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Academics and government spar over sugar tax


It sure is a sticky issue: in the wake of two recent reports advocating for the imposition of a sugar tax, Liberal frontbenchers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed levy. At a doorstop interview in Tasmania yesterday, education minister ...

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Indigenous gap closing at snail’s pace

Still from 'Redfern Now'. Photo: Blackfella Films

“The higher the level of education, the smaller the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at an event for Indigenous high achievers at Parliament House on Monday 13 February 2017. “For tertiary-educated Indigenous people, there ...

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No Jab, No Pay unproductive: paper


“We’re extremely strong advocates for vaccination … and we both recognise that vaccine rejection is an ongoing problem in Australia … and there’s actually very limited evidence on the best way to address vaccine rejection.” Dr Margie Danchin of the ...

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Nick Xenophon Team to vote against childcare bill

Nick Xenophon is not supporting childcare cuts. Photo: Bev Lacey

The Turnbull government has failed to win over four crossbench senators for its plan to tie an overhaul of childcare fee subsidies to welfare payment cuts. The Nick Xenophon Team, which has three of the nine crossbench votes the government ...

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Top model also a role model for intersex kids

Photo:  interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth

Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele is a rangy 178 centimetres tall. Mousey-blonde haired and milky-skinned, she has an impish, slightly androgynous look. As well as strutting catwalks, Odiele is helping break a taboo by recently declaring herself as intersex. Odiele ...

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