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Months after the bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, signs of the hoped-for recovery are scant. Kirsten Tidswell/Climate Council

The Great Barrier Reef’s ‘new normal’ is a forlorn sight

Member of the Climate Council this week returned to one of the areas of the Great Barrier Reef that was worst affected by this year's coral bleaching. What they found was far from encouraging.
Refugee artist Eaten Fish has attracted international attention for his powerful cartoons of life on Manus Island. © Eaten Fish/Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites

The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island

A young Iranian detained on Manus Island has won a prestigious international award for his cartoons reflecting life there. Our government should allow this young man to fly to the US to accept his award.
Malcolm Turnbull explicitly chose to assume the mantle of his predecessor Tony Abbott as ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Can Turnbull change course in Indigenous affairs?

For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
Cathy Freeman was criticised for flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but the same act at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was hailed as a moment of reconciliation. Reuters/Jerry Lampen

Why being a sporting role model isn’t as simple as most people think

Athletes are increasingly expected to be good role models. But we don’t usually expect them to sacrifice their chance of winning to help others.
Halfway to the light, halfway through the night 2010-14, by Jumaadi. © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

The Dobell Drawing Biennial: modestly staged, impressively rendered

The Dobell is a celebration of drawing. And the work in this year's show, from Noel McKenna's beautifully rendered drawings of dogs to Richard Lewer's depictions of states of mind – is first rate.
Many not only feel dissatisfied with their bodies, they actually believe they are heavier than they really are. from shutterstock.com

Size is largely in the mind: how your body image can change in two minutes

Staring at one thing for a long time can cause you to see the next thing in the opposite fashion. This neural adaptation could be the underlying physiological basis of body-size misperception.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending “wilderness”. yophotography/flickr

Reimagining NSW: going beyond ‘wilderness’ and finding fresh ways to relate to our environment

Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending "wilderness". However, protected areas in themselves are not stemming the destruction of biodiversity.
Are NSW citizens adequately engaged in the policymaking process? AAP/Joel Carrett

Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy

Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
The Australian netball team after their gold medal win at the Netball World Cup in 2015. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss

Netball – one of Australia's most popular sports – is on track to turn professional. Is this an exciting new chapter for female athletes? Or does netball's success draw attention from other sports, where women can smack balls, and roam freely?

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