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All Newstart recipients are eligible for other benefits too, but in many cases these are paltry. AAP Image/Julian Smith

FactCheck: do 99% of Newstart recipients also receive other benefits?

Yes, most jobseekers who receive Newstart payments are also eligible for other benefits. But in many cases this is just a few dollars a fortnight to help with expenses such as electricity bills.
Visualisation of election-related Twitter activity on QUT’s Sphere display. QUT Media

The 2019 election on Twitter: Watergate, mums, and well-organised independents

Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
The betting market puts the chance of a Labor victory at about 77% nationally. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: odds on for a Labor win, but don’t bet on it

Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
While Shorten plays well to a crowd of the faithful, he is no Whitlam, who captured the public’s imagination with genuine charisma. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Bill channels Gough as he hopes that his time is coming

Like Whitlam, Shorten is selling a huge bag of promises (including in those familiar Whitlam areas of health, education, environment and infrastructure - climate change is a central addition).
Almost 9 in 10 Australians agree we should invest in restoring wildlife habitats and natural places. Klaus/Flickr

How should I vote if I care about preventing the extinction of nature?

Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
It’s a 50km long patch in the middle of Queensland that’s causing a lot of trouble, but many people couldn’t even point it out on a map. Queensland Government - Coordinated Projects Map

Interactive: Everything you need to know about Adani – from cost, environmental impact and jobs to its possible future

Everything you need to know – where it is, the environmental impact, Indigenous land rights issues and actual profitability – of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in one simple interactive.
Molan is running a campaign urging people to vote for him “below the line” after he was relegated to an unwinnable fourth spot on the Senate ticket. Supplied

Angry Nationals play payback in NSW Senate row

A furious NSW Nationals organisation has accused supporters of maverick Liberal senator Jim Molan of breaking the Coalition agreement and asked party members to urge people to vote “below the line”.
Children who love reading generally score higher on literacy tests than those who are ambivalent about it. from shutterstock.com

The Coalition’s $10 million for Year 1 phonics checks would be wasted money

It would be wiser to spend money on policies that allow teachers to teach in ways that nurture children’s sense of belonging and making sure children are not hungry when they are trying to learn.

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