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Evans, Kevin: Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away

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Honest History document: the primary schools – the teaching of history

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Productivity Commission: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016

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Haigh, Gideon: Basic income for all: a 500-year-old idea whose time has come?

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De Moore, Greg & Ann Westmore: Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder

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Braganza, Karl & Steve Rintoul: State of the Climate 2016: Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO

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McQueen, Humphrey: ‘A material triumph and an aesthetic calamity’: the work of Australian architect Robin Boyd’

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Behrendt, Larissa: Indigenous Australians know we’re the oldest living culture – it’s in our Dreamtime

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Online Gem No. 12: David Scott Mitchell and his library, a Sydney icon

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Online Gem No. 11: The Airlines of Australia Stinson plane crash, 1937

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Rizzetti, Janine: Graeme Davison on visions of the future

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Sherratt, Tim: Unremembering the forgotten: Digital Humanities 2015 keynote

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Viner, Katharine: How technology disrupted the truth

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Nicholls, Christine Judith & Dany Breelle: The voyage of Nicolas Baudin and ‘art in the service of science’

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Jennings, Garry: How Australians die: cause #1 – heart diseases and stroke

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Bruns, Axel: A first draft of the present: Why we must preserve social media content

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Curnoe, Darren: Ancient Australia: world’s first nation of innovators

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Review note: Griffith Review 52 ‘Imagining the future’

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Daley, Paul: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’

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Fuller, Robert S.: Ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia’s highway network

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Review note: Kristen Alexander’s Taking Flight (Lores Bonney)

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Online gem No. 7: Antarctica frozen in Canberra street names

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Eltham, Ben: for a new thing, innovation has been around for a while

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Brown, Claire: effective note-taking

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Walker, Andrew: publish or perish or publication for public?

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Red professor in a cold war

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Online gem No. 4: Medico-Legal Society of Victoria

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Spurling, Tom & JM Webb: World War I and Australian science

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Jones, Ann: 100 years of Australian lighthouses

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Terzis, Gillian: hashtag activism and online grief

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McQueen, Humphrey: Spanish flu pandemic Australia 1912-19

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Oppenheimer, Melanie: 100 years of Red Cross

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Tan, Monica: National architecture awards

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Advice to Western Australians

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Goldsworthy, Anna: Voices of the land

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Chubb, Ian: No free rides to science future

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Burton, Pamela: Independent scholars

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Turnbull, Malcolm: Reinventing the news model

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Starr, Michelle: Best Aussie inventions

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Austin, AG: Australian education

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