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Opinion: Emu vs cassowary: one has a dagger-like claw, the other explosive agility — but who would win in a fight?

Of the giant prehistoric birds still wandering the planet, two of the top three largest live right here in Australia: the emu and cassowary.


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Opinion: How to bond with your baby if you were separated during the pandemic

Women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care have been significantly affected by the pandemic. One challenge some mothers have faced around the world was being separated from their baby.


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Opinion: Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets. Let’s use our imaginations

Measures in this week’s federal budget to help Australians withstand and adapt to climate change are sorely needed, after years of cuts in this policy area.


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Opinion: Yes, religion plays a more prominent role in politics. But ‘secular Australia’ has always been a myth

Religion and politics have long been uneasy bedfellows, especially in Australia. But since September 11 and the sudden focus on Islam in Western politics, it has taken a far more prominent role.


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Opinion: The fatherhood penalty: how parental leave policies perpetuate the gender gap

Issues that matter to families on a daily basis, such as childcare, parental leave and flexible working arrangements, are often referred to as “women’s issues”.


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Opinion: Ghana’s new rental scheme won’t fix the real problem: a housing shortage

Ghana’s government has announced a loan scheme to help tenants pay the hefty advance rent (often covering two years) to private landlords. Advance rent is also prevalent in several other African countries.


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Opinion: A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth. Here’s how worried you should be

A large piece of space debris, possibly weighing several tonnes, is currently on an uncontrolled reentry phase (that’s space speak for “out of control”), and parts of it are expected to crash down to Earth over the next few weeks.


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Opinion: It’s not surprising Indian-Australians feel singled out. They have long been subjected to racism

In the past five years, the number of overseas-born migrants from India grew more than any other group in Australia, increasing from 449,000 to 721,000.



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