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Latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. But that’s not the end of the story

latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. but that’s not the end of the story
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Image: Albert Perez/AAP Thousands more essential workers will be allowed back to work rather than having to self-isolate for seven days, under new rules agreed by national cabinet. High-risk close contacts – those living with someone who has COVID-19 – must have a negative rapid antigen test on day one,...

Why Novak Djokovic lost his fight to stay in Australia – and why it sets a concerning precedent

why novak djokovic lost his fight to stay in australia – and why it sets a concerning precedent
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Image: James Ross/AAP Many sports stars are, rightly or wrongly, held up as role models. In the case of Novak Djokovic, we have a set of powerful factors at play. On one side is a tennis superstar who is unvaccinated and has raised concerns about receiving...

This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

this wa town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many australians will have to get used to
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Image: Shutterstock While Australians are used to summer heat, most of us only have to endure the occasional day over 40℃. On January 13th, the temperature peaked at 50.7℃ in Onslow, a small Western Australian town around 100km from Exmouth. Remarkably, the town sits right next to the...

Legendary band Yothu Yindi and their trailblazing call for a treaty

legendary band yothu yindi and their trailblazing call for a treaty
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Image: Yothu Yindi performing at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Dave Hunt/AAP Review: Writing in the Sand: The Epic Story of Legendary Band Yothu Yindi and How Their Song Treaty Gave Voice to a Movement by Matt Garrick (ABC Books) Readers are...

Novak Djokovic’s visa cancelled ‘in the public interest’, with possible 3-year ban from Australia

novak djokovic’s visa cancelled ‘in the public interest’, with possible 3-year ban from australia
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Image: Mark Baker/AP Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced late Friday he had cancelled tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa “on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so”. Djokovic’s lawyers immediately went to court to seek an...

Fire management in Australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it

fire management in australia has reached a crossroads and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it
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Image: Darren England/AAP The current wet conditions delivered by La Niña may have caused widespread flooding, but they’ve also provided a reprieve from the threat of bushfires in southeastern Australia. This is an ideal time to consider how we prepare for the next bushfire season. Dry conditions will...

Grattan on Saturday: Government management of Omicron blighted by false assumptions, bad planning

grattan on saturday: government management of omicron blighted by false assumptions, bad planning
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Image: Mick Tsikas/AAP Australia’s journey through Omicron is like the bus tour from hell. Steering awry, seat belts forgotten or not working, and the driver’s patter wearing thin with stressed passengers. Eventually we’ll see the back of the boggy ground on this outback track. But in...

What’s a pulse oximeter? Should I buy one to monitor COVID at home?

what’s a pulse oximeter? should i buy one to monitor covid at home?
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Image: Shutterstock Having a low level of oxygen in the blood is an early sign of worsening COVID. But not everyone gets obvious symptoms. For instance, some people can have low oxygen levels without getting short of breath or feeling otherwise unwell. So some people are buying their...

Relax, Australia does not have (and is not likely to have) a shortage of food

relax, australia does not have (and is not likely to have) a shortage of food
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Image: James Ross/AAP Australia does not have a food shortage. Supply has been disrupted in some locations due to staff absences caused by COVID, that’s all. This is primarily a distribution problem, not a lack of food problem. Meat shortages may emerge (abattoirs are notorious COVID hot...

Experience the spectacular sounds of a Murrumbidgee wetland erupting with life as water returns

experience the spectacular sounds of a murrumbidgee wetland erupting with life as water returns
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Image: Authors provided, CC BY-SA In the southwestern corner of New South Wales, along the Murrumbidgee river, frogs are calling in a wetland called Nap Nap. This is Nari Nari country – nap nap means “very swampy” in traditional language. Nap Nap is one of many inland wetlands across...