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Sport, Sochi and the rising challenge of the activist athlete

In recent decades sportspeople have joined the likes of film and pop stars in the global celebrity ranks. It is hardly surprising then that some have emulated activist actors and “protest” singers.


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Lunar New Year a symbol of modern Australia

As Australians prepare to celebrate the Chinese New Year, an expert says the event’s integration into the national calendar is a colourful demonstration.


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How texting turns you into a walking disaster

For most of us, walking in a straight line at reasonable speed is a simple task. But watch someone texting or reading on their mobile phone and you’d be forgiven for thinking that walking is not as easy as it looks.


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What happens when things go pear shaped? The curious case of SPC

The recent attention regarding the difficulties faced by SPC Ardmona has put the spotlight on the ability of accounting standards.


David Rowe

The Ashes: Australian masculinity reborn amid English tumult

After losing three Ashes series on the bounce and following much soul-searching about the decline of its national sporting prowess, Australia is giving England a pounding in the cricket. For many, all is right again with the world.


Keith Parry

Sledging is out of order in the workplace, so why not the sports field?

Picture this scene: you and a colleague sit down for a meeting with your counterparts from another organisation. Before discussions begin, one employee leans over and questions whether you know what you are doing.


Anthony Uhlmann

Why study English? In defence of a discipline

Last month, heads of English departments in universities across Australia formed a new peak body to advocate for the discipline of English. In part, the Australian University Heads of English group was formed to restore a sense of unity and direction to the discipline...(read more)


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Appy-Land or Geekistan? The open questions of Open Data

Under Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s watch, the way we engage with government agencies is set to go digital by default...(read more)



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