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The government has acknowledged that just sending people off for a set number of psychology sessions is an inadequate response, particularly for people with more complex conditions. LoloStock/Shutterstock

Mental health changes should be judged on outcomes, not promises

The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. But ultimately they should be judged on the outcomes they achieve for patients.
The vast majority of women who report having experienced domestic violence are in the workforce. Image sourced from

Domestic violence leave gains support, but let’s do it right

Paid leave for victims of domestic violence is becoming the norm in Australia, but it needs to be part of a broader package of support measures.
In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

Solidarity after Paris means being more attentive to suffering elsewhere

Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
What are the alternative options for higher education to flourish in Australia?

Why Australia needs a new model for universities

A crisis of sustainability is building up as universities continue to drift towards a more privatised system. It's time we started looking at alternative options.
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La COP21 quand même

Les attentats qui viennent de frapper Paris pousseront peut-être les dirigeants attendus à la COP21 à redoubler d’efforts pour faire bloc et atteindre un accord sur le climat.
The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti isn’t put off by this ‘mosquito repellent’ wrist band. Cameorn Webb

Health Check: do wrist bands work to repel mozzies?

While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.

War comes home

The Paris attacks were a ghastly media spectacular. What will be the broader historical significance in Europe and further afield?
Dagne Mojo (centre) and Petr Matous (right) discuss resource-conserving technologies with the inhabitants of Arsi Zone, Ethiopia. Tatsuya Ishikawa

Engineers don’t just build things, they can help save the world

The role of an engineer has diversified over the years to be something more than just building structures. But that is yet to be reflected in the way we teach the engineers of the future.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter observes the destroyer USS Lassen in the South China Sea. US Navy

US and Chinese tempers rise in the South China Sea

By sailing a destroyer close to an artificial island in the South China Sea, the US is challenging China's claim to the waterway. At stake are trade routes worth billions of dollars.

God, the gods and democracy [part three]

The Masses, by Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco (1935) The widespread belief that religion is plainly bad for democracy is misleading, or so the following dialogue on religion tries to illustrate…


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