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What’s the best music for a slow stroll, or a pumping powerwalk? There are factors other than tempo to take into account. ejorpin

Music and walking speed – it’s not what you think

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak,” wrote the English poet William Congreve in 1697. These days, we tend to take music’s inherent charms for granted and…
With Australians feeling like they are observers rather than participants in formal politics, is it any surprise that most voters ‘hate’ politics? DonkeyHotey

Why do Australians hate politics?

While for some Australians the recent leadership spill will be viewed as a simple act of restorative justice, many others would have spectated on events in Canberra with an equal measure of indifference…
Kevin Rudd’s first prime ministership is closely associated with Indigenous issues, after his national apology to the stolen generations. AAP/Gary Ramage

Leaders snipe over Indigenous referendum they both support

Kevin Rudd has said he wants a referendum within two years of the election to recognise Australia’s Indigenous people in…
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Xenophon courts donors with refund

South Australian Independent senator Nick Xenophon is adopting a bargain basement approach to fund raising – donate more than $1500 and you’ll get a partial, or even a full, refund. Xenophon has had a…
Rudd’s party reform will ensure any leader who won an election would remain as prime minister for the full term. AAP/Lukas Coch

No more coups against Labor PMs under new Rudd rules

Kevin Rudd is nothing if not brazen. Less than a fortnight after rolling Julia Gillard he has proposed an historic change that would prevent such a putsch in the future. His radical plan – one of the most…
What is life like inside the office of MPs who hold the balance of power, such as retiring independents Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor? AAP/Alan Porritt

The retiring independents: looking inside the ‘balance of power’

With the end of each parliament there inevitably comes a series of announcements that particular parliamentarians will not be contesting the next election. Usually, these decisions are justified by the…
Broadcaster Derryn Hinch has been found guilty of breaching court suppression orders in the past. Does justice need to be seen in order to be truly done? AAP/Julian Smith

Seen to be done: opening access to justice in Victoria

The Victorian state parliament is currently considering the Open Courts Bill (2013) after questions have been raised about just how much transparency is needed in the justice system. The bill, proposed…
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Education a family affair for the Shortens

Bill Shorten didn’t ask for the Education portfolio but when Kevin Rudd added it to his Workplace Relations job it was familiar territory. Shorten’s mother Ann, who has a PhD in history, is co-author of…
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Party reform needs to be comprehensive

Kevin Rudd has moved to try to neutralise the big negative that NSW Labor corruption is expected to be in that state at the federal election. His message to voters appalled by what’s come out at the Independent…
Kevin Rudd has announced Jim Murphy as his chief of staff. AAP/Alan Porritt

Treasury man fills top Rudd office spot

Kevin Rudd has chosen a senior Treasury official, Jim Murphy, to be his new chief of staff. Rudd worked with Murphy, a deputy secretary whose job will concentrate on policy development and economic advice…

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