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Mandating COVID vax in the workplace ethically header

If you’re going to mandate COVID vaccination at your workplace, here’s how to do...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Compulsory COVID vaccination is in the news again now Qantas has just announced its employees will need a shot. This follows fruit and vegetable processing company SPC announcing vaccines would be compulsory for onsite staff, a...
wearing shoes in the house is just plain gross. the verdict from scientists who study indoor contaminants

Wearing shoes in the house is just plain gross. The verdict from scientists who...

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Image: Shutterstock You probably clean your shoes if you step in something muddy or disgusting (please pick up after your dog!). But when you get home, do you always de-shoe at the door? Plenty of Australians...
two years into the pandemic, why is australia still short of medicines?

Two years into the pandemic, why is Australia still short of medicines?

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Image: Alex Bascuas/Shutterstock This might be a familiar scene. You pop into your local pharmacy to fill a script and you’re told your regular medicine is out of stock. When will it be in? Sorry,...
yes, another lockdown in victoria hurts. but it might be our only way to avert a third wave

Yes, another lockdown in Victoria hurts. But it might be our only way to...

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 Picture; James Ross/AAP Victoria went into stage 4 lockdown from 11.59pm Friday, as the cluster from the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel continues to grow. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the circuit-breaker lockdown that afternoon, citing the threat...
315 nuclear bombs and ongoing suffering: the shameful history of nuclear testing in australia and the pacific

315 nuclear bombs and ongoing suffering: the shameful history of nuclear testing in Australia...

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 Image:AP/AAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware this article contains the name of a deceased person. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received its 50th ratification on October 24, and will therefore...
the nsw-vic border will reopen this month, and ironically the risk is greatest for victoria

The NSW-Vic border will reopen this month, and ironically the risk is greatest for...

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 Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced the border with Victoria will reopen on November 23. It will be the first time people can freely cross the border since early July. My preference...
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...

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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...
public protest or public protest or selfish ratbaggery? why free speech doesn’t give you the right to endanger other people’s health

Public protest or selfish ratbaggery? Why free speech doesn’t give you the right to...

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  Mick Tsikas/AAP Image Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major Australian cities at the weekend, to protest the rolling lockdowns that have formed a central part of the government response to the COVID pandemic. In...
no wonder people are confused. most official covid vaccine advice is way too complex

No wonder people are confused. Most official COVID vaccine advice is way too complex

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  Picture: Shutterstock As Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, the message has shifted to urgently “get the jab”. And people’s motivation to get vaccinated is increasing. But with ever-changing advice, many people are confused about which...
how to prepare and protect your gut health over christmas and the silly season

How to prepare and protect your gut health over Christmas and the silly season

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Image: Shuttlestock It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups on the horizon for many of us — all COVID-safe, of course. All that party food and takeaway,...