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A health extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. The women are not allowed to transfer from their rural posts and have to be separated from their families. Kate Holt/Anglican Overseas Aid

Ethiopia has cracked the problem of rural health, but its workers feel stuck

In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Waiting in the wings as parliament sits in its final session after the election, Aung San Suu Kyi and her victorious NLD face the challenge of huge public expectations. EPA/Nyein Chan Naing

Once Suu Kyi takes power, her party will need to re-engage the people to manage sky-high hopes

Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD has won Myanmar's elections in a landslide, but must lead the transition to democratic rule carrying the hopes of tens of millions of voters who expect life to be transformed.
Protesters in Brisbane campaigning for more rights for landowners against coal seam gas. AAP Image/Cleo Fraser

Who gets to decide whether we dig up coal and gas?

As a landowner, can you veto a coal seam gas development? And does the environment minister have the power to say no to coal mines?
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“Humanism”, an idol of the marketplace?

Asked what was presently vexing him, the bard’s troubled Hamlet replies “words, words, words”. Here as elsewhere, there is method to the disgruntled Prince of Denmark’s feigned madness. “A rose by any…
What do we learn about Labor leader Bill Shorten from David Marr’s new Quarterly Essay? AAP/Andrew Brownbill

Review: Faction Man – Bill Shorten’s Path to Power

Faction Man is a product of Black Inc. From their perspective, Bill Shorten – and his fascination with grimy Labor machine politics – is an alien figure.

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