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AIHW REPORT: TEENAGE SMOKING AND DRINKING DOWN, WHILE DRUG USE RISES AMONG OLDER PEOPLE
Younger Australians’ smoking and drinking habits have improved, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).  But when it comes to illicit drug use among older people, a more complex picture has emerged.

CSIRO PUBLISHING: ANIMAL ECO-WARRIORS
Meet the Extraordinary Animals Protecting Our World
There are countless people around Australia and the world, who may not realise they owe their quality of life to animals trained to keep us safe. From dogs to rats, these eco-warriors seek out everything from bio-security threats to landmines. We are even hitching a ride on the backs of bees to improve our lot.
 





WHEELS: AUSTRALIA’S ROAD DEATH FARCE
Australia’s road toll rose to 1300 deaths last year, prompting governments and administrators to blindly push forward with plans for even more draconian emphasis on speeds and fining drivers.  An investigation by leading publication WHEELS has found a collective blinkered approach to road safety, with speed seeming to be the only culprit in the minds of our policymakers. 
 

AUSTRALIA'S MOST BORROWED BOOKS REVEALED
According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, stories about heritage, identity, love and relationships were most popular among the list of most borrowed Australian fiction books during the past year. Topping the list of most borrowed Australian books was ‘Rain Music’ by Di Morrissey.  We also have an unquenchable thirst for crime and thriller novels.

 
 
 
 



ARE YOU AN 'EMOTIONAL SPENDER'?
If you tend to treat yourself by shopping after a triumph, or when you’re feeling low, you could be an emotional spender. This type of spending can shatter budgets and erode self-worth. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

THE BIG RETURN - GOING BACK TO WORK AFTER A BABY
Paid parental leave has been a hot political topic in recent times, but less attention has been given to the real-world issues confronting individuals, families and businesses when those parents look to go back to work. Reshaped job arrangements and added pressures on expanded young families require planning and flexibility from all concerned.