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Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next


THE KINGDOM OF Tonga doesn’t often attract global attention, but a violent eruption of an underwater volcano on January 15 has spread shock waves, quite literally, around half the world. The volcano is usually not much to look at. It consists of two small uninhabited islands, Hunga-Ha’apai and Hunga-Tonga, poking about

We calculated the impact of ‘long COVID’ as Australia opens up.


Even without Omicron, we’re worried. OVER THE PAST two years, we’ve learned COVID-19 survivors can develop a range of longer-term symptoms we now call “long COVID”. This includes people who did not have severe illness initially. Such longer-term symptoms can affect multiple systems in the body. This can result in ongoing, severe fatigue

Nothing good here, Australia at bottom of the pack


This is the most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future. Here’s what you need to know. EARTH HAS WARMED 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel

Elder, lawman, survivor: new stamp discovery is the latest chapter in Gwoja Tjungurrayi’s remarkable life in pictures


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains images and names of deceased people. EVERY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN has likely seen Gwoja Tjungurrayi’s image. Tjungurrayi, a stockman, traditional lawman, and survivor of the brutal 1928 Coniston massacre, is the Warlpiri-Anmatyerr Aboriginal man engraved on our two dollar coin. IMAGERY from

Is PM’s slippery act infectious?

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No action on purpose-built quarantine facilities, complacency about vaccine rollouts, and another Victorian lockdown: Is Scott Morrison’s charmed political act waning with a routine-driven media? University of Melbourne journalism researcher Dennis Muller gives us some answers in The Conversation. Scott-free no more? Why the prime minister's smooth media run may be coming to