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Zaha Hadid’s ongoing Australian projects and draft designs will attract plenty of attention in the future. London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid. Artur Salisz

Will the death of ‘starchitect’ Zaha Hadid bring life to more of her designs?

Celebrated architect Zaha Hadid, who died last week, had three projects on the go in Australia. Will there be a surge of interest in her work - as has happened to other architects who have died prematurely?
The site of the hillfort of Vugala, northern Viti Levu island (Fiji). This was one of many hillforts in the area – home to a few hundred people according to reports from the 1840s – that were probably established around AD 1400 in response to conflict resulting from a food crisis that had come about as a result of an enduring fall in sea level. Patrick Nunn

Rise and fall: social collapse linked to sea level in the Pacific

Rising seas are one of the major concerns of Pacific Island nations, and looking at past sea-level change can help understand the future.
It’s not always a bad thing to lie to your kids. from www.shutterstock.com

Should I lie to my child about Santa?

Stories about Santa can help to develop imagination, so there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little joyful magic into your child’s life.
The makers of GPS devices are among the many factors and actors whose role in road safety has not been fully considered. flickr/Schu

The ‘fatal five’ causes of road trauma: who’s in control?

The focus is on reducing the “fatal five” behaviours that cause road trauma: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and driving while distracted.
Research found children with autism understand social cues when prompted, but they usually choose not to interact. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Children with autism shouldn’t be forced to socialise

People with autism spectrum disorder don't get the same benefits from socialising with other people. So why force them to with methods that aren't true to life anyway?
You don’t share your phone with strangers Mum, so I’m not sharing my doll with her. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Should we teach our children to share? Or let nature take its course?

Should we teach our kids to share their things considering adults don't share their possessions? Shouldn't kids be taught not to use things that aren't theirs? Maybe we should just let them figure things out for themselves.
A lifejacket won’t save your life if you are not wearing it, says NSW Martime. But any accident investigation needs to ask more than just why a lifejacket was not being worn. Flickr/NSW Maritime

Accident prevention should look at the big picture of what went wrong

When accidents happen we need to look at the real cause of why things went wrong instead of just looking for someone to blame.
The Reverend Fred Nile is a veteran of the NSW Parliament – and many predict that if the Baird government is re-elected, his vote could decide whether power privatisation goes ahead or not. Dean Lewins/AAP

NSW privatisation could hinge on a single upper house vote

A re-elected Liberal National government needs to win 10 upper house seats in this year's NSW election to hold a clear majority. But any fewer than 10, and it may need a Plan B on privatisation.
Union-led campaigns across NSW are telling voters to put government MPs last on their ballot papers – a strategy that helped elect Labor in Queensland earlier this year. Stop the Sell Off/Facebook

In a tight NSW election, optional preferences could win the day

The way Queensland voters chose to exercise their preferences was crucial in the shock defeat of the state's first-term conservative government. Could that happen again in this weekend's NSW election?

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