As the Coalition announces tougher penalties. Labor has promised to phase out the trade. AAP/Animals Australia Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The federal government will announce tougher penalties for breaches in the live sheep industry - ahead of receiving the review it has commissioned into the controversial northern summer trade. Resisting mounting...
Gould’s goanna is commonly eaten in Indigenous communities, but can contain high levels of rat poison. Robert A. Davis, Author provided Michael Lohr, Edith Cowan University and Robert Davis, Edith Cowan University Introduced rats and mice have probably troubled most of us at some time in our lives. These pesky invasive rodents...
While New Zealand has set a target to wipe out species such as rats, mice, possums and stoats by 2050, a long-hot summer in 2017-18 has led to a ten-fold rise in the rodent population. According to a report on The Guardian, the country is witnessing an increase in rodent numbers in the...
by Mic Smith, Mongabay Australia is known for protecting its sea life in a 3.3 million square kilometer (1.3 million square mile) system of marine parks that cover 36 percent of the country’s oceans. The protection of those parks is now at stake, as the government last week approved...
 by Catherine Wilson, Mongabay Ahead of next year’s referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea, the government of the autonomous region of Bougainville believes reopening the Panguna copper mine is the key to gaining economic self-sufficiency. In January, traditional landholders rejected a bid by Bougainville Copper Ltd. — now...
Australia has urged Myanmar to allow the return of Rohingya refugees and grant entry to international human rights observers to the country. Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council's meeting in Geneve, the charge d’affaires of Australia’s mission to the UN, Lachlan Strahan condemned the voilence in the south-east...
Anthony Kiem, University of Newcastle Most major floods in South East Queensland arrive in five-year bursts, once every 40 years or so, according to our new research. Yet flood estimation, protection and management approaches are still designed on the basis that flood risk stays the same all the time – despite...
Lawyers in Australia have filed a private prosecution application against Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the de-facto civilian leader of Myanmar, accusing her of crimes against humanity. The prosecution application was filed in the Melbourne magistrates court on Friday. A response from the court is expected next week. However, the universal jurisdiction...
Gavin Wood, RMIT University; Guy Johnson, RMIT University; Juliet Watson, RMIT University, and Rosanna Scutella, RMIT University Ten years ago the Australian government launched a National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). It injected A$800 million into homelessness services and A$300 million to build 600 new homes for people experiencing homelessness....
East Asia and the Pacific region, home to one-quarter of the world’s school-age children, has seven of the top ten performing education systems in the world, says a World Bank report. According to the report, up to 40 percent of the school children in the region are in education systems...

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