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Opinion: 9 in 10 LGBTQ+ students say they hear homophobic language at school, and 1 in 3 hear it almost every day

Bills in the federal and New South Wales parliaments have sought to stop teachers talking about gender and sexuality diversity in the name of either religious freedom or parents’ rights.


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Opinion: I’ve always wondered: can I flush cat poo down the toilet?

When I was a teenager I owned a large dog, a German Shepherd. It was my responsibility to pick up his poo and put it in the bin. I would never have thought to flush it down the toilet.


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Opinion: Emu vs cassowary: one has a dagger-like claw, the other explosive agility — but who would win in a fight?

Of the giant prehistoric birds still wandering the planet, two of the top three largest live right here in Australia: the emu and cassowary.


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Opinion: How to bond with your baby if you were separated during the pandemic

Women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care have been significantly affected by the pandemic. One challenge some mothers have faced around the world was being separated from their baby.


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Opinion: Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets. Let’s use our imaginations

Measures in this week’s federal budget to help Australians withstand and adapt to climate change are sorely needed, after years of cuts in this policy area.


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Opinion: Yes, religion plays a more prominent role in politics. But ‘secular Australia’ has always been a myth

Religion and politics have long been uneasy bedfellows, especially in Australia. But since September 11 and the sudden focus on Islam in Western politics, it has taken a far more prominent role.


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Opinion: The fatherhood penalty: how parental leave policies perpetuate the gender gap

Issues that matter to families on a daily basis, such as childcare, parental leave and flexible working arrangements, are often referred to as “women’s issues”.


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Opinion: Ghana’s new rental scheme won’t fix the real problem: a housing shortage

Ghana’s government has announced a loan scheme to help tenants pay the hefty advance rent (often covering two years) to private landlords. Advance rent is also prevalent in several other African countries.



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