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Business Briefing: are our standards dropping in the workplace?

Business Briefing: are our standards dropping in the workplace? The Conversation22.9 MB (download)
Our workplaces are becoming less formal. But there were some advantages to the old formality.
Adam Briggs and Trials from A.B. Original, winners of this year’s AMP Australian Music Prize, use swearing to make a political point in their music. Tracey Nearmy

How pop culture can (and should) change legal views on swearing

The pervasiveness of profanity in popular culture underscores the absurdity of punishing people for using words broadcast on our screens and heard in our music.
Marchers at a “traditional marriage” rally in Sydney’s Belmore Park on September 20, 2015. AAP/Richard Milnes

Is it OK to use the f-word in political protest?

The "Fuck Fred Nile" case highlights the absurdity of criminalising "fleeting expletives" while allowing speech that depicts homosexuality as abnormal, unnatural and sinful.
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One. Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.

Dinky-di Aussies: how slanguage helped form a new national identity

When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".

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