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Many places overseas require developers to build a certain proportion of affordable housing, but Victoria has opted for a voluntary negotiated approach. Lichtwolke/Shutterstock

If it’s voluntary for developers to make affordable housing deals with councils, what can you expect?

People on the minimum wage can afford only 2% of private rentals and only 1% if on the pension. Affordable housing requirements are often mandatory overseas, but Victoria is relying on negotiation.
On June 19, Victoria will become the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. From shutterstock.com

We don’t know all the details of how voluntary assisted dying will work yet – but the system is ready

As we sit on the cusp of voluntary assisted dying becoming legal in Victoria, we expect it won't always be simple for people who want it to access it – at least in the legislation's early days.
Success with conservation of Kangaroo Island’s Glossy Black-Cockatoos can now be compared with other bird conservation efforts around the country. Ian Sanderson/Flickr

For the first time we’ve looked at every threatened bird in Australia side-by-side

New research has shown how to measure conservation progress for Australia's 238 endangered bird species
Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. AAP/David Moir

As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

A challenge in the High Court, starting today, will argue that "safe access zones" around abortion clinics impede the constitutional right to freedom of political speech. Here's why that's wrong.
Victoria is introducing legislation to require young criminal offenders to wear electronic tracking devices. Shutterstock

Why electronic surveillance monitoring may not reduce youth crime

Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
Victoria has led the way in upgrading intercity rail services with medium-speed VLocity trains that have a cruising speed of 160km/h. Joe Castro/AAP

Let’s get moving with the affordable medium-speed alternatives to the old dream of high-speed rail

High-speed rail for Australia has been on the drawing boards since the mid-1980s but has come to nothing. Three states are developing medium-speed rail with federal funding, but NSW is missing out.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains. Graeme/flickr

Why we are measuring the health of Australian vegetation poorly

In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.

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