Strictly Embargoed until 12.01am Wed March 18 - AIHW REPORT: NUMBER OF CHILDREN RECEIVING CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES GREW BY 18,200 IN FIVE YEARS
Around 170,200 young Australians received child protection services in 2018–19, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Child protection Australia 2018–19, presents information on state and territory child protection services and the characteristics of children who received these services.

AUSTRALIA’S FORGOTTEN FEMALE ‘COMPUTERS’ WHO MAPPED THE STARS – FROM THE HORSE & CART TO THE MOON MISSIONS
They were paid close to half of their male co-workers, were forced to resign when they married, and their epic seven-decades-long project has been largely forgotten … until now.   They were Australia’s female ‘computers’ and, between them, they mapped the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.  Their work continues to influence science projects today.
 
 



AUSTRALIA’S UNSUNG REEF - AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE IT
The world is well aware of the threats to the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia has another monster reef facing a battle for survival.   The kelp-dominated Great Southern Reef wraps all the way from Brisbane, down and around Tasmania, and across to Western Australia.  In some places its mighty giant kelp forests have all but disappeared – but scientists are attempting to fight back with ‘super kelp’.  There is early hope.
 

CAMPAIGN TO BRING HOME AUSSIE FILM ICON - THOUSANDS LOBBY GOVERNMENT TO INTERCEPT 'MAD MAX' NATIONAL TREASURE
Regarded by some as the most important motor vehicle in Australia, and to others a national cultural icon, the original Mad Max ‘Interceptor’ has come onto the market and an online petition lobbying the government to get involved has already attracted thousands of supporters.