq in 2003 still fresh, the federal government must ensure it has a clear view of the limits of any new commitment.
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Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required

Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required. The Conversation55 MB (download)
In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Recent AFP raids on media outlets raised fears of a chilling effect on investigative journalism, but a new book finds it is thriving against the odds. David Gray/AAP

Why investigative reporting in the digital age is waving, not drowning

Despite media companies' revenue declining in recent years, a nine-year study reveals that the greatly feared death of investigative journalism has not occurred.
Jacinda Adern said the issue was having a ‘corrosive’ effect on Australia’s relationship with her country, and that Australia should not take the closeness of the relationship for granted. Julian Smith/AAP

No, Peter Dutton. Most deported Kiwis aren’t paedophiles and you’re hurting our relationship with NZ

Many people being deported have extensive family ties in Australia and have spent very little time in New Zealand.
Uyghurs in Australia are pressing Canberra to take a firmer stance with China on its treatment of the Muslim minority. Thus far, Australia’s response has been relatively muted. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Despite China’s denials, its treatment of the Uyghurs should be called what it is: cultural genocide

China says it is helping the Uyghurs, but its actions meet the threshold of cultural genocide: 'a premeditated, calculated, systematic, malicious crime authorised by the state’s political leaders'.
Angka penyandang disabilitas yang menjadi korban kekerasan seksual jauh lebih tinggi dari jumlah yang dilaporkan oleh Komisi Nasional Anti Kekerasan Terhadap Perempuan (Komnas Perempuan). www.shutterstock.com

Terlepas kontroversinya, RUU PKS penting bagi penyandang disabilitas

Mereka yang menolak lupa bahwa RUU PKS sesungguhnya mempromosikan dan melindungi hak-hak kelompok di masyarakat yang sangat terpinggirkan perempuan dan anak penyandang disabilitas.
The theory is that if therapies are started early enough, it might be possible to alter the trajectory of autism. Shutterstock

Treating suspected autism at 12 months of age improves children’s language skills

Children with autism don't usually begin therapy until they're given a diagnosis, which rarely occurs before the age of two. But new research shows there's benefit to starting early.

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