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the altar boys: new questions about suicides of clergy abuse survivors should spark another inquiry

The Altar Boys: new questions about suicides of clergy abuse survivors should spark another...

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Picture: DANIEL POCKETT/AAP Investigative journalist Suzie Smith’s new book The Altar Boys is a searing read that raises new questions about the suicides of three former victims of Catholic clergy child sexual abuse. Smith, a former award-winning...
australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. does covid mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree...

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Picture: Shuttlestock Australia is a nation of enthusiastic travellers, it is one of our defining national characteristics. At any given time, around a million of us are living and working overseas. In 2019, a record 11.3 million Australian residents...

View from The Hill: The role of ‘profit’ is the elephant in the aged...

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Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP Scott Morrison finds himself besieged on two fronts in the political war over aged care. The royal commissioners inquiring into the sector have made their second sortie within days into the debate,...
explainer: why is the victorian government extending the state of emergency, and is it justified?

Explainer: why is the Victorian government extending the state of emergency, and is it...

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Picture: James Ross/AAP The Victorian government has announced its intention to amend the Public Health and Wellbeing Act to give it the power to extend Victoria’s state of emergency for up to another 12 months. The need for...
only 25% of older australians have an advance care plan. coronavirus makes it even more important

Only 25% of older Australians have an advance care plan. Coronavirus makes it even...

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Image: Shuttlestock Older adults and those with chronic health conditions share an increased risk of experiencing severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. But they’re not a homogeneous group. In the event they become very sick, one person...
alexei navalny has long been a fierce critic of the kremlin. if he was poisoned, why now? and what does it mean?

Alexei Navalny has long been a fierce critic of the Kremlin. If he was...

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Picture: Sergey Ponomarev/AP The headlines are grim. Alexei Navalny, a key leader of the Russian opposition, is currently fighting for his life in a coma after allegedly being poisoned in Siberia. A medical team from Germany is en...
instagram is the home of pretty pictures. why are people flocking to it for news?

Instagram is the home of pretty pictures. Why are people flocking to it for...

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Image: Shuttlestock We know Instagram is the most influential app when it comes to lifestyle and beauty trends. But recent research shows increasing numbers of people are also going to Instagram for their news. A report by the Reuters Institute found...
fake covid-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud in a pandemic

Fake COVID-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud...

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Image: Shuttlestock Fraudsters are ruthless and will use any means necessary to gain financial advantage. Earlier this year, as Australians were battling the devastating bushfires, fraudsters were tailoring their approaches to exploit the good intentions of citizens wanting...
morrison government promises all australians will get free covid vaccine – if there is one

Morrison government promises all Australians will get free COVID vaccine – if there is...

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Image: TASS/SIPA The federal government has signed a letter of intent with the United Kingdom-based drug company AstraZeneca to supply a University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to Australia, and entered a contract with the...
more help required: the crisis in family violence during the coronavirus pandemic

More help required: the crisis in family violence during the coronavirus pandemic

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Picture: Shuttlestock Victoria is in the grip of its most severe lockdown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means opportunities for victims of family violence to seek help are more limited than ever. It...