From bunyips to drop bears, Australia has a rich history of killer-animal tales. In 2021, memes are pointing the finger at quokkas – rumoured to throw their babies at predators to escape – and daddy longlegs being the most venomous spider in the world. Is there any truth behind these stories?
Don’t expect niceties and lip service at this year’s International Women’s Day. Women are feeling the raw injustice of what is happening in Canberra (of what isn’t happening) and many are feeling frustrated and angry. But, with the PM dismissing calls for action, will we see any change?
Good news for the environment this week: Australian business leaders are focusing on the impact of climate change as their number-one concern (ahead of the pandemic), polystyrene is slated to be phased out and echidnas are hailed for their soil regeneration powers. And don’t forget – it’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.
Lego Braille Bricks – a fun toy designed for visually impaired kids – has just been launched in Australia. Schools and educators are given the blocks for free so that kids can turn learning braille into a fun thing. Kids are raving about it (of course, it’s Lego) so let’s find out more…
It is said that Simon Griffiths had the idea to create Who Gives a Crap in the bathroom. A producer of toilet paper that would donate 50 per cent of profit to sanitation projects in developing countries. It has just made its biggest donation ever – outperforming Atlassian and Qantas.
Last year 40,000 rough sleepers were moved into temporary housing. Governments announced spending to fund social housing and there were hopes many, if not most, of these people would eventually move into their own homes. What is happening to now? As it turns out, the news is not all good.
The government’s just-announced electric car policy is a far cry from last election’s “war on the weekend” campaign. Still, the only party showing leadership is the car industry itself with five-minute recharge batteries now on offer. It looks our domestic car market is about to be shaken up. Or will it?
Collingwood’s leaked report on racism within the club came as no surprise. And if it weren’t for Eddie McGuire’s attempt at spinning its findings, it wouldn’t have been getting this much airtime. The discussion on racism in Australia takes centre stage once again. And that’s a good thing.
The push to lift the age of criminal responsibility for children from 10 to 14 years may have failed last year but the world is watching. At a recent UN gathering, 30 countries condemned the Australian government over high rates of child incarceration. They are demanding change.
It would have been easy to miss the news that the government is quietly releasing refugees from detention. A third group of refugees, including one woman, brought to Australia under now-repealed Medevac laws has just been released. We take a look at what’s been happening – and why.
Fifty countries including China, France, UK and Germany have pledged to protect 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030. With new modelling showing that green initiatives like these could create 191 million jobs worldwide, it makes economic sense too. Great news – but where was Australia?