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Young evangelical Christians are facing a dilemma whether to follow in the footsteps of their parents or pursue other choices. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Why some younger evangelicals are leaving the faith

Disaffected young evangelicals and those who left the church describe an out-of-touch institution not in line with their political beliefs, a scholar found
Dancers perform a scene from the Sydney Dance Company’s WOOF: the arts are one of the ways we make sense of our place in an increasingly confusing, and confused, world. Joel Carrett/AAP

Missing in action: a vision for the arts in the 2019 budget

Where is the nation-building cultural vision, the statement of cultural aspiration in this budget?
Education minister Dan Tehan wants research grants to articulate how the research would further the national interests of Australia. Lukas Coch/AAP

National interest test for research grants could further erode pure research

A few days have now passed since we learnt that in 2017 the former Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, secretly rejected 11 grants recommended by the Australian Research Council. Naturally…
Countries such as England and Canada have adopted more progressive approaches to inclusive sex education than Australia has. www.shutterstock.com

Why education about gender and sexuality does belong in the classroom

Sex, sexuality, respectful relationships, and gender all need to be discussed in schools as a measure to combat discrimination against LGBTQ people, rising rates of STIs and violence against women.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at Dark Mofo at the Museum of Old and New Art. Mona/Remi Chauvin

2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture

Many great artists died in 2016: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul Cox, Shirley Hazzard. It was a year of creative foment and as always, intense debate about the importance of the arts to a thriving, democratic society.

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