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John Barnes

Eddie Betts and racism in sport: it’s not enough to just not join in

Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.

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Why Rio, like Sydney and London before it, won’t turn locals into sports stars

Since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games there's been increasing pressure on host cities to benefit the local community, but only now are plans being put in place.

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An historic handful of dirt: Whitlam and the legacy of the Wave Hill Walk-Off

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically returned the Gurindji’s country with a handful of red dirt – a story many Australians know from the song From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

Concussion 1

Sports coaches need to be educated about concussion to keep players safe on the field

Athletes who play collision sports, like rugby league, rugby union and Australian rules football, are at increased risk of concussion.

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How fiction helps us understand the reality of a mother abandoning her newborn baby

In fiction, when a woman feels so desperate and hopeless she believes abandoning her baby is her only option, we are able to show sympathy.

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How a little mathematics can help create some beautiful music

Since the time of Pythagoras around 500 BCE, music and mathematics have had an intimate and mutually supportive relationship.

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Breastfeeding dictator or breastfeeding enabler? Midwives' support styles can make a difference

We have come a long way since the days when babies were whisked away from their mother at birth to be bathed and wrapped before being presented back as a brand-new packaged bundle.

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Trying to cut your drinking? There’s an app for that

There might be another way to tackle the problems related to the over-consumption of alcohol that doesn’t require large-scale government intervention.

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