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Opinion: What Nigerians told us about their mental health under COVID-19 lockdown

In Nigeria, mental illness is highly stigmatised and mental healthcare is not widely available. Resources, facilities and health staff are in short supply and disorders may not be well understood at the primary healthcare level.


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Opinion: ‘Bloody fool!’: why Ripper the musk duck, and many other talkative Aussie birds, are exciting biologists

Recently, two native Australian birds have stolen the limelight with their impressive vocal imitations.


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Opinion: Destroying vegetation along fences and roads could worsen our extinction crisis — yet the NSW government just allowed it

What do koalas, barking owls, greater gliders, southern rainbow skinks, native bees, and regent honeyeaters all have in common?


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Opinion: Australia’s housing laws are changing, but do they go far enough to prevent pet abandonment?

New South Wales recently became the latest state to end blanket bans on pets in apartments, joining Queensland and the ACT.


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Opinion: A good induction is important for all new jobs. So why are teachers being left behind?

Australian schools are struggling to recruit and keep teachers. Low wages, overwork, difficult student behaviour, lack of support and stress are some of the reasons teachers leave the profession or have periods of sick leave.


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Opinion: What’s the point of homework?

Homework hasn’t changed much in the past few decades. Most children are still sent home with about an hour’s worth of homework each day, mostly practising what they were taught in class.


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Opinion: What art are you engaging with in lockdown? Australians are mostly watching TV — but music, singing and dancing do more for your mood

How have you been passing the time during lockdown? Have you been taking an online drawing class, or did you join an online choir?


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Opinion: China’s new rules allow kids on video games just three hours a week – but gaming addiction isn’t about time, it’s about attitude

People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays, under new rules introduced this week.



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