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A message from the west: Dear Sydney, we're heading for a messy break-up

We're tired. Two hundred thousand western Sydney residents are compelled to journey eastward into Sydney every weekday for work; decent paying, globally connected and fulfilling work. We're over it.


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New Zealand experience shows same-sex marriage could provide huge economic boost for Australia

Even though it’s still uncertain as to when Australian same-sex couples will be able legally to wed, New Zealand’s example shows how much this could be worth to our economy.


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NAPLAN only tells part of the story of student achievement

The National Assessment Program – Literacy And Numeracy (NAPLAN) had its 10th birthday this year, but few well-wishers came to the party.


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After postal vote, we will never think of western Sydney the same way again

Who will defend the rights of pastry chefs who "conscientiously object" to baking a cake for a gay wedding? With the results in, some parliamentarians will no doubt choose to contend with that very question.


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Australia might water down illegal logging laws – here’s why it’s a bad idea

Illegal logging is an immensely profitable global activity, linked to corruption, human rights abuses, criminal networks, and environmental destruction.


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Friday essay: the female dwarf, disability, and beauty

"There is no exquisite beauty … without some strangeness in the proportion." Edgar Allen Poe’s words have a particular irony for me. I am a woman with achondroplasia dwarfism, or what is commonly referred to as “disproportionate dwarfism”.


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Higher education reforms are all about savings and not possibilities

A Senate impasse and yet another round of higher education reforms are floundering. Only they aren't. Reforms that is. Australia hasn't seen anything remotely approaching meaningful higher education reform in nearly a decade.


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I’ve always wondered: What’s behind the belly button?

When a baby is born, the lifeline between the mother and child (the umbilical cord) is cut, and the shrivelled remains become the belly button on the outside. What happens inside?



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