The Queensland treaty process is still in the early stages and negotiations will not begin for several years. But it’s still a historic step forward for Indigenous communities.
Queensland has become the latest state or territory to embark on an Indigenous treaty process. But for lasting progress to be made, the federal government cannot shirk its responsibility.
Target, Cotton On, Jeanswest, Dangerfield, IKEA and H&M are among the brands in Australia sourcing cotton from Xinjiang.
The prospect of China using forced labour to supply foreign companies highlights the importance of modern slavery laws.
Violence against women is often represented as a timeless and universal phenomenon, creating the view the problem is too large to fix, or that only the worst abuses are worthy of attention.
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History shows that domestic violence has been deeply entrenched in the culture of Australia from its early days. Progress is only made by understanding this history – and talking about it.
Apple’s industrial design has played a fundamental role in transforming computers from machines for tinkerers into desirable objects of self-actualisation.
With the benefit of hindsight, we might finally see that the iPhone was the opposite of minimalism.
Susie Porter as Marie and Kate Jenkinson as Allie in Wentworth. The show’s drama revolves around a women’s prison.
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In the popular Australian TV series Wentworth, the setting of a women's prison is a pressure-cooker for drama. The setting also allows for greater representation of diverse female characters.
Tens of thousands of Indigenous people worked on cattle stations from the 1880s to 1970s. Underpayment and withholding of wages was systemic.
Queensland's payment to settle a stolen wages class action marks the first recognition that these claims have legal as well as moral and political merit.
Sea grass meadows at Bonna Point.
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Seagrass may look unassuming, but healthy oceans depend on the huge meadows that grow in temperate and tropical waters.
Walter Withers, ‘The Drover’, 1912, oil on canvas. A recent book reinterprets Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife in 99 ways, offering new perspectives on the classic short story.
Ryan O'Neill's book reimagines a classic Australian short story. He retells The Drover's Wife 99 times in various forms, including a poem, an Amazon review, and even as a Cosmo quiz.
Research underway at the University of Technology, Sydney’s AFTER facility is yielding some surprising new findings about how bodies decompose in the Australian bush.
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‘This is going to affect how we determine time since death’: how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science.
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On the outskirts of Sydney, in a secret bushland location, lies what's officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research. In books or movies, it'd be called a body farm.
The decline in household net wealth over the past 12 months is the third in the past 30 years. The other two were connected to the global financial crisis.
Household wealth in Australia has taken its biggest dive since the global financial crisis. But it's not all doom and gloom.
In the novel Coach Fitz, the narrator is seemingly unaware of his humorous voice. This device is one way that the novel subverts expectations.
At the centre of the novel Coach Fitz is Tom, an anti-hero whose unintentionally humorous voice drives the narrative. Tom is an awkward everyman, a naïve Don Quixote, a digressive Tristam Shandy.
Stay away from the tourists traps, economics tells us. Your best bet are those cozy places away from the bustle.
Finding a place to eat in a new city can be daunting. Economics and big data have a few tips to find the right place.
Michelle Guthrie in 2018: the former ABC managing director made greater staff diversity a top priority. But her final Equity and Diversity annual report failed to meet several long-held targets.
As we face a growing tide of unregulated hate speech, the media is crucial in normalising diversity. Yet progress here has been slow. Even the ABC has failed to meet some of its own targets for hiring a diversity of employees.
Vulnerable children caught up in the criminal justice system can suffer long-lasting consequences, even from a short period behind bars.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
Older private renters are far more likely to experience loneliness than their counterparts in social housing and that loneliness can be acute.
‘People felt totally trapped’: what it’s like to be a pensioner renting privately as Australia’s housing costs soar.
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On today's episode, Alan Morris shares some of the deeply moving stories he heard when he set out to interview older Australians in private rental accommodation and social housing about loneliness.
Paul Fletcher, Australia’s recently appointed minister for communications, cyber safety and the arts, says he wants to make the internet safe for everyone.
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Racism online is hurtful and damaging. But it can also spill into the real world with deadly consequences – such as the Christchurch terrorism attack.
The Indigenous flag flies above Victorian Parliament in 2017.
As the flag's copyright owner, Luritja artist Harold Thomas has the right to grant licences to whomever he pleases. Asking the government to buy back his copyright licence could be seen as an appropriation of Aboriginal property rights.
Many instances of slavery or exploitation start with the promise of a reasonably paying job in Australia.
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While some may not believe slavery and human trafficking happen in Australia, the unpalatable truth is that they do. Here are four examples of what they can look like.
People living in private rental housing were much more likely than social housing residents to say they felt lonely.
Increasing numbers of older Australians don't own their homes. Whether they are private renters or live in social housing can make a big difference to their risk of loneliness and anxiety.
Gladys Berejiklian has said a new selective school will provide another local option.
Selective schools aim to give all gifted students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, opportunities they may not have had otherwise. But that's not what's actually happening.