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Science & Technology

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The foundering miracle
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A near-impossible sell
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The prospect of 12 hours in Singapore airport gives rise to an existential crisis
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Family & Relationships

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Law & Order

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Debt. Recovery.
A parliamentary committee’s report on the Centrelink robo-debt debacle makes for damning reading
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Tragic evidence of child sexual abuse in the Newcastle Anglican Church
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Indigenous Australia

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A job half undone
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National Security

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China flexes
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Business as usual?
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