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Why dingoes should be considered native to mainland Australia – even though humans introduced them

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why dingoes should be considered native to mainland australia – even though humans introduced them
  Image: Shutterstock Dingoes are often demonised as a danger to livestock, while many consider them a natural and essential part of the environment. But is our most controversial wild species actually native to Australia? Dingoes were brought to Australia by humans from Southeast Asia some 4,000 years ago. Technically, this means they are an introduced species, and an “alien” species by classic ecological...

Is your neighbourhood underinsured? Search our map to find out

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is your neighbourhood underinsured? search our map to find out
  Image: Mapbox Underinsurance is more common than many realise. And if you live in an area where most people don’t have enough home and/or contents insurance, the financial and social catastrophe that follows a disaster can be community-wide. Even if you’re well covered, your neighbourhood may struggle long after the dust has settled, as houses lie derelict, people struggle to bounce back...

Why do I grind my teeth and clench my jaw? And what can I do about it?

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why do i grind my teeth and clench my jaw? and what can i do about it?
  Image: Shutterstock Dentists have reported a rise in teeth clenching and grinding since the pandemic began. The symptoms of teeth clenching and/or grinding (also known as bruxing or parafunction) can include pain in teeth and gums, as well as jaw joints and muscles. The pain it causes can be debilitating and significantly affect your daily life. We’re specialist dentists who teach, research and practise...

Listen To Older Voices: Gladys Buchan – Part 1

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listen to older voices: gladys buchan – part 1
    This is a Golden Moment repeat program, taken from our Vault of Treasured memories, where we re-present a program we believe is worth repeating and we do so because while lockdown has ended, there are still restrictions on visiting and interviewing older people. This is Part 1 of a 2-part story featuring the Life and Times of Gladys...

Labor’s 2030 climate target betters the Morrison government, but Australia must go much further, much faster

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labor’s 2030 climate target betters the morrison government, but australia must go much further, much faster
  Image: Lucas Coch/AAP The Labor opposition has pledged to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 43% this decade based on 2005 levels, claiming the plan will create jobs, cut power bills, boost renewables and provide business certainty. Labor says the policy would create 604,000 jobs – mostly in regional areas – unlock A$52 billion in private sector investment in Australian...

Sunday essay: Indigenous afterlives in Britain

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sunday essay: indigenous afterlives in britain
    Breastplate, of metal, engraved ‘McIntyre King of Mannilla’, c.1860–1874. ‘King’ McIntyre (c.1814–74) Donated by A.W. Wilkins to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 1930. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery   Readers are advised this article contains content relating to violent colonial practices and deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which some may find distressing. Ancestors of Indigenous Australians are represented in...

Australia’s biggest fossil fuel investment for a decade is in the works – and its greenhouse gas emissions will be horrifying

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australia’s biggest fossil fuel investment for a decade is in the works – and its greenhouse gas emissions will be horrifying
  Image: Shutterstock The controversial Scarborough gas project off Western Australia will cause a substantial rise in greenhouse gas emissions at a time when the world must rapidly decarbonise, new analysis released today shows. The A$16 billion plan by Woodside Petroleum has been described as Australia’s biggest new fossil fuel investment in nearly a decade. The report, produced by Climate Analytics, a...

Grattan on Saturday: Allegation against Alan Tudge hits Morrison government where it hurts

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grattan on saturday: allegation against alan tudge hits morrison government where it hurts
  Image: Mick Tsikas/AAP In a sensational end to a grotty final 2021 sitting week, former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller’s claim a minister had acted violently towards her was carefully timed to underline Kate Jenkins’ scathing indictment of the parliamentary workplace. Education Minister Alan Tudge was forced to stand aside after Miller – who returned to Parliament House to make her...

Good riddance: the costs of Morrison’s voter ID plan outweighed any benefit

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good riddance: the costs of morrison’s voter id plan outweighed any benefit
  Image: Paul Miller/AAP The Morrison government has shelved its plan to make Australians produce identification before casting their vote. Yesterday it withdrew the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 it had hoped to pass in time for the 2022 election. The reason is political. The announcement came hours after Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie said she would vote against the bill. With rebel Coalition...

You actually can teach an old dog new tricks, which is why many of us keep learning after retirement

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you actually can teach an old dog new tricks, which is why many of us keep learning after retirement
  Image: Shutterstock Lorna Prendergast was 90 years old when she graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne in 2019. She said her message to others was, “You’re never too old to dream.” Nor, obviously, too old to learn. In the same year 94-year-old David Bottomley became the oldest person in Australia to graduate with a PhD from Curtin University. The great-grandfather...