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Human Rights Observatory
By Zoe Rathus, Senior Lecturer in Law, Griffith University
Equal shared parental responsibility will no longer automatically be considered to be in a child’s best interest. That’s a good thing, particularly in domestic violence situations.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Anne Twomey, Professor emerita, University of Sydney
If two people were to job-share the role of federal MP, it would take much more than changing the Electoral Act.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Suzanne Nielsen, Professor and Deputy Director, Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University
Amanda Roxburgh, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Burnet Institute
Richard Armour, PhD Candidate, Monash University
Nitazenes can be up to 50 times stronger than fentanyl. They’re not yet common in Australia so now is the time to implement policies to reduce their harm and limit their uptake.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Adam B. Watts, Research Associate in galaxy evolution, The University of Western Australia
When astronomers focused on the galaxy NGC 4383, they didn’t expect the data to be so spectacular. This is the first detailed map of gas flowing from this galaxy as stars burst within.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Adrian Beaumont, Election Analyst (Psephologist) at The Conversation; and Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
A national Newspoll, conducted April 15–18 from a sample of 1,236, gave Labor a 51–49 lead, unchanged from the previous Newspoll in late March. Primary votes were 38% Coalition (up one), 33% Labor (up one), 12% Greens (down one), 7% One Nation (steady) and 10% for all Others (down one).

Anthony Albanese’s net approval was up one point to -6, while Peter Dutton’s net approval was…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Mark Rickerby, Lecturer, School of Product Design, University of Canterbury
The Rotorua woman wrongly identified by a supermarket facial recognition system says ethnicity was a ‘huge factor’. Her case shows why human-centered design is needed to avoid misuse, bias and harm.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Irma Mooi-Reci, Professor in Labour Sociology, The University of Melbourne
As they kick off their careers, young people often have to navigate a maze of short-term and casual jobs.

In Australia, many of them also wish to work more hours than their current jobs allow, leading to a situation called “underemployment”.

Casual employment and underemployment often go hand in hand. But just how common are these experiences during…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Emma Shortis, Adjunct Senior Fellow, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
The risk for the president is that he has not anticipated just how much his own foreign policy might undermine his message and the strength of his personal appeal.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, emir of Qatar, in Doha, November 29, 2023.  © 2023 Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Photo (Beirut) – The upcoming visits of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to Bangladesh and Nepal should prioritize labor protections for migrant workers, Human Rights Watch said today. Both are key countries for Qatar’s migrant workforce, which makes up 88 percent of the country’s population. Al-Thani is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on April 22, 2024, and in Nepal on April 24. “It is important for Qatar, Bangladesh,… (Full Story)
By Francis L Collins, Professor of Sociology, University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau
Other labour migrants in New Zealand enjoy rights broadly in line with those experienced by citizens and permanent residents – ‘low-skilled’ workers should too.The Conversation (Full Story)
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