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Michelle Grattan on strawberries, Sudmalis, schools, and the au pair affair

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

Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in politics. They discuss rushed legislation on strawberry contamination, the Liberals continued women problem with Ann Sudmalis’ announcement she won’t recontest her seat, the government’s new funding package on schools, and Peter...

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Super. If Labor really wanted to help women in retirement, it would do something else

  • Written by Brendan Coates, Fellow, Grattan Institute
Super. If Labor really wanted to help women in retirement, it would do something elseLabor's plan to pay super to women on paid parental leave would barely boost their retirement incomes.Shutterstock

When it comes to the gender gap in retirement incomes, symbolism appears to matter more than actually achieving something.

Labor’s plan to add super contributions to government-funded parental leave was heralded by Opposition...

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Is it time for Australia to be more open about research involving animals?

  • Written by Tyler Paytas, Research Fellow in Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Is it time for Australia to be more open about research involving animals?Most people never have the chance to see how animals live in laboratories.from www.shutterstock.com

The use of animals in scientific research is a complex ethical issue, and these studies typically take place behind closed doors.

But since 2012, more than 120 of Britain’s universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies have...

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If privacy is increasing for My Health Record data, it should apply to all medical records

  • Written by Megan Prictor, Research Fellow in Law, University of Melbourne
If privacy is increasing for My Health Record data, it should apply to all medical recordsEveryone was up in arms about a lack of privacy with My Health Records, but the privacy is the same for other types of patient data. from www.shutterstock.com

In response to the public outcry against the potential for My Health Record data to be shared with police and other government agencies, Health Minister Greg Hunt recently announced moves to c...

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  2. why Catholic primary school parents can afford to pay more
  3. Quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them
  4. Why does English have so many different spelling rules?
  5. the GFC and me. Ten years on, what have we learned?
  6. what do we want to be when we grow up?
  7. What makes you a man or a woman? Geneticist Jenny Graves explains
  8. The backflip over Sydney's marine park is a defiance of science
  9. Can e-scooters solve the 'last mile' problem? They'll need to avoid the fate of dockless bikes
  10. Planned trade deal with Europe could keep medicine prices too high
  11. Morrison aims to make agility his prime ministerial trademark
  12. Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought
  13. Desal plants might do less damage to marine environments than we thought
  14. En Masse is an arresting fusion of circus, dance and classical music
  15. 160 years of Māori monarchy
  16. Government unfurls $4.6 billion private schools package, calming Catholic critics
  17. We won't fix female super until we fix female pay, but Labor's ideas are a start
  18. We've had 20 aged care reviews in 20 years – will the royal commission be any different?
  19. How the law failed three children and their families in the Bowraville murder case
  20. two neat ways to get young minds thinking this school holiday season
  21. why the full story of Murdoch, Stokes and the Liberal leadership spill needs to be told
  22. The off-topic Conversation #168
  23. The shocking truth about insurance. We pick bad policies even with good information
  24. The Australian war film Jirga is a lesson in Afghan forgiveness
  25. how our leaders work hard at being 'ordinary'
  26. 'Walking into a headwind' – what it feels like for women building science careers
  27. We've cracked the cane toad genome, and that could help put the brakes on its invasion
  28. A community fix for the affordable housing crisis
  29. Your Apple Watch can now record your ECG – but what does that mean and can you trust it?
  30. Dutton back in spotlight after split Senate report on au pair affair
  31. Mother's Ruin is a stellar, gin-soaked cabaret
  32. How our residential aged-care system doesn't care about older people's emotional needs
  33. As we celebrate the rediscovery of the Endeavour let's acknowledge its complicated legacy
  34. what are copycat crimes and who commits them?
  35. On the Serena Williams cartoon -- and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa
  36. how ASIC is trying to make corporate misconduct hurt
  37. how dolphins learn to work together for rewards
  38. Why New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote
  39. what does it mean to be 'cisgender'?
  40. The AFL's gender diversity policy remains an apprehensive work in progress
  41. ‘step up’ to help the unemployed
  42. Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too
  43. I can't sleep. What drugs can I (safely) take?
  44. Trump versus China means picking sides
  45. Do you 'zombie check' your phone? How new tools can help you control technology over-use
  46. Eulogy for a seastar, Australia's first recorded marine extinction
  47. Morrison's challenge with women goes beyond simple numbers
  48. antipsychotic drugs are rarely effective in 'calming' dementia patients
  49. How understanding animal behaviour can liberate us from gender inequality
  50. Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states


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