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Toys often advertise themselves as being educational, but how true is this? Flickr/Tor Hakon Haugen

Can toys really be ‘educational’? Well that depends on the parents

Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love playing and that play is regarded as the most effective…
First 5 winners of the Austral Wheel Race (1887-1891)

The Austral: World’s oldest track cycling race

Cycling in Australia centres around the Austral Wheel Race, and no other wheeling event in the world is so rich in traditions. It is an oft-told tale now, this of the Austral, as it has been repeated each…
MYEFO increases the fall in the terms of trade forecast, meaning our income recession will deepen. AAP/Lukas Coch

MYEFO projections signal a deepening income recession

Australia is now in an income recession. A fortnight ago, when the National Accounts revealed a second quarter of negative growth in seasonally adjusted real gross domestic income, treasurer Joe Hockey…
The most prestigious schools get top marks because they have had the invisible slave of disadvantaged schools working for them. Flickr/Montgomery County Plan

Top schools ‘top’ because someone has to be bottom

Across Australia Year 12 students are collectively holding their breaths to see what results they’ve achieved and, consequently, what their futures hold. Only hours after their release, many secondary…
The Trinidad-born Australian novelist Ralph de Boissière migrated to Melbourne in 1948 to escape Trinidad’s colour/class hierarchy. Breakdown Press

Adding pimento: a flavour of Caribbean migration to Australia

Growing up with a Jamaican grandmother in 1970s small-town Australia was unusual. There weren’t any other Caribbean (or West Indian) people living nearby and a Caribbean community did not exist in Newcastle…
It’s rare that TAFE becomes a big election issue, but this is what has just happened in Victoria – giving new Premier Daniel Andrews a mandate to save TAFEs. AAP

Learning from Victoria’s TAFE mistakes

In the 40 years since its inception, rarely has TAFE featured as a central platform on which political parties win or lose votes. As such it seldom rates mentions in political campaigns as a distinct sector…
Daddy Cool’s Ross Wilson learnt to sing harmonies in a choir, aged 10. AAP/ Joe Castro

The secrets of self-taught, high-performing musicians

We rightly marvel at the skills of a talented musician, especially witnessing them perform live. But how does someone become so skilled? Obviously hours and hours of dedicated practice is a necessity…
Alice Springs has been prone to severe flooding. NT Police/AAP

Will the Territory Insurance Office sale push up premiums?

The announcement yesterday by the Northern Territory government that it is selling the Territory Insurance Office’s insurance assets to Allianz Australia for A$236 million has many worried their premiums…
Despite the loss of car manufacturing in Geelong, manufacturing is expected to grow in the broader Barwon region. David Crosling/AAP

Victoria votes: where will the growth and jobs of the future be?

Victorians will soon go to the polls to decide who will be responsible for the management of the state for the next four years. Voters are confronted with many issues on which they must pass judgement…
How much of an ice bath is a placebo? Andreas Nilsson/Flickr

Ice bath after exercise? The benefits might be in your head

Whether an athlete has endured the repeated joint stresses of a marathon run, or the relentless battery of hits during a football match, many will opt for a post-activity polar plunge into an ice-cold…
Australians are increasingly tuning in to traditional broadcast television stations. www.shutterstock.com

Television is not dead, it’s just changing channels

Netflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year. Expectations are this is just the start of an influx of new streaming options in Australia. The internet and television are increasingly…
Should fee deregulation pass in the Senate this week, there needs to be serious discussion about an independent oversight body. AAP

Why the higher education reforms need to be independently overseen

The proposed changes to higher education, including the deregulation of fees, while offering potentially significant benefits, also carry significant social and economic risks. Should the bill pass in…
The clincher of the latest season of Doctor Who? The Doctor’s nemesis is a woman. ABC Publicity

The Doctor’s nemesis is a woman? It’s about Time, Lord

The latest series of Doctor Who wrapped up on the weekend with the completion of a startling two-episode finale: Dark Waters and Death in Heaven. This season we’ve seen what is perhaps the darkest, edgiest…
Noel Pearson’s speech has been hailed as one of the great Australian political speeches. What were its stylistic characteristics? AAP Image/Fairfax Pool, Peter Rae

A closer look at Noel Pearson’s eulogy for Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam was a prime minister unsuccessful in three of his five federal election campaigns, including 1975’s extremely divisive contest. Somehow, though, his death has sparked an outpouring of kind…
Victoria’s capacity to handle the millions of containers imported and exported through its ports affects the whole state. AAP/Julian Smith

Project affecting all of Victoria has to be part of election debate

Victoria’s election debate about infrastructure is shaping up around large projects such as the East West Link and Airport Rail Link. But another infrastructure project could also be on the radar: the…
The IPCC’s latest report sets the record straight on science (again), but could be stronger on the economic case for climate action. EPA/Niels Ahlmann Olesen/AAP

New IPCC report: busting myths, both scientific and economic

The headline statements of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new Synthesis Report – unequivocal climate change, almost certainly driven largely by humans, and an urgent need to cut emissions…
In the lead-up to the London G20 summit in 2009, many businesses were boarded up, and some removed company logos from their premises. Scott Burnham/Flickr

When the G20 rolls into Brisbane, what are businesses insured for?

When the G20/G8 summits moved on from Toronto in 2010, they left an US$11 million bill in business compensation claims. To minimise the effect of preparations on businesses preparing for next month’s G20…
Governments have generally invested much more in hard-edged military and policing responses than in smarter and more sustainable ‘soft power’ approaches to countering violent extremism. EPA/Bagus Indahono

Tough is not enough: ten smarter ways to counter violent extremism

More than a decade of security-based transnational approaches to combating terrorist activity and propaganda have demonstrated that these alone are ineffective. Sometimes, security measures can actually…

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