Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians. This week’s annual End Youth Suicide campaign aims to destigmatise mental health problems and save lives by encouraging people to talk. But much more is needed, particularly increased government funding. Here’s how you can help.
The federal government has announced its largest-ever investment in saving the Great Barrier Reef, promising $1 billion towards improving water quality, reef management and research. The move follows years of degrading conditions and devastating bleaching events, and the threat of an “in danger” listing by the World Heritage Committee.
Omicron may have peaked, but many of the groups most vulnerable to the disease are still not adequately protected. The decision by National Cabinet to allow disability support workers to skip quarantine and work when they have been exposed to COVID-19 has been slammed as unacceptable by disability advocacy organisations.
Earlier this year Australia managed to avoid a Unesco recommendation urging the Great Barrier Reef’s status be moved to “in danger”. A dozen countries called the move “highly inappropriate” and are pushing to have the reef’s world heritage status review – again.
With 39,000 Indigenous artifacts identified in UK museums, the call to return them to Australia is gaining traction. But the process to get them back is not as simple as you might think. Here, we look at Australia’s long-lost artifacts that are stuck in limbo…