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Why Australia should make it as easy as possible for smokers to switch to vaping

I have been involved in drug harm-reduction debates in Australia since the early 1980s. Every new harm-reduction intervention met fierce resistance, often lasting years. This happened with methadone treatment for problem heroin users, needle syringe programs to slow the spread of HIV, and drug consumption rooms to reduce drug overdose …

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How Star Trek can explain the stockmarket’s wild swings

A short explanation for those who are not familiar with the Star Trek TV and film franchise: Mr. Spock is the science officer and second in command aboard the starship USS Enterprise; his mother was human while his father was a Vulcan, a race that managed to save itself from …

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Target and superquiz, Thursday, June 25

Today’s Target: 25 words, good; 37 words, very good; 50 words, excellent. Wednesday’s solution: advise, adviser, aver, avid, dervish, diva, divan, dive, diver, drive, driven, have, haven, hive, invade, invader, naive, nave, rave, raved, raven, ravine, ravish, ravished, rive, rived, riven, save, saved, saver, shave, shaved, shaven, shaver, shiver, shrive, …

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2023 World Cup: How FIFA’s council members will likely vote and why

If he is true to his ethos, Australia and New Zealand have every right to feel confident of receiving his vote having been evaluated as the strongest bid by FIFA’s technical committee.Predicted vote in favour of Australia and New Zealand: 1/1. FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura. FIFA’s general secretary is …

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Five reasons Australia and New Zealand are favourites to host the Women’s World Cup

Legacy A Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand would be a shot in the arm for female football participation. It would contribute to the target of 50/50 gender representation in Australia by 2027 while providing New Zealand with a 7 per cent year-on-year growth of female participation. Sam …

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How a trans-Tasman World Cup could reignite women’s sport

In 1920, the English FA banned women – whose matches had become enormously popular – until the 70s. We all grew up with the idea that watching men play sport was the natural order of things. Unsurprising, men’s sport flourished to reap advantages so large that in 100 years of …

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Indigenous Australians want equal partnership in ‘Closing the Gap’

Lead convener of the Coalition of Peaks, Pat Turner, described the survey as “ground-breaking”, because it put Indigenous-led organisations at the heart of a new push to overcome entrenched disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. “It’s a vast difference to what’s happened in the past, when bureaucrats have led …

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Former player launches legal case against NSWRL after horrific injury

Drysdale broke his neck at the C5-C6 vertebrae against the Magpies. His family described it as a “crusher tackle”, an illegal move in which a player’s chin is forced towards the torso. NSWRL governs the Sydney Shield. The injury shocked the rugby league community and prompted an outpouring of support. …

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