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'It's just a joke': the subtle effects of offensive language

Those who object to sexist jokes or other forms of offensive language are often accused of being wowsers, of trying to silence free speech. …

Language

Breastfeeding dictator or breastfeeding enabler? Midwives' support styles can make a difference

Midwives commonly supervise feeds and interject when women do something "wrong". ChameleonsEye/ShutterstockWe have come a long way since the days …

Babies

How men and women can help reduce gender bias in the workplace

I am a professor and a newly minted pro vice chancellor and I have spent my entire research and working life with male bosses or supervisors. I have …

Feminism

Why the health scheme for coal workers is inadequate to detect black lung

Radiologists will struggle to find black lung in x-rays if they haven't been told to look for it. from www.shutterstock.com.auRecent cases of black …

Health

Some answers, more questions over Dick Smith failure

In their report on the demise of Dick Smith, McGrathNicol liquidators pinpointed dubious accounting methods that are known in the industry as “real …

Dick Smith

Nice attack: how vulnerable are we to 'low-tech terror'?

France has again been the scene of a lethal terrorist attack. At least one attacker drove through and then opened fire on crowds of French and …

Bastille Day

A very serious painting of Barry Humphries is a welcome prize winner

Louise Hearman’s affectionate portrait of Barry Humphries, simply titled “Barry”, is the first major Australian painting to win the Archibald in many …

Art

Time to tighten the reins on politicians and their 'truths'

The idea of regulating what is 'true' in political speech is neither new nor easy. AAP/Mick TsikasLabor’s “Mediscare” campaign. The Coalition and …

Political Advertising

Urban hacktivism: getting creative about involving citizens in city planning

Billboard hacktivism in Toronto, Canada. blogTO, CC BY-NC-SAUrban and regional planning, as an institutional practice, is increasingly criticised for …

Activism

Prisons need better drug treatment programs to control infectious diseases

Worldwide, around 30 million people enter and leave prison each year. Of these people, around 4.5 million have hepatitis C, almost 1 million have HIV …

Prison

FactCheck Q&A: who is responsible for going to war in the Westminster system?

Attorney-General George Brandis, speaking on Q&A to host Tony Jones and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek. Q&A<b>The Conversation is</b> …

Factchecking

Should Tesla's autopilot cars be allowed on public roads following accidents?

Humans are terrible at driving. The US Department of Transport estimates that 94% of crashes are due to the driver.We drive too fast. We get …

Driving

Vital Signs: it's time to borrow to build

Money is cheap right now, so where are the returns? Image sourced from shutterstock.com<i>Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics</i> …

Investing

We should encourage boys _and_ girls to reach for the stars

We can all reach for the stars in The Milky Way over Western Australia. Flickr/HuiChieh, CC BY-NCAs a child growing up on a farm, I was fascinated by …

Girls' Rights

Without smarter governance, blockchains will fall victim to more attacks

Once trust in blockchain is broken, it will be hard to get back. Image sourced from shutterstock.com<i>Companies around the world are exploring</i> …

Governance

Why the 'fitspo' movement is damaging to women

Like 'thinspo', 'fitspo' promotes unrealistic body types to women. MamamiaStrong is the new skinny.Excuses don’t burn calories.Unless you puke, …

Friday essay: where to now for Australian culture?

Artists protest George Brandis' cuts to funding ... after a tumultuous year, where to next for the arts sector? Paul Miller/AAPFor almost two weeks, …

Australian Politics

Three schools reforms that will lift student outcomes

Education policy should focus on making sure that every student makes great progress, rather than accountability for test scores or teacher …

Schools

Finding ways forward when higher education reform options are limited

Both sides of politics agree that student funding rates need reviewing. from www.shutterstock.com<i>A federal election is an opportunity to take stock</i> …

Higher Education

Grattan on Friday: In politics, those who are risk-averse don't leave much of a legacy

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is coming under enormous pressure over his bold and controversial reform – to put an end to greyhound racing in …

Malcolm Turnbull

Alzheimer's breakthrough? Have we nearly cured dementia? Not just yet...

My mother-in-law called me yesterday. She doesn’t quite know what I do for a job but has a vague idea I work with a group seeking to understand and …

Medicine

Changing the world one online petition at a time: how social activism went mainstream

Petitioned: Aldi changed its stance on eggs from caged hens. Flickr/Marji Beach, CC BYIf you have recently signed an online petition - and then …

Petitions

Multinational tax avoidance is still a revenue issue for government

Although the Coalition government has been reinstated, it is still faced with the problem of dealing with multinational tax avoidance. The issue …

Taxes

Is the DAO the beginning of the end for the conventional chief executive?

Could blockchain bring the traditional CEO unstuck? Image sourced from shutterstock.com<i>Companies around the world are exploring blockchain, the</i> …

C-suite Leadership

How to make cities work better – here’s what the government needs to do

<i>A federal election is an opportunity to take stock of how Australia is doing, where it’s going, and what governments can do about it. In a series of</i> …

City Politics

Why scare campaigns like 'Mediscare' work – even if voters hate them

Labor's 'Mediscare' campaign played to an existing belief about the Coalition's health policies. AAP/Mick TsikasAs the 2016 election campaign ground …

Liberal Party

Trying to cut your drinking? There's an app for that

Technology can help cut your alcohol use. Flickr/Mr TinDC, CC BY-NC-NDAustralia is known to be a nation of drinkers with almost 18% having a drink on …

Alcohol

Australia's energy sector is in critical need of reform

<i>A federal election is an opportunity to take stock of how Australia is doing, where it’s going, and what governments can do about it. This series,</i> …

Energy

Can Malcolm Turnbull do climate and energy policy now?

The re-elected Coalition government has the opportunity to revamp its policies on climate change. Transition of the energy sector is key if the 2030 …

Energy

Turnbull agrees Nationals entitled to two extra ministers

Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed the government’s intention to put its industrial relations bills back to the parliament. AAP/Paul MillerMalcolm Turnbull …

Malcolm Turnbull