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Congestion-busting infrastructure plays catch-up on long-neglected needs

Infrastructure spending is one of the central themes of Treasurer Frydenberg’s budget speech. His headline announcement was the promise to increase the ten-year federal infrastructure spend from the A$75 billion announced last year to a target of $100 billion.


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The Conversation: Christchurch attacks strike at the heart of Muslims’ safe places from Islamophobia

The terror attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch send a message to Muslims: there is no safe space from Islamophobia.


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We asked five experts: should Australia lower the voting age to 16

Voting is a key part of the democratic process. It allows all citizens of a certain age to have a say on matters important to them. Voting in federal elections and referendums is compulsory for every Australian aged 18 and over.


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Are more Aussie trees dying of drought? Scientists need your help spotting dead trees

Most citizen science initiatives ask people to record living things, like frogs, wombats, or feral animals. But dead things can also be hugely informative for science.


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NSW Coalition scrapes back in as minor parties surge – but delivering on promises will not be easy

Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Liberal-National government was returned to office on Saturday nigh. With the victory came some wreckage, and largely unexpected beneficiaries.


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Don’t wait for a crisis – start planning your aged care now

Most Australians prefer to die at home but few adequately plan for it. Consequently, just one in seven dies at home. Some say they will make plans “when the need arises”.


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Don’t fall for it: a parent’s guide to protecting your kids from online hoaxes

It’s a parent’s responsibility to protect their children from harm, no matter where that threat of harm comes from. But what if the threat is a hoax?


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Elite sport is becoming a platform to target the trans community

Tennis champion Martina Navratilova recently called the participation of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions “insane” and “cheating”. And she’s not alone.



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