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The two-year wait for Hazelwood mine fire charges shows the system needs to change

Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority has brought charges against four companies over the Hazelwood coal mine fire, which burned for 45 days in February and March 2014, blanketing the nearby town of Morwell in smoke.

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Hot cities: the ‘smart’ response to urban heat threats

Significant urban policy and planning efforts have been directed at the problem of rising heat in cities.

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Done like a chicken dinner: city fringes locked in battles over broiler farms

Since 1965 the per-capita annual consumption of chicken meat in Australia has increased ten-fold from 4.6 kilograms per person in 1965 to 44.6 kilograms in 2012.

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An environmentally just city works best for all in the end

Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city.

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Amphibious Living in Iceland

Combining water and architecture for sustainable living

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Raising expectations for Melbourne’s railways

Improved public transport has long been a high priority among Victorian voters however; the recent announcement of the $1.6 billion project to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has not been met with the expected enthusiasm.

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Christchurch five years on: have politicians helped or hindered the earthquake recovery?

The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11 required a momentous recovery undertaking by the City of Christchurch in New Zealand. Five years on, what insight can we glean from the fallout?

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Will house prices ‘collapse’ if negative gearing is changed?

There is much confusion about the effects of Labor’s tax proposals with respect to investors in rental housing.

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Negative gearing: scrap or preserve?

The Australian tax debate has placed negative gearing under scrutiny.

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The ‘sky rail’ saga: can big new transport projects ever run smoothly?

Tensions are rising in Melbourne over plans to use elevated rail to remove suburban level crossings.

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In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

Summer brings out the heliophobe in many of us. It’s manageable if you live in a house that stays cool when shut up tight. It helps if you’re physically capable of crossing to the shadier side of a hot street.

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The ethical city: an idea whose time has come

Globally, there is intense discussion about the future of urban life through the World Urban Campaign.

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Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan’s experience makes it an interesting example to learn from in the area of aged care.

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National spotlight on cities must not leave local input in the shade

Failing to tap the rich local knowledge and diverse expertise of groups with an interest in planning the places most meaningful to them risks a failure of democracy.

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‘Not a lot of people read the stuff’: how planning defies good theory

Research into the way cities do – or do not – work can make a critical contribution to urban policy and practice.

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Feral o’clock: why families struggle to shift their energy use

Research with parents reveals that many household routines are unlikely to shift in response to cost-reflective tariffs such as time-of-use (TOU).

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Energy firms are waging a price war they might be unable to win

We are seeing oil prices tumble, dipping to less than US$50 a barrel, half the price of a year ago.

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