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Refugee policy is always fraught. When Abbott next declares the government’s overwhelming success at “stopping the boats”, we would do well to remember these costs.
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How have medical television shows shaped people's perceptions of doctors and diseases?
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Comment: Always make promises

Living up to a social contract is inordinately valuable, and there's no pressure to exceed it.
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Changing memories to treat PTSD

A controversial area of brain research suggests it may be possible—but is it ethical?
Education Minister Christopher Pyne was appointed at a time of innovation, contention and uncertainty at all levels of schooling and higher education. One year in...
Australia is moving steadily towards becoming part of widened American air strikes against militants of the Islamic State, as the Abbott government’s policy takes...
The Bingham Cup, the “World Cup of gay rugby” is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to counter hyper-masculine and heteronormative attitudes...
British intelligence has been racing to identify the man who appeared in a video of James Foley's beheading. According to British media outlets, they have a "key...
Far too many Australians, including young people, older people, single parents and people with disability will be affected by the government's budget measures.
The tricky psychiatric diagnosis is getting a lot of attention, which is exactly what it wants.
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Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is...
Empathy makes you better at cocktail parties—and at life.
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