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Perceptions of happy and sad music may not be universal across cultures, new research finds

Major chords and melodies may not universally be perceived as happier than minor music, according to study of remote Papua New Guinea communities.

Opinion: Census data shows we’re more culturally diverse than ever. Our institutions must reflect this

Initial data from the 2021 census released this week shows Australia continues to become more culturally diverse.

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Opinion: Paul Daley’s Jesustown: a novel of lurid, postcolonial truth-telling

How can fiction contribute to the “truth” that the Uluru Statement asks us to tell? Allen and Unwin’s answer to that question is, in part, one of paratext. By composing a book’s paratext, a publisher addresses the reader about how to experience the book.