Farmers protest tightened land-clearing laws in Brisbane.
Moves to tighten land-clearing laws in Queensland and New South Wales have been met with outrage from farmers. So how can we get regulation right?
Greyhound racing needs a consistent approach, or trainers will move to jurisdictions where rules are more lax.
New South Wales' ban on greyhound racing is a response to the high rate of animal deaths in the industry. But what about other states, and other animal industries, where the problem is prevalent too?
Long before the election was called, Labor leader Bill Shorten was in Eden-Monaro talking about the cost of living.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
Stormwater may be a road hazard, but it can also harm marine life when it flows out to sea.
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Storms like those that lashed Australia's east coast flush pollution out to sea.
Most people die in floods when they choose to go into the water.
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A total of 1,859 people have died in floods in Australia in the past 115 years.
The regulation of drinking has helped create precisely the violent, misogynistic and law-breaking culture that it was intended to control.
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Since the earliest days of British colonisation, authorities have sought to limit the problems associated with alcohol by licensing its sale and limiting the times and places where it is drunk.
Blue-green algae in the Murray River upstream of Mildura in April.
Toxic algal blooms were unheard of in Australia's major waterways before 1991. Now the Murray River has been struck by four major events in less than a decade, with more likely in the future.
The past century hasn’t seen the worst drought that Australia’s climate can throw at us.
A new millennium-long record reveals that Australia has suffered longer droughts and wet periods than those recorded in the past century's weather observations.
Lonesome National Park is home to some of the last remaining brigalow woodland.
Science was instrumental in working out how to clear brigalow forest to make way for farming in the 20th century. Now it's trying to bring these iconic forests back.
Barkindji protest outside Parliament in Canberra.
For the Barkindji people, the Darling River has been a symbol of Aboriginal survival since colonial times. Now, the once busy NSW town of Wilcannia is in danger of losing its water.
In the battle for the road, bike riders come off second best.
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New South Wales' new tougher bike laws reveal an ongoing war of the roads.
Nice day for the beach. In fact there have been rather a lot of those in Sydney lately.
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Sydney is in the process of smashing the record for the longest run of days above 26℃. Weather, El Nino and climate change are all playing their part.
Some voters in New South Wales may be forced to vote in a different electorate at the next federal election following a recent redistribution.
Any redistribution of electoral boundaries may significantly impact how parties are represented in the parliament. But how does Australia’s system of changing seat boundaries actually work?
Scientists are starting to think that young white sharks could be responsible for clusters of shark encounters.
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A recent increase in shark encounters has prompted New South Wales to investigate new technologies.
Sharks often bite people less to kill and more as a mistake.
A recent cluster of dangerous encounters with sharks in New South Wales has raised new concerns among the public.
White sharks - a threatened species responsible for a number of recent shark encounters.
More research may not necessarily prove to be the answer to shark attacks. Instead, we should look at programs that are already working, such as aerial patrols.
A greynurse shark complete with a tracking device - scientifically the best way to keep tabs on what sharks are up to.
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Calls are growing louder for a shark cull in New South Wales. But like in Western Australia, which infamously experimented with culling last year, a NSW cull would harm sharks while failing to protect people.
The Great Artesian Basin is a source of water in many areas of inland Australia.
Recent water leaks related to coal seam gas development in New South Wales raise more concerns about the industry's impact on groundwater.
The recent wild weather dumped more than 100 mm of rain on Sydney in a day.
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The recent wild weather that lashed New South Wales has been described as 'once-in-a-century'. But how often does it really happen?
Long Bay Correctional Centre was dubbed the ‘Long Bay Hilton’ by ‘tough on crime’ advocates whose campaigns helped fill prison cells to overflowing.
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Most crime in NSW has been declining since the early 2000s, and the state's current murder rate is half what it was in 1988. So why is the NSW prison population growing?