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Keeping the city cool isn’t just about tree cover – it calls for a commons-based climate response

A recent report by the Greater Sydney Commission singles out urban heat as one of four priority areas given our coming climate.


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Fewer casual positions and less out-of-hours work could help retain early career teachers

Australia, like many other countries, is grappling with the problem of how to keep good teachers in schools, especially those who are early in their careers.


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Riding (and winning) like a girl: female jockeys are more prevalent, but still treated as outsiders

In 2015, Payne made Australian sport history by riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup at 100-1 odds. She was the first female jockey in the Cup’s 155-year history to win the prestigious race. .


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Father’s days: increasing the ‘daddy quota’ in parental leave makes everyone happier

What can a government do to encourage the best fathers possible? The single greatest gift might be functional parental leave policies that actually encourage men to take time off and be active early in family life.


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Graduates beware, don’t fall for that unpaid job advert

Sydney Football Club sparked outrage this week when it advertised for someone to work three to four days a week for nine months, as a volunteer.


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On an average day, only 1% of Australian news stories quoted a young person. No wonder so few trust the media

On one unremarkable day in April this year, just over a third of news stories were about issues likely to impact young people.


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Australia’s art institutions don’t reflect our diversity: it’s time to change that

For most of us, it is easy to pass judgement on others while finding it difficult to reflect on ourselves. Diversity Arts Australia and Western Sydney University undertook a research project investigating CALD leadership in arts.


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Access to land is a barrier to simpler, sustainable living. Public housing could offer a way forward

Many of us do not need to hear any more warnings from the IPCC, David Attenborough or climate activists like Greta Thunberg.



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