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Calls to reform organ transplant processes in hospitals

Despite our high number of donor registrations, Australia’s organ transplant rates have been ranked far behind many other countries. ShareLife’s Sara Irvine says Australia, ranked at 21, should be progressing faster if it wants to be a world leader. While the majority of Australians are willing to donate their organs, only one percent of people…

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Rapid HIV testing reaches Melbourne

Rapid testing of HIV is currently being rolled out around Australia. The advanced testing technology means people no longer have to wait two weeks for a reliable test result. Experts say this could have a huge impact in the gay community. Pronto! is located in Fitzroy in Melbourne and  is the first shop-front rapid testing…

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UN sets up asteroid peacekeeping group

The UN has voted to establish an asteroid defence plan to monitor potential asteroid threats to earth. The International Asteroid Warning Group is the first global group tasked with coordinating surveillance efforts to locate dangerous space objects. Some scientists estimate there are around one million near-earth asteroids that could significantly threaten the planet. Astrophysicist Dr…

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Animal shelter’s high kill rates criticised

  Animal welfare groups are lobbying the Brisbane City Council to not renew its contract with the Lost Dogs Home, after 2011 figures showed the shelter had the highest kill rates in the country. Recently, the Lost Dogs Home lost its contract with the Melbourne City Council worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.…

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Twerking celebrates and empowers women, says teacher

The owner of Melbourne’s Twerkshop has hit back at claims twerking is detrimental to the feminist movement and just a passing fad. Dayani, whose business runs several popular twerking classes each week, says twerking is about celebrating women’s bodies and is a style of dance empowering females. She also speaks out against Miley and says…

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Bushfire arson a huge concern this summer

A NSW volunteer firefighter, Joshua Staples, was convicted of arson and sent to jail on the 2nd of September. The work of arsonists is increasingly worrying fire services as summer approaches and Staples’ conviction raises concerns over what is being done to prevent arson. Arsonists light around half of all bushfires attended by firefighters each…

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Michael Gawenda on election campaigning

The campaign period of an election is a series of stunts for the media, according to former campaign reporter and former editor of The Age, Michael Gawenda. I spoke to Gawenda about his experiences on the campaign trail with Kevin Rudd in 2007 and why he wants campaigning to be less about wearing hard hats,…