NSW’s successful test and trace strategy controlled the Crossroads Hotel outbreak a year ago without needing a stringent lockdown. But this has not worked as well against Delta.
Aboriginal housing policies should be developed and implemented in close consultation with individual Aboriginal communities.
The recently announced $250 million NSW budget boost for housing for Aboriginal people, is much-needed. It’s critical this well-intentioned investment does not repeat the mistakes of the past.
You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over.
Each state has responded differently to the latest outbreaks. But all have mounted effective responses.
Ideally, I’d wait until there’s zero community transmission before reopening borders. But I think the risk of a substantial outbreak is low.
Tooth fossils from NSW have confirmed sauropods weren’t exclusive to Queensland. They’re also providing a first look at how these colossal dinosaurs fed from Australia’s land.
There are two interesting points about Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand. It only includes NSW and the NT. And for now, it’s only one way.
Overall, Victoria’s roadmap is good. It identifies the right goal, provides explicit criteria for when restrictions might be lifted, and involves mostly appropriate restrictions.
My analysis suggests when COVID-19 cases reach 100 over 14 days, an outbreak gets very difficult to control — as we saw in Victoria. Over the last fortnight, NSW has recorded at least 154 new cases.
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Too many people are going out with COVID-19 symptoms or while awaiting a test result, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said, after the state hit a bleak new record of 484 new cases.
We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do. This creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a ski trip, expect it to look different this year. Some extra planning, however, can lower the coronavirus risk to you, your loved ones and the community.
Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918.
Over 30 countries today are making people wear masks in public, despite serious doubts from scientists.
One in four of nearly 800 animals genetically tested were pure dingo.
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There is a myth that dingoes are extinct and wild dogs are all that remain in Australia. Our results show dingoes in New South Wales persist despite some mixing with domestic dogs.
Fires are burning across Queensland and New South Wales.
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Climate change makes every risk factor for major bushfires worse, which means massive, intense fires will only become more likely.
Antarctic winds have a huge effect on weather in other places.
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Each spring, winds circling the South Pole weaken. If they weaken enough, they can actually reverse – causing rapid warming.
Waratah flowers stand out vividly in the bush.
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In an often-muted bush landscape, the deep crimson of the waratah stands out like a shout.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
The fate of deer carcasses is a crucial consideration in monitoring the success of future culling.
The NSW government has announced plans to remove feral deer from its list of official game animals. With careful monitoring, the resulting free-for-all could help curb their booming numbers.
The recall of several milk brands due to the possible presence of E. Coli is the second milk recall to affect Victoria and New South Wales this month.
When several milk brands were recalled last week due to the presence of E. coli, people were concerned. But the recall is a sign that dairy surveillance systems are working as they should be.