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Humanitarian

Closing pay gap to take 26 years

We know that women retire with 45% less super than men on average. Now, findings of a seven-year study shows the pay gap in Australia is unlikely to close for another 26 years due to current workplace attitudes. Here’s how we can get there quicker.

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Humanitarian

Flood crisis: How you can help

New South Wales and Queensland are coming to terms with an extreme flooding event. After a week of torrential rain, homes all up and down the coast are damaged, and thousands of people are struggling to clean up their properties and replace what was lost. Here’s how you can help.

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Humanitarian

COVID forcing girls out of schools

UNESCO estimates 1.2 million girls in south-east Asia and the Pacific could drop out of school due to the effects of COVID. It suggests the pandemic will exacerbate existing gender inequalities and have long-term implications for girls and their communities

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Environment

Australia to get to net-zero by 2040

Australia is inching closer to a clean future with new research showing the uptake of renewables is key to net-zero emissions by 2040. That’s right: we can wipe out fossil fuel emissions in two decades by doubling the pace at which solar and wind power is being rolled out.

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Humanitarian

Women are marching

It’s the news that’s not going away. The women of Australia, their allies and supporters have had enough and are rallying together to demand a safe and equal society. Here is what you need to know about the movement that has taken over the country.

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Animal

Heartless killer or plain cute?

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?

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Humanitarian

Can Canberra change?

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?

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Environment

Climate crisis bigger challenge than COVID?

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.

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Humanitarian

Ingenious toy for visually impaired kids

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…

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Humanitarian

Toilet paper outperforms corporate Australia

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.

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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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