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Colonial heritage: monarchy, class, and today’s issues


Today’s cultural dramas about class and race found a new mark with revelation from Prince Harry and his wife Megan Markle about the British monarchy (did you miss it? saturation coverage worldwide). The ensuing stories dug for ideas and prejudices embedded in the imperial legacy. That legacy, which also overwhelmed

Victoria’s truth-telling commission: to move forward, we need to answer for the legacies of colonisation


LAST YEAR, the Victorian government announced it would establish a Truth and Justice process to “recognise historic wrongs and address ongoing injustices for Aboriginal Victorians”. Since then, the government has worked in partnership with the First Peoples’ Assembly to figure out how that process would operate. Today, the government and the First

Do you tick animal abuse with your cheap chicken?

The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken An investigator went under cover and brought back disturbing video from a farm growing those famous birds. Probably like many of you, I think of Costco as an enlightened company exemplifying capitalism that works. One ranking listed it as the No. 1 company to work at in

A huge difference to people’s thermal comfort:


Experts suggest tricks for householders to minimise summer heat. SOME PARTS OF Australia are sweltering as a heatwave moves from Adelaide across to the east coast. The City of Churches is no stranger to heatwaves. In February 2017, the city experienced temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days. At night, temperatures didn't drop

Living in Australia near bush? Save this.


The West Australian bushfires have reminded everyone living on peri-urban hobby blocks or otherwise near the Australian bush that the increased fire dangers with climate change stay with us.  The ABC put together this handy illustrated reminder list to keep with your bushfire  preparation file. If defending your home: you will

Going to the beach this Christmas?


A blue-ringed octopus bite is rare but potentially deadly. Here’s what you need to know. AARON HODGSON was collecting shells on a beach just south of Newcastle with his two young daughters when something unforgettable happened. He was holding a bunch of shells in his hand when he felt a slight sucking

Just in case you think you’re old!

JEANNE LOUISE CALMENT had the longest confirmed human lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madame Calment lived her life. She was born in Arles, France, on February 21, 1875. When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 years old. It was at this