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new drug MDPV, or 'monkey dust', found in Australia. What is it and what are the harms?

  • Written by Samuel Banister, Team Leader in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sydney
new drug MDPV, or 'monkey dust', found in Australia. What is it and what are the harms?Users may or may not know they're taking MDPV. from www.shutterstock.com

Recent media reports have suggested a rise in a dangerous new party drug known as “monkey dust”. This is a slang name for the drug MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), as well as other members of the chemical class known as “synthetic cathinones”, or...

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What you need to know if your child with a disability is starting school soon

  • Written by David Roy, Lecturer in Education, University of Newcastle
What you need to know if your child with a disability is starting school soonParents may need to play the advocate for their child, especially if their child has a disability which affects their ability to communicate.www.shutterstock.com

This is a longer read at just over 1,300 words. Enjoy!

A new school year can be daunting for any parent, prompting many questions: will my child settle in, make friends and progress...

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New figures put it beyond doubt. When it comes to company tax, we are a high-tax country, in part because it works well for us

  • Written by Miranda Stewart, Professor, University of Melbourne
New figures put it beyond doubt. When it comes to company tax, we are a high-tax country, in part because it works well for usThe latest figures put Australia near the top when it comes to company tax collections, even though our total tax take isn't particularly high.OECD

In international tax circles, as in other areas, we often talk about American exceptionalism.

But these days, it is becoming increasingly clear that Australia is exceptional in taxation, among members...

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Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won't make the issue go away

  • Written by Rachel Busbridge, Lecturer in Sociology, Australian Catholic University
Forcing Australia Day citizenship ceremonies on councils won't make the issue go awayThe Australia Day debate will likely become more pronounced each year.from shutterstock.com

In the latest instalment of the culture wars surrounding Australia Day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday said he plans to force councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on January 26. The announcement was spurred on by a few local councils’...

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  3. Dancenorth's Dust is ambitious theatre in an age of uncertainty
  4. Buildings produce 25% of Australia's emissions. What will it take to make them 'green' – and who'll pay?
  5. It's time to restore public trust in the governing of the Murray Darling Basin
  6. Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?
  7. It's not just the isolation. Working from home has surprising downsides
  8. How Australian wildlife spread and suppress Ross River virus
  9. Why the Indian Ocean region might soon play a lead role in world affairs
  10. The Water Margin, China's outlaw novel
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  12. why has nobody found any life outside of Earth?
  13. La Passion de Simone brings Simone Weil's sufferings to life, but the movements feel static
  14. How is oxygen 'sucked out' of our waterways?
  15. even the world's oldest profession is being uberised
  16. What happens after you take injured wildlife to the vet?
  17. why we stick with the duds
  18. The Productivity Commission inquiry was just the start. It's time for a broader review of super and how much it is needed
  19. the ancient roots of your backyard garden
  20. Want to breastfeed? These five things will make it easier
  21. Populism's problems can be fixed by getting the public better-informed. And that's actually possible
  22. Fast serves don't make sense – unless you factor in physics and 'cheating'
  23. Graduate employment is up, but finding a job can still take a while
  24. The art of distraction: Sebastian Smee's Quarterly Essay
  25. why the mythos of the Australian farmer is problematic
  26. so far, it's more of a house price blip than a bust in the making
  27. The economics of 'cash for cane toads' – a textbook example of perverse incentives
  28. There's no such thing as a safe tan. Here's what's happening underneath your summer glow
  29. 'Alexa, call my lawyer!' Are you legally liable if someone makes a purchase using your virtual assistant?
  30. what causes algal blooms, and how we can stop them
  31. Sex offender registries don't prevent re-offending (and vigilante justice is real)
  32. Should cyber officials be required to tell victims of cyber crimes they've been hacked?
  33. Productivity Commission finds super a bad deal. And yes, it comes out of wages
  34. There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney's Opal Tower, but they extend beyond building certification
  35. Australia's 2018 in weather: drought, heat and fire
  36. National curriculums don't always work for rural and regional schools
  37. how do I tell if I'm dehydrated?
  38. Why celebrity, award-winning chefs are usually white men
  39. How the right lighting could save the Mona Lisa
  40. Eight Australian picture books that celebrate family diversity
  41. Women seeking asylum for family violence don’t have an easy time getting it
  42. Tracking the rise of room sharing and overcrowding, and what it means for housing in Australia
  43. Curious Kids: do ants have blood?
  44. New regulations expose energy price gouging through 'free' comparison sites
  45. Almost every brand of tuna on supermarket shelves shows why modern slavery laws are needed
  46. Let's untangle the murky politics around kids and food (and ditch the guilt)
  47. While law makers squabble over pill testing, people should test their drugs at home
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