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Hobart is facing a rental accommodation shortfall of about 5,000 households, but the statewide shortage totals more than 29,000 households. Dave Hunt/AAP

Councils’ help with affordable housing shows how local government can make a difference

Tasmania has an estimated rental housing shortfall of 29,200 households across the state. Especially in disadvantaged rural areas, local councils have had to step in to help house residents locally.
A storm caused flooding in the CBD as it swept through Hobart. Patrick Gee/The Mercury. Used with permission

Lessons in resilience: what city planners can learn from Hobart’s floods

Managing flood risk is not just 'good planning'; it requires commitment to resilient cities by land developers, politicians and communities. Effective response means learning from mistakes.
Increased tourism in Iceland is bringing more attention to controversial practices such as commercial whaling and consumption of whale meat. ELDING/AAP

Why Iceland is set to resume whaling despite international opposition

Iceland is set to resume commercial whaling in June after a two-year hiatus, arguing that the moratorium put in place by the international community was never intended to be an open-ended ban.
Josh Price, Catherine Davies and Jenny Wu in Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre Company’s Production of Going Down. © Brett Boardman

Going Down finds hilarious satire in migrant identity

Michele Lee's play is a vibrant and layered comic exploration of stereotypes, from piccolo-quaffing urban Melburnites to migrant memoirists.
The Financial Services Royal Commission has exposed some irresponsible lending by Australia’s biggest banks. Glenn Hunt/AAP

We asked five experts: will the banking royal commission push down property prices?

The financial institutions fronting the Financial Services Royal Commission are also the ones controlling mortgages, so will an expose of their dealings push property prices down?
Mahathir Mohamad has said many times that he will hand over power to former enemy Anwar Ibrahim, if the latter can secure a royal pardon. AAP/CrowdSpark/Aizat Ady Ikram Abdull Ropha

Malaysians celebrate the return of Mahathir and hope for a brighter future

With the 92-year-old returning to the prime ministership, Malaysians have a sense of optimism that the suspected "kleptocracy" under former leader Najib Razak will come to an end.
Being in a park tends to make people feel more positive, although the time of day and the season also affect their moods. leungchopan/Shutterstock

Tweet all about it – people in parks feel more positive

The positive mood of tweets varies with time of day and season, but it's consistently higher in parks than in built-up areas, where people are more likely to express anger and fears.
Smart bus use can transform public transport in cities, as EMBARQ is doing in Brazil. EMBARQ Brasil/Flickr

Don’t forget buses: six rules for improving city bus services

Trains and trams get most attention, but 'tweaking' bus transit can transform cities. Buses can be more cost-effective and deliver better service, especially for small to mid-sized cities.
Different kinds of plants make different kinds of seeds. Some seeds grow into trees and other seeds grow into other kinds of plants. www.shutterstock.com

Curious Kids: Where did trees come from?

Trees evolved many times around the world.
Yorta Yorta women and girls at the Cummeragunja Reserve in NSW with their knitting for soldiers serving in the second world war. Australian War Memorial: P01562.001

Clarrie Combo, Mrs Brown and Aboriginal soldiers in WW2

During the second world war, a young Aboriginal soldier, Private Clarrie Combo from New South Wales, exchanged mail with Mrs F. C. Brown from Loxton, South Australia — a white woman whom he had never met…
Fake medicines are a lucrative global business. When it comes to malaria drugs that don’t work, they can be deadly. AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Fake drugs are one reason malaria still kills so many

Each year, 500,000 people die of malaria annually, a preventable disease. Most of them children in Africa, where many anti-malarial drugs are fake or substandard.
The key reason for the squeeze on household spending and saving is of course the ongoing weakness in the growth rate of household disposable income. Lukas Coch/AAP

Budget policy check: does Australia need personal income tax cuts?

The government says personal income tax cuts are needed to provide relief from low wages and high cost of living, but will tax cuts make up for that?
Retailers have refocussed their attention on location – but not their location, your location. Shutterstock

Location and voice technology are the future of retail

We're not going to stop wandering through shopping centres anytime soon, but mobile, micro-location and voice technologies are set to transform the retail experience.

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