How Geena Davis became a champion for women on screen

The Oscar winner has spent a decade commissioning research to track representation – but a lot still needs to be done

If there’s one place that gender parity could happen overnight, it’s within the worlds depicted on screen.

So says actor Geena Davis, who gave a rousing speech about women in media at the opening session of All About Women at Sydney Opera House on Sunday. “Media can be the cure for the problem it has created,” she said.

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From public good to profit margin: how privatisation is failing our communities | David Hetherington

When institutions that fulfil a deeply human function – teaching, caring for people at their most vulnerable moments – are forced to behave like businesses, everyone loses

In parts of Australia a quiet tragedy is slowly unfolding. Families already beset by adversity are seeing their last shreds of hope and comfort carefully dismantled. And it’s happening under the shield of one of the country’s most impressive public initiatives.

The tragedy is the privatisation of public disability support care, which is impacting families of the profoundly disabled that have entrusted their relatives to this high-quality care system for decades.

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Two men drown while swimming at Mill Park lake in Melbourne

Bodies of teenager and man in his 30s, who police say were affected by alcohol, retrieved from lake on Redleap Reserve

A rescuer grabbed a surfboard and paddled on to a Melbourne lake in an attempt to save two men who drowned during a drunken evening swim.

The men – one aged 19 and the other in his 30s – quickly got into trouble in the lake on Redleap Reserve at Mill Park on Sunday night. Witnesses were heard screaming for help, including a man who jumped into the water and began frantically searching for the men.

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Big Australian banks invest $7bn more in fossil fuels than renewables, says report

ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac provided three times more for non-renewable than clean energy projects in 2016, says Market Forces

Australia’s big four banks invested three times as much in global fossil fuels than clean energy in 2016, despite pledging to help Australia transition to a low carbon economy.

The banks provided a combined $10bn to projects around the world that expanded non-renewable energy, according to finance group Market Forces.

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What went wrong for Crown in China?

The former head of the NSW casino regulator, Chris Sidoti, warns that Crown’s Australian casino licences should be reviewed if any of its staff under arrest in China are convicted of an offence.