Most people cry when they’re feeling sad, or when they are having big feelings. from www.pixabay.com

Curious Kids: why do we cry?

Crying is something everyone does sometimes -- an expert in the history of emotions explains why people cry to express their feelings.
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
A large bowl or pan thought to have been made in Sydney by the potter Thomas Ball between 1801 and 1823. Courtesy of Casey & Lowe, photo by Russell Workman

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Though the Indigenous inhabitants were using white clay long before them, Sydney-made pottery helped colonists maintain different aspects of 'civilised' behaviour.
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more. Shutterstock

For the first time in a long time, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it

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Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do I dwell on the past?

Remembering past events, experiences or emotions is a big part of being human. But if dwelling on the past is distressing, here's what you can do to help.
Another issue is that pre-polling gives an advantage to the major parties over the smaller ones, due to the latter having fewer resources. AAP/Bianca de Marchi

Surge in pre-poll numbers at 2019 federal election changes the relationship between voters and parties

An analysis of pre-polling figures shows a surge in early voting, particularly in regional areas. But questions remain about how it affects the relationship between voters and parties.
Frydgenberg commits to remaining royal commission recommendations requiring legislation to be introduced by the end of 2020. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Frydenberg outlines financial sector reform timetable

"The need for change is undeniable," says Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, issuing a timetable for dealing with recommendations from the royal commission into banking, superannuation and financial services.

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