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Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. pixy/shutterstock

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.
The long road to abortion reform in the NT has been made possible by community campaigns, and gender parity in the lower house. Brian Yap/Flickr

Decriminalisation in the NT signals abortion is part of normal health care

Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
Penny Gulliver wrote to Germaine Greer several times over two decades. University of Melbourne Archives, Germaine Greer Archive, 2014.0042.00350, Correspondence with Penny Gulliver

Friday essay: reading Germaine Greer’s mail

Fifty years of correspondence is stored at the Germaine Greer archive. It ranges across topics as diverse as US politics, grassroots feminism, gardening and Queen Victoria's underpants.
Many of the economists argued that the principle of the CGT discount is not a bad policy, however the level of the discount is generous and is open for abuse. Lukas Coch/AAP

Capital gains tax concession is too generous: economists poll

The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed.
The languages children learn in school might not be the most useful for their future. from www.shutterstock.com

What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
In the Fir Tree, children stamp on a discarded – but feeling – Christmas tree. The Fir Tree, illustrated by George Dalziel and Edward Dalziel, from Out of the Heart: Spoken to the Little Ones, 1867

How 19th century fairy tales expressed anxieties about ecological devastation

The Industrial Revolution choked English cities in smog, filled rivers with waste and spread disease in crowded cities. At the same time, fairy tales about humans destroying nature proliferated.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja discusses faith in media on Q&A with fellow panellist Claire Wardle from First Draft, which targets misinformation. Q&A

FactCheck Q&A: Has confidence in the media in Australia dropped lower than in the United States?

On Q&A, government minister Zed Seselja remarked that surveys showed confidence in media has fallen globally. In Australia, he said, it has dropped lower than in the US. Is he right?
A study has for the first time provided a detailed profile of who mental health carers are and what they do. Rachel Young/Flickr

Here’s how much it would cost the government to pay everyone who takes care of family with mental illness

A new study has for first time placed a dollar value on how much it would cost the government to replace those who unofficially care for family members with mental illness.