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Dan Sultan played a defiant version of Midnight Oil’s The Dead Heart at 1967: Music in the Key of Yes. Prudence Upton

Celebrating the songs of Australia’s civil rights movement

From My Island Home to Treaty, Indigenous musical luminaries gathered in Sydney on Tuesday to sing classic songs marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 referendum.
Greg Hunt has been appointed to the health ministry after the resignation of Sussan Ley last week. AAP/Lukas Coch

What’s in store for new health minister Greg Hunt?

Sussan Ley launched a series of major reviews of health spending programs. The proposals from these reviews are now on the table, and Greg Hunt will have a series of difficult tasks in implementation.
A mosaic of King Roger II: we should celebrate his 12th-century example of inter-cultural collaboration. Matthias Süßen/Wikimedia commons

What can the medieval King Roger teach us about tolerance?

A new production of the opera King Roger will open this week. At a time when Europe was charged with fear of the 'Muslim threat', this 12th century king collaborated with an Islamic scholar on an extraordinary project.
Peppa Pig branded sunscreens come in a variety of different formulations, but all contain the same active ingredients as similar brands.

Are the ingredients in Peppa Pig sunscreen safe?

The Peppa Pig brand of sunscreens are manufactured on behalf of the Cancer Council Australia. While they have been available for some time, some parents have recently reported their use has resulted in…
Nombreuses sont les raisons pour lesquelles certains deviennent particulièrement grincheux lorsqu’ils ont le ventre creux. Katie Inglis/Flickr

Pourquoi on est à cran quand on a les crocs

Avoir le ventre vide vous rend irritable ? Votre cerveau réagit simplement à la chute du taux de sucre dans le sang. Un coup d’adrénaline qui ne dispense pas, malgré tout, de rester courtois.
By engaging a broad base of people on a popular level, film has a much more immediate and visceral impact than formal lustration proceedings. Before the Rain (1994)

Cinema opens a dialogue about coming to terms with Balkans’ past

Cinema can be instrumental in opening up dialogue on collective culpability for the past. Manchevski’s Before the Rain and Angelopoulos’ Ulysses’ Gaze are perfect examples of this.
Insect repellents can keep biting mosquitoes at bay but they’ve got to be used correctly. Dr Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney))

The best (and worst) ways to beat mosquito bites

This is what really works to beat the bite of summer mosquitoes!
Some Christians interpret Biblical teachings to say that women are essentially equal to men, but should be submissive to male leaders in the church and home. Shutterstock

Explainer: why some churches teach that women are ‘separate but equal’

Complementarianism is the view – held by some Australian churches – that men and women have separate and divinely ordained roles: men are 'spiritual leaders' while women are 'helpmeets'.
A festive decoration hangs from the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market in Berlin. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Why violence in Berlin is dangerous for democracy

Attacks like the one in Berlin harm democracy because they spread fear and self-censorship among citizens.
Graffiti on a wall in Sana'a, Yemen, denounces US drone strikes that have killed scores of civilians. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

War and democracy in the age of Trump

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider…

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