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Current Affairs Wrap: Another US mass shooting, Adani’s mine is almost here, America weaponises “freedom gas”

Well, it’s been a week punctuated by gunshot, a local voyeur peeking at Jupiter and ‘freedom gas’, whatever that happens to be.     Hello and welcome to this week’s

The coalition is back – But delivering on promises won’t be easy

The struggle for the coalition starts now, as the challenge to follow through with their promises will be difficult, as the minority clearly now rules.     “It’s not a


Masculine traditions still rule in study of Australian men

In a recent study of Australian men aged 18 to 30, traditional masculine views still hold true in this country.     Young men who conform to traditional definitions of

Great southern blend: Let our new citizens shape us, not we them

With the conditions on new citizens tougher, it begs us to ask not only who we are, but what we expect.     In this culture of 'otherdom', again we're

There are two vacant properties for each homeless person in NSW

In NSW, more than enough vacant properties exist in which to house the homeless, but is the solution that easy?     On October 18, Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon posted

A wine cellar in a rental property? Why, yes you can

Ever thought about having a wine cellar or something vaguely resembling it? The fact that your name is not on the mortgage is immaterial.     A wine cellar sounds

Changing the date changes nothing – I suggest we opt for celebration

While I certainly don’t see invasion as worthy of celebrating, I celebrate on this date with thousands of others for a quite different reason.     Today is a day

This invasion day, we’re asking you to pay the rent

For Invasion Day 2020, our vision is simple. We're asking you to reparate the First People of these lands. We're asking you to pay the rent.     Today, the

‘The Gentleman’ shows that Guy Ritchie can still Guy Ritchie

While Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentleman' is little more than a moving plinth to himself, it also possesses a warm grip of comfort that familiarity enables.     British filmmaker Guy

The fire-affected people of NSW don’t want ad hoc policy, they want to be listened to

I spent this week with the fire-affected communities of NSW. Above all, they were unsatisfied by the measures in place and the policy enacted to help them rebuild.    

We’ve had an anti-corruption body since 2006, so where the bloody hell are they?

The Australian public wants an independent department to investigate political corruption. Turns out, we've had one since 2006. So, what's the hold-up?     While the Australian public has been

We need to take ‘woke’ back from the judgemental

While the term 'woke' is heavily ingrained in the zeitgeist, I believe we're getting the definition wrong.     In the late 1970s, when I was in my late teens,

How worried should we be about the Wuhan coronavirus?

The headlines don't make for good reading, but expert analysis of the new coronavirus should put some fears to rest.     We first heard about cases of pneumonia caused

If you fake being nice at work, your career will go nowhere: Study

Why faking ‘being nice’ can actually put us at a disadvantage, and researchers say long term can undermine your efforts to improve your health and relationships.     Faking a

Peter Dutton received a $200,000 sports grant five months before the election

Peter Dutton could be the next name embroiled in the sports grant scandal, as his electorate received $200,000 six months before an election he won by the barest of margins.

“This is for you” Annabella Sciorra testifies that Harvey Weinstein raped her

In visceral detail, Annabella Sciorra has recounted her treatment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. His lawyers, however, believe the relationship to be consensual.     Trigger Warning: The following piece

The simple life: The fallacy of our national stereotype

A recent trip to the middle of Australia made me realise something about our national stereotype. While we are entranced by the idea of the simple life, who in their

Since 2012, Australia has become “significantly” more corrupt

According to a global measure of political corruption, Australia has improved, but the same index has flagged us as one of 21 nations with serious issues on that front.  

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Thoughts on facing the quarter life crisis

Deride me if you must, but the search for purpose and fearing your mortality is not unique to the mid-life crisis. So, yeah, we’re taking your existential angst too. Don’t hate.

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