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Our experts take a closer look at what’s in store for the country in five key policy areas: health, tax, education, infrastructure and the environment. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Key challenges for the re-elected Coalition government: our experts respond

Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?
The experience that babies get from eavesdropping on their mother’s conversations in utero helps their brain tune into the language that they will learn to speak once they are born. Emily Nunnell/The Conversation CC-BY-ND

Curious Kids: how do babies learn to talk?

Using a sing song voice helps babies tell the difference between words like 'mummy' or 'daddy'.
Political scientist Andy Marks says: ‘I’d suggest the momentum is with Labor and it hasn’t substantially shifted’. AAP Image/NIC ELLIS

‘Labor will win this election. I think that’s virtually unquestionable’: political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW

‘Labor will win this election. I think that’s virtually unquestionable’: political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW. The Conversation, CC BY34 MB (download)
We are but a few weeks from a federal election, and the way the political wind is blowing may depend on what state you're in.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to be overweight or obese. But it’s easier to maintain a healthy weight while young than wait until later to shift the kilos. Pressmaster/Shutterstock

Weight loss improves polycystic ovary symptoms. But don’t wait until middle age – start now

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome say they find it hard to lose weight. Here's what they can do to improve their symptoms and long-term health.
When you’re constipated, you have hard or lumpy stools that are difficult to pass. Shutterstock

Health Check: what causes constipation?

Constipation can occur when there's a delay in digested food passing through your body and being expelled. It can also happen when your poo is too hard, often because it doesn't contain enough water.
The Morrison government’s packaging of a bundle of roads spending as “urban congestion” measures is an acknowledgement that transport planning has been inadequate. Dean Lewins/AAP

Congestion-busting infrastructure plays catch-up on long-neglected needs

The focus on roads reflects the fact that this infrastructure program lags well behind the growth of our biggest cities, resulting in less-than-ideal transport patterns.
Mosques like the one in Lakemba, Sydney, were among the few places of belonging where Muslims could feel safe from Islamophobia. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Christchurch attacks strike at the heart of Muslims’ safe places from Islamophobia

Muslims need places where they feel safe from Islamophobia. And being made to feel unwelcome has lasting impacts – Muslims still avoid Cronulla beach, the scene of anti-Muslim riots in 2005.

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