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Opinion: Ash Barty retires marching to her own beat. What’s next for the multi-talented, restless spirit?

Ash Barty has always done things her own way. The shock retirement of the world number one women’s tennis player at the age of 25 was pure Barty in action.


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Opinion: 7 ways to reduce perineal tearing during childbirth

While most expectant mothers are excited, many are also anxious about giving birth, especially first-time mothers. Perineal trauma is something many expectant mums are fearful about.


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Opinion: ‘Odd radio circles’ that baffled astronomers are likely explosions from distant galaxies

In 2019, my colleagues and I discovered spooky glowing rings in the sky using CSIRO’s ASKAP radio telescope in Western Australia. The rings were unlike anything seen before.


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Opinion: Distance, dispassion and the remaking of Australian History

Anna Clark could have titled her book “Remaking Australian History”, for that is its narrative arc.


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Opinion: Under-resourced and undermined: as floods hit south-west Sydney, our research shows councils aren’t prepared

Thousands of people in south-western Sydney have been ordered to evacuate as extreme rain pummels the region and floodwaters rise rapidly.


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Opinion: Vale Shane Warne: a cricketing genius who lived a life of ‘no regrets’

When the news broke it was tempting to conclude swiftly that Shane Warne died as he had lived. As it turned out, Warne, who was just 52, had declared he was on a serious health kick, trying to lose weight and get in condition.


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Opinion: Getting urgent medicines in a flood zone can be a life or death challenge

I’m writing this from the flooded far north coast of New South Wales, where all around me people are contending with the awful and unexpected consequences of a catastrophic flood.


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Opinion: Traditional school doesn’t suit everyone. Australia needs more flexible options

Schools were thrown into a spin by the COVID-19 pandemic. When children were sent home to learn remotely, teaching methods remained largely the same.



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