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There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive. Leo Hidalgo/Flickr

How do we choose a partner?

We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
Is a relationship that’s quick to form quick to fall apart? "Chatting" via www.shutterstock.com

Are dating apps killing long-term relationships?

When it comes to dating, take Nietzsche's advice and have the big picture – finding a lifelong friend – in mind.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Why the ‘no pretty nannies’ debate matters

When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A plebiscite on marriage? Robert Menzies didn’t need it

Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
‘Marriage equality’ is directly linked to gender equality. AAP/Richard Ashen

Gay marriage, marriage equality … what’s the difference?

At the heart of the debate around the language of marriage is a conflict about whether a marriage between same-sex partners is the same or different to a marriage between opposite sex partners.
Australians are living and working longer, marrying later and earning more that past generations. Hamed Masoumi/Flickr

Australia’s changing profile: fewer divorces, higher incomes, more rental stress

Divorce rates are on the decline in Australia, people are marrying and having children later in life, and more of us live alone. Our experts respond to the new report on Australia's welfare.

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