Purpose-built English language tests should be applied only to the proficiency they were built to test.
Using purpose-built English language tests for purposes other than what they were created to test reduces the validity of these tests.
When does parody spill into insensitive cultural appropriation? While Chris LIlley is probably OK to appropriate the upper North Shore culture of Ja’mie (pictured), he’s on dodgier ground with Jonah from Tonga.
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In our pursuit of a world that is safely and entirely OK, must humour be cleansed of its original sin of cultural appropriation and insensitivity? It depends whether we are 'laughing up' or 'laughing down'.
Sabbia Gallery - Alison Milyika Carroll working on a pot at Ernabella Arts ceramic studio, 2017.
Photo Ernabella Arts, Courtesy of Sabbia Gallery
Clay Stories, a travelling exhibition, showcases ceramic art from Indigenous artists across the country. It is a triumphant display of specific stories and Dreamings, standing against cultural and political amnesia.
Many English providers already meet the “new” standards.
Contrary to some reports, there is no new English language test for international students - the government is simply expanding standards already being met by most providers.
Pasta and bolognese sauce were on the menu provided at this Sydney venue by not-for-profit organisation Foodbank.
Foodbanks were originally established as a temporary measure to alleviate food insecurity. But have they become an excuse for governments not to deal properly with the problem?
A cross was erected during the 1996 remembering ceremony of the Sturt Creek massacre.
The local Aboriginal people told stories and painted images of a massacre of their ancestors in the early 20th century, but there was no other evidence that the incident took place. Until now.
More than 640,000 firearms, mainly rifles and shotguns, were surrendered during the 1996 and 2003 gun buybacks.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
Did the government-funded gun buybacks introduced after the Port Arthur massacre have "no effect" in reducing gun deaths in Australia, as an audience member claimed on Q&A? Let's look at the evidence.
Indigenous Australians use ochre to add colour and detail to items such as this shield at the South Australian Museum.
Image courtesy of South Australian Museum
Ochre is more than just paint - it tells stories of culture and trade in Indigenous Australians. Using museum artefacts plus science can track ochre sources and untangle a lost history.
A pair of
Dromornis planei, an extinct mihirung bird from Australia, weighed a massive 300 kilograms.
Australia was once home to giant fightless birds - much bigger than today's emus and cassawories. But where did they come from, and where did they go?
Aakash Odredra in Rising.
British dancer Aakash Odedra performed four solo works, drawing on classical Indian dance, in a fitting close to the OzAsia festival.
Joelistics (left) and James Mangohig in In Between Two.
Australian rapper Joelistics and producer James Mangohig bring their family histories to the stage through a breathtaking display of beats, raps and storytelling.
The four rooms of a Japanese ryokan revealed in The Dark Inn.
Kuro Tanino's Dark Inn is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese theatre, contemplating the darkness of desire.
Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist.
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
We've all seen videos of satellites being blasted off into space - but once they're locked in orbit around the earth, how do we bring them back down?
Peter Cummins as Monk O’Neill in the 1972 Australian Performing Group production of A Stretch of the Imagination.
David Williamson and Jack Hibberd tower over Australian drama. Williamson's The Department and Hibberd's A Stretch of the Imagination both showcase the strange yet compelling detachment of these playwrights' visions.
The Telstar 1 satellite inspired a chart-topping pop tune, the iconic black-and-white hexagonal Adidas soccer ball, and maybe even a Doctor Who creature, the Mecanoids.
National Physical Laboratory
Protecting culturally significant spacecraft enables people on Earth to feel connected to space as the common heritage of humanity.
Can the left bounce back? The UK Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, French Socialist Party’s Benoit Hamon and German socialist party leader Martin Schulz certainly hope so, as does New Zealand Labour’s great hope, Jacinda Ardern.
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The centre-left has had a torrid year, particularly in Europe, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon and hope for it to regroup.
The creative arts are not a lifestyle choice. They are a life.
The plan is there is no plan. On climate change, immigration, energy, marriage equality – pick an area – the federal government displays policy desuetude and political exhaustion. Around the world, the…
Strongyloides can affect anyone but is most prevalent in areas of economic disadvantage.
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Up to 60% of people in some Indigenous Australian communities are infected with a parasitic worm that almost nobody has heard of, and without treatment, the infection can be fatal.
Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face.
More Australians over 50 are drinking and taking drugs than ever before. Here's why that can be a problem.
Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.