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Opinion: Why Pope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq was a mission of peace over politics

Pope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq, including visits to the war-torn north, has been deeply significant. It is one that needs to be seen in the context of peace rather than politics.


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Opinion: Imagine having your period and no money for pads or tampons. Would you still go to school?

The New South Wales Education Department said last week said it would trial a program to hand out free pads and tampons in schools.


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Opinion: A degree promises a better life but social mobility has a downside too

Higher education has long been associated with the promise of a good life. Participation, however, has no guarantees.


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Opinion: It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?

In March 2019, a powerful storm hit southern Nepal. Residents in the Bara and Parsa districts had little warning. They sheltered in huts made from mud and brick which collapsed in the wind and rain.


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Opinion: Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent.


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Opinion: Our turtle program shows citizen science isn’t just great for data, it makes science feel personal

Citizen science is ripe with benefits. Programs can involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers who collect reliable, long-term and geographically widespread data.


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Opinion: Should I get a COVID vaccine while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe for me and my baby?

From Monday, Australia’s front-line health workers, quarantine staff, border control officers, and workers and residents in aged-care homes will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.


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Opinion: Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have.



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