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Australian referendum: 'no' vote major blow for Indigenous people

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Monday, 16 October 2023

The “no” vote carried the day in Australia’s referendum. This means that there will be no amendment to the country’s constitution to include a First Nations Voice to Parliament. In the aftermath, in the inevitable pulling apart of what happened and why, Frank Bongiorno points out one sad truth: if there is to be healing after this referendum, it will be a long journey.

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In a “tech-first” society, it is increasingly difficult to differentiate between authentic information and false claims or deliberately misleading video content. It is clear that numerous videos, social media posts and images purportedly about the Israel–Hamas conflict are deliberately misleading. Mitali Mukherjee maps the landscape as the conflict escalates and Israel prepares to invade Gaza with ground forces after ordering an evacuation of over a million people from the north to the south.

The prospect of a human running a full marathon in under two hours feels closer than ever before. On 8 October in Chicago, Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum not only slashed the world record but also set the scene for the “sub-2 hour” marathon mark to fall in the next few years. Simon Angus unpacks his run and its implications for the endurance race into the future.

Amanda Dunn

Politics + Society Editor

If there is to be any healing after the Voice referendum, it will be a long journey

Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University

In the end, the “yes” case failed to answer two basic questions: what was the problem to be solved, and how would the Voice help solve it?

Israel-Gaza conflict: when social media fakes are rampant, news verification is vital

Mitali Mukherjee, University of Oxford

An onslaught of fake videos on social media is relaying confusing and deliberately misleading information about the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Marathon under 2 hours is closer than ever – scientist shows how Kenya’s Kiptum tests human limits

Simon D Angus, Monash University

Kiptum – and to some extent Kipchoge – have done just enough to make the ‘sub-2’ moment a likely reality in the next few years.

Celebrated novelist Arundhati Roy faces prosecution in India – for a speech she gave in 2010

Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide

Arundhati Roy’s prosecution is just one of a series of actions by Narendra Modi’s government against its opponents – including journalists, activists, students and opposing politicians.


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