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Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of. AAP/Dean Lewins

The land we play on: equality doesn’t mean justice

Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
Pauline Hanson’s return to politics provides a catalyst for a likely intense debate over multiculturalism in the coming months and years. AAP/Dave Hunt

Why multicultural policy looms as a Senate bargaining chip

How will the oft-proclaimed ‘most successful multicultural nation in the world’ handle the rumbling of multiculturalism’s opponents?
Magnolia Maymuru, who hails from the remote community of Yirrkala. George Fragopoulos/Miss World Australia

Can Aboriginal beauty break through the colour bar?

Magnolia Maymuru, the Northern Territory’s representative at the Miss World national finals, is a trailblazer. But will she escape the racialised exoticism that has long plagued Indigenous women?
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.

There should be no monkeying about with hate speech

Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Why Beyoncé matters

Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.

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