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“Just say no” messages are ignored because young people want to have fun.
People who use party drugs say it gives them energy to dance and socialise, reduces their inhibitions and enhances their feelings of connection to others.
The Country Fire Authority was founded in 1944, almost five years after the Black Friday tragedy.
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Victoria's Country Fire Authority was founded in the aftermath of a previous bushfire tragedy – the 1939 Black Friday blazes. But its creation was a bigger political saga than many people realise.
Women aged in their 20s are more likely to have an abortion than women in their 30s.
Women of all walks of life have abortions: married, single, child-free, and mothers. New research shows what's happening in their life when they do.
Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil and D'Arcy Carden from The Good Place. The TV series’ navigation of ethics shares touch points with Australia’s banking royal commission.
American fantasy-comedy The Good Place has covered some surprisingly similar ground to Australia's banking royal commission.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
Exercising during pregnancy is fine, so long as it’s not a tough new regime.
Five out of five experts agree running during pregnancy is OK.
Is the arrest of Yang Hengjun part of a series of retaliatory measures by the Chinese government?
The unexplained detention of author and diplomat Yang Hengjun has raised more questions about the motives of a Chinese government under stress from within and without.
There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity.
It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.
Rio Tinto’s mineral sands mine near Richards Bay, north of Durban. Plans for similar operation in the Xolobeni region south of Durban have been resisted by the local community.
Mathias Rittgerott/Rettet den Regenwald
Australia's government can do more to ensure Australian mining companies do no harm in pursuit of Africa's mineral wealth.
Linen Market, Dominica, oil painting by Agostino Brunias, circa 1780.
Jean Rhys's prequel to Jane Eyre explores the monstrous figure of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, prompting readers to think about the racialised legacies of colonialism.
Australia aims to counter China’s growing influence in the region.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's historic visit to Vanuatu is centred around security. This fits a pattern shifting the focus from development to militarisation in Australia's Pacific foreign policy.
Andy Murray's bid to overcome his hip injury has been ongoing for almost two years.
By law, you can breastfeed anywhere.
Most women want to breastfeed, but many struggle to start and to continue. Here are five ways to make it easier.
Uninviting, car-dominated streets, like this one in Melbourne, reduce our experience menu by discouraging beneficial activities like walking and sharing places with other people.
If the menu of potential activities that do us good is made to look uninviting or challenging, we are more likely to choose the easier but less healthy option.
The digital age has made the idea of a fair trial, balanced with open justice, even more difficult.
While media outlets rail against being prohibited from reporting on certain cases, it is about striking a difficult balance between open justice and a fair trial.
We need to have a more nuanced discussion about threats to academic freedom – not just a heavily polarised debate based on a poorly constructed audit.
The Institute for Public Affairs' audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Scott Morrison’s announcement that Australia would recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has cause a negative reaction not only from the Muslim world, but from Israel itself.
In his efforts to find favour with Israel’s supporters at the Wentworth byelection, Morrison crossed that divide, and has now infuriated many - including the Israeli government.
Native cherries are everywhere, but we know surprisingly little about them.
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to the US is being sought, and carries highly charged politics with it.
Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Canada has caused further tensions in the strained relationship between China and the US.