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Opinion: The open Australian beach is a myth: not everyone can access these spaces equally

Last week, the McIver’s Ladies Baths in Sydney came under fire for their (since removed) policy stating “only transgender women who’ve undergone a gender reassignment surgery are allowed entry”.


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Expert warns of depression risk in aftermath of Cyclone Imogen

A Western Sydney University rural health expert is calling for additional economic support for businesses and increased disaster relief and recovery services, to help address the potential mental health impacts of Cyclone Imogen.


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Opinion: The world’s oldest story? Astronomers say global myths about ‘seven sisters’ stars may reach back 100,000 years

In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the “seven sisters”. Look carefully and you will probably count six stars. So why do we say there are seven of them?


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Opinion: Christmas is a special time on the maternity ward. But it’s not all tinsel and mince pies

Having a baby at Christmas can be both a joyous time and a cause for anxiety. This Christmas, with a pandemic sweeping the world, there may also be some unique considerations on parents’ minds.


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Opinion: A thread of the cosmic web: astronomers spot a 50 million light-year galactic filament

At the very largest scale, the Universe consists of a “cosmic web” made of enormous, tenuous filaments of gas stretching between gigantic clumps of matter.


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Opinion: No, Education Minister, we don’t have enough evidence to support banning mobile phones in schools

Last week, South Australia announced a mobile phone ban in primary schools. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan endorsed the ban.


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Opinion: The Blue Mountains World Heritage site has been downgraded, but it’s not too late to save it

Twenty years ago, UNESCO inscribed the greater Blue Mountains area on the World Heritage List for having “outstanding universal value”.


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Opinion: We don’t need banks teaching kids about money. Schools have it covered

The Victorian government this week announced it would ban all banking schemes from operating in public schools from 2021.



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