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Children are exposed to gender differences and expectations from the moment they are born. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a four-year-old be sexist?

At the age of four, children have a basic understanding of gender differences and expectations. But it is unlikely they would knowingly be sexist.
APRA and its chairman Wayne Bryes may be more prescriptive on lending rules in an attempt to curb rising house prices. Mich Tsikas/AAP

The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off

The government's unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria.
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence. Author provided

Dark tourism, Aboriginal imprisonment and the ‘prison tree’ that wasn’t

There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
Many of the economists argued that the principle of the CGT discount is not a bad policy, however the level of the discount is generous and is open for abuse. Lukas Coch/AAP

Capital gains tax concession is too generous: economists poll

The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed.
The Turnbull government should be focusing on giving new businesses, not small businesses, a tax cut if the aim is ‘jobs and growth’. Stephanie Gardiner/AAP

Why small business tax cuts aren’t likely to boost ‘jobs and growth’

Based on evidence, policies which seek to encourage job creation and innovation via a tax cut should preference large or new businesses, rather than small ones.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers. Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers

Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
Freelance and contract work can be stressful, depending on your situation and personality type. www.shutterstock.com

How to cope with the stress of working alone

Workers in the gig economy may need to family members, online services or mentors to preserve their mental health.
Federal and state agencies are using powerful automated data-matching programs to identify properties that are generating income and might be liable for tax. from www.shutterstock.com

Airbnb hosts beware – it’s not just Centrelink using robo-debt systems

State revenue offices are using data matching to identify people who earn income from Airbnb, then sending notices that they may be liable for land tax, even though this remains a legal grey area.
A hiker perched at the top of Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness. AAP Image/ Jenny Archer

There’s hope for Tasmania in the post-mining boom era

the end of the mining boom has breathed new life into parts of the Tasmanian economy. But there are also several worrying indicators -- like population growth and unemployment -- to be addressed.
The idea is to come up with better alternatives to this. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Could ‘whale poo diplomacy’ help bring an end to whaling?

Japan's fleet is on its way to the Southern Ocean for more "scientific" whaling. But a new resolution pointing out the importance of whale poo could help remove Japan's rationale for lethal research.

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