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Anxiety and confusion in the mall as virus shutdowns bite

Anxiety and confusion in the mall as virus shutdowns bite

March 24, 2020

Shop windows in ordinarily bustling shopping precincts are posted with notes to customers telling the same story. Coronavirus has closed the doors. Remaining traders wonder how long they can continue.

PM slams food hoarders and panic buyers

PM slams food hoarders and panic buyers

March 18, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed Australians hoarding food and supplies describing the practice as "ridiculous" and "un-Australian".

Records unearth new questions on Melbourne Uni nuclear waste

Records unearth new questions on Melbourne Uni nuclear waste

March 10, 2020

Ten years after the chance discovery of low-level radioactive waste on the Parkville campus, and two years into a massive clean-up, a Citizen investigation raises fresh questions about the management of the contaminated sites.

For the love of lawn

For the love of lawn

March 6, 2020

Not watering the lawn has wrecked the environment we grew up with, writes Linda Lacey.  She finds out why we need to fall in love with lawn again to help save the planet.  

Cold-blooded treasures – the illegal traffic in Australian reptiles

Cold-blooded treasures – the illegal traffic in Australian reptiles

February 24, 2020

The Reptile Racket Part 1: The romantic life of an Australian lizard has captivated researchers and reptile lovers alike. It’s also excited the interests of international smugglers cashing in on a market worth millions.

In desperate time, scientists explore desperate measures

In desperate time, scientists explore desperate measures

February 16, 2020

Marine scientist Charlie Veron discovered many of the world's corals. Now he's planning for their loss, setting up a 'coral ark'. Report from the National Climate Emergency Summit 2020.

Bolt from the blue: Tasmania’s incendiary new reality

Bolt from the blue: Tasmania’s incendiary new reality

February 12, 2020

As the planet warms, the forests of Tasmania’s ancient wilderness become increasingly vulnerable to wildfire. Unpicking cause and effect of this incendiary era has become an urgent mission for fire researchers and fire fighters.

Gone to ground, or gone for good?

Gone to ground, or gone for good?

February 7, 2020

A quest to find the critically endangered Desert Rat Kangaroo continues in the central Australian desert. Chris Johnston tells how the fate of the elusive creature brings a group of dedicated ‘desert walkers’ together across the centuries.

Flying under the radar: the truth about bees and food

Flying under the radar: the truth about bees and food

February 7, 2020

Claims that bees are declining across the globe and endangering the future of our food crops are appearing with increasing frequency. But are we really about to run out of bees – and therefore, food? AJ Macpherson investigates

‘You’ll be sorry!’: A hotelkeeper, strychnine and a case of revenge

‘You’ll be sorry!’: A hotelkeeper, strychnine and a case of revenge

February 6, 2020

Strychnine was considered a wonder weapon in the fight against the 1920s rabbit plague, but the poison also became the method of choice for those wanting to take their own lives. Michelle Gill reports

Melbourne University students stranded in China by outbreak seek semester slowdown

Melbourne University students stranded in China by outbreak seek semester slowdown

February 5, 2020

Chinese students stranded at home by the coronavirus outbreak are appealing to the University of Melbourne...

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Youth and Political Engagement

January 18, 2020

Young Australians are one of our most under-represented demographics in elected Australian politics,...

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.
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