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Guest Expert

Apart from our regular team of experts, we frequently publish commentary from guest contributors who are authorities in their field.


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The benefits of gardening go way beyond having an abundant harvest, with beautiful fruits and vegetables. Ever wondered why people garden in prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals? It is because gardening is very effective for maintaining good mental health. There’s something healing and soothing about getting your hands dirty and reconnecting with nature. The beautiful…

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How did you start today – tea or coffee? Or neither? A study of more than 400,000 men and women links specific genes for tasting bitter flavours like caffeine with hot beverage consumption, writes… Daniel Liang-Dar Hwang, The University of Queensland Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a…

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You’re set. You’ve worked hard to establish a profitable property portfolio.  Sit back and watch the property values rise and enjoy the rewards. What could possibly go wrong? Lots! Interest rates could skyrocket, tenants could trash your property, termites could infest your houses, governments could build a freeway next to your investment… and that’s just…

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Capital city populations are growing twice as fast as the rest of Australia, because of the employment and business opportunities and lifestyle on offer to both new migrants and long-term residents, writes … Dr. Sajeda Tuli, University of Canberra Migration is getting increasing attention in Australia, with the Morrison government recently putting the focus on…

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Rather than mourn the end of a seven-year reign as ‘world’s most liveable city’, Melbourne could raise its sights to become more liveable, healthy and sustainable for all who live in the city, writes … Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona (ISGlobal) For seven years, Melbourne boasted the title of “world’s most liveable…

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Population growth has pros and cons, and the Morrison government’s plan is less about a change in immigration numbers than about increasing the benefits and minimising the costs, writes … Nick Parr, Macquarie University The Morrison government’s new population plan will have little effect on Australian population growth. Appropriately, it looks to reduce the concentration…

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Here’s all you need to know about the 2019-20 federal budget in a simple at-a-glance graphic. The budget bottom line will surge to a surplus next financial year on the back of higher than expected revenues from commodities, strong corporate profits and low unemployment. The estimated surplus of A$7.1 billion for 2019-20 will be the…