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If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype. from www.shutterstock.com

No, eating chocolate won’t cure depression

Depression is a serious, common and sometimes debilitating condition. And no, chocolate won't help, whatever the headlines tell you.
Witness K’s lawyer Bernard Collaery addresses outside the Supreme Court. Australia’s laws have shown they don’t do much to protect whistleblowers acting in the public interest. Lukas Coch/AAP

From Richard Boyle and Witness K to media raids: it’s time whistleblowers had better protection

Australian laws make it inevitable for whistleblowers to be charged whenever national security might be involved, even when the information is in the public interest.
The government’s slogan is ‘putting veterans and their families first’, but on the problem of veteran suicide, it has fallen short. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Enough inquiries that go nowhere – it’s time for a royal commission into veteran suicide

A recent study found that male veterans under 30 have a suicide rate more than two times the national average. Yet, support for a royal commission into the problem is lacking.
Ben Quilty, Australia, born 1973. Margaret Olley 2011. Oil on linen / 170.0 x 150.0 cm. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Mim Stirling

‘Are you one of us or one of them?’ Margaret Olley, Ben Quilty and a portrait of a generous friendship

Margaret Olley was known not only for her paintings, but her generosity. An exhibition of her work is currently on in Brisbane, alongside a survey of the work of Ben Quilty, her mentee and friend.
Dalian is an emerging city and tourist destination in China, but its urban spaces could be improved in many ways. Paul J Martin/Shutterstock

China can learn from Australian urban design, but it’s not all one-way traffic

Australia has well established urban design guidelines, whereas many Chinese cities don't have any – and it shows. But Australia can also learn from China.
Un atelier citoyen autour de la végétalisation dans les jardins de Kaloupilé au coeur du quartier urbain de Ravine Blanche au Tampon, la Réunion. L'Ile expérimente des concepts de ville plus inclusive et plus sociale. Ecole du Jardin Planétaire

Bâtir des villes heureuses : l’exemple de la démocratie participative à la Réunion

Comment rendre une ville « heureuse » ? Les exemples pris sur l’île de la Réunion montrent que la démocratie participative peut contribuer à améliorer le quotidien des habitants.
In his first major policy address, Ken Wyatt noted how previous governments have failed Indigenous Australians with a ‘top-down, command and control approach.’ Rohan Thomson/AAP

Listening with ‘our ears and our eyes’: Ken Wyatt’s big promises on Indigenous affairs

Ken Wyatt's promise of a referendum on constitutional recognition within three years marks a dramatic shift from the Turnbull government's rejection of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
Julie Bishop and Marise Payne have risen to the top in foreign affairs, but their successes may be masking more systemic issues preventing women from advancement. William West/AAP

Diplomacy and defence remain a boys’ club, but women are making inroads

A new report has found a major gender gap persists in Australia's diplomatic, defence and intelligence fields. Australia needs good ideas, and we cannot assume they will all come from the same place.
Are the celebrities onto something with their IV vitamin cocktails? Let’s look at the evidence before rushing to the therapy lounge. from www.shutterstock.com

Do vitamin drips really work? The evidence says ‘no’, so save your money and eat real food

If their social media accounts were anything to go by, celebrities can't get enough of vitamin and mineral infusions, or vitamin drips. Now therapy lounges are popping up for everyone else to try.

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