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Christ Church St Kilda

 THE HERITAGE SITE & ITS HISTORY Henry Jennings started it all.  He was the local solicitor.  On 23 December 1849, the first Anglican service was held, as was the example of the early Christian church, in his home in what was then known as Melbourne Terrace (on the corner of what is now Acland Street and Clyde or Fawkner...

Why the ABC, and the public that trusts it, must stand firm against threats to its editorial independence

Author Tom Keneally, actress Magda Szubanski and journalist Kerry O'Brien are among the ABC’s high-profile supporters.  The people who are turning up at Save the ABC rallies around the country are defending a cultural institution they value because they trust it. In particular, they trust its news service. Public opinion polls going back to the 1950s consistently show it is by far...

Best Art Galleries in Australia

Visiting art galleries and exhibitions is the new trend these days. A number of people have started taking keen interest in expressive brush strokes, abstract ideas and geometric lines on canvas. Art galleries provide an excellent opportunity to people of similar interests to socialize and discuss about the new trends and the nostalgia in the art forms, and these galleries...

It’s a busy night sky this July, so make sure you look up

The Blood Moon from January 31, 2018. Our second chance to see an eclipsed Moon this year is coming up on July 28.  Martin George, Author provided The next fortnight will be a real treat for stargazers - there are five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars is looking the best we’ve seen in 15 years, and on the...

Sunday essay: from convicts to contemporary convictions – 200 years of Australian crime fiction

Guy Pearce as the Chandleresque private investigator Jack Irish: in the early years of Australian crime fiction, convicts and bushrangers featured prominently. Lachlan Moore Most countries produce crime fiction, but the versions vary according to national self-concepts. America admires the assertive private eye, both Dashiell Hammett’s late 1920s Sam Spade and the nearly as tough modern feminists, such as Sara...

Rethinking Homo sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated

Homo sapiens evolved in the East African rift valley… but then what happened? 26781577@N07/flickr You might say it’s the ultimate prize of science, to discover when, where and why humans evolved. For a long time, the evidence has been overwhelming that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and later spilled out of the continent to settle the rest of the planet. But is the story of our...

Carbon monoxide exposure in homes is a risk – here’s how to protect yourself

Faulty or unflued gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide, which is potentially fatal in high concentrations.from www.shutterstock.com Winter is a good time to remind ourselves of the potential risk of carbon monoxide exposure from faulty or unflued gas heaters or other gas devices. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas arising from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In a...

Australia falls further in rankings on progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Australia’s exported greenhouse emissions are higher per person than Saudi Arabia’s. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright Australia is performing worse than most other advanced countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the global SDG Index, which compares different nations’ performance on the goals. According to the SDG Index, released yesterday in New York, Australia is ranked 37th in the world – down from...

Grattan on Friday: Little upside for Malcolm Turnbull in debate over religious freedom

We don’t know what former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock and his panel have found and recommended about legislation to protect religious freedom. Dan Himbrechts/AAP One would think the last thing Malcolm Turnbull needs is a new round of the culture wars - this one over whether extra protections are needed for religion - just as he’s coming up to...

Thailand Cave Rescue

Whilst the world looks on in great anticipation, we must not forget those who are defying the odds and risking their own lives to free 12 children ranging in age between 11 and 16 and their assistant soccer coach. The nightmare began after a Saturday morning football practice some two weeks ago.  As part of a birthday celebration the 12...

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