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Opposition Leader, Foreign Minister, Governor-General, and defender of the constitutional status quo: Bill Hayden had a significant public career. Dave Hunt/AAP

Bill Hayden’s remarkable contribution to public life

Former Labor Leader and Governor-General Bill Hayden has died aged 85. Hayden is remembered for his role in establishing Medibank (later Medicare) and for leading Labor’s recovery after 1975.
Darebin City Council was the first to declare a climate emergency. John Englart/Flickr

Beyond roads, rates and rubbish: Australians now expect local councils to act on bigger issues, including climate change

A national survey shows that, while Australians see the traditional council services as very important, most support local government involvement in a much broader range of issues and activities.

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