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Latest Articles

It's time we got off the Lolita Express

As we approach the second anniversary of #MeToo in October, some may ask what, if anything, has been achieved? Over the weekend, one of the most high profile alleged offenders to be snared in #MeToo’s net, the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, died by apparent suicide while in jail awaiting trial on charges he recruited dozens of underage victims – some of whom he trained to recruit others – as part of a sex trafficking ring he ran for at least five years in the early 2000s. What happens next
By Kristine Ziwica
The Age

Post-it protest in support of Hong Kong backlash over extradition plan

Hundreds of post-it notes fluttered over the graffiti on Hosier Lane in central Melbourne on Saturday in a message of support to pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The notes are part of an art installation – Lennon Wall for Hong Kong, by Chinese-Australian artist and political dissident Badiucao – depicting Chinese leader Xi Xingping and Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam. Extradition laws proposed by the Hong Kong government, which would allow someone in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland
By Alex Dalziel
The Age

Beware the trap of faux feminist 'wellness'

The late activist Audre Lorde wrote the now-famous quote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” That is absolutely true – and wise words for the growing army of feminist activists who are taking to the streets in pursuit of equality with energy not seen since the height of second wave feminism. But beware the rise of corporate “feminist wellness”, selling you a soothing balm of tea and scented candles – a kind of faux femi
By Kristine Ziwica
The Age

This kind of political violence against women must stop

So called “political violence” or “violence against women in politics” is a specific thing. But before I give you the technical definition, let me just say that yesterday’s Sunshine Coast Daily front page featuring Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the crosshairs of a rifle with the headline, Anna, You’re Next, is a pretty classic example. From commonplace acts of harassment and sexual harassment, to misogynistic and sexist verbal attacks, much of it increasingly online, women in poli
By Kristine Ziwica
The Age

We can learn a thing or two from the communists about childcare

A few years ago, my family benefited from the help of an excellent au pair from Germany. In the vein of Mary Poppins, she was practically perfect in every way, except for one minor fault: she had an annoying habit of musing out loud on the perceived inadequacies of Australia compared with her home country and frequently started sentences with, “In Germany ...” Cue meditation on German superiority. It happened so often that it become a kind of joke in our family, something my husband and I still
By Kristine Ziwica
The Age

The Cliffsofmoher dies after suffering injury in Melbourne Cup

Irish visitor The Cliffsofmoher has been put down after a mishap passing the winning post the first time in the Melbourne Cup. The Caulfield Cup placegetter, trained by Aidan O'Brien, fractured a shoulder as he was approaching the turn out of the straight for the first time. Stablemate Yucatan was favourite and ran 11th in the race, which was won by Cross Counter, with Marmelo second and A Prince of Arran third. Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news
By Trafford Smith
The Age

The Cliffsofmoher dies after suffering injury in Melbourne Cup

Irish visitor The Cliffsofmoher has been put down after a mishap passing the winning post the first time in the Melbourne Cup. The Caulfield Cup placegetter, trained by Aidan O'Brien, fractured a shoulder as he was approaching the turn out of the straight for the first time. Stablemate Yucatan was favourite and ran 11th in the race, which was won by Cross Counter, with Marmelo second and A Prince of Arran third. Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, confirmed the news
By Trafford Smith
The Age

Melanie says she earned $2 an hour and every step was tracked on an app

Melanie Young was looking to earn some extra money for her young family - all she had to do was download a smart phone app. Now, the catalogue distribution industry is facing allegations of exploitation, with features such as monitoring apps indicating a closer employment relationship between companies and contractors.
By Peter Bateman
The Age

The $4b 'buy now, pay later' startup built on a legal loophole

Over the past two and a half years, Afterpay has emerged from nowhere to become a $4 billion juggernaut - one of Australia's biggest fintech successes. It has amassed an army of devoted users, many of them millennials, who love the product, and a crew of faithful shareholders who gush about its stunning growth. Afterpay's shares are up nearly 2000 per cent over the past 2 ½years. Its co-founder and chief executive Nick Molnar, who is not yet 30, has skyrocketed up the rich list - his stake in th
By Peter Bateman
The Age

Your smart phone identity is at your finger tips

With every swipe and tap of your finger your smart phone, and its apps, are building a picture of just who is using it. That is a key finding in new research out of the CSIRO that warns consumers their distinctive finger gestures could be harvested by data-hungry app developers. The research from CSIRO’s Data61 division describes ‘touch based tracking’ which sees your device extracting data on how you tap, zoom, and swipe, including the velocity and acceleration of the movements.
By Peter Bateman
The Age

The key to making therapeutic robotics more efficient: a human touch

Mechanical and robotic exoskeletons hold considerable promise, both as aids to the disabled and machines to increase the lifting power of worked in heavy industry, but so far the reality has lagged considerably behind the dream. One of the principle obstacles faced by designers in the need for frequent recalibration of exoskeleton settings.
By Andrew Masterson
The Age