Social Affairs

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Teenagers and alcohol – how soon is too soon? It’s one of the thorniest dilemmas confronting parents. 

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Food security isn't just an issue for developing countries; in Australia we've already experienced the perils of food shortages. UNSW Canberra's Dr Alec Thornton explains.

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Video games such as Battlefield I encourage players to find purpose and meaning in war. But a new generation of artists and gamers is starting to question the messages they propagate, writes Andrew Yip.

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Technological and economic change is empowering a new group of people to push for greater access to opportunities, rights and protections, writes Lindy Edwards.

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Security Council resolution 2242 makes the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism central to the women, peace and security agenda, writes Laura Shepherd.

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We must do more to find alternatives to the increasing use of imprisonment to address women's health and social problems, write Paul Simpson and Tony Butler.

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For decades, Australia has kept out migrant children with disabilities. Ruth Balint says it’s time we gave them protection instead.

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Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, offers some alternatives to Australia's current handling of refugees.

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Preventing sexual violence is everybody’s responsibility, but we need to think carefully about how we do it, writes Biance Fileborn.

Whyalla

Decades of expansion for Whyalla were followed by decades of contraction. The steel making port city has seen optimism and idealism but also alienation and apathy, writes Peter Stanley.

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