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It’s pretty astounding to know we don’t know how many people die in our hospitals. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why don’t we know how many people die in our hospitals?

Information on hospital deaths hasn't always been so hard to find. Back in the 1860s Melbourne's one hospital published regular stats on the number of patients dying.
Want cleaner air? Stop leaving your car engine running while you’re stopped at lights or waiting for a passenger, and demand better regulations from the government. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Australia needs stricter rules to curb air pollution, but there’s a lot we could all do now

Australia needs stronger policy aimed at curbing air pollution, but the options currently on the table fall short. For now, we could all aim to drive less and turn off the engine when the car is idle.
Choosing Cairns or Townsville as a northern Queensland capital would set off a political storm, as would new regional governments around Australia. Dan Peled/AAP

If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
Filipino artists painted an image of MH370 at a high school in the Philippines in 2014 to express solidarity and hope for the passengers and crew of the missing flight. EPA/Amiel Meneses

The search for MH370 is over: what we learnt and where to now

The search for MH370 has been officially suspended without having found the plane. Where could MH370 be? Was the search in vain?
Greg Hunt has been appointed to the health ministry after the resignation of Sussan Ley last week. AAP/Lukas Coch

What’s in store for new health minister Greg Hunt?

Sussan Ley launched a series of major reviews of health spending programs. The proposals from these reviews are now on the table, and Greg Hunt will have a series of difficult tasks in implementation.
Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’. AAP/Alex Murray

FactCheck: what are the facts on rising child care prices?

The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
How will it fit in? Every new development should consider the existing neighbourhood character. Tod Jones

When gentrification lacks empathy: a case study

The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood.