We are living through a period of particularly combative media-politics relations, driven largely by the Trump presidency and the ongoing “fake news” debate. But, as an ABC Rear View documentary reminded us recently, tension or outright hostility between politicians and journalists is far from new.
...but we can get around it.
Most people would not consciously decide to hire candidates based on whether they remind them of themselves. But one unconscious bias – affinity bias – may lead people to favour candidates who are like themselves, research shows.
Earlier this year, I visited Federation University to partake in the ritual get-together of Australian historians: the Australian Historical Association annual conference. Each July, around 500 historians converge upon a nominated university, and spend a week sharing research, catching up with colleagues and drinking too much coffee.
We are all familiar with the phrase 'don't put all your eggs in one basket', but for many years we thrived in spite of its warning. Industry, commerce, communities and indivduals thrived. Then the boom slowed. Now it has all but stopped and economists, academics and analysts from all over the country are picking at the carcas of the boom to understand how we can avoid making the same mistakes again.
The decision by the City of Fremantle to dispense with the customary Australia Day festivities on January 26 has garnered national attention. Following the urging of local Indigenous leaders, the council recently announced it would shift the celebrations by two days to January 28.
In this Rewind article from January 1962, The Civil Service Association introduced legislation to amend Part 10 of the Industrial Arbitration Act. It was accepted during Parliament after a request to amend the definition of "Government Officer".
Let's start by getting 'adversaries' to listen to one another
The author and activist Naomi Klein is currently on an Australian book tour, bringing us the terrifying message that climate change “changes everything”.
Behaviour change programs for domestically violent men are designed to address abusive and violent behaviour. Unlike anger management programs, the focus is on changing the perpetrator’s desire to control his partner by targeting his attitudes and behaviours.