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Killing Country - The Adani Carmichael coal mine: introduction to a special five-part series

The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.
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Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

If the Australian workforce is to be prepared for the future, science technology engineering and mathematics practices must be embedded across the entire curriculum, according to this report.
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Australian Democrats: the passing of an era

This paper traces the rise and fall of the Democrats, Australia's longest-surviving minor party, examining the sources of its support and the reasons for its decline. The Australian Democrats are the longest surviving and most successful minor party in federal politics. The party was created...
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This is how to create social hubs that make 20-minute neighbourhoods work

This article looks at how people’s access to neighbourhood centres and the diversity of buildings and commercial uses found there influences how, and to what extent, we interact.
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Can the NBN bridge the communication divide between regional and metropolitan Australia?

With a third of the population living in regional Australia, a strong internet is required now more than ever to provide regional Australians with the same opportunities their metropolitan counterparts enjoy, argues Matthew Meagher.
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Criminologist warns against sensationalising Victoria's African youth crime

As a South Sudanese migrant lambasts young African men for committing violent crimes in Victoria, a criminologist warns the media against overblowing the issue.
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Wi-Fi but no water: Can smart tech help a city's poor?

In poorer parts of the world, urban experts say efforts to improve cities with cutting-edge technology can run into challenges, particularly when applied in slums. “A 24-hour smart water meter can only be possible if you’re connected to the water system in the first place,”...
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Our cities are hidden power stations

In Denmark, they are using re-using waste heat from one place to heat entire housing estates. This is good news for both the environment and energy consumption.
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The future is prefabricated

Commonly used in much of Europe, prefabrication is a more environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial way to build, and it’s taking off in Australia too.
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The eight principles of the sidewalk: building more active cities

To support making walking both accessible and safe, sidewalks / footpaths should be constructed with these eight complementary and interconnected principles in mind.