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Build social and affordable housing to get us off the boom-and-bust roller coaster

Not long ago Australia’s housing boom was in full swing. Now the withdrawal of overseas buyers and prudential restrictions on loose lending to local investors have revealed how hollow the boom was.


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Curious Kids: what happens when fruit gets ripe?

Fruit ripening is all about plants getting animals to eat the seeds that are inside their fruits.


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Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us and it’s going to be a wild ride

We are but weeks away from an election in New South Wales and it will be eagerly watched. Not just for the outcome but for the implications for the looming federal election.


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More can be done for housing in Western Sydney

Housing affordability, a woe not simply for the rich.A great deal has been made of the ongoing investment into infrastructure in Greater Western Sydney – the recently-named Nancy-Bird Walton airport and the Metro West spring to mind.


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Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence

St George Illawarra and NSW State of Origin player Jack de Belin has become the first player to be banned under a new “no fault stand down” policy introduced by the National Rugby League (NRL).


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Koalas can learn to live the city life if we give them the trees and safe spaces they need

Australia is one of the world’s most highly urbanised nations – 90% of Australians live in cities and towns, with development concentrated along the coast.


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Kids need to learn about cybersecurity, but teachers only have so much time in the day

Last week, the personal informational of thousands of clients of a large ASX listed company was inadvertently leaked to the dark web. A few days later, our very own parliament house computer system was hacked.


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Curious Kids: how does my tummy turn food into poo?

How does my tummy turn the food I eat into poo? – Luke, age 4. Hi Luke. What a terrific question! The story of how your food ends up as poo is an amazing one.



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