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Podcasters can introduce new voices to the conversations about the cities we live in. Salim October/Shutterstock

Podcasts and cities: ‘you’re always commenting on power’

Podcasters are creating new conversations about who and what the city is for. But even in the podcasting world, powerful interests can make it hard for new and previously excluded voices to be heard.
Both sides of politics have gone hard on health in the first week of the campaign. Dave Hunt/AAP

Election campaign lesson #1: don’t mess with Medicare

Medicare is a vote-changer. The Coalition learnt this in the 2016 federal election campaign and has since guaranteed its commitment to the program. But that may not avert a Mediscare 2.0.
According to new research, the ABC stands to lose A$783 million in total funding by 2022, unless steps are taken to reverse budget cuts. Shutterstock

The ABC didn’t receive a reprieve in the budget. It’s still facing staggering cuts

Yes, the ABC received A$43.7 million to continue funding its 'enhanced news gathering' operation in the 2019 budget, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to how much it stands to lose.
The Balanggarra Rangers are land management representatives of the Balanggarra people, the indigenous traditional owners of the East Kimberley. (L-R) Wes Alberts, Bob Smith (coordinator) James ‘Birdy’ Birch, Isiah Smith, Quentin Gore. The Kimberley Land Council

How indigenous expertise improves science: the curious case of shy lizards and deadly cane toads

There are exciting synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge. Surprisingly, the success of our Australian predator conservation research was due entirely to its multicultural nature.
The budget provides some short-term boosts for aged care and mental health but little opportunity for much-needed structural reform. Shutterstock

Budget 2019 boosts aged care and mental health, and modernises Medicare: health experts respond

The budget includes a step towards modernising Medicare, through a new annual payment for each person with diabetes who signs up with a specific GP.
We may soon have access to a greater variety of medicines without the need to get a prescription from our GP. From shutterstock.com

Making more drugs available ‘over the counter’ would be a win for the public and the health care system

A greater number of medicines may soon be available without a prescription. Under the right circumstances, this would mean you could bypass the doctor and access the treatments you need more quickly.

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