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Morrison is hoping for an election surprise but ‘uncommitted’ voters rarely turn things around in the final week

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morrison is hoping for an election surprise but ‘uncommitted’ voters rarely turn things around in the final wee
AAP Image/James Ross The number of voters the Coalition is attempting to sway in the final days of the campaign varies widely, depending on how the targeted voters are defined. But the historical precedent for success to which commentators refer isn’t persuasive. The party leaders’ final policy announcements and campaign appearances are about shoring up support among voters not yet fully...

GPs are abandoning bulk billing. What does this mean for affordable family medical care?

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gps are abandoning bulk billing. what does this mean for affordable family medical care?
Image: Shutterstock GPs have been sounding the alarm over rising costs of providing care – compounded by the pandemic and more complex demands. Many have said they are abandoning bulk billing, the Medicare scheme that pays doctors a flat rate for providing consultations. GPs earn considerably less than other medical specialists, sometimes two or three times less annually. If GPs maintain high rates of bulk billing...

To pat or not to pat? How to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe

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to pat or not to pat? how to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe
Image: Charlie Ferris with Bi on the left and Coco on the right: Courtesy Kath Quinn With dog attacks in the news over recent weeks, some parents may be wondering about how to keep interactions between kids and dogs safe – and how to keep everyone happy. A review of hospitalisations due to dog bites in Australia found children under nine years presented most...

Hey, guess what, guys? Women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election

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hey, guess what, guys? women vote too – and they may decide the outcome of this election
Image: AAP/Diego Fidele Because “women’s issues” have been in the headlines over the last year, it may seem strange they have not been more prominent in the election campaign. Yet it is clear gender has played a crucial role in defining the choice voters will make in the 2022 election, and female voters may well prove decisive in the election outcome...

PICA Announces $50,000 Schenberg Art Fellowship Recipients for 2022

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pica announces $50,000 schenberg art fellowship recipients for 2022
PICA is pleased to announce the winners of the Schenberg Art Fellowship, which is presented in partnership with the University of Western Australia to outstanding Hatched artists. Over thirteen years the Fellowship has grown to a substantial $50,000. In 2022 and for the first time in Hatched's thirty-one-year history, the award has been split into three separate awards, allowing more talented artists the opportunity...

Glow Winter Arts Festival Returns to Light Up Stonnington

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glow winter arts festival returns to light up stonnington
City of Stonnington's Glow Winter Arts Festival will make a triumphant return with a dazzling free program of immersive light, colour and art that breathes life into the local arts scene, from 3 – 19 June. A series of newly commissioned outdoor illuminations, inspired by the festival theme of 'Metamorphosis', will brighten up two of the precinct's favourite locations – Prahran Square...

Almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem – across all political persuasions

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almost 90% of us now believe climate change is a problem – across all political persuasions
Image: Getty If a week is a long time in politics, three years is an eternity. Since the 2019 election, Australia has endured devastating megafires and unprecedented floods. Meanwhile, news of extreme weather such as India and Pakistan’s horrific heatwaves has poured in. And international pressure to act on climate change is growing. Perhaps in response, Australian views of climate change...

State of the states: six politics experts take us around Australia in the final week of the campaign

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state of the states: six politics experts take us around australia in the final week of the campaign
Images: Mick Tsikas/AAP In the first week of the campaign, we journeyed around the country with six politics experts to examine the key seats and issues affecting different parts of the Australia. What has happened since? Which seats do you need to watch on election night? In the final week, our experts return to look at Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania...

St Kilda Writers Festival – Chapters – Prologue

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st kilda writers festival – chapters – prologue
Like every good book, our festival starts with a prologue giving you a preview of what is to come in the months ahead. Our PROLOGUE outlines the backbone of regular monthly events featuring local authors, panel discussions, debates, spoken word, discussions, literary luncheons, and a variety of related activities. The official launch will be at the start of Chapter 1 in...

Slam Bard at The Vineyard

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slam bard at the vineyard
CALLING ALL PERFORMANCE POETS AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS! St Kilda Writers Week presents the premiere season of an exciting and totally live new monthly event: SLAM BARD AT THE VINEYARD WHEN: 7PM FOR 730PM ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF THE MONTH MAY TO NOVEMBER 2022:   WEDNESDAYS 25 MAY, 29 JUNE, 27 JULY, 24 AUGUST, 28 SEPTEMBER, 26 OCTOBER   WITH A GRAND FINAL ON   WEDNESDAY...