Thousands of high school students across the US walked out of their schools to protest gun violence and to call for changes to gun laws. EPA/Tannen Maury

How lowering the voting age to 16 could save democracy

Lowering the voting age to 16 would bring the age of political responsibility more in line with the age of criminal responsibility and the age of informed consent for medical procedures.
Workplaces need safe spaces to facilitate discussion about issues that are difficult, awkward and shameful to engage with. Alessandro Valli/Flickr

Email culture to blame for workplace failure on #MeToo

Workplace reactions to #MeToo risk exacerbating the problem. What's needed are more face-to-face conversations, no matter how awkward they may be.
Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei. IMDB/Amazon Studios

Friday essay: can art really make a difference?

Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. While Picasso's celebrated Guernica may not have stopped the Spanish Civil War (or any war), art still holds value, as witness and as truth teller.
In the debate about Catholic school funding, it needs to be recognised that not all Catholic schools are the same. Shutterstock

Catholic schools aren’t all the same, and Gonski 2.0 reflects this

Catholic schools say they're losing money under Gonski 2.0, but this is only true for schools serving students in affluent areas – those in poorer areas will either be unaffected, or get more.


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