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In 2021 #MeToo finally made it to #Auspol

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When we look back on the women’s movement in Australia, some years stand out more than others – whether it’s 1961 and the pill or 1972 and equal pay or 1984 and the sex discrimination act.

In years to come, will we still be talking about 2021 and our reckoning with sexual violence and harassment of women? I’d wager many of us sincerely hope so.

As someone who has worked in and around parliament house for the best part of a decade, the stories of rape, abuse and bullying were horrifying. But they were not unbelievable.

This year, a building that has thrived on dysfunctional work practices, entitlement and seriously outdated views about women was forced to stop and think. This was a huge moment for a place – and a culture – which many of us thought was beyond this kind of discussion.

ANU gender politics expert Blair Williams has been at the forefront of these debates in 2021. Here she reflects on the year parliament faced its “man problem” – and mostly importantly, what comes next.

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Judith Ireland

Deputy Editor, Politics + Society

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In 2021 #MeToo finally made it to #Auspol – what happens next?

Blair Williams, Australian National University

It feels like history was made in 2021. But it is hard to argue there has been concrete change at Parliament House … yet.

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Don’t fret about buying the ‘right’ toy – any toy is educational if you support kids in their play

Nicola Yelland, The University of Melbourne

Is a science kit, some Lego, or building blocks best for fostering kids’ STEM skills and creativity? Fear not – it’s not what’s in the box, but what happens after you open it, that’s most important.

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The history of the shopping centre Santa, and how he became a staple of the festive season

Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology; Louise Grimmer, University of Tasmania

Santa arriving in shopping centres all around Australia signals the beginning of Christmas shopping .

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The real reason to worry about sharks in Australian waters this summer: 1 in 8 are endangered

Peter Kyne, Charles Darwin University

No country has a higher diversity of sharks than Australia. That means we have a special responsibility to protect them.

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Are you a more holistic or analytic thinker? Take this quiz to find out

Andrei Lux, Edith Cowan University

You weren’t born as an analytic or holistic thinker, you were made. Our quiz will show you how much you are one or the other, helping you to better understand yourself and others.

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Cardboardeaux, bag-in-box, and goon: why Australia’s love affair with boxed wine endures

Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Boxed wine is one of Australia’s most extraordinary contributions to the wine industry – and Australia’s love for it is only growing.

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