Social Affairs

south sea islander children in queensland early 1900s

Australia's use of Pacific Islander workers in the late 19th century was part of a much bigger story of British sugar barons and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The Aboriginal flag flying over Parliament House in Canberra

Indigenous people have 80,000 years of diplomatic practice on this continent. Yet, our views on foreign policy are routinely overlooked.

illustration of a man and woman balanced on giant_scales

As more and more people use dating apps to find a partner, a trove of data from these users is revealing what men and women really want.

frame sits on the upper level of a two-storey house under construction

The pledge to build 30,000 homes over the next five years exposes the government's inaction, but it's still only a fraction of the number Australians need.

teacher in classroom feeling stressed

NSW public school teachers on short fixed-term contracts report feeling forced to compete with colleagues to stay employed.

student taking a test

Australia needs a new national assessment system rather than reforms to the current NAPLAN system, according to a new report from the Gonski Institute for Education.

Female protestor writing 'I cant breathe' on fellow protestor's face mask

Sometimes the simplest objects can tell the most powerful stories.

young girl sitting with parent distracted by phone

New research reveals digital devices as a great distraction in family life.

Tjapukai Shaw, RAAF Indigenous liaison officer, with two young Indigenous men in front of a large aircraft

These issues matter to our strategic allies, particularly in the Pacific. Dutton's climate change scepticism and attitudes toward First Nations people could be damaging.

coronoers court with indigenous protest flag in foreground

Investigations and inquests that follow a death in custody can offer insight into what happened. But much work is still needed to make these processes transparent and effective.

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