Social Affairs

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Differences in educational practices between Victoria and NSW could explain declines in Australian students’ mathematics performance in international test scores, according to research led by UNSW.

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With Human Rights Day and the UN's year-long Stand Up 4 Human Rights campaign imminent, here are 10 steps the government can take to improve human rights protection in Australia. 

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Governments need to consider the context in which their policies are implemented if they want to avoid large-scale failures like the pink batts scheme, according to academics from UNSW Canberra.

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More needs to be done to address the harsh reality of sexual assault and harassment at music venues and festivals, says UNSW criminologist Dr Bianca Fileborn. 

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Despite the layers of discrimination faced by refugee women and girls, they are not just passive victims, write Linda Bartolomei and Eileen Pittaway.

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The Nancy Hillier Memorial Lecture, organised by UNSW and Bayside Council, continues the feisty campaigner's legacy of fighting for communities.

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A positive outcome from the findings of The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory requires political will and leadership, write Sophie Russell and Chris Cuneen.

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What can we draw from the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey if only four out of five eligible Australians took part? Scott Sisson and Peter Baker crunch the numbers.

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A little-known incident 100 years ago reminds us that Australia at the time was riven by class, religious and political divisions, writes Jeff Kildea.

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A report from the United Nations Human Rights Committee shows that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record, write Anna Cody and Maria Nawaz.

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