Australian politics, society & culture


It’s time to take the four-day work week seriously
By Emma Dawson
The WA state election could end one of the country’s most controversial infrastructure projects
By David Whish-Wilson
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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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A major Antarctic glacier is becoming dangerously unstable
By Jo Chandler
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The confused case for corporate gender equality
By Cordelia Fine
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How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
By Russell Marks
Our minds and bodies have a complicated relationship with what we eat
By Karen Hitchcock
The Melbourne Museum’s new gallery takes small children seriously
By Zoë Morrison
The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
By Thornton McCamish
Leonie the leopard shark’s switch to asexual reproduction is a world first
By Ashley Hay
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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
By Anwen Crawford
STEM is the future, and women need to be part of it
By Margaret Wertheim
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The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common
By Ann Arnold
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James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
By Richard Cooke
It was championed by women’s groups, but Addyi is not the “female Viagra”
By Karen Hitchcock
The Weekly Service offers a different kind of communion
By Sylvia Rowley
One dedicated bird watcher devoted years to the elusive night parrot
By Anthony Ham