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Opinion: Cheerleaders are athletes. The NRL should pause on packing away the pom poms

As the NRL competition ushers in its 2021 season, women waving pom poms while clad in figure hugging attire and white, knee-high boots will be missing from some games.


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Opinion: How young LGBTQIA+ people used social media to thrive during COVID lockdowns

We spoke to 65 LGBTQIA+ people aged 16–30 from across Australia. For many, isolation provided an opportunity to reflect and build on their identity.


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Opinion: From veggie gardening to op-shopping, migrants are the quiet environmentalists

The organised environmental movement is largely a white, middle-class space. But our research shows migrants care for nature in other ways – including living sustainably in their everyday lives.


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Opinion: Why Pope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq was a mission of peace over politics

Pope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq, including visits to the war-torn north, has been deeply significant. It is one that needs to be seen in the context of peace rather than politics.


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Opinion: Imagine having your period and no money for pads or tampons. Would you still go to school?

The New South Wales Education Department said last week said it would trial a program to hand out free pads and tampons in schools.


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Opinion: A degree promises a better life but social mobility has a downside too

Higher education has long been associated with the promise of a good life. Participation, however, has no guarantees.


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Opinion: It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?

In March 2019, a powerful storm hit southern Nepal. Residents in the Bara and Parsa districts had little warning. They sheltered in huts made from mud and brick which collapsed in the wind and rain.


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Opinion: Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent.



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