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‘Growth’ of community housing may be an illusion. The cost-shifting isn’t

Southern Cross Housing, a non-profit community housing provider, took over management of just under 1,000 public housing dwellings on the New South Wales South Coast last October.


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The Conversation: Sex offender registries don’t prevent re-offending (and vigilante justice is real)

It may seem like common sense that allowing the public to know the whereabouts of dangerous people should increase community safety. As in many areas of criminal justice, the real story is more complicated.


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Your drinking water could be saltier than you think (even if you live in a capital)

As the drought drags on, small communities in eastern Australia are turning to emergency water supplies. Often, this means bore water, which has prompted health fears over its high salt content.


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Infant formula companies are behind the guidelines on milk allergy and their sales are soaring

There has been a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows’ milk protein allergy in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2016.


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Australians love their sport, but investing in new venues is another matter

Across the world, the construction of new stadiums and arenas has been increasing over the last 30 years. However, recent developments suggest that times may be changing.


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Gerald Murnane’s Prime Minister’s Literary award is long overdue

Murnane, who has long been recognised as one of Australia’s finest writers, has also long been neglected. It shows that there is still a place in Australian life for works of art that challenge us to think.


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Nervous tummy: why you might get the runs before a first date

So, you’re going on a date and you’re understandably a bit nervous. And then you feel it – a churning and cramping in your gut. Suddenly you’re running to the toilet and wondering why your body reacts this way.


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When it comes to race and justice, ‘colour-blindness’ is not good enough

During a family holiday in the United States this year, I took my children to the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.



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