Social Affairs

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31 January 2013
Mahatma Gandhi’s central messages on women’s rights, the environment, animal rights and sexuality, continue to “challenge us, disturb us and shake us out of our complacency,” Michael Kirby has told a capacity audience at UNSW’s Gandhi Oration.
Daniel Guo
25 January 2013
Piano virtuoso Daniel Guo is one of an elite group of students merging their science and musical talents in a unique dual degree.
Monika Barthwal-Datta
25 January 2013
The future of Australia-India relations rests in the hands of the youth of both countries, writes Monika Barthwal-Datta.
Kirby
15 January 2013
One of Australia's most admired and respected public figures, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, will deliver UNSW's 2013 Gandhi Oration on 30 January.
defence
19 December 2012
We must recognise that war is a finite, extraordinary and unnatural state of affairs, not something entered into as a panacea capable of solving all problems, argues Ian Bickerton.
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18 December 2012
The draft defence white paper might be flawed but it sheds light on the strategic changes most likely to destabilise out region, argues Alan Dupont.
urban farm
17 December 2012
Will an urban farming project be able to revitalise Detroit, ask Laura Crommelin and Christine Steinmetz.
Pearcey_Laurie
12 December 2012
That Beijing sent its top brass to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations suggests China is interested in wider strategic engagement – a challenge Australia must accept if it is to thrive in the Asian Century, writes Laurie Pearcey.
iStock_city_skyline
12 December 2012
Inner city Australians enjoy a higher standard of living than their suburban and rural counterparts, according to new research from UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre.
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12 December 2012
Despite encouraging increases in some areas, cycling to work in Sydney remains a minority activity. Much more needs to be done before it becomes widespread and the benefits are felt on a population level, write Alexis Zander and Chris Rissel.
Mans hand on wheelchair wheel
10 December 2012
The rollout of the NDIS is a step forward in establishing universal disability support for all Australians, but as always, the devil is in the detail, write Karen Soldatic and Leanne Dowse.
public_intellectual
07 December 2012
A tall poppy fear or the absence of a competitive intellectual class. Why are Australians so reluctant when it comes to public intellectual life?
Older parent reads book to his child
06 December 2012
The unique needs of people with younger onset dementia have been addressed for the first time in new research by the Social Policy Research Centre.
DomesticViolence_leave_cropped
30 November 2012
One million Australian employees now have access to paid domestic violence leave, the result of research led by UNSW’s Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies.
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29 November 2012
With any luck the recommendations of the federal inquiry into workplace bullying will be enacted quickly, with appropriate resourcing and cooperation to make Australia a safer, better place to work, writes Carlo Caponecchia.
Uniken_cover
26 November 2012
Described as one of our greatest storytellers, photographer William Yang has been at the centre of Sydney’s artistic life for more than four decades. Now he is collating his work for future generations.
16JulyAsylum
26 November 2012
Current immigration policies regarding asylum seekers promote uncertainty, fear and disempowerment, which contribute to mental illness, argues Belinda Liddell.
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23 November 2012
Young adults who live at home well into adulthood still rely on their mothers to do housework, new research has found
Edwards-Lindy
21 November 2012
Tony Abbott's attempt to explain 'authentic Aborigines' was more than just rude, argues Lindy Edwards.
barangaroo
21 November 2012
Members of the public are often treated as irritants and voyeurs to political processes when the development and acquisition of public land is discussed, writes Mark Rolfe.
clock
20 November 2012
With few Australians conforming strictly to the traditional 9 to 5 working day, now is the time to recalibrate to a new time system, argues Stuart Khan.
Pearcey_Laurie
15 November 2012
China expert Laurie Pearcey has been jointly appointed the inaugural Director of China Strategy and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute.
flag crop
15 November 2012
With the combined fortunes of commodity producers and the federal budget increasingly tied to Chinese demand, Australia has much riding on the leadership transition, writes Laurie Pearcey.
Bickerton_Ian
02 November 2012
War should not be considered a “normal” response to dispute resolution, argues Ian Bickerton.
teaching
31 October 2012
Apparently, teachers and principals have no need to hear about research on international education policy and are too sensitive to deal with “controversial” ideas, write Kalervo Gulson and Andrew Gibson.

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