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Nat Kassel

nathanielkassel@gmail.com Word arranger and photo taker. I've written feature articles for ABC, news.com.au, Monster Children, VICE, Noisey, Slam …

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Luke Taylor

Freelance journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. Regularly contribute written and radio reports to a number of international publications …

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Joshua Badge

Joshua Badge lectures in philosophy at Deakin University and is an LGBT activist. He writes on a variety …

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'Game of Thrones' is ending, but will live on in merchandise

From wine to clothing to tours, HBO and retailers have cashed in through the years with "Game of Thrones" merchandise. "Thrones" is not only a huge international show but also a massive business, with all sides hoping to pad the bank during the show's eighth and final season. Products also include makeup, beer, toy collectibles and even high fashion collaborations.
By Gary G. Hamilton
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Cruel twist as much-needed rain turns NSW river to 'tomato soup', killing thousands of fish

Dubbo fish kill won't be the last as drought, fire raise extinction risk, ecologists warn A renowned angler says a mass fish kill in the parched Macquarie River in New South Wales this week left the waterway looking like "tomato soup." Tens of thousands of fish of all sizes and species are estimated to have perished near Dubbo, in the state's west, after much-needed rain washed sediment into the river, causing dissolved oxygen levels to drop rapidly. Fisher Matt Hansen said he was staggered b
By Jessie Davies
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How the Amazon's lost tribes are turning Colombia's cocaine farmers into conservationists

Flaviano Mahecha is using his trusty machete to carve a path through the grassy undergrowth and prickly bushes of a farm on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. As he approaches a group of palm trees he stops: "This is moriche, and this is acai," he says, pointing excitedly at their leafy crowns. "Isn't it beautiful? All of Guaviare used to look like this," he adds, referring to the Colombian province that now forms the frontline in a fight to save the Amazon.
By Luke Taylor
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How chip packets, curtains and doonas are helping reduce a theatre's carbon footprint

Melbourne Shakespeare Company uses chip packets and doonas in sustainable fashion push It's the same old Shakespeare, with an unexpected, and trashy, twist. Necklaces are constructed from fish-shaped soy sauce containers, regal capes are stitched from old curtains, and Elizabethan-era skirts are fashioned from doonas under the direction of costume maker Rhiannon Irving. And it's not just for novelty — she's making all 30 costumes for Melbourne Shakespeare Company's December production of The
By Madi Chwasta
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'We need it': Community outcry over closure of remote NSW jail

Brewarrina jail is closing and the community warns it will have a devastating effect No walls, razor wire or watchmen — Brewarrina's jail in far western New South Wales is one of a kind. The Yetta Dhinnakkal Centre, meaning "right pathway" in traditional language, was established on a remote sheep station in 2000 as Australia's first prison exclusively for young Aboriginal men. But the low-security facility, where inmates are called trainees and learn to farm, is set to be closed. The decisi
By Jessie Davies
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I still think there's a case to be made for feminist marriage — and here's why

Earlier this year, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics and author of the new book Happy Ever After, dropped a rather sizeable truth bomb. Despite decades of fairy tales and a multi-billion-dollar wedding industry conspiring to persuade heterosexual women that marriage and children are a one-way ticket on the happiness express, it's all a lie.
By Kristine Ziwica
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Woke dads have finally arrived in Australia. It's about bloody time

Australian dads are finally going woke — and it's about time For years now, fathers elsewhere in the world have been going woke. For those unfamiliar with progressive vernacular, that means live to social justice issues and, in the context of fatherhood, attuned to the demands of a new, more engaged version of fatherhood and equal parenting. Now, blessedly, the trend has finally arrived on Australian shores.
By Kristine Ziwica
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Editor Maria Romanenko on Ukraine's unlikely new president

Before comedian and fictional president Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced he was running in the real presidential race, nobody could have seen it coming. But Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted him in precisely because of his lack of political experience, says Maria Romanenko, managing editor at Ukrainian newssite Hromadske International.
By Maria Romanenko
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Could this drowning nation actually be the next Dubai?

Climate change could drown Kiribati, but the nation looks for Noah's Ark It's a lazy Sunday afternoon in the village of Nanikai and the equatorial sun is beginning to mellow. Ataia is sitting cross-legged with his family in their debweeah — a hut on stilts with a roof made from thatched palm leaves. Their mood is upbeat: the morning's fish catch has been good. One cousin strums a guitar while another plucks the ukulele and the men sing in a rich tenor while an aunt wails over the top. They c
By Kurt Johnson
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Teens face court over death of man who attempted to 'solicit sex' from 17-year-old girl

Two teenage boys face manslaughter charges over death of man who attempted to 'solicit sex' from 17yo girl Two teenagers accused of killing a man in north-east Victoria admitted they "bashed" the victim because he had been offering to pay one of their girlfriends for sex, a court has heard. But the teens have denied responsibility for the death of the man, who was run over by an unsuspecting driver after allegedly being left "incapacitated in the middle of the road" after the assault. The two
By Rhiannon Tuffield
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North Korea wants more foreign tourists, so should you go?

From the outside looking in, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) appears a tightly controlled society, closed off from the rest of the world. But for most people, if you want to go, you can. So, given the disappearance of Australian-born North Korean resident Alek Sigley, should you?
By Peter Bateman
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Are the major parties doing enough for our elderly when it comes to aged care?

Federal election 2019: Are the major parties doing enough for our elderly when it comes to aged care? The number of Australians entering aged care or needing to access aged services is expected to increase exponentially over the next two decades. The ABC's You Ask We Answer team has been flooded by concerns about the sector, with many of you wondering if the Federal Government has the adequate building blocks in place to support the industry moving forward. Victorian woman Maria Berry believe
By Rhiannon Tuffield
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Poverty in Australia has been pushed to centre stage

Federal election 2019: Are major parties ignoring welfare issues that keep people in poverty? Dozens of Australians have sent in their concerns about the issue to the ABC's You Ask We Answer election project, with many concerned about payment increases and how the issue ties in with social issues like poverty and domestic violence. For Albury mother Emily Lightfoot, living with poverty is an all-consuming reality. Every spare moment is spent thinking if she will have enough money to buy food
By Rhiannon Tuffield
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'Martin Luther King of Australia': Aboriginal rights legend Bill Ferguson immortalised in bronze

He collapsed fighting for the rights of his people, and now, just steps away from where he gave his dramatic last speech and later died, legendary Aboriginal rights activist William 'Bill' Ferguson has been immortalized in bronze in western New South Wales. After a five-year campaign led by his descendants and supporters, a life-size statue of Mr Ferguson has been unveiled in the main street of Dubbo — the town he called home up until his death in 1950 aged 60. Mr Ferguson is best known for hi
By Jessie Davies
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