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Japan’s Old Enough and Australia’s Bluey remind us our kids are no longer ‘free range’ – but we can remake our neighbourhoods

Rebecca Clements, University of Sydney; Elizabeth Taylor, Monash University, and Hulya Gilbert, La Trobe University

In the popular Japanese TV series Old Enough, very young children are sent out into their neighbourhood on their first solo errand. The release of this long-running series on Netflix this year created a buzz among Western viewers about children travelling around their neighbourhoods on their own when only two to four years old.…

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“Japan’s Old Enough and Australia’s Bluey remind us our kids are no longer ‘free range’ – but we can remake our neighbourhoods”

What lies beneath: tunnels for trafficking, or just a subterranean service? Time to rescue these spaces from the conspiracists

Victoria Kolankiewicz, University of Melbourne

Feature Image: A tidal drain at South Yarra, Melbourne, in 2008. The installation of litter-trapping equipment now prevents access. Photo: Victoria Kolankiewicz, Author provided

Digital communications have spread conspiracy theories more widely than ever before, particularly in this uncertain and tumultuous year.…

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“What lies beneath: tunnels for trafficking, or just a subterranean service? Time to rescue these spaces from the conspiracists”

A brief history of Australian residential tenancies law reform: from the nineteenth century to COVID-19

By Chris Martin.

Originally published in Parity, the journal of the Council to Homeless Persons.

Australia is currently going through a period of unusual activity in residential tenancies law reform. New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT have recently concluded reviews and amended their legislation, and Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are currently in the midst of reviews.…

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“A brief history of Australian residential tenancies law reform: from the nineteenth century to COVID-19”

Our cities owe much of their surviving heritage to Jack Mundey

This article was originally published in The Conversation on 11 May 2020. Read the original article. Republished in Foreground, 12 May 2020.

Jack Mundey, who has died at the age of 90, was a pioneer of the Australian heritage movement. As well as contributing to labor and environmental politics, Mundey reconceived of the ways that Australians related to their cities and heritage places.…

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“Our cities owe much of their surviving heritage to Jack Mundey”

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