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A tweet by Victoria’s deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen on the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival in Australia, which provoked a furious response from the right-wing culture warriors, has led to a greater awareness of the legacy of colonialism, writes Chloe DS

The federal government is demanding (un)employment agencies get proactive and schedule appointments with unemployed workers — despite mutual obligations being suspended until June 1 writes Kerry Smith.

Given the composition of the National COVID-19 Co-ordinating Commission (NCCC), it is little wonder that its pandemic “recovery” plan is based on public handouts to the corporate gas sector, write Margaret Gleeson and Pip Hinman.

The Australian government is pursuing criminal prosecutions against a former Australian secret agent “Witness K” and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, who revealed that Australia had bugged East Timor cabinet meetings in 2004 during negotiations over the Timor Sea boundary and its oil and gas reserves. Paul Oboohov talks to Susan Connelly.

As university staff begin to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, many — perhaps most — are perplexed at the perverse behaviour of the National Tertiary Education Union, write two members Tim Battin and Kelvin McQueen.

Women are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 economic pain, in what some have dubbed the 'pink collar' recession, writes Pip Hinman.

Calls are growing for early childhood education to move away from the for-profit model, writes Jim McIlroy.

A massive 650 people from across Australia connected on Zoom on May 19 to tell Marsh insurance brokers not to help Adani find insurance for its controversial coal mine in the Galilee Basin in western Queensland, reports Coral Wynter.

While the federal government does not care about the wellbeing of the unemployed, it still faces a dilemma: how to continue to serve big business while appearing to care about all those who have been redundant, writes Sam Wainwright.

As New South Wales eases its coronavirus restrictions, the North East Forest Alliance took their anti-logging message to a state forest near Casino, in the state's north, reports Kerry Smith.

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