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The thorny devil, one of Australia’s many remarkable and unique animals. Euan Ritchie

Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it

Most of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.
Until the jihadist rebel groups are wiped out, there will be more civilian casualties, like this man and young boy in Eastern Ghouta. Reuters/Bassam Khabieh

The Syrian ‘hell on earth’ is a tangle of power plays unlikely to end soon

Despite a devastating toll in the seven-year conflict, which has seen 400,000 people killed and six million displaced, there is no end in sight for the people of Syria.
Australia’s Constitution vests executive power in the Queen and says that that power is exercised ‘on her behalf’ by the governor-general. AAP/Alan Porritt

Nine things you should know about a potential Australian republic

Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
Social researcher Hugh Mackay and The Conversation’s FactCheck Editor Lucinda Beaman.

Speaking with: social researcher and author Hugh Mackay on 2017, ‘a really disturbing year’

Speaking with: Hugh Mackay on 2017, ‘a really disturbing year’ CC BY-ND81.5 MB (download)
Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay says fragmentation was among the key themes of 2017 – but he has some concrete suggestions on how we can do better in 2018.
In Indonesia, severe public penalties are inflicted upon people found to be in same-sex relationships. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

For LGBTI employees, working overseas can be a lonely, frustrating and even dangerous experience

LGBTI employees relocating for a foreign assignment are likely to experience additional hardships compared to the typical expatriate.
Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group battling Boko Haram in north east Nigeria. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Vigilantism is flourishing in Nigeria – with official support

Inefficient policing in Nigeria has forced many communities to rely on vigilante groups for security. Despite using force and violence, many groups even have support from authorities.
The perimeter fence at Silverwater jail in Sydney’s west. AAP

Business Briefing: questioning the economics of prison

Business Briefing: the business of prisons. CC BY31.3 MB (download)
Prisons are big business in Australia. Companies not only run entire prisons but provide many of the services. But what does the research say about the impact?

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