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Labor party's dirty linen on display at bad time for Anthony Albanese

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

The notion that Nine’s 60 Minutes revelations about the appalling shenanigans of Victorian Labor power broker Adem Somyurek were a total surprise to ALP insiders deserves a horse laugh.

As one federal source says, anyone with any knowledge of the party’s factions knew this character ran the right in Victoria, based on branch stacks. It...

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Retail won't snap back. 3 reasons why COVID has changed the way we shop, perhaps forever

  • Written by John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

It’s wrong to expect a “snap-back” at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas and other places where people used to gather to spend money.

We’ve identified three reasons why spending in physical stores on goods like clothes is likely to remain much lower than it was for a long time.

1. Fear, much of it age-based

First, even...

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Girls score the same in maths and science as boys, but higher in arts – this may be why they are less likely to pick STEM careers

  • Written by Silvia Griselda, PhD student, University of Melbourne
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Last month, the Australian Academy of Science published a report showing the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportionately affect women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) disciplines.

The report noted before COVID-19, around 7,500 women were employed in STEM research fields in Australia in 2017, compared to around...

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At least 100,000 children have a parent who is arrested each year. There are no proper systems to protect them.

  • Written by Catherine Flynn, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Monash University
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Earlier this month, horrific reports emerged of a baby girl dying in Katherine, while her mother was in police custody.

Without commenting on this specific case, it raises important issues that should be of concern to all of us, about what happens to children when a parent or carer is arrested.

People may be surprised to learn...

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  3. rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas
  4. how Botswana is adopting the ancient burning of Indigenous Australians
  5. how Menzies transformed Australian political debate
  6. The sorry part is easy – why true racial diversity in the arts will take more than words
  7. Getting back on the beers after lockdown? Here's what you should know
  8. little things count to help refugees belong
  9. modern slavery in Australia hides in plain sight
  10. Australian musicians balance multiple roles to make their careers work
  11. why we must fight miners' push to fast-track uranium mines
  12. Huge locust swarms are threatening food security, but drones could help stop them
  13. After coronavirus, universities must collaborate with communities to support social transition
  14. Clive Hamilton and Richard McGregor on Australia-China relations
  15. Tensions rise on the Korean peninsula – and they are unlikely to recede any time soon
  16. China and India's deadly Himalayan clash is a big test for Modi. And a big concern for the world.
  17. South Australia will re-open its borders to some states, but not others. Is that constitutional?
  18. the cheap, old and boring drug that's a potential coronavirus treatment
  19. Pokémon Go wants to make 3D scans of the whole world for 'planet-scale augmented reality experiences'. Is that good?
  20. People are marching to stop deaths in custody. Could suing the police help?
  21. how American slave-owners started again in Australia
  22. Energy giants want to thwart reforms that would help renewables and lower power bills
  23. Think slavery in Australia was all in the past? Think again
  24. Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world
  25. What adds value to your house? How to decide between renovating and moving
  26. 'Shovel-ready' projects ignore important aspects of community resilience
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  28. Mr Morrison, you can cut 'green tape' without harming nature – but it'll take money and gumption
  29. Labor's branch stacking scandal is a problem for the whole party. Not just Victoria.
  30. how to travel the world from home
  31. Australia Post can't turn back. Here's why
  32. Finding beauty in code – 5 ways digital poetry combines human and computer languages
  33. Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning?
  34. Social media platforms need to do more to stop junk food marketers targeting children
  35. Foreign Minister Payne pledges continued fight against Chinese 'disinformation'
  36. Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin installed to run crisis-ridden Victorian ALP
  37. 2 new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, but elimination of community transmission still stands
  38. 10 ways Aboriginal Australians made English their own
  39. should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home?
  40. Cats wreak havoc on native wildlife, but we’ve found one adorable species outsmarting them
  41. Trust, democracy and COVID-19: A British perspective
  42. Planning a snow holiday? How to reduce your coronavirus risk at Thredbo, Perisher or Mount Buller
  43. what does the law say about secret recordings and the public interest?
  44. How Paul Keating transformed the economy and the nation
  45. The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new survey finds
  46. how Australia's wine industry can adapt to climate change
  47. Karm Gilespie's case cannot be separated completely from strained Sino-Australian relations
  48. Almost 90% of astronauts have been men. But the future of space may be female
  49. Australia's decisive win on plain packaging paves way for other countries to follow suit
  50. 'Can do' Scott Morrison needs to take care in deregulating

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