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Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is an Australian university with an emphasis on real-world courses and applied research. Based in Brisbane with strong global connections, it has 40,000 students, including 6,000 from overseas.

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News Corp and the future of public service media

I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them…
History shows us sex work is an enduring social expression of sexuality. Horia Varlan

The rise and fall of Rentboy.com

Rentboy.com is the oldest and most popular website for male sex workers, who pay a monthly fee to advertise to and connect with potential clients. Its fall this week will leave a void in the market.
Developers levied by local governments to provide essential infrastructure over-inflate that cost when passing it onto buyers. AAP/Paul Miller

Inefficient tax slugs all homebuyers

Developers are inflating the infrastructure charges levied upon them by as much as 400% - and all buyers end up paying.
What can leggings and leotards teach us about about physics and neuroscience? www.shuttershock.com

Lab coats and leggings: when science and dance connect it’s quite a show

For a growing number of artists, academics, researchers and scientists, dance represents a promising new frontier of exploration. The annual DANscienCE festival shines a spotlight on their findings.

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, June/July 2015

I must begin this Australian Twitter News Index update with an apology – we’ve had to skip May due to unforeseen server maintenance, and this has also affected part of our data-gathering for June. Consequently…
Arianna Huffington’s Huffington Post is influential in the United States, but has it left its Australian launch too late? Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Huffington Post is coming – but will Australians care?

Huffington Post Australia launches this week - but has it left its run too late?
A pause, not a halt in legal attempts to claim money from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club, which starred Jared Leto (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right). Voltage Pictures

What now after the Dallas Buyers Club pirate claim is rejected as ‘surreal’?

The Federal Court has said no to an attempt to claim potentially thousands of dollars from people who illegally downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club. But the downloaders are not in the clear yet.
It’s an abuse of copyright to use it to stifle creativity – even the everyday, unglamorous kinds. Randi Boice

Reality bites: when copyright law and reality cooking meet, only the lawyers win

High-stress scenarios, flavoured with competitive chefs, and garnished with a panel of celebrity judges ... what could possibly go wrong? The copyright spat between channels Seven and Nine is illustrative.
The yellow-footed rock wallaby is just one of the rare species found in the Lake Eyre Basin. Angus Emmott

Protecting Australia’s Lake Eyre basin means getting our priorities right

Taking into account the rivers that drain into it and where they come from, the Lake Eyre Basin is one of largest inland draining systems in the world, the size of Germany, France and Italy combined.
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What if Google bought Twitter?

Twitter has been in the news recently, for all the wrong reasons. Business media report that Twitter shareholders are disappointed with the company’s latest results; this follows recent turmoil in the…
Labor, like the Coalition, would retain the offshore processing framework and the option of turning back asylum-seeker boats. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Spot the difference: Labor vs the Coalition on asylum seekers

Following the Labor conference's decision to leave open the option of turning back asylum seeker boats, are there any differences left between Labor’s asylum policies and the Coalition’s?
We need to consider what balance we want to achieve between the heritage and contemporary arts. AAP Image/Julian Smith. Artists of the Australian Ballet rehearse for the The Dream.

Majors and the majority: planning for Australia’s artistic legacy starts now

Given the pressure being applied to the majority of people working in the arts sector, we would be foolish not to consider the roles and inherited rights of Australia's major performing companies.
Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this. Jolene Bertoldi

The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law’s still unfair for artists

A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work's song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.

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