A scene from the 1961 film West Side Story. The casting of an Australian performer as Maria in a local production of the musical was recently criticised for ‘white washing’ a story about a Puerto Rican immigrant.
The Mirisch Corporation,Seven Arts Productions
Our identity unquestionably shapes (and can limit) how we interact with the world. But it should not become the only foundation upon which we build our understanding of it.
Regardless of who wins next year’s federal election, it’s time for us to all get on the same page.
2018 was a mixed bag for schooling policy in Australia, with new ministers, a new organisation and auspicious anniversaries. It’s worth reflecting on the year that’s been.
Cover of the menu for the AIF Christmas Dinner, Hotel Cecil, London, in 1916. Illustration by Fred Leist.
Museums Victoria collection, donated by Jean Bourke
For Australians serving overseas in WWI, Christmas was particularly difficult. Menus reveal how soldiers tried to maintain the traditions of home.
New research shows the relationship between contract cheating and assessment design is not simply cause and effect.
Authentic assessment is perceived as being harder to outsource, and has been adopted by many Australian university teachers. But that doesn't mean students won't still cheat on them.
A simpler company tax system would collect more and could fund a lower rate.
The budget looks good, for now. But the surge in taxable profits will subside as companies find ways to shift profits offshore. We've come up a better way to tax onshore what happens onshore.
As the year come to an end, all the polls are giving a significant two-party preferred lead to the federal Labor Party.
The latest Fairfax-Ipsos and Essential polls give a strong lead to Labor, with some interesting – and variable - detail on the attributes voters see in the leaders of the two major parties.
Delegates at the closing ceremony of the Katowice climate talks.
Marek Zimny/AAP Image
Three years after the Paris Agreement, negotiators have finally agreed (most of) the rules for its implementation. But there is still no way to compel countries to deepen their climate ambitions.
Some people just follow the social norm, whether it’s right or not.
Just because somebody else does something doesn't mean you have to follow. Or does it?
While the first child improves parents’ mental health, a second child does not.
Many parents decide to have a second child in the expectation that two can't be more work that one – but new research shows that idea to be mistaken.
The competitive neutrality report has given the ABC, and SBS, a clean bill of health.
An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.
It’s easy to blame congestion on immigrants. But it’s really jobs that do it. People flock to where the jobs are, whether they are immigrants or not.
Cutting migration to Australia's biggest cities would do nothing to ease congestion in those cities and could make it worse.
The typical suburban backyard of the future?
Retrosuburbia.com (with permission)
The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
A kangaroo finds refuge in a small patch of vegetation surrounded by a new housing estate.
Expanding cities and farmland have created many small, often isolated patches of vegetation. Long seen as having limited ecological value, a new study shows these are vital for endangered species.
Victorian Reason Party MP Fiona Patten and supporters react as she’s re-elected to the Victorian upper house.
The final results post-election Victorian upper house are not a ringing endorsement for democracy - and provide a strong case for reform.
If they ask, tell them the truth.
Four out of five experts said no.
Men also experience postnatal mental health and adjustment issues.
Having a stressed and depressed father can have serious implications for infants and relationships. And supporting a father who may be experiencing mental ill health means supporting the mother too.
Perhaps readers want less on what Trump is saying and more on what his administration is doing.
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The biggest issues of 2018, with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner.
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In conversation with Andrew Dodd, Andrea Carson and Matthew Ricketson, The Guardian's editor-in-chief discusses the big stories of 2018 and what she sees as the major challenges of 2019.
In a public hospital, a team of doctors will be looking after you.
The person in charge of your surgery is a consultant surgeon. A consultant is the most qualified doctor in a hospital.
Victorian Liberal leadership hopeful John Pesutto has lost his blue-ribbon seat of Hawthorn.
Formerly blue-ribbon Liberal seats such as Hawthorn and Nepean have fallen to Labor in the wash-up of Labor's thumping state election win.
Northwest Australia has some of the world’s best conditions for solar and wind energy production.
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An energy transmission network between Australia and Indonesia could help both nations achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2050.