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We can make roof tiles with built-in solar cells – now the challenge is to make them cheaper

Despite being such a sunkissed country, Australia is still lagging behind in the race to embrace solar power.


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Affordable housing lessons from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore: 3 keys to getting the policy mix right

Affordable housing is a critical problem for Australia’s biggest housing markets.


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More than a kick: sporting statues can enshrine players and also capture pivotal cultural moments

In March this year, photographer Michael Willson captured an image of AFL footballer Tayla Harris kicking for a goal. Last week in Melbourne’s Federation Square a 3.3 meter bronze depiction of Harris’ kick was unveiled.


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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian avoids a spill but remains in troubled waters

“How good is Gladys Berejiklian?” Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked a jubilant crowd of Liberal supporters. Only as good as her most recent legislative adventure, it would seem.


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Keeping the city cool isn’t just about tree cover – it calls for a commons-based climate response

A recent report by the Greater Sydney Commission singles out urban heat as one of four priority areas given our coming climate.


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Fewer casual positions and less out-of-hours work could help retain early career teachers

Australia, like many other countries, is grappling with the problem of how to keep good teachers in schools, especially those who are early in their careers.


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Riding (and winning) like a girl: female jockeys are more prevalent, but still treated as outsiders

In 2015, Payne made Australian sport history by riding Prince Of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup at 100-1 odds. She was the first female jockey in the Cup’s 155-year history to win the prestigious race. .


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Father’s days: increasing the ‘daddy quota’ in parental leave makes everyone happier

What can a government do to encourage the best fathers possible? The single greatest gift might be functional parental leave policies that actually encourage men to take time off and be active early in family life.



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