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Cyanobacterial blooms and algae are common in water bodies around the world. However, Australia is yet to monitor the growth of neurotoxins in our algae. from www.shutterstock.com

Toxin linked to motor neuron disease found in Australian algal blooms

A toxic chemical produced by algae and linked to motor neuron disease has been detected in NSW rivers. Its presence - long suspected but now confirmed - could be linked to a disease hotspot in the Riverina.
With the second and third releases of ATO tax transparency data, the was no reaction from the financial markets at all, not even for those firms included in the disclosures. BEN RUSHTON/AAP

Revealing how much tax companies pay doesn’t move markets or reduce tax avoidance

Mandatory tax return disclosures for large companies were designed to increase public awareness of tax avoidance - but a new study reveals they may not work.
A group of young Asian men play basketball in the evening at Prince Alfred Park, Sydney. icsnaps/Shutterstock

Pushing casual sport to the margins threatens cities’ social cohesion

Casual sport can help communities thrive. But for many of Australia's most marginal communities, it's becoming harder to find a place to play.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Being a property investor or house hunter makes Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment

You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners. Emanuele Toscano/Flickr

It’s time for third-party data brokers to emerge from the shadows

Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
Complementary medicine practitioners could prove to be a valuable source of information about vaccinations. Stutterstock

How complementary medicine practitioners can help get kids vaccinated

Australian parents who visit complementary health practitioners are less likely to vaccinate their kids. But could these practitioners be best placed to educate sceptical parents about vaccination?
Exordium Apartments at Zetland, built by City West Housing, provide affordable, high-quality housing to key workers within the City of Sydney. Alan Morris

Mission nearly impossible: the City of Sydney’s efforts to increase the affordable housing supply

If local government is to deliver affordable housing, state and federal governments must assist. Even councils as powerful and well resourced as the City of Sydney cannot do it by themselves.
Recent discussions about sexual harassment are both too much about sex and not enough. Shutterstock

Sexual harassment is too much – and not enough – about sex

#MeToo drew attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. But we are still overlooking other forms of discrimination and the insidious impact of sexual harassment on women's identities.
State curricula articulate principles of respect and ethics in relationships, but some don’t use the word ‘consent’. from shutterstock.com

How #MeToo can guide sex education in schools

The #MeToo movement has sparked discussions about appropriate sexual behaviour that teachers can build on in sexual education.

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