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Many high school students are politically engaged. But how would they change the preamble to the Constitution? AAP/Lukas Coch

Young Australians champion ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ in designing constitutional change

At a recent constitutional convention, high school students from across the country designed a new preamble to the Constitution to bring it into line with their idea of how Australia should be.
Reports suggests many Australian children are forgoing Year 12 exams because they are too stressful. from shutterstock.com

Are we teaching children to be afraid of exams?

In our efforts to support young people, we might be teaching them to be afraid rather than encouraging them to see exams as a positive challenge.
First-time voters are often treated as a homogenous group, but new research shows they make their decisions in a variety of ways. AAP/Danny Casey

New research reveals how young Australians will decide who gets their vote

Young people voting for the first time in the upcoming federal election can be broadly grouped into five categories: impulsive, collective, instinctive, principled and pragmatic.
The good thing about Kegel exercises is that you can do them pretty much anywhere. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

‘Are Kegel exercises actually good for you?’

Doing kegel exercises is actually very beneficial for your pelvic floor muscles. Don't know how to do them? We have you covered.
Students march through the University of NSW in Sydney calling on the university to divest from fossil fuels. AAP/Danny Casey

Young voters may hold the key to the NSW state election: here’s why

There are more than 1.3 million young Australian voters in NSW, but they feel excluded from traditional politics. To win the youth vote, politicians must address the key issues that matter to them.
If we want economics to appeal to young Australians, it needs to move away from theory and towards tackling some of the trickiest issues faced by the next generation. www.shutterstock.com

Economics needs to get real if we want more young Australians to study it

For economics to play a more helpful, critical role, it must abandon blind faith in the free market and embrace the social, historical, and environmental context in which economics actually happens.

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