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Opinion: We won’t get real equality until we price breastmilk, and treat breastfeeding as work

The Australian Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce delivered a major report last month drawing attention to what it called the “motherhood penalty” – the 55% cut in earnings for Australian women in the first five years after having a child.


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Opinion: Nuclear bombs, AI and the madness of reason – in The Maniac, Benjamin Labatut examines the troubling dawn of the digital age

A little over 100 years ago, the great German sociologist Max Weber warned that the growth of modern science would result in the “disenchantment” of the world.


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Opinion: Australia’s media classification system is no help to parents and carers. It needs a grounding in evidence

In the era of proliferating streaming platforms, choosing what to watch on family movie night can be hard.


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Opinion: Perth’s Optus Stadium has drawn more consumer anger after the outage. Another case of the ‘stadium curse’?

Sport stadium naming rights are controversial at the best of times – so why do corporates pay so much for them? And what are the risks?


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Opinion: Australian MPs walk a difficult line on Israel-Hamas conflict

The failure of the Voice referendum appeared to confirm Australians broadly reject propositions they believe to be characterised by divisiveness.


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Opinion: Gabrielle Carey’s affectionate life of James Joyce is a story of contingency, vulnerability and sadness

Gabrielle Carey cast a distinctive shadow within Australian writing, one you miss acutely only when it is no longer bodily present, even as elements of her essence remain as words on the page.


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Opinion: 2 biggest threats to wombats revealed in new data gathered by citizen scientists

Launched in 2015, WomSAT (Wombat Survey and Analysis Tool) is a citizen science project and website that allows “wombat warriors” to report sightings of wombats, their burrows, and even their cube-shaped poops.


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Opinion: Young Australians increasingly get news from social media, but many don’t understand algorithms

Adults might assume young people are not engaged in current affairs.



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