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Everyday heroes

Surgery grips the imagination, but most of the vital healthcare work goes on elsewhere, writes Lesley Russell.
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How trade policies can support global efforts to curb climate change

In the wake of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, it is important that policies around trade and investment support national efforts to adapt to global warming while trying to curb it, writes Adrian Macey.
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Human dignity and its enemies

Let’s face it, the only way to live in dignity, inside this depraved society we inhabit, is to resist. That being so, to go to prison is really nothing more than to maintain simple human dignity, it’s really nothing to brag about.— Liu Xiaobo, “Letter...
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The land that fell to Earth

Britain has spiralled into political failure since voting to leave the European Union. What happened, and what happens next? David Hayes takes a look.
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Planners know depressingly little about a city’s impacts on our mental health

Jason Byrne looks at the possibility that living in cities might be associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
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5G's new frontier

Backers of 5G promise breathtaking speed and ultra-reliability. But does Australia need its own vision for the new wireless networks? Jock Given takes a closer look.
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This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities’ commuter crush

Some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres.
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Can cities and towns make us healthier?

With state and federal governments focused on big-ticket medical spending, can local initiatives fill the gaps?
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Lionel Murphy and the presumption of guilt

Some of the most serious allegations against the reforming Attorney-General turned High Court judge centre on his relationships - real or imagined - with three notorious Sydney figures.
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Dance of the elephants

Despite Nick Xenophon’s efforts, less powerful players were squeezed out of the media reform deal.