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Citizen action for endangered species


Find out what threatened plants and animals live in your electorate (and what your MP can do about it) MORE THAN 1,800 Australian plants and animals are considered at-risk of extinction, and yet protecting threatened species is almost entirely absent from the current election campaign. We’ve developed a web app, which launches

Call to electrify all transport


THIS MORNING THE editor of The Conversation — that freely shares academic findings with Australians — wrote: “So far, none of our largest political parties has focused on electrifying our transport more broadly than just encouraging the take-up of electric cars. That has to change.” The following article by Peter Newman

How are power prices going up?


Labor says power prices are going up. The Coalition says they aren’t. Who’s right? “POWER PRICES ARE going up”, shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers declared last week. But according to energy minister Angus Taylor, “No one’s household power prices have gone up.” So who is right? With the cost of living at forefront of

For fans of The Crown


Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers is a delectable account of a soap opera family THOSE OF US interested in biographies of the House of Windsor have awaited Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers with much anticipation. Her 2007 book, The Diana Chronicles, was a New York Times bestseller, cementing Brown’s reputation as a

The budget hands out $21 billion for ‘regional Australia’, but a quarter of it is going to a single project in Queensland

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IMAGE Jade Toomey, ABC News THIS YEAR'S BUDGET has offered up “unprecedented” funding for regional Australia, according to the Morrison government’s budget sell. The headline figure is A$21 billion and is widely assumed to be part of the deal Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce made with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in exchange for

If animals could speak, would we understand them?

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TURIN, ONCE BRIEFLY the capital of Italy, is famous today for its coffee, delectable hazelnut chocolate, Fiat cars, Juventus FC and the architectural wonder, the Mole Antonelliana. It also happens to be the city of a reportedly epiphanic moment in the life of multi-faceted German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. On January 3

The truth does matter, whew!


We know politicians lie — but do we care? CLAIMS PRIME MINISTER Scott Morrison is a liar have been piling up. From French President Emmanuel Macron, to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and most recently, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, there have been high profile accusations Morrison has not been truthful. Some media

Threatened species don’t just live in national parks

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Private landholders hold the key to retaining biodiversity Environmental research across Australia underlies this commentary and analysis by  Stephen Kearney, The University of Queensland; April Reside, The University of Queensland; James Watson, The University of Queensland; Rebecca Louise Nelson, The University of Melbourne; Rebecca Spindler, UNSW Sydney, and Vanessa Adams, University

‘Our community is small, but our spirit is strong’


How art forms the heart of Cobargo’s Black Summer fires recovery ON DECEMBER 31 2019, the catastrophic fires burning across southeastern Australia reached the small South Coast NSW town of Cobargo in the form of the Badja Forest Road Fire. Within just a few hours, roads and bridges were impassable, all critical infrastructure

What makes a vegan-friendly wine vegan? And how’s it different to conventional wine?


CONSUMER INTEREST IN vegan wines is growing, with vegan-friendly wines showing up in many supermarkets and Google searches for “vegan wine” soaring in recent years. But what makes a vegan-friendly wine vegan? And how’s it different to conventional winemaking techniques? I’m an oenology and chemistry researcher; I’ve spent years studying wine and