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December 5, 2016

NOTE: This a revised and updated version of an article first published in 2016.

State school teachers called a stop-work meeting in New South Wales, Australia in December, 2016. More industrial action looks likely. Teachers are seeking better pay and conditions of work....

October 16, 2015

We all know plenty about Channel TEN’S The Bachelor and its new spin-off The Bachelorette, whether through watching the shows – as 1.5 million Australians do – or the media and social media circus that surrounds every twist and turn.

We can take from...

September 13, 2015

A boxer was injured in a fight in Sydney last weekend. At the time of writing he was on life support. There have been injuries in boxing many times before, among as many as ninety percent of boxers, according to some US estimates. Boxing is a sport that pits one man ag...

August 18, 2015

Traditionally, fathers were breadwinners and disciplinarians. Fathers taught their sons how to play football and encouraged their children to “buy a block of land”. I’ve been researching fatherhood for 25 years and, in the past, the traditional role of the father was m...

July 29, 2015

Why has the issue of expense claims by House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop dominated the news since mid-July? To understand how this one issue, of all the many political issues, has seized public attention, we need to understand how agendas are set.

At any t...

November 10, 2014

In an address last week, Australia’s Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, stressed the need to support families. Judith Ireland at Fairfax Media wrote:

Mr Andrews will talk of the importance of early intervention and prevention to avoid family breakups which he says...

September 5, 2014

Get your hand off it,” says the girl in the ad. Here is a cowgirl type telling men not to play with anything while driving. It’s the mobile that she means, ha ha.

Why should we be concerned? Because yet again, here’s an ad showing men as fools, clowns or rogues. Time a...

January 4, 2010

Thousands of kids around the western world are needlessly drugged every day. Last week Ms Nicola Roxon, Australian Federal Minister for Health, did something to lessen the problem.

Ms Roxon announced the release of some significant documents from two bodies. The Royal A...

June 6, 2002

Right around the world, boys are worrying educators. Parents of boys are tired of going to speech nights and watching a procession of girls getting academic awards while boys fidget, waiting for the sports awards. And parents are badgering teachers about the problem.

Bo...

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