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rural May 13, 2017

Homelessness after cyclone Debbie

Across the cane fields, the jagged heft of Mount Warning dominates the landscape with its soaring presence. A plume of white smoke billows from the sugar mill. As you drive into town, however, you pass businesses and shops that are closed...

rural February 4, 2017

Economics don't add up for rural relocation

Sharni Jones is 26. She is a medical scientist but works part-time managing two departments at a Woolworths in Churchill, in rural Victoria, because she can’t get enough hours at the clinical laboratory where she spends the...

rural December 10, 2016

Pauline Hanson’s plans to expand One Nation

Two Thursdays ago, when the parliamentary year wound up too late to catch the last plane, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson repaired to the closest thing to an actual pub within cooee of Capital Hill: the Kingston Hotel, known...

rural December 17, 2016

Land grab to take farms for Singapore Army training base

When David Nicholas picked up a copy of the Townsville Bulletin last month he discovered that the army was planning to take his property. “There was a map with a shaded-in area of the proposed country they were going to take...

rural August 27, 2016

Exclusive: Toxic chemical conflict on Defence sites

Australia’s environmental health authorities sparked a public outcry in June when they went against international trends to issue weaker safety standards for carcinogenic firefighting chemicals. These have devastated...

resources August 6, 2016

Measuring fugitive CSG emissions

In October 2015, an unconventional gas mining well head ruptured at Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles. It belched out a massive plume of methane – the most potent greenhouse gas. Overhead, a Hyperion spectrometer aboard a NASA...

rural March 19, 2016

Victoria’s duck-hunting season sparks controversy

Almost every day in October for the past 33 years, Richard Kingsford has climbed into the passenger seat of a single-engine Cessna to count the waterbirds of eastern Australia. The aircraft buzzes the wetlands from 50 metres...

resources February 20, 2016

South Australia ponders nuclear waste options

Adjusting his luminous orange tie, royal commissioner Kevin Scarce took a deep breath and stepped up to the podium. Framed by the enormous pipe organ that looms over the marble-pillared auditorium of Adelaide Town Hall, the 63...

rural February 13, 2016

Migrating bat colonies wreak havoc in northern NSW

In Casino the bat problem is so bad that the public school has to be washed down every morning before the children arrive. “There is just so much crap,” says Richmond Valley Council communications manager Sharon Davidson. In...

resources November 21, 2015

Shenhua’s Mongolia coalmining scandal highlights local fears

The trees died. The wells went dry. Sand dunes blew in and covered once-lush pasture. Watercourses stopped running, lakes shrank. In some places groundwater levels fell up to 100 metres. Many factors, all of them human-induced...

rural October 10, 2015

Arnhem Land’s Indigenous community alcohol bans

Turn off the Stuart Highway 50 kilometres south-east of Katherine and not far along Central Arnhem Road is Roper Creek. Known to locals as the Little Roper, this is where the Aboriginal people from the community of Barunga...