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The smouldering ruins of a child’s bike lies amongst a property lost to bushfires in the Mid North Coast region of NSW last month. Darren Pateman/AAP

Friday essay: living with fire and facing our fears

Living in a bushfire-prone area means every decision - from plants to parking spots to holidays - is shaped by fire risk. We live and die by the advice we are given, and the advice we ignore.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27.1 MB (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Tongans gathered in the Sunraysia centre of Mildura to celebrate the Tongan team’s victory over Lebanon in the Rugby League World Cup in November 2017.

The forgotten people in Australia’s regional settlement policy are Pacific Islander residents

A greater focus on the well-established migrant populations and second-generation youth is crucial when planning for the social and economic well-being of rural and regional areas.
Regional Australia is no longer a desolate place when it comes to parliamentary representation. from shutterstock.com

Regional Australia is calling the shots now more than ever

Research shows there are now more ministers responsible for regional issues across Australian governments than ever before.
The Walk Together marches across Australia in 2015 showed how welcoming regional communities are to refugees. Richard Milnes/AAP

Refugees are integrating just fine in regional Australia

New research shows that refugees in regional Queensland have found it very easy to make friends and feel safe and comfortable raising children in their communities.
For some young women, a perceived lack of career opportunities is a significant barrier to relocating to rural communities. Dan Peled/AAP

Why young women say no to rural Australia

Research shows that young women are more ambivalent than young men when it comes to employment opportunities and other reasons to relocate to rural communities.
To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future. Shutterstock

How to solve Australia’s ‘rural school challenge’: focus on research and communities

A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome. stephendotcarter/flickr

Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that

The big cities are still magnets for tourists, but often they find the smaller towns offer a more satisfying taste of local life. It's why rural tourism can be 'the perfect small town business idea'.
A lack of differences in major policy areas such as agriculture and trade means local project funding – for roads, boat ramps and the like – reinforces the adage ‘all politics is local’. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2016: how well are the major parties meeting the needs of rural and regional Australia?

On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Election 2016: the issues in non-metropolitan Australia

What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.

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