The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
The fate of deer carcasses is a crucial consideration in monitoring the success of future culling.
The NSW government has announced plans to remove feral deer from its list of official game animals. With careful monitoring, the resulting free-for-all could help curb their booming numbers.
The recall of several milk brands due to the possible presence of E. Coli is the second milk recall to affect Victoria and New South Wales this month.
When several milk brands were recalled last week due to the presence of E. coli, people were concerned. But the recall is a sign that dairy surveillance systems are working as they should be.
VLocity trains run at speeds of up to 160km/h on four Victorian regional lines.
More than half a century after the first high-speed trains began running overseas, Australia is still waiting for the long-promised service. Right now, faster rail is a better short-term prospect.
A favourite argument of coal proponents is the idea that if their mine is knocked back, someone else will simply dig up coal elsewhere.
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A NSW court's decision to rule out a coalmine on the basis of climate change could signal a turning of the tide in an arena where environmental litigants have previously struggled to gain traction.
Sydney’s iconic beaches are not yet part of a marine park.
The New South Wales government has turned its back on plans to create sanctuary zones covering 2.4% of waters around Sydney, despite evidence that these 'no-take' areas are crucial for protecting fish.
We need female role models in the NSW physics syllabus to normalise women in physics and encourage their engagement and further study.
The new physics syllabus for year 11 and 12 students in NSW contains no mention of specific women who have contributed to the field, nor their work.
Farmers need help to plan for droughts, not just to respond to them when things get desperate.
The government has offered emergency payments to drought-stricken farmers. But if we really care about them, we'll also invest in long-term drought resilience measures to reduce impacts.
Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h.
High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
Health objectives are at last being integrated into all levels of planning in New South Wales, from cities and towns to local places and buildings.
The connections between city planning and health are many and varied, but getting health objectives integrated into all aspects of planning in New South Wales has been a long struggle.
Polls indicate a swing back in favour of the Andrews government in the lead-up to the November state election.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
The travelling stock routes are a precious national resource.
Australia's iconic stock routes are now public land, used for everything from conservation to recreation. A government review may change that.
The federal government announced an independent review into regional, rural and remote education in March this year.
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Staffing rural schools has been an issue in Australia for at least 113 years. We need a fresh approach to tackle this persistent problem.
A ‘thinned’ landscape, which provides far from ideal habitat for many species.
Legal vegetation 'thinning' is contributing to high rates of land clearing, potentially causing problems for threatened species and ecosystems.
Our land-title system originated in the mid-19th century when Sir Robert Richard Torrens campaigned to reform Adelaide’s chaotic deeds-based land system.
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Sir Robert Richard Torrens – the man behind Australia’s 'Torrens system' of land-title registration – was an economic liberal who might have approved of privatising title registries.
Not all renters will be able to become – or want to become – home owners.
For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed.
Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
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The record floods of 1954 and 1974 still stand as Lismore's high-water marks. But Tropical Cyclone Debbie delivered her deluge far more abruptly than the rains that triggered those historic floods.
How accessible really are selective schools?
Analysis of MySchool data shows that selective public schools are selecting fewer students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, thus worsening inequality in the school system.
Sydney’s summer was the hottest on record.
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New South Wales has just had its hottest summer on record – an event that was made 50 times more likely by humans' impact on the climate.
Will NSW physics students learn what these lines represent?
NSW's proposed new rigorous physics syllabus refocuses on the fundamentals, but it'll require investment in teaching skills so all students can benefit from it.