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1938 revisited? Should doors open wider to Syrian refugees?

Does it seem that every time the world watches refugees flee violence and persecution while politicians claim their country can't possibly take in asylum seekers, we lamentingly claim that the world will never again turn its back on these people. And yet the next time...
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Creative alternatives to retirement living: what do YOU want?

By 2050 a quarter of our population will be over sixty-five but we'll be living longer and with different expectations of life in our latter years. We explore the options of how to live and where to live beyond the conventional choices of downsizing the...
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Can we afford free public education?

If you're a parent of a public school student who's paying for all the extras like excursions, laptops or more books for the library you might question the idea that public schools are free. But the idea of school fees for public education has proven...
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Are we prepared for the rise of heart disease?

If you experienced heart palpitations or shortness of breath, would you see your doctor? Despite the awareness campaigns for breast cancer and stroke, heart disease is still the biggest cause of death. Conditions like atrial fibrillation are on the rise, and set to increase exponentially...
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Northern Lights: bright ideas from Nordic countries

Andrew Scott, Associate Professor in Politics and Policy at Deakin University, is the guest on this episode of Life Matters. The Nordic countries have both economic prosperity and social equality and Scott believes that Australian governments should adopt similar policies on work life balance, employment...