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How to engineer a plebiscite disaster: lessons from the Tasmanian dams vote

There is an old saying that those who don’t learn from history’s mistakes are bound to repeat them. One wonders if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recalls the name of Doug Lowe, for Turnbull’s marriage equality postal plebiscite is on the cusp

Politics
World Environ Day

Monash University experts available – World Environment Day 5 June

The following Monash University experts are available for comment on subjects relating to World Environment Day 5 June 2017

Science

Monash secures over AUD $2 million for industry Linkage Projects

Monash University’s innovative, world-leading research and its strong engagement with industry have helped secure significant funding in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) grants for Linkage Projects.

Industry & partnerships
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Pregnant rays and babies pay a price after ‘catch and release’ from fishing trawlers

Rays are among the species most vulnerable to overfishing and are often caught incidentally in commercial trawlers and released as unwanted bycatch. Science

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Unborn rays traumatised when their mothers are captured: world-first study finds

The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first of its kind in the world has found.

Science
Indigenous astronomy

Kindred skies: ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw constellations in common

Look up on any clear night and you can see myriad stars, planets, and the Milky Way stretching across the sky. The chances are that you know some of the constellations.

Arts & culture
Climate change played a role

Climate change played a role in Australia’s hottest October and Tasmania’s big dry in 2015

Climate change made some of Australia’s 2015 extreme weather events more likely, according to research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Science
Alastair McLeod

Windsurfing world first

Business student, 23 year old Alastair McLeod has become the first person to windsurf the giant waves of Pedra Branca off Tasmania’s South Coast. Pedra Branca has gained a fearsome...