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Sunday essay: a slave state – how blackbirding in colonial Australia created a legacy of racism

Image: Kanakas on a sugar cane plantation, Queensland c.1890. Public domain In July 2021, Jack Dempsey, the mayor of Bundaberg, delivered an official apology for Northern...

How early Australian fairy tales displaced Aboriginal people with mythical creatures and fantasies of empty land

Image: Project Gutenberg - A prince flies in a carriage propelled by kingfishers in Hume Cook’s Australian Fairytales. Content warning: this article contains reference to...

Sunday essay: single parenting with a disability – how my 9-year-old daughter became my carer in shining armour

Shakira Hussein (seated in chair) with daughter Adalya Nash Hussein. Photo by Leah Jing McIntosh. Author provided My daughter started to describe me as disabled long before I...

From veggie gardening to op-shopping, migrants are the quiet environmentalists

 Picture: Shuttlestock The organised environmental movement is largely a white, middle-class space. But our research shows migrants care for nature in other ways – including living sustainably in...

Cat in a spat: scrapping Dr Seuss books is not cancel culture

  Image: Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP Let’s start by putting aside the bugbear that it is even possible to “cancel” children’s author Dr Seuss. As Philip...

Why the far-right and white supremecists have embraced the Middle Ages and their symbols

 AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Medievalist references littered the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th. Rudy Giuliani called for a “trial by combat”; the “Q Shaman”, Jacob Chansley (also...