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We hadn’t thought of that: how to avoid bushfires

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(and maybe make a stock market killing) Our friends in Northern California sent this report of their local electricity supplier’s ingenious method to guard against bushfires caused by downed or carelessly placed power lines. “We went all summer with no major fires locally (a great thing). Of course, this may have been

What spoil sports we are for the Festive Season!


Does one drink a day damage your health? You’ve no doubt heard the common wisdom that a drink at the end of a long day does you good. Maybe it’s the antioxidants in wine you swear by, or the relaxing qualities of a beer. Perhaps just the taste makes you feel better. But

Greta Thunberg’s La Vagabonde voyage


How an Aussie family meet the girl behind a climate movement By Briana Shepherd, ABC News THE AUSTRALIAN COUPLE who sailed Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic for the UN COP25 climate summit say people would be shocked to see how human and vulnerable the teen climate activist is. ABOVE: Riley Whitelum, Nikki Henderson,

Aged-care royal commission has had a third of the coverage of banks‘ bad behaviour


It doesn’t add up “A sad and shocking system that diminishes Australia as a nation”. “Inhumane, abusive and unjustified”. “Cruel and discriminating”. After 10 months of hearings and investigations into aged care, Commissioners Lynelle Briggs and the late Richard Tracy listed the most shocking findings in their interim report on Thursday: death from septicaemia

Perinatal mental illness: what it is, and the costs


WHEN BABY MAX arrived four years ago, complete with a full head of “Elvis hair”, his parents were overjoyed. But joy quickly turned into a wave of negative emotions for his mother, Julie. “I was all alone in my hospital bed, I woke up in a puddle of sweat,” she said. “I

A flavour starter of indigenous food recipes


THE STAPLE DIET that has sustained Indigenous people for thousands of years is predominantly a plant-based diet, with Murnong or Yam Daisy at its core. 231 years ago, after the introduction of environmentally destructive livestock and farming methods, we saw the end to the abundant Yam Daisy. The roots of these dainty

Exercise is “Powerful Stuff” for women’s health


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS vital for keeping Australian women happy, healthy and strong. This year’s Women’s Health focus is “Women’s Health, Powerful Stuff”, and Exercise Right wants to remind Australian women that exercise is powerful stuff for their physical and mental health. “The value of exercise cannot be overstated when it comes