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Official prayers in federal parliament are divisive and unconstitutional, and should be scrapped

Each sitting day in federal parliament begins with the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate leading prayers. But sectarian official prayers are inconsistent with the religious diversity of the Australian community MPs are elected to represent.

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Celebrating the past and embracing the future in construction management

Western Sydney University has marked the 25 year anniversary of its Construction Management program, with a celebratory event at the Parramatta City campus.

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We all need to forget, even robots

Forgetting is a tricky business, both for humans and for artificial intelligence (AI), and researchers are exploring the idea of robot memory in many different ways.

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Royal commission provides a vital blueprint for justice for sex abuse victims – now it’s time to act

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse have long complained about police disinterest in so-called “historical” sexual abuse complaints: when a report is made years after the alleged offence.

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How safe are heartburn medications and who should use them?

Many people suffer regularly from heartburn - a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up the food pipe (oesophagus) after eating. The most commonly prescribed medications are "proton pump inhibitors".

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A closer look at jobless youth in Western Sydney points us to the solutions

Youth unemployment emerged as a primary national issue in the late 1970s after international crisis upended Australia's cosy post-war economy.Ten years later, youth unemployment soared again as the financial crises of the late 1980s became a full-blown recession.

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How ‘nudge theory’ can help shops avoid a backlash over plastic bag bans

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ll pass through the self-service checkout, scan your items, and hurriedly place them in the conveniently waiting thin, grey plastic bag before finalising the purchase.

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When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

While we often hear about the negative impact social media has on children, the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Children use it in a wide variety of ways – some of which are adding value to their lives.

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