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Referendum 'no' vote a blow for Indigenous Australians

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. As Michelle Grattan writes, the vote is a major rebuff for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and “more important, a devastating blow for the many Indigenous Australians who had invested their hopes in what was always – given the history of referendums – a long shot”.

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.

Carissa Lee

First Nations and Public Policy Editor

View from The Hill: Anthony Albanese promises to continue to ‘advance reconciliation’ despite sweeping defeat of referendum

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The result was definitive, a major rebuff for Anthony Albanese and, more important, for the many Indigenous Australians who had put their hopes in what was always a long shot.

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.


Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion at the XXIX International Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin on January

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