Topic: newsandstories

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    February 9, 2015 Gen Y and Z: Entitlement complex, or a quest for meaning?

    In the late 1950s, Frederick Herzberg conducted surveys on what we now term “The Greatest Generation,” those who fought during WWII. Selecting a group of factory workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Herzberg asked them “what do you like and dislike about your job?” After months of research and a literature review of thousands of similar studies, […]

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    January 5, 2015 China tries to exterminate real-life Pikachu

    This is a terrible, terrible idea. In spite of the warnings provided by biologists, ecologists and other scientists, China is engaging in a program to exterminate the pika, a small mammal most famous for inspiring the creation of everyone’s favourite Pokémon, Pikachu. The last time China tried to abolish a purported pest species, 20 million […]

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    November 27, 2014 Benson Saulo: On his way to the top

    At the age of 26, Benson Saulo’s résumé already reads like that of somebody at the end of a distinguished career in public service. In 2011 he became the Australian Youth Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2012 he founded the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA). He is the current youth Representative to the […]

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    November 14, 2014 Dreaming Big: Senator Nova Peris

    As a young child, Joan Peris was forcibly removed from the arms of her mother Nora and her father Johnny, and sent to Garden Point mission on the Tiwi Islands. Both her parents had suffered similar upbringings; her mother spent twelve years at the Moola Bulla mission in the Kimberley as a child, and her […]

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    Cave paintings and the brain

    You might expect that our ancient human ancestors first started painting the same way that young children do. Maybe they would start out with things they have seen before – like everyday objects and pets, and eventually move on to subject matter more abstract and imaginative. Or maybe it’s something a little more mysterious. Some […]

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    Noel Pearson gave one hell of a eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s farewell

    So, so good. English students will no doubt be studying it for years to come. Hard to pity them, really. “Thirty-eight years later, we are like John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin’s Jewish insurgents ranting against the despotic rule of Rome, defiantly demanding: ‘And what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?’ “Apart […]

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    October 24, 2014 Amazing Stories: The tale of Pemulwuy

    The soldiers march through the hot afternoon, sweat trickling down their necks, the moisture captured by their heavy woollen uniforms. Their steps are heavy; packs laden down with supplies and guns slung over their shoulders force them down into the earth. A kookaburra bursts into a flurry of laughter as magpies warble with renewed pleasure. […]