IN THE AIR & ON THE FRONTLINE WITH OUR FLYING DOCTORS
They are a uniquely Australian legend, and they are marking their 90th anniversary – with thankfully no sign of stopping their vital work.   They are the men and women of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and a new report takes us onto the frontline.
 


AFTER THE ARMISTICE
Many things are lost to time, but the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on November 11 – the end of the so-called Great War – remains raw and real for countless thousands of Aussies.  Our own were there, and a new report examines what happened after the guns finally fell silent.
 
 



REPUBLIC CAMPAIGN WELCOMES LABOR'S LEADERSHIP ON REPUBLIC
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has agreed to funding during the next term of Parliament for a national vote on an Australian republic. We welcome Labor’s leadership. Australia’s next head of state should be a citizen of Australia, chosen by Australians. But without change, no Australian will even be asked, and King Charles will be Australia’s next head of state.
 
 
100 YEARS SINCE THE GREAT PANDEMIC – THE SPANISH FLU 
It’s an extraordinary thought, especially as we mark the centenary of the Armistice, but more people were killed by the outbreak of Spanish Flu (up to 100 million) than the 18 million lives lost on the battlefields in the five years before.   It was a pandemic of unseen proportions, and Australia found itself on the frontline at the start of 1919 – just as the soldiers returned.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



AIHW: REPORT SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON OPIOID HARM IN AUSTRALIA
A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that deaths involving opioids have nearly doubled in a decade, but remain lower than the peak in the late 1990s, while more than 1 in 10 Australians have used illegal opioids or misused prescribed ones in their lifetime. The report is the first to provide a comprehensive, national snapshot of opioid use and harm in Australia, contributing to our understanding of the scale of this global issue.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

SEVEN WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CAR BILLS
It’s a mind-boggling concept, but more than half of the operating cost of your car is actually chewed up by the fuel it burns every year.   In terms of real-world running costs, fuel is a massively overlooked aspect of your vehicle’s true value.   Leading consumer website WhichCar has just published the ‘Top Seven’ practical steps you can take, to reduce your car-running-costs via the bowser.  With petrol creeping towards $2/litre, this advice could save you thousands of dollars a year.