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What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more? AAP/Lukas Coch

Federal budget 2016: political experts react

On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
What does the budget hold for health care? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Federal budget 2016: health experts react

This is a steady-as-she goes budget, mostly just confirming pre-announcements with only the expected unpleasant decisions, such as the continuation of the Medicare rebate freeze.
Negative gearing has been untouched for 30 years because it increases housing supply and the stock of rental properties. Shutterstock

PolicyCheck: Negative gearing reform

Negative gearing reform is complex and fraught, with a chequered recent history. The key to any future reform will be finding a way to equitably change it without losing its benefit.
Ever wondered how the small, white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? from shutterstock.com

Explainer: how do drugs work?

Have you ever wondered how the small white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? Or how a regular antidepressant keeps your brain chemistry in balance?
‘Guns don’t kill people, (bad and mad) people kill people’ … oh really? Alan Moir

The arguments that carried Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms

Former Prime Minister John Howard and all Australia’s states and territories united to introduce sweeping gun law reforms just 12 days after the then world’s worst civilian firearm massacre. When they…
As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April. Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
They might be eating your home, but termites play a vital role in ecosystems. Termite image from www.shutterstock.com

Hidden housemates: the termites that eat our homes

Termite damage costs Australian homes at least a billion dollars each year – but they are absolutely vital for ecosystems.
ACTU president Ged Kearney is one of the 38.5% of Australian union secretaries who is female. AAP

Why wooing women is the way forward for trade unions

Female workers are now more highly unionised than their male colleagues, but unions still have a long way to go to reflect that shift.
The 1996 National Firearms Agreement dramatically raised standards by imposing minimum requirements drawing on the best elements in the existing laws and on the recommendations of a series of expert inquiries. AAP/Joe Castro

Australia’s gun laws save lives – but are we now going backwards?

After the Port Arthur massacre, Australia had the most comprehensive reform of firearm laws anywhere in the world. But a creeping complacency now jeopardises public safety.
No, not that kind of lime: the disease is named after a town in the US where the disease was first recognised.

Explainer: what is Lyme disease and does it exist in Australia?

The debate about Lyme disease and its presence in Australia has occupied media headlines and the minds of scientists and health professionals for over three decades.

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