Gaynor Macdonald: Indigenous treaties are meaningless without addressing the issue of sovereignty

Ironically, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the 2017 Statement from the Heart, proposing more meaningful national engagement with Indigenous peoples, has accelerated demands for a treaty process across the country. Victoria and the Northern Territory have both moved ahead on this front in recent weeks. But enthusiasm for treaties at the state and territory level is misplaced. The legal, political… Read more
Protest at the front of the Senate house in Victoria, Australia.

Rachael Pells: Are universities engines or products of economic growth?

The Venezuelan economy is in free fall. A drop in oil prices and a collapse in confidence in the country’s leadership have caused the economy of the once affluent South American country to contract by 50 per cent since 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund, and inflation to hit 13,000 per cent. The country’s universities have by no means been spared the pain. Amalio Belmonte, rector of the Central UniversityRead more
Loughborough University

Michael Cameron: Employers offset minimum wage increases with decreases in fringe benefits

Employment compensation is made up of the wage that employees are paid, plus other fringe benefits that employers provide. Those fringe benefits might include training opportunities, discounted (or free) goods and services, use of a vehicle, travel and accommodation, health insurance, superannuation contributions, and so on. If we consider a very simple model of labour demand, employers will employ any worker… Read more
Manager handing over money

Moana Jackson: Respecting what we’re prepared to share and not share

Debates without a history are a dead end. The recent argument about a Pākehā woman’s decision to get a moko kauae because she was being “called” as a bridge between cultures was such a debate. It sparked an outpouring of racist and sexist vitriol aimed at the Māori women who questioned her decision, and only proved how easily our values and our people can still be dismissed and demeaned. The racism and sexism was… Read more
Maori woman with moko kauae

Nicola Daly: How children’s picturebooks can disrupt existing language hierarchies

There are many factors that shape the value we place on different languages. Some languages seem more pleasant to listen to, easier to learn or more logical. These perceptions are generally influenced by our attitudes towards the speakers of a language and the different situations in which the language is spoken. One reflection of the differential status of languages comes through in bilingual children’s picturebooks.… Read more
Cover for Nga Tamariki a Tangaroa - The Children of Tangaroa, a bilingual Maori children's book

Kitanya Harrison: Capitalism Has Failed, and Jay-Z’s Streaming Scandal Is Proof

Norwegian newspaper, Dagens Næringsliv (DN), has released an explosive investigative report containing damning allegations about the business practices at TIDAL, the streaming service owned by Jay-Z. The paper obtained a hard drive alleged to contain internal streaming data from TIDAL. According to DN’s report, an examination of its contents revealed the data had been manipulated to inflate the streams… Read more
Black hip hop artist Jay-Z

Reuben Steff: New Zealand’s Pacific reset: strategic anxieties about rising China

China’s expanding influence is complicating strategic calculations throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Small states, dependent on maintaining high levels of trade with China to secure their prosperity, are loathe to criticise or take actions that Beijing could find objectionable. This is creating a dilemma over how small states can protect their national interests at a time when China’s growing influence… Read more
The Chinese Flag and New Zealand flag flying outside the Beehive

Davina Cooper: Materiality of Research: Can imaginative projects complement (and not displace) more critical research?

Can imaginative projects complement (and not displace) more critical research? The task of the critical academic is often seen as one of exposure – revealing relations of exploitation, exclusion and domination; analysing their social conditions, consequences and patterned logics; and more generally demonstrating what is masked and enacted by taken-for-granted modes of thought and activity. Academic… Read more
Watercolour spatter painting of a tree with rainbow-coloured leaves

Prof. David Graeber: The more valuable your work is to society, the less you’ll be paid for it

One of the most frequently heard complaints from supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement—particularly the ones working too much to spend much time in the camps, but who could only show up for marches or to express support on the Web—ran along the lines of: “I wanted to do something useful with my life; work that had a positive effect on other people or, at the very least, wasn’t hurting anyone. But the way this… Read more
Kenyan man teaching social studies to a class

Edwards and Davies: Food sharing with a 21st-century twist – and Melbourne’s a world leader

Food sharing is experiencing a renaissance in cities around the world. By food sharing, we mean the collaborative growing, cooking, eating and distributing of food as well as sharing food-related skills, spaces and tools. This is nothing new, of course, but new socio-technologies are being used to reshape food-sharing opportunities. These range from apps for sharing home-cooked meals to online maps showing surplusRead more
Food sharing table, Melbourne