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Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade 2016: Everything you need to know before the fabulous annual parade kicks off

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has kicked off, with a colourful and glittery parade set to wrap up the festival tonight. The festival began almost two weeks ago with a dazzling array of events from theatre performances to talks and forums, all leading up to the famous parade tonight which will feature 175 floats and almost 230 kilograms ...

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Your local train station can predict health and death

Melanie Davern, University of Melbourne; Lucy Gunn, University of Melbourne, and Rebecca Roberts, University of Melbourne The association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California. These studies paint a powerful picture of health ...

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Nine and Fox Sports still in picture for World T20 rights but ball in Star TV’s court

An Australian television blackout of the World Twenty20 championship in India could be avoided if Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV accepts a bid from Channel Nine that is well below its asking price or makes a late decision to sell coverage as a standalone item in a last-minute deal that could see it end up on Fox Sports. With less than three weeks until ...

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International Travel Tips: 7 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia

Australia has always been a mecca for all travelers – business, and leisure. Its natural beauty includes lush rainforests in the north, the remarkable Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef. I interviewed Australian Travel Specialist Alicia Saba of Departure Lounge for her advice before planning your trip to Australia to maximize your experience. Australia’s Landscapes Are Very DiverseAustralia is the ...

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Cheaper food at Canberra Stadium for Canberra Raiders and Brumbies games

It will now be cheaper to eat all the pies at Canberra Stadium with the ACT government set to announce on Friday a reduction in food prices for the upcoming NRL and Super Rugby seasons. The ACT Brumbies’ clash against the Wellington Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium on Friday night will be the first to offer the cheaper fare followed by ...

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What Coca-Cola isn’t telling you about its health funding in Australia

Coca-Cola is bankrolling a campaign to focus the discussion about obesity in Australia on exercise and away from diet as the solution to the health epidemic. Last August, Coca-Cola’s global boss promised to publish all financing of health groups and research globally after revelations of its activities by the The New York Times. Within six weeks it disclosed that the ...

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When silence falls: NSW art exhibition exposes hidden violent chapters in Australian, world history

Visions of war and conflict may be all too commonplace in the news media, but it is not often that we are given the space to really contemplate what the long-term legacy of violence is for our society. Cara Pinchbeck, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), made it her mission to ...

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Joyce to the world: Nats cap off a week of change

Warren Truss is out, Barnaby Joyce is in, and yet another minister might be headed for the departure lounge. A Government that was determined to talk “jobs, jobs, jobs” is ending this week doing exactly that; as in, who’s getting what, and when, writes Annabel Crabb. To a turbulent global geopolitical scene currently adjusting to a US presidential race being ...

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Five Australian wonder dogs

Two sniffer dogs could be the next big thing in environmental circles after they were trained to find endangered northern and spotted-tail quolls by scent. Usually, ecologists would search for the elusive animals on foot, without dogs, using visual observation and camera trapping — and hundreds of hours of recording could result in just seconds of useful footage. But researchers ...

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