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Opinion: We live in an age of ‘fake news’. But Australian children are not learning enough about media literacy

Today we release the findings from our new research into how young Australians consume and think about news media.



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Opinion: 3 planning strategies for Western Sydney jobs, but do they add up?

The problem of not enough jobs in Western Sydney has been in the public spotlight for half a century. At the same time, record immigration levels and cheap housing on new residential estates on the urban fringe have fuelled growth in the region’s labour force.


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Opinion: Our laws failed these endangered flying-foxes at every turn. On Saturday, Cairns council will put another nail in the coffin

On Saturday, Cairns Regional Council will disperse up to 8,000 endangered spectacled flying-foxes from their nationally important camp in central Cairns.


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Opinion: Recession will hit job-poor parts of Western Sydney very hard

After 2016 – but before COVID-19, it should be said – Western Sydney experienced a mini jobs boom. Growth came from the region’s extraordinary surge in population, driven by record levels of immigration.


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Opinion: Australasia will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What’s not to like?

Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand have won the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. What are the pros and cons of the verdict?


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Opinion: Jobs deficit drives army of daily commuters out of Western Sydney

Western Sydney has a jobs problem. No other big regional economy in Australia fails in providing jobs for its residents more than this one. At the last census the Western Sydney jobs deficit – local jobs minus local workers – was 222,000.


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Opinion: Separating mothers with COVID-19 from their newborns does more harm than good

In several countries pregnant women confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 are being required to have caesarean sections or be separated from their newborn babies to restrict COVID-19 transmission.



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