Women at the height of their artistic powers present a powerful reckoning in SOUL Fury

Originally published on theconversation.com Anida Yoeu Ali’s Lava Rising, The Red Chador: Genesis I (2019). Studio Revolt/Photo: Masahiro Sugano Review: SOUL Fury at Bendigo Gallery From love, bitter becomes sweet … From love, fire becomes light … From love, fury becomes mercy. So wrote the Sufi poet Rumi 700 years ago. Curator Nur Shkembi has […]

Australia’s housing laws are changing, but do they go far enough to prevent pet abandonment?

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock New South Wales recently became the latest state to end blanket bans on pets in apartments, joining Queensland and the ACT. Other housing regulations on pets are also shifting nationally, with Victoria last year following the ACT with reforms that prevent landlords from unreasonably restricting pets, and the Northern Territory […]

The government is determined to keep National Cabinet’s work a secret. This should worry us all

Originally published on theconversation.com Earlier this month, the Morrison government introduced a bill to parliament that would amend the Freedom of Information Act to allow meetings of the National Cabinet to receive the same exemptions from releasing information to the public as the federal cabinet. The protection would be considerable. The bill would expand the […]

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock With COVID-19 causing extraordinarily intrusive and expensive lockdowns, vaccine “passports” or certificates are increasingly seen as key to getting out of them. Decision-makers and gatekeepers – from border guards to maître d’s – will have a means of knowing who can safely engage with others. To that end, the New […]

Doctors and farmers turn up heat on Morrison ahead of Glasgow

Originally published on theconversation.com Multiple doctors’ organisations, led by the Australian Medical Association, and a major farm lobby have called on the federal government to boost Australia’s climate change ambition, as pressure mounts on Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce to finalise a deal ahead of the Glasgow conference. In an open letter to the Prime […]

Podcast with Michelle Grattan: Christian Porter’s anonymous money pot

Originally published on theconversation.com As well as her interviews with politicians and experts, Politics with Michelle Grattan now includes “Word from The Hill”, where she discusses the news with members of The Conversation politics team. In this episode, politics + society editor Amanda Dunn and Michelle discuss Christian Porter’s extraordinary “blind trust” – where generous […]

Is Salman Rushdie’s decision to publish on Substack the death of the novel?

Originally published on theconversation.com EPA/HAYOUNG JEON Email newsletters might be associated with the ghost towns of old personal email addresses for many: relentlessly accumulating unopened updates from organisations, stores and services signed up to and forgotten in the distant past. But over the last few years they have experienced a revival, with an increasing number […]

ASIC, now less a corporate watchdog, more a lapdog

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock The implosion of Australia’s corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, under the federal government’s new directions, has gone from tragedy to farce. ASIC was described as “weak, hesitant and timid” in a 2014 Senate review of its performance. To be fair, that was before ASIC’s current leadership. Now […]

Climate explained: how much of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels and could we replace it all with renewables?

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock/Tsetso Photo CC BY-ND Climate explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How are fossil fuels formed, why do they […]

Flattening the COVID curve: 3 weeks of tougher lockdowns in Sydney’s hotspots halved expected case numbers

Originally published on theconversation.com In a pandemic, you expect that as new public health measures are introduced, there’s an observable impact on the spread of the disease. But while that might have been the case in Melbourne’s second wave last year, the highly contagious Delta variant is different. In Sydney’s current second wave, none of […]