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Street fighting monsieur

A brisk ten-minute walk from where I currently live gets me to Place de la République. Before you get there these days you will see large numbers of gendarmes in riot gear, hear the sounds of a largish…
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more? AAP/Lukas Coch

Federal budget 2016: political experts react

On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
Stigma is likely exacerbated by our many ‘pink’ campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness and improve outcomes for women.

Breast cancer campaigns might be pink, but men get it too

Although breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, around 145 Australian men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and around 25 died from it.
AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Political geography 101

Geography matters. Whether countries are rich or poor or safe or vulnerable still has more to do with physical geography than we usually acknowledge. Even in age that is routinely described as “global…
EPA/Hannah McKay

Brexit: taking the great out of Britain

It’s not every day we get to see a country seemingly intent on committing political suicide. And yet, despite the pleas of concerned friends and independent evidence about its potential political and economic…
From Horace Walpole to Steven King, Shakespeare has inspired centuries of supernatural Gothic terror. Macbeth And Banquo, Théodore Chassériau, 1855. Via Wikimedia Commons

‘Supp’d full with horrors’: 400 years of Shakespearean supernaturalism

Hamlet begins with a 'night of the living dead'; Banquo turns into a ghost . The Bard had a supernatural streak and it was crucial to the genesis of Gothic literature.
Even if you’ve never read or seen any of Shakespeare’s works, his influence has touched your life. Photo credits, clockwise from top: Kevin Lamarque, public domain, public domain, public domain, public domain, Mike Tsikas, 20th Century Fox, Mike Hutchings

Marx, Freud, Hitler, Mandela, Greer… Shakespeare influenced them all

In the almost 400 years since Shakespeare's death, his words have been enlisted by an extraordinary range of historical figures. Even the Nazis tried to claim him as a 'Germanic' writer.
Not all data are the same. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Data access inquiry casts the net far too wide

The Productivity Commission's inquiry into access and use of public and private data risks failing to achieve anything meaningful.
EPA/Mast Irham

Malcolm in the Middle Kingdom

Before European imperialism fatally undermined China’s own dynastic system, it was customary for China’s neighbours to acknowledge its dominance by sending tribute missions to the imperial court. While…
Skateboarding is an increasingly popular activity. A man skateboards in Moscow. Maxim Shemetov

Skateboarding is good for you – and good for public places

Skateboarders are being driven from Melbourne's Lincoln Square after community complaints. But skaters are citizens too, and with obesity on the rise, their activities should be encouraged.
ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft says the regulator ‘can’t look over everyone’s shoulder’. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Banking royal commission should be paid for by banks

Banks have had notice of these issues and failed to resolve them - it seems only fair that they should have to pay.

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