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Government Lies About Metadata Scheme

government lies about metadata scheme
 As we all were preparing for the Easter break, the government switched on the full version of its metadata retention system. Although the legislation enabling the scheme was passed in October 2015 – and data has been stored and accessed since then – last week...

Flu vaccine won’t definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it’s more important than you think

flu vaccine won’t definitely stop you from getting the flu, but it’s more important than you think
won't-stop While the flu vaccine cuts your chance of coming down with influenza, that’s not the whole story As we head towards a southern hemisphere winter, many people are wondering if it’s worth getting the flu vaccine. Generally speaking, if you are vaccinated, you’re less likely to...

Whole body vibration: a genuine therapy or just another ‘weight loss’ fad?

whole body vibration: a genuine therapy or just another ‘weight loss’ fad?
 Is whole body vibration just another fitness fad? Vibration machines have popped up in gyms alongside traditional equipment, and manufacturers claim ten minutes of vibration a day can be equivalent to an hour spent working out. Standing on a rapidly shaking platform will, according to...

Banksy’s Bethlehem hotel is an example of how tourism can be political

banksy’s bethlehem hotel is an example of how tourism can be political
We have all been tourists, and therefore think we know what tourism is. In the modern world, tourism is viewed as an important industry, providing jobs and economic growth. At the same time, tourism and tourists are sometimes looked down on, seen as awkward...

Yes, your doctor might Google you

yes, your doctor might google you
Information doctors find out about you online may affect your treatment. But not all of it is accurate or relevant When we think about Google and health, we usually think about patients searching online for health information. But you may be surprised that some doctors...

Hazelwood closure: what it means for electricity prices and blackouts

hazelwood closure: what it means for electricity prices and blackouts
Hazelwood’s closure does not mean imminent blackouts for Victoria Victoria’s Hazelwood power station shut down this week after nearly 50 years of supplying electricity. The closure has led to concerns about blackouts, raised most recently by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and rising electricity prices. So...

Millions of Australian adults are unvaccinated and it’s increasing disease risk for all of us

millions of australian adults are unvaccinated and it’s increasing disease risk for all of us
Flu vaccination uptake rates are low in adults, including among those who work in health, aged care and childcare Public attention has recently focused on improving vaccination rates in Australian infants and children. But actually the largest unvaccinated group of people recommended for immunisation...

What languages should children be learning to get ahead?

what languages should children be learning to get ahead?
The languages children learn in school might not be the most useful for their future There are 7,099 known languages in the world today. Choosing which of these to teach our children as a second language is an important decision, but one that may be...

Snowy hydro scheme will be left high and dry unless we look after the mountains

snowy hydro scheme will be left high and dry unless we look after the mountains
A degraded wetland in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, is subject to increasing numbers of feral horses Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for a A$2 billion upgrade and expansion of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, announced last week, will be an impressive...

It’s not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters

it’s not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters
Are we in fact lost the meaning of sport when it comes to our kids? Sport is massive and it’s everywhere: on TV, in videogames, and on the streets. As a consequence, myths about the inherent greatness of sport have grown. One such myth...