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15 Oct 2017

Journalists say freedom of the press in Fiji is at an all-time low, with repercussions for those who upset the government.

First-hand accounts and leaked documents reveal the extent of the Fijian government’s control over the media and public service.

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08 Oct 2017

In an unprecedented move, in August 2017 Chinese officials chartered a plane to Fiji and deported seventy-seven of their own citizens who had been living on the Pacific island

But as Hagar Cohen reports China's official explanation for this unusual extradition is being questioned by eye...

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14 May 2017

Background Briefing asks whether Australia's largest transport infrastructure project will live up to its promise to reduce Sydney's congestion.

As WestConnex has morphed over the years, the cost has increased, partly due to inflation, and partly due to its greater scope. From a rough...

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19 Mar 2017

An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?

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09 Oct 2016

The eviction of social housing tenants from Sydney's CBD is nearly complete. The NSW government says it will build over a thousand houses elsewhere with the $500 million raised. But the sell-off has come at a social cost, and at the loss of an architecturally significant Sydney apartment block....

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07 Oct 2016

The former chair of the NSW Heritage Council has criticised the state government's refusal to heritage list the landmark Sirius apartment building in the historic Rocks area of Sydney.

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  • NSW Government refusing to heritage list Sirius social housing complex, citing
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02 Oct 2016

Scientists concerned that climate change is biting harder and faster than models predicted are campaigning for a bigger research investment to protect Australia's $58 billion agriculture industry from extreme weather.

Jo Chandler investigates how we're betting the farm.

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08 Jul 2016

The number of Aboriginal children in Victoria's child protection system has gone up by 70% in just three years. Now Aboriginal leaders in Victoria are saying enough is enough, and are calling for a new approach to stop so many children being removed.

Victoria's Commissioner for Aboriginal...

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01 Nov 2015

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In 2013, then opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull pledged to ditch Labor's fibre-to-the-premises national broadband network and replace it with a mix of technologies including upgraded copper wires and pay TV cables.

Now, despite a blowout...

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25 Oct 2015

An increasing number of women in Australia and overseas are taking up the opportunity of freezing their eggs to be used later, as a kind of motherhood insurance.

But some doctors are warning that these women, mainly in their thirties, are being misled, and being encouraged to freeze their...

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