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AIHW REPORT: HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND LENGTH OF HOSPITAL STAYS - PRIVATE & PUBLIC
Admissions to public hospitals are growing faster than admissions to private hospitals, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Admitted patient care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics, shows that of the 11 million admissions to hospitals in 2016–17, 6.6 million were in public hospitals and 4.4 million were in private hospitals.

POLL: SUPPORT FOR REPUBLIC ROSE IN ROYAL WEDDING WEEK
Today’s Guardian Essential Report shows support for an Australian republic rose in Royal wedding week. Support for the republic grows when the debate intensifies – undecided Australians switch to support a republic, not a monarchy, when the issue is being debated.  Australians believe Australia’s head of state should be an Australian, chosen by Australians.
 
 



AUSTRALIAN MEN'S SHED ASSOCIATION - THANKING 'SHEDDERS' THIS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration run by Volunteering Australia to acknowledge the generous contributions of Australian volunteers. This National Volunteer Week (21 – 27 May), the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) is saying thanks to all shedders for the contributions they make to local communities.
ANNUAL SURVEY: AUSTRALIA'S MOST TRUSTED BRANDS - INCLUDING OUR MOST TRUSTED CHARITY
In 2018, trust is a more precious commodity than ever. This year we’ve witnessed the stark realities of our national cricket team losing our collective trust, doing untold damaged to a long established brand and resulting in the loss of tens-of-millions of dollars in revenue. As that fallout continues to play out, the annual list of the names, products and services we trust the most has just been revealed.
 
 
 



THE FLYING CAR … A REALITY AT LONG LAST
It has drifted somewhere between theory, hope and fantasy for a long time.   But finally the flying car is tantalising close.  And we’re not talking about the ‘trick’ of a small plane that can remove its wings and drive on the road.  We’re talking about a car that can fly.  In fact, a whole fleet of them – of different types – seem set to roll off the production line shortly.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

WHO TURNED DOWN THE FAN? – WHY THE WIND IS BLOWING SLOWER
To most of us it is not something we notice in our day to day lives, but scientists are worried.  On many parts of the planet, the wind is slowing.  It’s not blowing as hard as it should, or moving around like it should.  And that means big things for the planet, and everyone on it.