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Uluru-Kata Tjuta: of 19 Australian World Heritage sites this is one of only two that recognise the values of ‘living’ Aboriginal culture. Shutterstock

Australia’s problem with Aboriginal World Heritage

Of 19 World Heritage sites across the country, only two, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta, recognise the values of "living" Aboriginal culture. None of Australia's three sites inscribed purely for cultural values recognises Aboriginal people.
At least 30 tourism developments have been proposed for Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness.

Green light for Tasmanian wilderness tourism development defied expert advice

Newly revealed documents show the Commonwealth government approved a controversial tourism plan for Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness without assessing it against federal conservation legislation.
Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. AAP/David Moir

As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

A challenge in the High Court, starting today, will argue that "safe access zones" around abortion clinics impede the constitutional right to freedom of political speech. Here's why that's wrong.
The government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, congratulates Steven Martin after his maiden speech. Now Martin has joined the Coalition team. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Independent crossbencher Steve Martin joins Nationals, giving the party a Tasmanian presence

The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
Hobart is facing a rental accommodation shortfall of about 5,000 households, but the statewide shortage totals more than 29,000 households. Dave Hunt/AAP

Councils’ help with affordable housing shows how local government can make a difference

Tasmania has an estimated rental housing shortfall of 29,200 households across the state. Especially in disadvantaged rural areas, local councils have had to step in to help house residents locally.
Detail from a reconstruction of a Tasmanian picture board by Simon Barnard (2015). Kristyn Harman and Nicholas Brodie

How picture boards were used as propaganda in the Vandemonian War

In the early days of colonial Tasmania, the British used threatening picture boards to communicate with Aboriginal people, giving them a choice between conciliation and death.
Morning Mist Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania. Peter Dombrovskis/ (courtesy Liz Dombrovskis) AAP

Friday essay: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River

The Franklin River campaign is commonly seen as a green victory; a fight for the right of 'wilderness' to exist. But archaeological research revealing the region's deep Aboriginal history was crucial to it.

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