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When public money is at stake, such as in the redevelopment of the Western Sydney Stadium (artist’s rendering shown), people have a right to expect more. Infrastructure New South Wales

Note to governments: sports stadiums should benefit everyone, not just fans

As the contentious Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment shows, Australians want their sports grounds to be of benefit to the whole community, not just sports fans and the elite.
Human poo is a concoction made up mostly of water with a sprinkling of the solid stuff. from www.shutterstock.com

Your poo is (mostly) alive. Here’s what’s in it

Around 75% of our faeces is made up of water. The other 25% is the good stuff, including bacteria, viruses and undigested food.
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help. Shutterstock

Digital diagnosis: How your smartphone or wearable device could forecast illness

If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health. Marion Michelle

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Beyond medication and psychological treatments, there are steps all of us can take to alleviate stress, improve our mood and take care of our mental health. Here are five to get you started.
Uncapped rent increases and ‘no grounds’ evictions leave older women particularly at risk of substandard housing conditions or even homelessness. Shutterstock

Life as an older renter, and what it tells us about the urgent need for tenancy reform

Proposed changes to NSW rental tenancy law are an improvement, but do not end the excessive rent increases and "no grounds" evictions that put renters – and older women in particular – at risk.
The conflict between the rules of the church on the confidentiality of confessions and mandatory reporting laws is not a new issue. Shutterstock

Should priests be made to report child abuse revealed in confession?

One of the most controversial recommendations from the Royal Commission is that child abuse disclosed in confession should be mandatorily reported. But the matter is more complex than it might appear.

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