Category Archives: Australia / N.Z

America’s Disappearing Middle Class

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Author: Joel Kotkin

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In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict breaks down these new divisions for the first time, focusing on the ascendency of two classes: the tech Oligarchy, based in Silicon Valley;...

Criminal Australia In the Grip of a ‘New Stolen Generation’

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Author: Newscom

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Figures reveal the number of indigenous children being forcibly taken from their homes has risen almost 400 per cent in 15 years, prompting Aboriginal Elders to condemn what they are labelling a ‘new Stolen Generation’. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children represent 4.6 per cent of the Australian population, and...

Experiment: School Lost Bullies After Ditching Playground Rules

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Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school. Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop...

Chloride Is Destroying Australia’s Swimmers

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Author: Newscom

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A WAVE of behavioural issues involving Australia’s former superstars of the pool has led to questions over whether or not there is a link between professional swimming and depression. A day after it was revealed that dual Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill had been charged with drug possession, a former professional...

How to Misunderstand Aboriginal Science

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Author: Ray Norris

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Just one generation ago Australian schoolkids were taught that Aboriginal people couldn’t count beyond five, wandered the desert scavenging for food, had no civilisation, couldn’t navigate and peacefully acquiesced when Western Civilisation rescued them in 1788. How did we get it so wrong? Australian historian Bill Gammage and others have...

Kiwis Taking To ‘Hillbilly Heroin’

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Author: Shane Cowlishaw

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New Zealanders are popping prescription pills with alarming regularity, and a painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" is being handed out too easily. Results from this year's Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, two-thirds had used prescription anti-pain or anti-anxiety drugs...