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Ed Cowan concussion a reminder that cricket is living in past with no substitution rule

Welcome to the 20th century, home of cricket's anachronistic rule that prohibit players being replaced even when they've been hit in the head.

Is it time for franchise-based Test cricket?

Considering the pace of change all across the game, maybe the idea is not all that far-fetched

I recently attended the Brisbane premiere of the …

Smarter technology has made geocaching accessible to more enthusiasts

Hidden around the metro area are little treasures and sometimes all it takes to find them are a good pair of walking shoes, a pen, a GPS and a sense …

Man dies after falling off cliff in Brisbane Water National Park

A 23-year-old man dies after falling off a rock ledge in the Brisbane Water National Park, about 11 kilometres north of Gosford on the New South …

National Parks

Percy the platypus rescue mission

AFTER HEAVY RAINS and flash flooding, a young platypus was recently found near Queensland Rail at Caboolture, washed far from home.

Dubbed Percy, the …

People power helping Carnaby's cockatoos survive in urban environment

Community volunteers and a push to re-create bush habitats in the suburbs could be the key to saving threatened species like the Carnaby's black …

Environmentalism

Not just Omo the giraffe: meet adorable Aussie critters without colour | Nature

This week a rare animal stole hearts across the world - photos of a white giraffe calf Omo travelled social media as she was sighted in her Tanzanian …

Laura

This is the first of a series of blog posts that will shine a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the

Campervan

Vulvas, periods and leaks: women need the right words to seek help for conditions 'down there'

Girls are socialised early and told normal functions of the female body must be spoken of, if at all, in strictest privacy, indirectly, and not to …

Australian News

Health Check: five ways to get a better night's sleep

Trying to fall asleep can be a tricky, especially when we try too hard. ShutterstockWe devote around seven to eight hours to sleep each night in …

VET funding can't be fixed by sidelining TAFE

A leaked draft paper prepared by the federal government for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) proposes that the Commonwealth assume …

Relax, shark numbers aren't booming, but more research can make us safer

A documentary airing tonight on ABC’s Four Corners, “Shark Alarm”, comes on the heels of a spate of shark bites in New South Wales and raises …

Philip Ruddock will quit Parliament at the election

Father of the House of Representatives Philip Ruddock will leave Parliament at the election, resolving one of several NSW Liberal preselection …

Elections

The Arbitrary Detention of Julian Assange

The following note is a short account of last Friday’s historic ruling by a top United Nations panel that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained and

Julian Assange

Questions hang over conduct of another Turnbull minister

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has another ministerial controversy on his hands, revealing he has sought advice on whether Human Services Minister …

Malcolm Turnbull

FactCheck: is Australian government spending as a share of the economy falling?

We want to go in the other path, which is where we’re heading – expenditure as a share of the economy under this government is falling, not …

Government

How to get the best value for money out of the coming home battery boom

Home power storage batteries are coming to a house near you as the game-changing technology – which promises to let you store solar energy for later …

Wine exports are climbing, so why is the industry battling to survive?

This month brought good news from Wine Australia with the value of exports rocketing by 14% to $2.1 billion in 2015. These figures represent the best …

Australian News

No prospect of release: Kevin Crump and the human rights implications of life imprisonment

Every state and territory in Australia permits sentences of life without parole. AAP/Dave HuntA NSW court last week dismissed Kevin Crump’s latest …

In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

Summer brings out the heliophobe in many of us. It’s manageable if you live in a house that stays cool when shut up tight. It helps if you’re …

Drastic plastic: a look at Barbie's new bodies

Barbies now come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the history of the doll shows it's business as usual for Mattel. MattelFeatured in a clear …

Barbie

Criminalising conversations: Australia's damaging love affair with consorting laws

Consorting laws have been introduced under the pretext of combating organised crime – including that committed by bikie gangs. AAP/Joe …

Australian News

Why women see their GP more than men

from shutterstock.comWomen go to the doctor more often than men, particularly in their reproductive years, between the ages of 15 and 44. This …

We need a cure for bacterial vaginosis, one of the great enigmas in women's health

Bacterial vaginosis affects at least 12% of Australian women. from shutterstock.comFew have heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV) although it’s a …

Women's Health

Why gold will still be a safe haven in the next financial storm

Safe havens like gold are supposed to provide shelter in dire times. Image sourced from Shutterstock.comIf you believe the financial media, …

Children as young as four can learn how to avoid getting ill, if they understand why

Asking your child to wash their hands before they eat isn’t useful unless they know why it’s important. from www.shutterstock.comLearning about …

Raising Lady Gaga-ntuan and her (hopefully) world record breaking young

It’s not often you get to raise a clutch of stick insects that can grow to nearly 60cm long. But I was given the rare privilege of doing so recently …

Australian News

Martin Parkinson, Turnbull's right-hand man, caught in crosshairs on tax

As Malcolm Turnbull continues to strike down the prospects of a GST increase being part of his tax package, the secretary of his department, Martin …

Australian News

Let Them Stay: renewed protests around Australia over planned removal of asylum seekers - live

Australia

CSIRO climate cuts attack a national treasure when we need it most

The decision to gut Australia’s government science agency of climate research may seem hard to fathom. But let’s pause from the hyperventilation of the past week and ask whether there is an underlying logic.

Could the shift from studying how climate changes, to studying ways of mitigating and …

Climate