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Samantha Armytage's advice on mammograms was misguided

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:11:05 GMT

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By the time Armytage received her false positive result - an all-clear after being called back for more tests when an area of concern was found on her right breast - she was moving beyond BreastScreen’s targeted call for women to start mammograms at 50, by suggesting women start at 40 instead. But her misguided advice on breast screening ignores vast amounts of independent medical research about the downsides of cancer screening tests.



Superquiz and Target, Sunday February 25

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Terminal cancer patient denied access to life-extending chemo drug

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT

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A chemo drug called Velcade made Dan Gaffney's terminal cancer better, and pain free, but now his access to the drug has ended.



Murder, she joked: psychologist censured over inappropriate texts

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:13:11 GMT

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Dr Elise Lowick blurred boundaries in a series of text messages sent to a teenage client over a fortnight.



Transfield feared riots over mould at Nauru centre: leaked emails

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:55:02 GMT

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Detention centre operator was worried about asylum seekers potentially rioting as it looked to remove mould from inside tents in Nauru, leaked emails show.



Sydney's top private schools reveal extravagant new building plans

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:20:01 GMT

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A $25 million library designed to look like a Scottish castle is just one of the extravagant new features planned for Sydney's elite private schools.



Donald Trump announces newest US warship to be named after Canberra

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:56:05 GMT

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Trump may have mispronounced the Australian capital, but it will name the US navy's new warship.



Rebecca White: The politician who wants to remove pokies from pubs and clubs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:15:00 GMT

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Labor leader Rebecca White has picked a fight with the biggest opponent she could have found in Tasmania.



Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday February 24

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Student drug education 'should not be a half an hour school lesson'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:54:02 GMT

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There are calls for better drug education in schools, as police continue investigations into the overdose of seven Gold Coast high school students.



How Hobart became a mainlander’s dream

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:52:10 GMT

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In Tasmania's capital, outsiders are buying boltholes, developers are circling and tourism is soaring. But not everyone's benefiting from the city's boom.



You can adopt a pet for $29 this weekend - and RSPCA ACT has already run out of kittens

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:35:07 GMT

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As if you needed an excuse.



Simple genetic test can avoid tragedy - and should form part of all preconception care

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:55:07 GMT

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Rachael had myriad tests when pregnant - but she was never offered one that should be routine.



$13m recycling rescue package announced, but rates will rise

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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The state government has pledged $13 million to help local councils cope following a ban by China.



Spike in calls to sex assault helplines as uni O-weeks begin

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:56:04 GMT

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Advocacy groups have demanded an independent taskforce to increase transparency on universities' responses to sexual violence complaints.



Target and superquiz, Friday, February 23

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



I'm a rarity: a 29-year-old male and still a practising Catholic

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:46:00 GMT

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To be a believer is to go against the norm; going to church is deemed unusual; and professing a faith in a supposedly archaic institution is illogical.



Inquest probes 'shocking' incident involving disabled woman

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:34:03 GMT

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Sarah Hammoud died aged just 22. The coroner is investigating if her death could have been prevented.



Scientists film real-time footage inside a human cell

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:02:06 GMT

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Under the microscope, they look like little red bubbles, swelling with green slime. The bubbles stretch, and then burst in a shower of goo.



Piccoli has shifted the blame for Australia's educational decline to parents - and it's not fair

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:19:04 GMT

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Not every student from a non-English speaking background does well at school. And just because you value sport as a parent, it doesn't mean you see education as less important for your child. 



Why I won't take Kochie’s advice on prostate cancer screening

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:19:02 GMT

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Having researched screening programs, I have never had, and never will have, a PSA test. A lot of my medical colleagues feel the same way.



Peter Dutton confirms Israel helped Australia stop 'airliner terror attack'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:37:04 GMT

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The Prime Minister said this was one of many such actions that Israel has done "to prevent terrorism around the world".



New Zealand PM urged to expand royal commission over St John of God child-sex abuse

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

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Australian victims of notorious St John of God Brother Bernard McGrath have urged New Zealand's Prime Minister to include churches in a child abuse royal commission.



Company behind botched medical exam has track record of failure

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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The education-testing company behind a bungled exam that left 1200 trainee doctors distraught this week has a well-documented history of stuff-ups.



Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 22

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



Editorial cartoon

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:01:08 GMT

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The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.



NSW Police accused of holding 'illegal' training on unapproved shooting range

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:04:02 GMT

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EDO says NSW police held unlawful training on an unlicensed shooting range still waiting approval near Goulburn.



Tasmanian bus driver found guilty over crash that killed Queensland policewoman

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:53:01 GMT

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The driver of a Tasmanian bus which fatally struck an off-duty Queensland policewoman has been found guilty of negligent driving causing death.



Lax vaxing blamed as virus which can kill nine out of 10 cats returns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:29:02 GMT

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It was wiped out but a fatal feline virus is having a comeback, killing hundreds of Australian cats and kittens over the past few years.



Computer glitch in hardest exam of your life is unforgivable

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:04:03 GMT

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It’s hard to explain to someone outside the medical field what this examination means to those who sit it.



Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 21

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



Principals facing high rates of violence, bullying in schools: survey

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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More than a third of Australian principals are experiencing physical violence and bullying at work and more than half are being threatened with violence.



GPs prescribing cannabis could be just what the doctor ordered

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:30:00 GMT

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If GPs are entrusted to prescribe opiates and benzodiazepines, why not medicinal cannabis products



Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 13

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:53:02 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.



Tsunami of bacteria is on our doorstep

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:05:00 GMT

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When Jane returned from her holiday in Thailand, she brought home a superbug.



Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 20

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:07:03 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.



Reduce HSC pressure in favour of a 'growth mindset', NSW tells David Gonski

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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A major review of the country's schools should look to reduce the "pressure" of the HSC.



Hundreds of trainee doctors forced to resit $1800 exam after 'unknown technical fault'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:07:01 GMT

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Hundreds of trainee doctors will be forced to resit a high-stakes medical exam after a technical glitch locked candidates out of an online test before they finished on Monday.



With a little help, most-threatened parrot might have turned a corner

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:45:04 GMT

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The orange-bellied parrot’s dangerous breeding ritual has pushed it right to the edge of extinction.



Alleged slave wife forced to cook, clean on little food, court told

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:37:02 GMT

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Police allege a man charged with a slavery offence regularly physically, sexually and verbally abused his wife.



Japanese attack on Darwin remembered 76 years on

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:50:04 GMT

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World War II arrived in Australia on February 19, 1942, when more than 240 Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin.



Target and superquiz, Monday, February 19

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



NSW primary school suspensions skyrocket

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:30:02 GMT

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The number of suspensions handed out at NSW primary schools has increased by 10 per cent in two years.



We must ban mobiles from school playgrounds to stop cyber bullying

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:31:02 GMT

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Cyber bullying is taking young lives but the tragic deaths are preventable.



Brassed off: big holes in accountability for military spending

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:07:02 GMT

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Mystery surrounds the $2.3m spent by the Defence Force on musical instruments in the past two years.



The research that could finally improve IVF's success rate

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:45:02 GMT

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Scientists in Melbourne’s are working on potential new medicine to tackle plateauing success rates of embryos that stick.



Superquiz and Target, Sunday February 18

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



A make-or-break moment for what may be a new miracle molecule

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:37:07 GMT

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Kombucha – a fermented drink with a distinct tang – has many devotees, but no proven health benefits. That could be about to change.



Defence spending on music instruments sounds a sour note

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:32:04 GMT

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The Department of Defence has spent more than $2.3 million conducting a musical instrument shopping spree since 2015, despite there being fewer than 300 full-time musicians in the armed forces.



Good for graduates, bad for society. Why university is a waste

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:52:02 GMT

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There's a case against education, and it's surprisingly strong..



'Nightmare cruise' docks in Melbourne after major brawl

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:31:04 GMT

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Passengers of the cruise ship that was the scene of a major brawl say they were scared of security staff, as well as a large family of troublemakers.



Mossgreen administrator tells clients to pay up for their own goods

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:26:02 GMT

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The administrator of collapsed auction house Mossgreen is refusing to return goods to clients unless it is paid maintenance fees totalling more than $1 million.



Beyond the hipsterdome: Greens stalking Labor's Batman heartland

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:21:03 GMT

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Di Natale heads into enemy territory with blitz on Labor-supporting suburbs as Plibersek warns against a "warm and fuzzy" vote for the Greens.



Fresh food jackpot: how Woolies became the biggest pokie owner in the country

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:42:19 GMT

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For years Woolworths has sought to distance itself from its growing poker machine empire.



Science's new toy should scare us all

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:19:05 GMT

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You’ll be pressured to pay for your unborn kid to have its Alzheimer's, breast cancer or cystic fibrosis gene removed before birth.



Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday February 17

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:09:02 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Violence reported on cruise ship Carnival Legend on way to Melbourne

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:29:02 GMT

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The Carnival Cruise Line ship has docked in Eden on the NSW South Coast with Australia Federal Police preparing to board.



Lunar New Year celebrations a timely reminder of Chinese contribution to Australia

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:22:00 GMT

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Chinese-Australians have helped to build this nation. They have found success in the fields of law, politics, business, medicine, science, technology, arts, academia and education. The Lunar New Year festivities remind us that not all Chinese influence is bad.



Veil of secrecy leaves Australian patients in the dark

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:12:00 GMT

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Safety statistics are collected for both public and private hospitals, but they are kept secret, not just from patients but from doctors and hospitals, who should be able to access this information to see how they are performing.



Target and superquiz, Friday, February 16

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:41:03 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Cadbury recalls Caramilk chocolate after plastic found

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:38:02 GMT

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Cadbury is recalling newly released Caramilk chocolate blocks after pieces of plastic were found inside some of them.



Failing to take down Dastyari pub video could take its toll on Erikson

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:13:05 GMT

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A federal judge has found anti-Islam campaigner Neil Erikson breached her orders and committed contempt.



Jump in trampoline park injuries sparks calls for mandatory standard

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:39:06 GMT

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Hundreds of children across Australia are ending up in hospital emergency departments after sustaining injuries, including broken necks, at trampoline parks.



Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 15

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



Counter-terror expert warns planned shooting range could harm Defence community

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:24:06 GMT

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Counter-terror expert "horrified" a police shooting range is planned near homes of ex-Defence members.



Your body wants to be fat. Science wants to change its mind

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:14:05 GMT

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Your body hates dieting. After a diet, it frantically tries to build new fat to restore you to your ‘normal’ size.



Victims of Australian tainted blood scandal in new fight for justice

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:14:00 GMT

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Jay Franklin was three when he had a blood transfusion, 18 when he discovered by chance that it infected him with hepatitis C, and 40 when he died.



Reflux risk for babies of anxious mothers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:10:00 GMT

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Babies of first-time mothers with mental health disorders are almost five times as likely to be admitted to hospital with reflux.



More Australians dispose of health insurance because of rising premiums

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:05:03 GMT

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More than 12,000 Australians ditched their hospital cover in the three months to last December. A separate survey suggests affordability is the biggest factor.



Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 14

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:01:00 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



Ninety per cent of incarcerated youths have a brain disorder: study

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:51:03 GMT

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A shocking 90 per cent of young people in detention have at least one severe brain disorder, a new study has found.



Floral foam: How bad is the stuff at the bottom of your roses?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:07:03 GMT

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A growing number of florists are concerned about the health and environmental impacts of the green foam used to put together floral arrangements.



The app gap: what cyber psychology tells us about kids and screens

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:42:02 GMT

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Have I been doing my child a disservice by digitally amputating her from the world of apps?



Gonorrhoea 'super-superbugs' triple in six months

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:00:00 GMT

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The result is a “warning shot across the bow” for doctors and public health officials, Australia's early-warning system reports



World will be shocked by new space race

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:05:00 GMT

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Start-ups not superpowers are leading the charge to explore, exploit and expand into space.



Where will relentless campaign leave the most needy?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:05:00 GMT

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If the Church is knocked out of the equation, who else will do all the good that ordinary Church workers and volunteers do with its assets?



Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 13

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:06:02 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.



'Plood, pove, moul': teachers push back against year 1 phonics test

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:55:02 GMT

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Teachers and academics have criticised the test for taking a narrow view of literacy teaching and wasting resources.



Superquiz and Target, Monday, February 12

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:18:58 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:58:02 GMT

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The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars and massively wealthier than it has claimed in inquiries into child sexual abuse.



Behind the investigation into the Church's secret wealth

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:21:01 GMT

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Investigations reporter Chris Vedelago explains how Fairfax discovered the Church was grossly undervaluing its property treasures in Victoria.



Obesity crisis hits Australia's maternity wards

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:46:02 GMT

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Researchers find that women's weight is behind significant number of pregnancy complications, including stillbirths.



Target and superquiz, Monday, February 12

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:07:02 GMT

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Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.



How we revealed the Catholic Church's wealth

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:34:02 GMT

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A tiny new levy introduced in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires was integral to The Age’s unlocking of a long-held and closely guarded secret



With $30b in wealth, why is the Catholic Church struggling to pay for justice?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:26:07 GMT

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While the Catholic Church has accumulated staggering wealth, governments continue to exempt it from almost all rates and taxes



Site identified for new inner-city Brisbane high school

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:09:02 GMT

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A preferred site has been identified for the first new high school to be built in the inner-south for more than 50 years.



'She's a brilliant student': family of alleged IS stabber shocked

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:36:05 GMT

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The family of a Bangladeshi student alleged to be behind a "terror attack" in Melbourne say they are baffled by arrest of the “brilliant student”.



Faith no more: parishioners lose trust in church

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 04:00:04 GMT

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Half of active Catholic parishioners say their opinion of senior religious leaders has been damaged by the child abuse royal commission.



Spirits unsettled: the apology to the stolen generations 10 years on

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:39:04 GMT

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Indigenous singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards reflects on the apology to the stolen generations 10 years on.



Superquiz and Target, Sunday February 11

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:21:28 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Landmark revenge porn study Images of Me to go international

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:01:02 GMT

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The study will compare the impact of revenge porn in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.



The ongoing trauma at the heart of a stolen family

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:06:09 GMT

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10 years ago, the Edwards family travelled to Canberra to hear Kevin Rudd apologise to the Stolen Generation. What's changed?



'You're strong': Refugees remember the friendship and support of Michael Gordon

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:30:00 GMT

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The forgotten men of Australia's offshore detention regimes found a friend and a brother in Michael Gordon. They talked to me about their feelings of loss.



Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday February 10

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:37:19 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Photos of the week: February 10, 2018

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:01:57 GMT

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A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.



Target and superquiz, Friday, February 9

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:37:33 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



Mobile phones, walking, canteens: parents' tricky back to school questions

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:38:02 GMT

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They're the prickly topics that everyone has an opinion on, and we've spoken to parents and academics to see what they think.



'Softens hardness': TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:07:05 GMT

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Bizarre health claims such as "tonifies kidney essence" are set to become TGA and government-approved under new laws, horrifying doctors.



Superquiz and Target, Friday, February 9

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:37:49 GMT

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Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.



National live fire training centre for police proposed near Canberra

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:44:14 GMT

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Locals say plans for the range remain "shrouded in secrecy" and could impact on business, livestock and even ex-soliders recovering from PTSD.