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Ditch the jobs v environment slogan and get on with doing both

Many years ago, when I was a young environmentalist who had just completed an economics and politics degree, I was pleased to read an article in the Sierra Club journal about jobs and the environment. Amid stunning photos of America’s wild lands was a report on the hundreds of thousands of …

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‘I was surviving but I wasn’t thriving’: principals seek help on wellbeing

“Before I started doing this, I was surviving as a principal but I wasn’t thriving. The workload was hard, I wasn’t sleeping well and I didn’t have good boundaries between my work and personal life. Loading “I now have a range of strategies to deal with things – breathing, using …

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Sydney councils urged to improve recycling facilities in unit blocks

However, neither council had been able to enforce their contracts for processing red-lid (residual) bin waste. “As a result, almost all such waste goes straight to landfill,” the report said. The report found that apartment blocks often had insufficient facilities for the volume of waste generated, waste storage facilities that …

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Big projects, bigger bills: Massive construction boom comes at a cost

Loading Transport projects didn’t always cost this much. CityLink cost $1.8 billion – tracked to inflation, that’s $3.06 billion in today’s money. Global engineering firm AECOM estimates CityLink today would cost around $15 billion. A 400 per cent increase. Part of the jump in prices can be put down to …

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Victoria needs to build a path to transparency

The most recent Transurban deal, for example, the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel, was the company’s idea. There was no tender. The government has bypassed some basic governance principles – transparency, accountability, effectiveness and due diligence. Taxpayers have not been able to scrutinise and assess costs (direct and opportunity) and …

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Race-by-race guide and tips for Quirindi on Tuesday

How to play it: Scatjak to win and quinella 3 and 6. Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1450m): Very modest and open affair. Scone 3YO filly 1. Chambermaid finished off OK second career start at Muswellbrook when specked at good odds, and should improve again up in trip. Dangers: Muswellbrook filly …

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Target and superquiz, Tuesday, June 11

TARGET 8120 How many words of four letters or more can you make from those shown here? Each letter may be used once per word. Each word must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals ending in “s”; no foreign words; no …

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Julia would breath easier if living with asthma wasn’t quite so costly

Loading One in two adults and a third of children with asthma are skipping their asthma medication, with many pointing the finger at out-of-pocket costs, a national survey of 1400 Australians has found. Asthma kills more than 400 Australians each year, and affects about one in nine people. Nearly half …

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We’re not getting consistent advice on sunscreen use, study finds

“Things like storing sunscreen in a cool, dry place, or checking the use-by date, they’re just not mentioned as often as they should be,” Professor Janda said. “These sorts of things are really important; if we leave sunscreen for example in the car which then heats up to 50 or …

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Drowned Samaritans: five Australians a year die trying to save others

“Those numbers make sense because you’re more likely to get in trouble in the water when you’re around family and friends, who are then more likely to rescue you,” Professor Franklin said. “The other really positive thing is that, at least in Australia, we are willing to rescue others, which …

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