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National Close the Gap Day sheds light on the many issues that still surround the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. ANTaR says Australia’s universal health system has been failing First Australians for far too long.

In the past seven years homelessness has doubled in several suburbs, mostly in the west. Big jumps have also occurred in Strathfield and the CBD. Charities are feeling the impact. 

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Charities are being overwhelmed by a flood of donations from Marie Kondo-inspired decluttering Netflix viewers. Many op-shops are refusing donations now, but what if people tidy up their consumption habits for good?

Is Homecare following the ignoble tradition of dodgy operators leaping onto government-funded gravy trains? Pressure selling through doorknocking happened with home insulation and vocational education and it's already happening with Homecare; threats by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt to impose sanctions may mean the government doesn't intend to get fooled again.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a huge public health concern, with recent studies estimating a prevalence of 2-5% of the population in the USA. No population-wide prevalence studies have been conducted in Australia, but recent research found the highest worldwide prevalence in Banksia Hill Detention Centre, where 36% of youth was diagnosed with FASD.

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Sydney leads the national trend, with property prices dropping 10% from the highs of a year ago. Current data suggests the cost of renting might not necessarily follow the trend.

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The Newstart allowance of $273 p/w has flatlined, in real terms, since the early 90s and remains well under the poverty line for most recipients. 

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Although the economy is 'performing well' the RBA reports that growth in household income remains low, debt levels are high and some asset prices have declined.

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A new landmark report has found the majority of older Australians feel a decade younger than their current age, overwhelmingly support assisted dying legislation, and nearly half feel less valued by society than when they were younger.