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Centrelink queues shocked Australians but long before COVID-19 Western Sydney had job-poor neighbourhoods with very high unemployment rates. Loren Elliott/AAP

Recession will hit job-poor parts of Western Sydney very hard

Western Sydney's growth-driven boom had ended before COVID-19 hit. Some neighbourhood unemployment rates were 2-3 times the metropolitan average, with female workforce participation as low as 43%.
A Middle Bronze Age child from the Lebanese site of Sidon buried in a large jar. Smaller ceramics were placed with the dead as funerary objects. Claude Doumet-Serhal

How breastfeeding sparked population growth in ancient cities

Researchers used advanced chemical analyses to study breastfeeding in some of the world's first farming communities.
Dilapidating infrastructure and poorly trained teachers are just some of the problems plaguing Nigeria’s education system. RTI International/Ruth McDowall

Why Nigeria must get serious about primary school education

In addition to being poorly trained, Nigeria's school teachers are being outnumbered by a growing population.
As one of the fastest-growing cities in the developed world, Melbourne’s suburban sprawl has many costs. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Rapid growth is widening Melbourne’s social and economic divide

State and local governments can't do much about the rapid population growth in Melbourne, but they can take steps to reduce the costs of growing disparities between the outer suburbs and inner city.

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