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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at 40 – a deep meditation on loneliness, and Spielberg’s most exhilarating film

40 years ago this month saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  – a film about a stranded alien, the boy called Elliott who discovers it and a bond of friendship that remains as magical and heartbreaking as it did back in 1982.

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Sussan Ley says she is listening to women who rejected the Liberals. But will she hear what they are saying?

Sussan Ley, deputy leader of the Liberal Party and shadow minister for women, has been given a difficult task: bring women voters back to the Liberal Party. This will be no mean feat, given widespread acknowledgement they played a significant role in the Morrison government’s defeat.

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Announcement: Head of School, Social Sciences, Professor Simone Dennis

Appointment of Head of School, Social Sciences.

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Wages and women top Albanese’s IR agenda: the big question is how Labor keeps its promises

Industrial relations issues were front and centre when federal Labor last won office from opposition in 2007. The backlash against John Howard’s “Work Choices” reforms cost both his government and his own seat. Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard’s detailed “Forward with Fairness” policy provided a blueprint for the Fair Work Act that is still in force today.

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Barbara Trapido’s ‘undeniably sexy’ novel of academic bohemia still dazzles at 40

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Barbara Trapido’s debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, is one of those books that seems destined to reach its readers in roundabout ways.

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Could Australia follow Spain by introducing national menstrual leave?

Period pain, especially at work, can be uncomfortable – even crippling – but experts say Australia needs less stigma and more businesses to step up if we want to follow Spain in introducing menstrual leave as government policy.

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Why Morrison’s ‘can-do’ capitalism and conservative masculinity may not be cutting through anymore

Scott Morrison’s election strategy was clear at the end of last year. As borders were opened up and restrictions eased, Morrison argued the Coalition would be winding back the big government measures that were necessary during the pandemic.

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Paddy Compass Namadbara: for the first time, we can name an artist who created bark paintings in Arnhem Land in the 1910s

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains images and names of deceased people.

For students of Australian art and art collectors around the globe, Arnhem Land is synonymous with bark painting: sheets of tree bark carefully prepared as a canvas for painting by Aboriginal artists.

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