Social Affairs

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Social researcher and author Dr Hugh Mackay AO speaks on the topic “The state of the nation starts in your street”, discussing why our neighbourhoods matter and how good neighbours build strong communities. Dr Mackay delivered the 2017 Gandhi Oration at UNSW.

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There are lots of ways teachers greatly influence children’s outcomes, including improving motivation and resilience, writes Andrew Martin.

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The TPP can't go ahead in any form, so its time the Australian government lets it go, writes Elizabeth Thurbon.

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When it comes to Australia's employment of people with a disability, perhaps we need to learn from Chinese policy, which combines employment quotas and a levy on employers who do not comply, writes Karen Fisher.

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Enough of the hand-wringing – the world needs a “coalition of the obligated” to take action to stop mass atrocities, writes Toni Erskine. 

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Author Shirley Hazzard taught readers to approach literature with an ear to poetry and reminded us of the endless and important labour of art, writes Brigitta Olubas.

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In teaching us to approach literature with an ear to poetry, Shirley Hazzard reminds us of the endless and important labour of art, writes Brigitta Oubas.

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The iconic Sirius apartment building in Sydney's The Rocks is the latest battleground in the fight over who lives in our cities, writes Grace Karskens.

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Dr Cassandra Goldie, head of the Australian Council of Social Service, has a PhD in Law from UNSW. At the university she met Professor Peter Saunders, from the Social Policy Research Centre, with whom ACOSS has now partnered to produce landmark reports into poverty.

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The research libraries attached to art galleries are some of the nation's great cultural assets. But the National Gallery of Australia's library is losing crucial staff as 'efficiency dividends' hit home.

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