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Why did mammals go the fur route, rather than developing feathers?

One of the main characteristics that distinguish mammals from birds, and other animals, is that mammals have hair or fur, and birds have feathers.


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Life as an older renter, and what it tells us about the urgent need for tenancy reform

The New South Wales government has introduced a bill to reform the Residential Tenancies Act. This act sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in private rental accommodation in NSW.


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Breaking the silence why priests should be made to report child abuse revealed in confession

Last December, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made public its final report, containing 409 recommendations.


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Who is our health regulator, AHPRA, and does it operate effectively?

In Australia, we sometimes hear of problems in the health industry regarding anaesthetics, cosmetic surgeons or chiropractors acting in ways that could be, and sometimes are, harmful to patients.


Sore losers forgetting the importance of grace in defeat

Defeat is a truer test of character than victory. Whether it’s the US Open or Australian politics, the way participants deal with failure impacts the contest overall, with implications well beyond a moment of madness.


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Friday essay: the rise of the ‘bin chicken’, a totem for modern Australia

In just a few decades, the Australian White Ibis has made itself at home in many of Australia’s coastal and inland cities.


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Pay to play: is participating in sport becoming too expensive for everyday Australians?

Australians spend nearly A$11 billion a year on sport and physical activity participation fees, according to the Australian Sports Commission.


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Community power beats a pill when it comes to combatting diabetes

I have no doubt that the people of Campbelltown are sick of hearing about the high rates of diabetes in their region. What I don’t think they hear enough about is the solutions that exist.



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