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Humanitarian

Homelessness figures on the up

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.

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Environment

Farewell, ye olde gas guzzler

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?

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Humanitarian

Racism a matter for all Australians

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.

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Humanitarian

Australian children do not belong in prisons

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.

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Humanitarian

Asylum seekers freed from detention

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 A third group of refugees, including one woman, brought to Australia under now-repealed Medevac laws has just been released.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.

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Environment

50 countries to protect 30% of planet by 2030

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?

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Humanitarian

Humanitarian crises go underreported

Coverage of the pandemic dominated world headlines in 2020. But did you know that the launch of PlayStation 5 received 26 times more news attention than 10 humanitarian crises combined? Over 230 million people are in desperate need of help but you most likely never heard about it.

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Environment

Green year’s resolutions to help the planet

Welcome to 2021. This year we will again bring you lots of stories about social and environmental issues, and how you can make a change. This week we’re going to green up our new year’s resolutions with these tips. Let’s make 2021 the greenest year yet.

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Environment

New Zealand facing long-term water shortage

Like many parts of Australia, New Zealand is currently experiencing a La Niña summer. Although this summer’s projected rainfall should keep Auckland’s water supply levels sustainable in the short term, Wellington could be running dry within the next six years.

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Humanitarian

Home for Christmas

Like Trump claiming yet again he won’t vacate the White House, 2020 is throwing another temper tantrum. And while we may hear in the next few days that’s all it is – a small(ish) outbreak exclusive to the Northern Beaches – we are back to where we started in March. At home.

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Humanitarian

Sorry, no cash on me

The transition to going cash-free was supercharged this year. “An ATM machine,” we eye-roll, “who even bothers?” But what if spare change was your main source of income? Charities, buskers and beggars angling for gold-coin donations are now missing out on vital support.

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Environment

Preserving our heritage

The destruction of 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia in July has shown there’s a serious flaw in our heritage protection laws. Without urgent and drastic reform, it will only be a matter of time until another ancient site is allowed to be destroyed.

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