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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer: don’t blame Belle Gibson for your belief in idiotic nonsense

Everyone is angry with Belle Gibson, but nobody can be bothered destroying the natural health bullshit that formed her success.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PEOPLE & IDEAS | 3 UNLOCK?

Racial vilification or ‘bulltish’? Richmond v John Burns fails to make waves

How times have changed as newspapers relegate a terrorist slur allegation to the sport pages.

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BERNARD KEANE | PEOPLE & IDEAS | 36 UNLOCK?

Keane: the old and the new of Anzac amnesia

A century on from Gallipoli, Australia remains mired in pointless imperial ventures in the Middle East and “Lest We Forget” was never more ironic.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer: being and nothingness and the Material Girl

The Material Girl’s true currency has been her ability to point her coned-shaped bra at the making of meaning itself.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Jeremy Clarkson and the obsolescence of middle-class white men

Jeremy Clarkson once stood to mock the middle-class English culture he represented. But now has nothing left to say beyond “Believe me, I’m very important”.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Not dead yet! Skywhale artist says she will fly again

New ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr accidentally killed off Canberra’s famous Skywhale last week, but the artist behind the creation explains she’s not going anywhere.

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BERNARD KEANE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Business as usual won’t work on domestic violence

Politicians have realised that a substantial change is needed on domestic violence policy. But we’re so far behind on the issue we need to do the basics first.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

The true value of the imperfect, sometimes-amateurish Triple J is that it provides young Australians with a platform from which to critique confusing orthodoxies in the culture industry.

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Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

Two exhibitions showing in Melbourne over summer seem worlds apart, but both have much to say about our changing notions of culture and what constitutes celebrity, writes Melbourne-based crime writer and reviewer Andrew Nette.

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SALLY WHYTE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

One story, told week by week: don’t expect an Australian Serial

Australia’s strong defamation laws make it very unlikely Australia could replicate Sarah Koenig’s blockbuster podcast.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

Stella Young was not exceptional because she had a physical disability. She was exceptional because she put everything she had into the hard, important work of social change.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Goodbye to my friend Stella, we owe you so much

Shakira Hussein pays tribute to the biting, brilliant wit of Stella Young — and a life free from inspiration porn.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

The murky moral waters of the Serial podcast phenomenon

Journalists investigating true crime need to remember they don’t live in a Nancy Drew-esque universe — their work has lasting consequences.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Pyne and vile Kyle most outstanding sexists

The Ernie awards for Sexist Remarks are great fun — but wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t enough nominees?

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PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Prepare to question everything you thought you knew about Australian English

Think didgeridoo is an Aboriginal word? Know the etymology of the word posh? Think there’s no English word for schadenfreude? Linguist Gary Nunn explodes some English myths.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rundle: we won’t mourn for Rivers, but my god she was funny

Joan Rivers was far more of a pioneer and innovator than Robin Williams, but she had no sincere schtick. She was all brassy, all bitchy and all funny — the last of her kind, and the best.

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Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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David Bowie is … at it again

The construction of the David Bowie narrative continues with David Bowie is, a new exhibition celebrating 50 years of one of the era’s most influential artists, writes Peter Farnan.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Hollywood and death: a tug of war between nostalgia and the ephemeral

Luke Buckmaster reflects on the entertainment industry’s reluctance to let go — and a business model built on visions of the past.

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DEPARTMENT OF AUSTRALIA | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Crikey survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

Some religions prohibit women from having formal power, while others are open-minded. You might be surprised where some religions fall on the spectrum …

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Want to improve teaching? Ask a teacher

The media has been full of complaints about poor-quality teachers. But does the answer really lie in choosing teachers with better academic marks? Teacher Chris Fotinopoulos is not convinced.

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