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Sunday essay: missing the commute, the spaces between places and the podcast stories in our pockets

sunday essay: missing the commute, the spaces between places and the podcast stories in our pockets
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Picture: Corey Agopian/Unsplash, In the not-so-distant past I commuted fairly hefty distances in a fairly garbage car. But you didn’t hear me complaining – I had an extensive library of podcasts (or “my stories” as I liked to call them) on my phone. My ride was...

High Court ruling on ‘Palace letters’ case paves way to learn more about The Dismissal – and our Constitution

high court ruling on ‘palace letters’ case paves way to learn more about the dismissal – and our constitution
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Image: National Archives of Australia The High Court has ruled that Sir John Kerr’s correspondence with the queen comprises “Commonwealth records”. This means access to them is now in Australian hands and can no longer be vetoed by the private secretary to the queen. This correspondence, which includes...

4 ways our streets can rescue restaurants, bars and cafes after coronavirus

4 ways our streets can rescue restaurants, bars and cafes after coronavirus
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Picture: Nils Versemann/Shutterstock As Australia re-opens, the bars, cafes and restaurants that give life to our streets face a tough ask: stay open and stay afloat with just a fraction of the customers. From June 1 in Victoria, for example, the limit will be 20 patrons, with...

The coronavirus has thrust human limitations into the spotlight. Will it mark the rise of automation?

the coronavirus has thrust human limitations into the spotlight. will it mark the rise of automation?
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Picture: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive surge in global unemployment. It has also highlighted the increasingly valuable role of automation in today’s world. Although there are some jobs machines just can’t do, COVID-19 has left us wondering about the future of work and with...

The vaccine we’re testing in Australia is based on a flu shot. Here’s how it could work against coronavirus

the vaccine we’re testing in australia is based on a flu shot. here’s how it could work against coronavirus
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Image: Shuttlestock A new trial has begun in Victoria this week to evaluate a potential vaccine against COVID-19. The vaccine is called NVX-CoV2373 and is from a US biotech company, Novavax. The trial will be carried out across Melbourne and Brisbane, and is the first human trial of a...

Are ‘dog years’ for real? An explanation of calculating canine age

are ‘dog years’ for real? an explanation of calculating canine age
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Picture: Riley - Terena Furney If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much as a human would have done by the grand old age of 70. This conversion...

‘Incel’ violence is a form of extremism. It’s time we treated it as a security threat

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Image: Shuttlestock Last week, a 17-year-old boy in Toronto was charged with an act of terrorism in the alleged killing of a woman with a machete – the first time such a charge has been brought in a case involving “incel” ideology. Also last week, a 20-year-old man...

Celeste Barber’s story shows us the power of celebrity fundraising … and the importance of reading the fine print

celeste barber’s story shows us the power of celebrity fundraising … and the importance of reading the fine print
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Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP Comedian Celeste Barber’s whopping $51 million bushfire fundraiser showed us just how generous people can be in times of trouble. But the need to seek the NSW Supreme Court’s advice about how to spend the funds also demonstrates how tricky things can become when large amounts of...

If you took to growing veggies in the coronavirus pandemic, then keep it up when lockdown ends

if you took to growing veggies in the coronavirus pandemic, then keep it up when lockdown ends
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Picture: Lynda Disher/Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic produced a run on the things people need to produce their own food at home, including vegetable seedlings, seeds and chooks. This turn to self-provisioning was prompted in part by the high price rises for produce – including A$10 cauliflowers and broccoli for A$13...

Third time’s the charm for Joe Biden: now he has an election to win and a country to save

third time’s the charm for joe biden: now he has an election to win and a country to save
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Picture: AAP/EPA/Tracie van Auken At age 77, in his twilight years, the third time was the charm for Joe Biden. He prevailed over a field of 24 Democrats from across the political spectrum and has emerged as his party’s nominee for president in a manner unthinkable...
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