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Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem. from www.shutterstock.com

The shocking state of oral health in our nursing homes, and how family members can help

Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures. AAP/Lukas Coch

Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond

The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
Gilgamesh explores what it means to be human, and questions the meaning of life and love. Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh

From environmentalism to the meaning of life, the themes of the world's most ancient epic are still remarkably relevant to modern readers.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service. Daniel Spellman/Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service

Witch-hunts and surveillance: the hidden lives of queer people in the military

Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their life to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
Melbourne is Australia’s fastest-growing city. Across Australia, the share of UK-born residents is declining, and the share of China-born and India-born residents has increased. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Three charts on Australia’s population shift and the big city squeeze

Melbourne is Australia's most rapidly growing city, a title it wrested from Perth around 2013-14. Several of Australia's big cities are growing well above the national average population growth rate.
Shooters exposed to lead at work over long periods of time, like military personnel in firing ranges, risk a range of medical complaints.

People who shoot risk unhealthy levels of lead exposure

Millions of people who shoot, for work or leisure, risk lead poisoning, according to new research.
Saul at the Adelaide Festival: the early scenes feel like hallucinatory dreamscapes unanchored in space. Tony Lewis

Barrie Kosky’s Saul: a masterpiece of operatic staging

With its themes of family dysfunction, love, death, madness and the supernatural, this Old Testament story is ready-made for opera.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: where to from here on penalty rates?

The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.

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