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The Melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. A new bill could send him there

Yesterday, Victorian Parliament finally debated a bill on whether religious ministers should be forced to disclose child abuse admitted in confidence to a priest.


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Will time tear us apart? Exploring the appeal of Joy Division 40 years on

In a previous century, I conducted doctoral fieldwork among the abandoned warehouses, smoky pubs and crumbling squats of the British post-punk, independent rock scene.


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Mums in prison or whose babies are in care need breastfeeding support too

Australian women want to breastfeed but many struggle. And the most disadvantaged face the biggest challenges.


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People use sauna for well-being, but its medical benefits are not widely understood

Why do people use sauna? Despite centuries of anecdotal evidence which says the practice is relaxing and healthy, researchers have never actually asked this question. Until now.


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What is listeria and how does it spread in smoked salmon?

Two people in Victoria and New South Wales have died after eating smoked salmon contaminated with listeria, health authorities report. Both were over 70 and had underlying health conditions.


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Research Check: have scientists found the cause of endometriosis?

Headlines over the past week have given false hope to the roughly 8-10% of women of reproductive age with endometriosis.


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Regardless of what the Federal Court says, you shouldn’t put ‘flushable’ wipes down the loo

On Friday the Australian Federal Court found in favour of Kimberly-Clark’s “flushable wipes” in a legal action brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).


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Period pain is impacting women at school, uni and work. Let’s be open about it

Menstrual symptoms including pain, heavy bleeding and low mood may be linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity per woman every year, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal this week.



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