Rural Australia

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Australia’s inland rail: a long-held dream, but for whom and at what cost?
Gabrielle Chan looks at how we got our current inland rail route and the sharp divides over what the line should achieve

Gabrielle Chan Rural and regional editor

24, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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After the gold rush; before Tiananmen: how Chinese-Australians put down deep roots in the regions
As the lunar new year approaches, amid the shots of dancing dragons in metropolitan Chinatowns, the contribution of Chinese-Australians to rural and regional areas can be lost

Tom Plevey

22, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Locals ‘devastated’ after Whitehaven Coal allowed to bury used tyres at Maules Creek mine
NSW government’s approval compromises ‘environmental integrity of the operation’, say campaigners

Natasha May

21, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Muster Dogs: the new Australian reality show set to charm the world
In the ABC’s new miniseries, a litter of kelpie pups heads out to farmers across the country who have a year to turn them into working dogs

Alex McKinnon

20, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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‘Our communities will miss out’: rural Australian pharmacies face inequitable rapid test rollout
Smaller chemists may lose out to bigger players thanks to stock order minimums and after-the-fact rebates

Natasha May

19, Jan, 2022 @2:41 AM

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‘He said, I’m in Canada’: the doctor will see you now – but not from Australia
Australian-trained doctors living overseas are treating patients in rural and regional New South Wales, to curb the bush doctor shortage

Lauren Marer

16, Jan, 2022 @11:00 PM

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‘Praying it won’t happen’: how Omicron could cut off Australia’s rural towns from essential services
An outbreak in a small regional community could leave locals unable to access pharmaceutical and banking services

Natasha May

16, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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The myth of the manly farmer: why do we still assume women don’t work on the land?
Until 1994 women could not even list ‘farmer’ as an occupation on the census. We still have a long way to go in correcting misconceptions

Lucie Newsome

14, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘Hanging vulnerable people out to dry’: Covid stretches rural Australian health services to breaking point
In country NSW, PCR and rapid antigen tests are hard to access, there are long delays getting results and families are separated

Natasha May

14, Jan, 2022 @1:00 AM

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‘Devastating’ cuts to Medicare telehealth leave rural psychiatric patients in the lurch
Psychiatrists criticise removal of item 288 for video psychiatric consults through GP referrals, saying it effectively ceases bulk-billed consultations for regional patients

Caitlin Cassidy

13, Jan, 2022 @9:28 PM

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You can’t freak Australians out about Covid for two years then expect that fear to fade overnight | Brigid Delaney
We’ve gone from nationwide surveillance and public shaming to the government saying it’s OK to go to work as a close contact. The whiplash is intense

Brigid Delaney

13, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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‘Our health services were already compromised’: Australia’s regions struggle under Omicron’s weight
Staffing shortages and lack of access to Covid testing puts rural healthcare system under pressure

Natasha May and Ben Doherty

11, Jan, 2022 @4:18 AM

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