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Jacqui Lambie has signalled she will play hardball on a number of key issues to get what she wants in exchange for her vote. AAP/Lukas Coch

Jacqui Lambie mixes battler politics with populism to make her swing vote count

Back for a second stint in the Senate, the Tasmanian finds herself with unprecedented power, holding the crucial swing vote on several key issues in the government's agenda.
A government-commissioned report estimated that South Australia’s ban on genetically modified crops cost canola growers A$33 million since 2004. Greenpeace/AAP Image

GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not the question

South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
Mourners in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 after a mass shooting there killed at least nine people. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults have a gun in their household, making it hard to get guns off the streets – even if new gun restrictions are passed.
Jacqui Lambie is the last vital vote for the Morrison government if Labor refuses to pass its tax package intact on Thursday. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Jacqui Lambie plays the Harradine game

"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
Tasmania’s fires may have released mercury previously absorbed by trees. AAP Image

Mercury pollution from decades past may have been re-released by Tasmania’s bushfires

Huon pines in Tasmania have locked up significant amounts of mercury pollution from the state's mining industrial history. And that can be released back to the atmosphere in bushfires.
A ‘stuck’ monsoonal system dumped a year’s worth of rainfall on Townsville in just a week. AAP Image/Dave Acree

How climate change can make catastrophic weather systems linger for longer

What do the recent Townsville floods and Tasmanian heatwave have in common? Both were caused by weather systems that stayed put for days or weeks on end. And global warming could worsen that trend.
Lower Snug looking across North West Bay to Mt Wellington, Tasmania. Cassandra Pybus

Friday essay: lost and found in the Tasmanian bush

Alone and adrift in Melbourne, Cassandra Pybus returned on a whim to her childhood home of Tasmania. There, she rediscovered nature's power, encountering the island's difficult history as well as her own.
A burnt out property near Miena, Tasmania. The central Tasmanian house was fitted with roof sprinklers and surrounded by cleared land but succumbed to flying embers from bushfires. AAP Image/Tasmania Fire Service

How a bushfire can destroy a home

If you're preparing to defend your home from fire, be aware of the vulnerable parts of your house.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta: of 19 Australian World Heritage sites this is one of only two that recognise the values of ‘living’ Aboriginal culture. Shutterstock

Australia’s problem with Aboriginal World Heritage

Of 19 World Heritage sites across the country, only two, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta, recognise the values of "living" Aboriginal culture. None of Australia's three sites inscribed purely for cultural values recognises Aboriginal people.
At least 30 tourism developments have been proposed for Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness.

Green light for Tasmanian wilderness tourism development defied expert advice

Newly revealed documents show the Commonwealth government approved a controversial tourism plan for Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness without assessing it against federal conservation legislation.
Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. AAP/David Moir

As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

A challenge in the High Court, starting today, will argue that "safe access zones" around abortion clinics impede the constitutional right to freedom of political speech. Here's why that's wrong.

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