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Human Rights Observatory
By Raymond Evans, Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Griffith University
Many argue Samuel Griffith, twice Queensland premier and our first chief justice, is guilty of colonial war crimes. Raymond Evans searched for the evidence to nail him but found a different story.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Cherine Fahd, Associate Professor Visual Communication, University of Technology Sydney
House of Gods is a gripping new Australian TV drama. It reveals the inner workings of an imam’s family and community, and the corrupting effects of power, ambition and secrets on family and faith.

Set in Western Sydney, the saga commences on election day at The Messenger mosque. Sheikh Mohammad (Kamel El Basha) is a progressive, charismatic contender for the esteemed position of head cleric. But he is embroiled in controversy when a young woman unexpectedly plants a kiss on his cheek while posing with him for a selfie.

The seemingly harmless gesture swiftly snowballs into…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Steven Kenway, Research Group Leader, Water-Energy-Carbon, The University of Queensland
Liam Smith, Director, BehaviourWorks, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
Paul Satur, Research Fellow for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
Rob Skinner, Professorial Fellow, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
Why is there such a big gap between people, industries and government agreeing we need urgent action on climate change, and actually starting? Scope 3 emissions are a great example. These are greenhouse gas emissions that organisations can influence, but don’t directly control.

Our research has identified the benefits of tackling these emissions in Australia’s urban water sector. If we consider the energy we use to heat water, water costs us far more than we think. It’s an issue…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Emily Roycroft, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University
The delicate mouse – widespread across Australia – has turned out to be three different species. This will help to save them from habitat loss.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Cris Townley, Postdoctoral research fellow, Western Sydney University
Children are often allowed to freely explore their identities in early childhood services. But when they get to school, they are categorised as ‘boys’ or ‘girls’.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Louise Grimmer, Senior Lecturer in Retail Marketing, University of Tasmania
There is no escaping Taylor Swift. Even if you try to ignore the star, she is currently everywhere. On the airwaves, on playlists, streaming services, social media, in the news, on the big screen and at a mega-stadium near you.

Devoted “Swifties” around the globe have their own lore, with the 34-year-old’s appeal crossing sex, age, class and cultural groups.

The largest US newspaper chain, Garnett,…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Kate Burridge, Professor of Linguistics, Monash University
Isabelle Burke, Research fellow in Linguistics, Monash University
Much has been written about the power of Taylor Swift’s poetic lyrics to resonate deeply with her audiences. But forget poetry and literary allusions — their influence pales in comparison to the cultural impact of a resounding “yeah-nah”.

During last Friday evening’s concert, Swift’s dancer Kameron Saunders bellowed the cherished Australian phrase in response to Swift’s line “You know that we are never getting back together” — and 96,000 Swifties at the Melbourne Cricket Ground went wild.

It was enchanting to meet you — introducing ‘yeah-nah’


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By Ann Kayis-Kumar, Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
The Tax Office has been writing off hard-to-collect debts for years, but it hasn’t had the power to do it. Unless we give it that power, it’ll be forced to push vulnerable Australians into debt.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Laura Marchese, PhD Student at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
Katherine Livingstone, NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
If you’re thinking about buying plant-based foods, a trip to the supermarket can leave you bewildered.

There are plant-based burgers, sausages and mince. The fridges are loaded with non-dairy milk, cheese and yoghurt. Then there are the tins of beans and packets of tofu.

But how much is actually healthy?

Our nutritional audit of more than 700 plant-based foods for sale in Australian supermarkets has just been published. We found some products are so high in salt…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Lauren Kate Kelly, PhD Candidate, ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society, RMIT University
The hidden side of the supermarket giants’ quest for profits is an increasingly elaborate system for monitoring and managing shoppers and workers.The Conversation (Full Story)
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