Inside a strip search booth used at music festivals. New research has found strip searches have increased 20 fold in the last 12 years. Obtained by Redfern Legal Centre from NSW Police Force under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)

Unlawful strip searches are on the rise in NSW and police aren’t being held accountable

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There are more important things than winning an argument – like making everyone feel valued. www.shutterstock.com

How to make good arguments at school (and everywhere else)

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A government-commissioned report estimated that South Australia’s ban on genetically modified crops cost canola growers A$33 million since 2004. Greenpeace/AAP Image

GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not the question

South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
In the absence of federal policy, states are pursing their own renewable targets. Karsten Würth/Unsplash

We need a national renewables approach, or some states – like NSW – will miss out

State renewable energy targets have been driving energy investment in Australia. 'Where and when' the generation and transmission build occurs varies substantially under a national approach.
Under the proposed changes, TGD people in Victoria can change the gender on their birth certificate without having to undergo medical intervention. Shutterstock

Victorian changes to gender on birth certificate will not increase sexual violence. Here’s why

Proposed reforms in Victoria will not only remove barriers for many TGD people to navigate their daily lives more safely, but help to make gender categories in general less strictly defined.
The government intends to destroy Djab Wurrung sacred trees and sites to upgrade the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage status for the Eastern Freeway. Allies Decolonising/gofundme

What kind of state values a freeway’s heritage above the heritage of our oldest living culture?

The Victorian government plans to destroy trees and sites sacred to Djab Warrung people to make way for the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage listing for the Eastern Freeway.
The recent decriminalisation debates in Australia have included a new focus on partial restrictions on abortions – a strategy that has been very successful in many US states. Joel Carrett/AAP

How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

The Australian right-to-life movement is tiny compared to the US, but its recent adoption of US-style campaign strategies has given it an outsize voice in the debate here.

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