Social Affairs

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If the IMF is truly concerned with inequality, it needs to make specific changes that go beyond speeches, research papers and ‘pilot projects’, write Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell. 

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Actions as simple as smiling and saying hello in the supermarket can have a powerful influence on communities, according to social researcher Dr Hugh Mackay.

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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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