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The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, investigative journalist Kate McClymont, co-author of He Who Must Be Obeid, looks at the art
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece. In this excerpt, chef Adam Liaw looks at food stories: why they’re both unendurably boring and absolutely necessary. You
In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session, Professor John Dewar, vice-chancellor of La Trobe and chair of the Federal Ministerial Universities’ Legislation & Financing Working Group, looks at the prospects for the university in Australia. He then joins La Trobe’s chancellor Adrienne Clarke and
Even the most intelligent, motivated and good-humoured souls would find it difficult to solve gender inequality within the space of an hour. But they could vent cathartically about everything that’s gone wrong in their lives, and the extent to which the world at large has been unhelpful or surprisingly accommodating
Does leaving your smartphone at home make you feel panicked? Maybe its absence feels like a guilty pleasure. Today, a life without the internet is like a life without reality. We have taught our brains to expect connectedness, instantaneous answers and constant entertainment. We no longer get bored, or know how to.
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
By Helen Garner
What role does ego play in medicine?
By Karen Hitchcock
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The children left behind by Australian sex tourists in the Philippines
By Margaret Simons
Too many kangaroos loose in Canberra
By Sam Vincent
Talk of stripping citizenship is just one example of Tony Abbott’s alarmist rhetoric
By Mark McKenna
How can we tackle inequality in Australia? This opening session of the Progress 2015 conference features a call to arms from John Falzon, the CEO of St Vincent de Paul, and an agenda-setting panel of Australian social movement leaders: Ged Kearney, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions; Cassandra
Obesity is a health issue, not an identity issue
By Karen Hitchcock
When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback, a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope
By Robert Skinner
On pregnancy and birth, tradition and family
By Alice Pung
A conversation with Julian Assange
By John Keane
Australian universities need US-style funding, not US-style fees
By Linda Jaivin
The Corporate Fighter course gets white-collar workers in the boxing ring
By Alex McClintock
What does real, long-term change on men’s violence against women look like? What policy asks should we be rallying behind? What barriers do we need to overcome to secure them? What can individuals and organisations without specialist expertise do to make meaningful change happen? A panel of experts, including

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