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‘Bulging valleys’: Call for state to halt catchment coal mining

The letter details fears dams are losing up to 25 million litres of water a day because of subsidence and diversions caused by underground mining. Contamination from exposed iron and other metals adds to the damage. Loading Other concerns include “valley bulging”, some of which may already be occurring at …

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Call for forestry halt after koala national park assessment revealed

The 10 so-called koala focus areas inland of Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast, as identified by the state government.Credit:DPIE, via Bellingen Environment Centre Loading Ashley Love, a forest campaigner with the Bellingen Environment Centre, said the need to carve out protection of the habitat had only increased following …

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Rare visitor excites Melburnians, yet its presence is a sad sign

“It was exciting but it was also tinged with sadness because of the reasons they are here. It’s hard to celebrate seeing such a rare, beautiful bird when you know its presence is directly as a result of the loss of its home due to the bushfires.” The unprecedented summer …

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Welcome rains boost Basin’s fortunes but water wars are far from over

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Ian Cole, the scion of a late cotton baron, was in the lift of a hotel in Sydney’s Martin Place in early March when he heard a familiar voice approaching and held the door open. “What are the odds?” asked Chris Brooks, …

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Call of the wild: listen up, people, time is running out

Daughter: “Mummy, what’s that smell?” Mother: “It’s nature, darling.” Daughter: “It’s like all the birds are wearing perfume.” Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size You notice these things when you’re young, or still capable of retaining a childlike sense of wonder, or you find yourself, as I do …

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Tatt’s it – zombie woman and the lotus flowers are going, going gone

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The tattoo on Colin Stark’s* neck is meant to symbolise his struggle to escape the poverty and violence of his early life. “Sink or Swim” runs the legend across his throat, below images of a “zombie woman” (denoting sinking) and a cheerful …

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Premier’s Belt and Road adviser helped land Labor donation

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week revealed the Andrews government failed to consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before signing a key Belt and Road agreement with Beijing in October last year. The Belt and Road deal will allow for Chinese investment in Victoria and …

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CNN reporter arrested live on air by Minnesota police, released an hour later

The incident took place as Jimenez and his team had just shown a protester being arrested when about half-a-dozen white State Patrol police officers surrounded them. “We can move back to where you like,” Jimenez told the officers wearing gas masks and face shields, before explaining that he and his …

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Chook, line and sinker as Tedesco reels in Mitchell and Rabbitohs

It looked ordinary and Mitchell was filthy with himself. Mitchell should have been angrier with himself late in the game when he took it upon himself to whack Kyle Flanagan off the ball, which sparked a melee as Jake Friend helped himself to a try with nobody at the back …

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As it happened: COAG abolished in place of national cabinet; Victorians asked to dob in their bosses

The Prime Minister will hold a press conference imminently. These are other issues dominating the federal conversation: The Council of Australian Governments will be abolished in place of national cabinet, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced. The Morrison government is also announcing a five-year hospital agreement between states and territories …

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