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Sunday essay: in praise of pardalotes, unique birds living in a damaged country

sunday essay: in praise of pardalotes, unique birds living in a damaged country
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Image: Shuttlestock I’ve spent more of my life with pardalotes than with most other acquaintances. They are an obscure and odd group of four species of small (thumb-sized) birds. They have little public profile, not helped by the awkward name. But they are quintessentially...

Split decision: Telstra’s carve-up plan comes 23 years too late for competition and customers

split decision: telstra’s carve-up plan comes 23 years too late for competition and customers
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Mick Tsikas/AAP Telstra’s plan to split into three entities is the most radical shake-up of Australia’s largest telecommunications company since the Howard government began privatising it in 1997. But as David Hetherington, a senior fellow at progressive think tank Per Capita, has suggested, it comes 23...

Scott Morrison prepares Australians for shocking news out of report on misconduct in Afghanistan

scott morrison prepares australians for shocking news out of report on misconduct in afghanistan
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Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP The government is setting up a special investigator office to examine the findings of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force’s inquiry into alleged misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. The office will assist and coordinate Australia...

Saturday Science Session: Facts_ Why they matter and how to check them – Part 2

saturday science session: facts_ why they matter and how to check them – part 1
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Presents a series of grounded science based articles covering Evolution, Global Warming, Genetic Modified Organisms (GM's), Logic, Nature of Science, Vaccines/Alt.Medicines.If you have not read Part 1 of this article, just click here - Saturday Science Session: Facts_Why they matter and how to check...

83% of Australians want tougher privacy laws. Now’s your chance to tell the government what you want

83% of australians want tougher privacy laws. now’s your chance to tell the government what you want
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Image: Shuttlestock Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has called for submissions to the long-awaited review of the federal Privacy Act 1988. This is the first wide-ranging review of privacy laws since the Australian Law Reform Commission produced a landmark report in 2008. Australia has in the past often hesitated to adopt...

As Victoria’s COVID-free streak continues, it’s probably time to consider changing the rules around masks

as victoria’s covid-free streak continues, it’s probably time to consider changing the rules around masks
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Picture: James Ross/AAP After a devastating second wave, Victoria yesterday recorded its Thirteenth straight day of zero new COVID cases.  In light of the state’s progress, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of several COVID restrictions on Sunday, including removing travel limits within Victoria, reopening gyms and cinemas, and...

When to buy Christmas gifts online to get them in time? The answer is now

when to buy christmas gifts online to get them in time? the answer is now
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Picture: Shuttlestock Santa Claus is the ultimate global logistics worker, magically delivering gifts all over the world in a single night. The rest of us have to rely on more mundane delivery systems to get gifts under the Christmas tree and into stockings – and...

90% efficacy for Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is striking. But we need to wait for the full data

90% efficacy for pfizer’s covid-19 mrna vaccine is striking. but we need to wait for the full data
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University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP/AAP German biotech company BioNTech and US pharmaceutical Pfizer announced on Monday promising early results from their phase 3 clinical trial for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These early results are what is known as an...

Porter rejects allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour and threatens legal action after Four Corners investigation

porter rejects allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour and threatens legal action after four corners investigation
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Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP Attorney-General Christian Porter and fellow cabinet minister Alan Tudge have been accused of sexual indiscretions, in a sensational Four Corners expose the government first tried to head off and then to discredit before it went to air. In the program, former prime...

We asked 24 women to reflect on images of ‘hot’ men — and it’s good news for those with ‘dad bods’

we asked 24 women to reflect on images of ‘hot’ men — and it’s good news for those with ‘dad bods’
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Image: Shuttlestock Since the 2012 hit film Magic Mike explored the hedonistic lifestyle of men who strip for women, popular culture has exploded with images of sexy, muscular, athletic and shirtless (or pantless!) “hot” men. In our contemporary digital world, pornography and online dating apps offer male bodies to look at...