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Why should my child take swimming lessons? And what do they need to know?

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death from injury worldwide. From July 2018 to June 2019, 276 people drowned across Australia – a 10% increase on the previous year.


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A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?

Cooling off with a swim in the river is a popular summer pastime in Australia, particularly for people who live a long distance from the beach.


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Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster?

It appears we have missed another close call between two satellites – but how close did we really come to a catastrophic event in space?


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How to cope with extreme heat days without racking up the aircon bills

Summer in Australia is getting hotter. Extreme heat events, with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, are becoming more common and we are getting more of these days in a row.


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Australia’s bushfire smoke is lapping the globe, and the law is too lame to catch it

Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has travelled far beyond its origins. It crossed New Zealand and South America, and within days had drifted halfway around the globe.


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Can Tennis Australia honour Margaret Court and promote LGBT+ inclusivity at the same time?

As play heats up at the Australian Open this week, so, too, has the debate around Australia’s most decorated tennis player, Margaret Court.


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Value beyond money: Australia’s special dependence on volunteer firefighters

Australia’s unprecedented bushfires have cemented its rural firefighters at the heart of the nation’s identity.


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Sport can be an important part of Aboriginal culture for women – but many barriers remain

Regular exercise is important for Indigenous women’s health, as it protects against obesity and chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.



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