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Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

Australians love our iconic coastal lifestyle. So many of our settlements are spread along our huge coastline. Real estate prices soar where we can catch a view of the water.


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Our culture affects the way we look after ourselves. It should shape the health care we receive, too

When we spoke to Indian and Sri Lankan migrants with type 2 diabetes and heart disease, they told us the advice they received on ways to reduce the quantity of staples like rice in their diet was difficult to implement.


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Australia should give victims a voice in tackling environmental crimes

Contrary to popular belief, crimes against the environment are not “victimless”. They affect many people, animals, plants and landscapes. Crimes against the environment should not be taken lightly.


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How to know if your child is addicted to video games and what to do about it

If your child spends long hours playing video games, you might be worried they’re addicted.


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What does a koala’s nose know? A bit about food, and a lot about making friends

The koala’s nose is distinctive – it’s a big black leathery rectangle in the middle of a round, grey face that’s surprisingly soft to the touch. And every koala nose is unique.


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Is this a housing system that cares? That’s the question for Australians and their new government

Growing numbers of Australians are locked out of home ownership or struggling in insecure and unaffordable private rental markets.


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Why Sydney residents use 30% more water per day than Melburnians

This week Melbourne’s water storage dropped below 50%, a sign of the prolonged and deepening drought gripping eastern Australia. Sydney is only marginally better off, at 53.8% of full storage.


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Teenagers need our support, not criticism, as they navigate life online

Imagine you’re a 14-year-old girl on the train on your way home from school, when out of nowhere a “dick pic” appears on your phone. Surprise! You’ve been cyber flashed.



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