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The evolution of Australia Day controversy

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Australia's national day of celebration has drawn much criticism recently from those who say it causes unfair hurt to indigenous people. But the controversy, like Australia Day itself, has evolved over many years, reports Sharon Verghis from Sydney.

More than most other nations, perhaps, Australia has a relaxed relationship to its national day. ...
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Sydney Mardi Gras: How a violent first march spurred change

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On Saturday, Sydney's famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras marks its 40th anniversary - and its first celebration since Australia legalised same-sex marriage. Much has changed since violence marred the first parade.
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Like Meghan Markle, I know what it's like to be 'ethnically ambiguous'

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Meghan Markle is an actress, model – and next to marry into the Royal family, if we are reading the tea leaves right following Markle's decision to close down her popular blog The Tig last week....

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Get Lost, Mate

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Jingoistic young whites are turning the Australian flag into a symbol of exclusion

It was on one of those blue-sky, Sydney summer afternoons early last year when I first realized something had gone awry with the Australian flag. ...
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The Yang Principle

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Relations between China and Australia may be fractious, but in William Yang pure harmony reigns

As a gay Australian of chinese descent, William Yang is intimately acquainted with the world of the outsider. ...
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In the line of fire – from racists

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On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies...

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Victor Chang

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A heart surgeon gave hope that Australia's attitude to Asian immigrants was changing

In 1999, Australians taking part in the People's Choice Awards, a kind of pop-culture popularity contest, had a choice to make. ...
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Australian waters too often a deadly playground for culturally diverse society

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On a Sunday morning in North Steyne, north of Sydney, a small, glassy swell is rolling in. My twins, nine, are part of a rolling maul of nippers on the beach. They are the only children from a South-East Asian background as far as the eye can see. ...
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Welcome to Cronulla - unless you'd fit in better at Brighton

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IN THE summer of 1989 I was with some friends at my local beach, Cronulla, when a gang of white local surfers and their female hanger-ons told me to "f--- off to Brighton". ...