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Understanding the NDIS: a history of disability welfare from ‘deserving poor’ to consumers in control

Society hasn't always seen people with disabilities as having the same rights at everyone else. So how did we get to the NDIS, which offers people with disabilities with choice and control?

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How the desire for masculinity might drive some disadvantaged young men to substance abuse

Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.

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It takes a village: law reform can’t be the only response to online child abuse material

The Victorian government introduced legislation this week to deliver on key changes recommended by an in-depth review of the state’s sexual offences. Among the changes is the replacement of the term “child pornography” with “child abuse material”. This shift in terminology is particularly welcome. What’s in a name? It might appear a small change to […]

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Turnbull should help the states switch stamp duty for land tax

It makes sense for the federal government to grease the wheels of federal-state tax reform.

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Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape

We tend to think of “justice” as meaning having one’s day in court – and that justice is done when the perpetrator is convicted and punished. But for many victim-survivors of sexual violence, that day may never come. While one in five Australian women and one in 22 men will experience sexual violence in their […]

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Gender equality in the workplace can prevent violence against women

The biggest barriers for workplace programs which are aimed at preventing violence against women are sexism and discrimination.

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Will house prices ‘collapse’ if negative gearing is changed?

The results of changing negative gearing are not as straight-forward as the government suggests.

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Ending ‘revenge porn’: how can we stop sexual images being used to abuse?

A Senate inquiry into “revenge porn” is due to report next week. This will put this important social and legal issue back on the news and policy reform agenda. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee defines “revenge porn” as involving: … sharing private sexual images and recordings of a person without their consent, with […]

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Violence against women: does technology do more harm than good?

Federal MP Tim Watts spoke in parliament on Monday about the ways in which new technologies are being used to stalk, intimidate, threaten and harass women. This abuse, he suggests, often happens in domestic violence situations. It is also happening in new ways, such as via “revenge pornography”, to which our current laws are unable […]

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FactCheck Q&A: is domestic violence in Australia on the decline?

Are domestic violence figures actually on the decline? FactCheck investigate.

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Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan is famous for the longevity of its citizens. A quarter of its population is older than 65. That is a proportion that Australia is likely to reach only by 2056. Japan’s experience makes it an interesting example to learn from in the area of aged care. In 2000, following a decade of stagnant growth, […]

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Member highlight: Professor Guy Johnson

Australia's first Professor of Homelessness and leader of the UNISON Housing Research Program, Guy Johnson has been involved in the area of homelessness for two decades, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a researcher. He currently is the Coordinator of the Urban Housing and Homelessness Research Program.

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My partner used child pornography

When Natasha’s husband arrived home flanked by two police officers, her life was thrown into turmoil. That was the moment she learned that her partner possessed child pornography. Natalie Walker is the founder of PartnerSPEAK, a support group for the family members of those who use child exploitation material. Despite having no funding, it has […]

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How can we stem the tide of online harassment and abuse?

Women and men are just as likely to report experiencing any form of digital harassment and abuse.

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Young Australians’ views on domestic violence are cause for concern – but also hope

A report on young Australians' attitudes towards violence against women highlights some worrying trends. But it's not all bad news.

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What’s in a name? Online child abuse material is not ‘pornography’

The continued use by politicians and the media of the term “child pornography” minimises the offence's seriousness. They are online child abuse material.

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Australians less likely to survive home ownership than Britons

Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?

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The real reasons negative gearing on housing should be phased out

There are well-rehearsed arguments both for and against removing negative gearing from property.

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No means no: how resistance training for women can stop (some) rape

A Canadian study has found that university women participating in a rape-prevention program involving "resistance training" were significantly less likely to be sexually assaulted in the next year.

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The facts on Australian housing affordability

Housing affordability, high house prices and rents are attracting plenty of media attention right now.

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Everyday rape: let’s turn the spotlight on known perpetrators

Australia is at a critical juncture of increasing awareness and understanding of men’s violence against women. But one important type of sexual violence is often overlooked: acquaintance rape.

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Women’s personal experiences of violence should indeed incite Fury

Women sharing their accounts of violence against them, and its aftermath, can be powerful.

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Rape culture: why our community attitudes to sexual violence matter

Results from the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) 2013 Survey have been released today by VicHealth, and there is reason to be concerned.

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Gender, culture and class collude in violence against women

Anastasia Powell considers the role of class as a contributing factor in violence against women.

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