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Whether sex therapy should be a funded disability support has been controversial since the NDIS was rolled out. From shutterstock.com

Finally, the NDIS will fund sex therapy. But it should cover sex workers too

A woman with a disability has won the right to have a sex therapist funded under the NDIS. This sets a positive precedent, but the NDIS should go further and fund sex worker services, too.
The first people to walk along the shores of northern Australia arrived more than 50,000 years ago. Corey Bradshaw

An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose

New research shows just how many first people were needed to create a viable population in what is now Australia.
Cairns Lagoon: as a good response to the tropical climate, it’s a very active place but with little business activity. Silvia Tavares

City temperatures and city economics, a hidden relationship between sun and wind and profits

Good urban design and walkability boost local economic activity by increasing public activity, but cities need to pay more attention to the effects of microclimates on streets and public spaces.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s new shadow ministry includes a few surprises, though many of the faces remain the same. The Conversation / AAP Images

Infographic: who’s who in Labor’s shadow ministry

From Bill Shorten to Kristina Keneally, our experts break down Labor's new shadow ministry – who's in, who's been promoted, and who faces the greatest challenges in their new roles
Contrary to expectations, Victoria failed to deliver a government majority to Labor. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Queensland and Tasmania win it for the Coalition

The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.
The betting market puts the chance of a Labor victory at about 77% nationally. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: odds on for a Labor win, but don’t bet on it

Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
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State of the states: will Whelan disendorsement make a difference in Tasmania?

It remains to be seen whether the Liberals' campaign woes in Lyons will have any impact on the neighbouring battleground seats of Bass or Braddon, which recent polls suggest the Liberals could regain.
The leaders debate returned Western Australia to the political spotlight this week. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: more preference deals as pre-polling begins

Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
The Coalition is expected to announce a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party on Monday. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Palmer’s preference deal and watergate woes

Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
The Adani coal mine has become a key issue for voters. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Adani, economics and personality politics

West Australian voters need convincing that the Coalition will be better than Labor at managing the economy. Meanwhile, the Queensland seat of Dickson has already descended into personality politics.
Orangutan Tapanuli yang sangat terancam dari Sumatra, Indonesia. Maxime Aliaga / Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

Nasib hutan Indonesia ada di tangan pemenang pilpres

Bertanding kembalinya Jokowi mungkin membahayakan keanekaragaman hayati global, karena ia mengancam mengingkari moratorium pembukaan perkebunan kelapa sawit baru.
Keep up-to-date election campaign in each state. Shutterstock

Federal election 2019: state of the states

Keep up-to-date with how the federal election is playing out locally. Our State of the States series takes stock of the key issues, seats and policies affecting the vote in each of Australia's states.

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