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In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

in places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?
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One paper reported that between 0.3% to 4.6% of all deaths are reported as euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in jurisdictions where they are legal The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South...

As the Liberal Party continues to fracture, we may be watching its demise

as the liberal party continues to fracture, we may be watching its demise
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Is it a case of going, going, gone? The Liberal Party is driven by internal bickering, with various camps claiming to speak for its “true” values and traditions. The contest is leading not to any prospect of unity or discipline, but to the party’s...

Australians aren’t as Islamophobic as we’re led to believe

australians aren’t as islamophobic as we’re led to believe
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Islamophobia refers to dread or hatred of Islam and unfounded prejudice and hostility towards Islam and Muslims Over the last few months, several reports have indicated a significant number of Australians hold anti-Muslim attitudes. In September 2016, The Australian newspaper reported an Essential poll...

No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

no animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?
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Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years. IVM was first investigated in the early years of this century and since then criticisms of...

Bystanders often don’t intervene in sexual harassment – but should they?

bystanders often don’t intervene in sexual harassment – but should they?
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Women are more likely to intervene than men As the summer music festival season winds down, there has been much reflection on the spate of sexual harassment and assaults at festivals this year. In one such piece, published in The Guardian, the author lamented...

New study shows more time walking means less time in hospital

new study shows more time walking means less time in hospital
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If all the over-55s got walking, we could save almost $2 billion in health care costs each year In my practice as a GP, I have been impressed by a few energetic and active 80 year olds who remain in good health while many...

Australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up

australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up
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The rules were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options On the early evening of Wednesday, February 8, electricity supply to some 90,000 households and businesses in South Australia was cut off for up to an hour. Two...

Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines

alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines
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Drinking alcohol, not taking illicit drugs like ecstasy or LSD, is more closely linked with violence. Yet, media reports tend to say the opposite Mainstream media tend to report more stories about illicit drugs than alcohol. Stories about illicit drugs are also more negative. The...

Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value

increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value
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New health minister Greg Hunt has approved a 4.8% rise in health insurance premiums A topic of discussion at many barbecues this summer will inevitably be private health insurance. Is it worth it? Do we need it? Every year it gets more expensive. The average...

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

black holes are even stranger than you can imagine
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An artist’s impression of a Sun-like star close to a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole, with a mass of about 100 million times the mass of our Sun Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands....