Infernal emissions

For Charmian Eckersley, keeping the windows and doors of her home permanently sealed has become an everyday necessity. Eckersley and her husband have lived in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Eraring, about 130 kilometres north of Sydney, since 1993. It is one of the fastest-growing population regions in New South Wales and only a short…

Chechnya’s gay purge

Dimitri knew what was happening as soon as he received a call from police, ordering him to “come outside now”. He had been dreading this moment. But in Chechnya, if you’re homosexual, the threat of violence or worse is always close. They were already waiting at his front door. The police made him keep his…

Rosa Parks House seeks refuge in Berlin

Berlin: Rosa Parks may have refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, but her house has now made a move of its own – across the ocean all the way to Berlin. American activist Rosa Parks‘ refusal to be segregated triggered a wave of ultimately successful protests against racial discrimination and…

Gig economy given thumbs down by workers

Since Richard Murray lost his job as a strategy consultant in February last year, he has churned through many “gig economy” jobs including being an Uber driver, private tutor, freelance researcher, copy-writer and web developer. The 29-year-old from western Sydney is part of the new generation of workers for whom performing flexible and diversified tasks…