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Human Rights Observatory
By Luke Smillie, Professor in Personality Psychology, The University of Melbourne
The toll of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on people’s wellbeing was felt worldwide. The effects were temporary for most. But those high on certain psychological traits struggled for longer.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michelle Peterie, Research Fellow, Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, University of Sydney
Alex Broom, Professor of Sociology & Director, Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, University of Sydney
There are many social assumptions about how to best ‘get through’ grief. We interview 95 people about their experiences of loss and found we need to rethink what grief looks and feels like.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Yee-Fui Ng, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University
The private member’s bill is unlikely to get through, but it raises important points about the scourge of pork-barrelling in Australian politics.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Troy Riddell, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
Appointing individuals who may have links to the party in power is not necessarily troublesome, as long as the process emphasizes legal knowledge and fairness, and not partisan considerations.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, left, meets with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., at Malacañang palace in Manila, September 8, 2023. © 2023 Earvin Perias/AP Photo Australian lawmakers attending Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s address before a joint sitting of parliament in Canberra on Wednesday should take his human rights rhetoric with a grain of salt. Australian-Philippine relations have improved since President Marcos took office in 2022, replacing Rodrigo Duterte, whose abusive “war on drugs” killed thousands and amounted to crimes… (Full Story)
By Chris Vagasky, Meteorologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A new study shows how often lightning strikes and how it behaves, often hitting the ground with multiple strikes from the same flash.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Charlotte Dunn, Lecturer in Classics, University of Tasmania
You might be surprised to learn the sex life of a long-dead conqueror is making headlines in 2024. Netflix documentary Alexander the Great: The Making of a God has provoked outrage for its portrayal of Alexander in a romantic relationship with his male companion Hephaestion.

Alexander the Great (356–323BC) spent his short life undertaking an enormous military campaign. He defeated the Persian king Darius…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Rosie Clare Shorter, Research fellow, Deakin University
A new biography tells the story of Hillsong and its leader Brian Houston. How did Hillsong come to dominate Australian Pentecostalism – and Australian Christianity? What can we learn from its decline?The Conversation (Full Story)
By Timothy Weber, Research Officer for School of Engineering, Australian National University
Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering, Australian National University
Huge open-cut mining pits would be turned into reservoirs to hold water for renewable energy storage. It would give the sites a new lease on life and help shore up our low-emissions future.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Pearl Subban, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University
State and federal education ministers have agreed university offers should not be made to Year 12 students before September this year. Previously they have been made as early as March.The Conversation (Full Story)
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