Paul Laing

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French rebel over music language quotas

<b>In France this week, pop music radio stations staged an unprecedented protest: a boycott of the 30-year-old quota system that requires them to make sure that 40% of the songs they play are in French.</b><p>They were angry because the government wants to tighten the system still further by penalising radio …

Sinister use of social media

For many us today social media is an exciting new tool that allows political activists to mobilise quickly and effectively. All over the world -- …

Social Media

Hans Rosling: Don't use news media to understand the world (english subtitles)

More than half of students chasing dying careers, report warns

Sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation, according to a …

The rise of Singlish

<b>Singapore's government has long insisted that everyone in the island nation should speak English - it's the language used in schools, at work, and in government. But in practice many people speak a hybrid language that can leave visitors completely baffled - Singlish.</b><p>Singapore is known for its …

Fact check: Does Australia spend more on offshore processing than the UN spends on refugee programs in South East Asia?

Human rights advocates are challenging the Abbott Government's spending on offshore processing.<p>In May lawyers acting for asylum seekers detained …

South-east Asia

Why Adam Goodes shows us we have a race problem

• Adam Goodes racism furore highlights 'ignorance'<p>Some boo Adam Goodes because he is a great player, some because they don’t like him. Some boo because …

Australia

The Twins recap Bach in Paradise: Michael just went rogue and everyone cried.

Tonight, we open with culturally inappropriate Fijian music, and realise how quickly we’ve become accustomed to white people being drunk <i>always</i> while …

Bachelor in Paradise

Why Does Music Make Us Feel?

Heavy metal music combats emotions like depression, anger, study finds

A study has shown listening to heavy metal or extreme kinds of music helps purge emotions like anger and depression.<p>Leah Sharman from the University …

Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior?

On the morning of August 12, 2013, nearly eight months after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., …

Female prison guards form dance group to improve profession's image

A group of correctional officers is going above and beyond the call of duty by forming a dance group in an effort to shake off the image associated …

Kimberley Land Council chief threatens to 'kill' Broome's tourism industry in protest against closure of remote Aboriginal communities

The head of the Kimberley Land Council has threatened to "kill" Broome's estimated $141 million annual tourism industry in protest against the …

Canberra jail inmates' cell selfie on Facebook draws fire from ACT Liberals

Canberra's jail, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), has come under fire after photos of two inmates posing together in a cell "selfie" were …

Social Media

Defining Aboriginality in Australia – Parliament of Australia

Current Issues Brief no. 10 2002-03<p>Defining Aboriginality in Australia<p>Dr John Gardiner-Garden<br>Social Policy Group<br>3 February 2003<p><b>Contents</b><p>The definition …

Comedian Ray Badran tells audience member to 'die' for objecting to rape joke

Devlin said she then decided to slide off her seat under the table as a silent protest.<p>"He started saying to me 'What's your problem? Seriously, …

Top ATAR, HSC performances the result of years of achievement

But despite the big numbers, it's pretty easy to work out the characteristics of the students who will makethis year's honour roll.<p>Chances are, they …

Larissa Waters' gendered toys stance made her daughter fair game? No – that's just scorn and ridicule

A couple of days ago Greens senator Larissa Waters endorsed a campaign, “No Gender December”, by a group called Play Unlimited. Their work is based on research into the effect of gendered toys on the development of boys and girls from Purdue University and Eastern Connecticut State University in …

A spotter's guide to the emerging tribes of Sydney

At once, deeply confessional and irredeemably materialistic, “haul girls” represent the perfect amalgam of consumerism and the YouTube age. …

Tribes of the Sydney

In 1998, for a <i>Herald</i> article titled "Tribes of the City", 14 youth tribes were classified: Homeboys/Homegirls, Teenyboppers, Dorks, Web Geeks, Indie …

Australian Grace Forrest inspires Pope Francis and other world religious leaders to sign pledge to eradicate slavery by 2020

It is six years since the daughter of mining billionaire Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest first witnessed the evil of child slavery, she told Fairfax after …

Pope Francis Prays in Turkey's Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and …

Japan turns to robots to regain status as top manufacturer

Japan is investing heavily in robotics to ensure the robot age begins in Japan, where prototype robots can read facial expressions, help the elderly …

At First This Looked Like A Normal Restaurant, But Then I Realized The Amazing Truth

At first glance, this restaurant seems like just your average modern restaurant in a downtown setting with good food and a relaxed vibe. As it turns …

Is Australia still the Lucky Country?

Jon Donnison<p><b>It's 50 years since the publication of one of Australia's most iconic books.</b><p>The Lucky Country by Donald Horne, which came out in 1964, has gone on to become a cult classic, as well as saddling this land with an entirely misappropriated nickname.<p>On arriving in Australia just over a year …

Women under-represented in management positions, paid 24 per cent less than men according to Workplace Gender Equality Agency report

A new study has found that women make up just a quarter of those employed in the key management positions of Australian companies.<p>As well as an …

Medibank's female directors make history in float

Ms Braund said it is "very rare" to have more women than men on a top 100 board. "In fact it is unique," she said.<p>Alongside Ms Alexander Medibank's …

George Christensen uses Vegemite to suggest halal products are funding terrorism and sharia

"I don't know whether my grocery spend is going to fund extremist versions of that religion or extremist religious activities that I would rather not …

What new power looks like

We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy …

Smug shots and selfies: the rise of internet self-obsession

This is arguably the year in which internet self-obsession reached new heights. Not only did we see that digital chronicler of daily minutiae Instagram announce that it had surpassed 100m active users, but the Oxford Dictionaries people announced that "selfie" was to be the official word of the …