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A digitally integrated identity card with comprehensive security could simplify many transactions with government and business. Shutterstock

It’s time for an eAustralia Card

It's time to bring our digital identity up to date with other developed nations. That might even mean a unified digital identity card with top notch security and privacy protections.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer. Black Hill Design/www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is genderqueer?

Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.
Fans cheer on the heavy metal band Motörhead. brandi/flickr

The fate of the metalheads

Parents and politicians once feared heavy metal music would inspire devil worship, reckless sex and rampant drug use. A new study investigates what became of young metal fans.
Consumption patterns among blacks are complicated by considerations including race, class position and personal relationships. Reuters/Antony Kaminju

Shaky ground: the challenge of being black and middle class

The black middle class occupies a complex and sometimes precarious position in society, one that requires constant renegotiation.
Mark Ryden’s art for Michael Jackson’s 1991 album Dangerous. Augusto Podrido/Flickr

Michael Jackson: Posthuman

The album cover for Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous was painted by American pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In it, he depicts a world in which the boundaries between human and animal, living and dead…
One size doesn’t fit all. Matthew Black

Why there is no such thing as the Muslim ‘community’

Cases of extremist violence and sexual exploitation have caused significant anxiety in the UK in recent years and politicians are continually looking for ways to identify how these things happen and how…
Hip-hop artist 360 caused a stir this week with his comments on the Southern Cross. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Take back the stars and wear the Southern Cross with pride

Australian hip-hop artist and rapper 360 (Matt Colwell) caused an uproar earlier in the week when he said on Q&A that he identified the Australian flag and the Southern Cross with racism. 360 announced…
What’s blue and yellow and excites nobody? EPA

Could the Ryder Cup spark an outpouring of European-ness?

Few competitions pitch the whole of Europe against the United States. The Ryder Cup began formally in 1927 as a contest between Great Britain and the US. It was expanded to include first Ireland and then…
Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie is willing to take a DNA test to prove her Indigenous heritage – but would that do any good? AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Explainer: can a DNA test reveal if you’re an Indigenous Australian?

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie recently created controversy by claiming in her first speech to Parliament that going back six generations, she is related to the renowned Tasmanian Aboriginal…
Cathy Freeman’s racial background is Chinese, English and Aboriginal. AAP/ Dean Lewins

Culture, not colour, is the heart of Aboriginal identity

All too often the matter of Australian Aboriginal identity is decided superficially – by looking at a person’s face and general appearance. Colour is often the measure of Aboriginality, since the original…
A still from the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s award-winning Be Deadly Online campaign. ACMAcybersmart/YouTube

Well-connected Indigenous kids keen to tap new ways to save lives

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Women’s Liberation was a worldwide mobilisation that paved the way for powerful critiques of conventional thinking about gender, sexuality and identity. Warren K. Leffler, 1970/Library of Congress

Four decades of thinking gender: the gains, struggles and debates

The past four decades have produced gains around the world for women and girls in literacy, formal education, life expectancy, workforce participation and access to some professions. We have also seen…
Passport officers had to decide if a person facing them was the same as the one pictured in the identity card. In this case, yes. David White

Passport staff miss one in seven fake ID checks

Staff responsible for issuing passports are no better than the average person at identifying if someone is holding a fake passport photo, my colleagues and I report in a study published in PLOS ONE today…

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