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Prime Minister calls federal election for May 18

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Australia is going to the polls on May 18 to elect a new government after Prime Minister Scott Morrison officially called the 2019 election

WWF Earth Hour

Earth Hour: Change the way we live

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Join the global movement of hundreds of millions of people all turning off the lights as a way of working together to care for the environment

This handout picture provided on March 24, 2019 by the Global Education and Skills Forum, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, shows Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi (C) holding up the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) trophy after winning the US$ 1 million award during an official ceremony in Dubai presented by Australian actor Hugh Jackman (C-L) and attended by the Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum (C-R). - Tabichi, a 36-year-old maths and physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in the village of Pwani, in Kenya's Nakuru county, was named as winner of the "largest prize of its kind", set up by the Varkey Foundation to "recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession." (Photo by - / Global Education and Skills Forum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS FORUM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

World’s richest prize for teacher of the poor

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There is only one computer, bad internet access, no library, no science laboratory and drought and famine are frequent, yet Peter Tabichi’s students are achieving great things

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High-speed rail on the fast track to reality

A trip between Melbourne and Geelong would take just 32 minutes on the fast rail line to be announced 21/3/19
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PM Scott Morrison has promised to spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail links across Australia with the first project linking Melbourne to Geelong in 32 minutes

Hobart votes to ban single-use plastic

New plastic bylaw
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After an 8-4 vote by Hobart councillors, the city is set to become Australia’s first to ban single-use plastics including straws, sauce packets and cups

Footballers say no to racism

Set up of 4 AFLX captains
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The AFL has praised its players for their public support of Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts and said player power is one of the strongest tools in fighting racism

Kakadu’s traditional owners granted Jabiru native title

Jabiru handback
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The Mirrar people have been granted native title rights over the Kakadu mining town of Jabiru after a 20-year fight. We look at the history of the Native Title Act in Australia

Pioneering women honoured for breaking new ground

Florence the second of the four massive tunnel boring machines on the Sydney Metro Northwest broke through into the site of the new Showground station off Carrington rd Castle Hill this month, June. There are eight new stations on the 36km Sydney Metro Northwest to Chatswood which is expected to open in the first half of 2019
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The massive machines that will tunnel under Melbourne have been named after two important Australian women who helped shape our country

Reach out and say ‘thanks for serving’

Australia's latest Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, today unveiled a display of his Victoria Cross in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour in Canberra.
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Kids News is supporting #ThanksForServing: a movement to recognise the service of armed forces veterans, past and present, and the sacrifice of their families

Mega kitchen to make millions of meals

Annastacia
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Australians waste food to the value of $20 billion a year, yet millions of people go hungry. A new mega kitchen will help solve both big problems

New rule for where migrants live

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Overcrowding in Australia’s biggest cities is costing the country billions of dollars. The government plans to make migrants move to regional areas as part of the solution. Is this fair?

PM wants national day for indigenous Aussies

NAIDOC celebrations
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested adding a new national day to our calendar to celebrate indigenous Australians

Kids building helping hands

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Students are setting aside Lego and picking up the makings of prosthetic hands in a program that helps those in need overseas. What would you make if you were an engineer?

Student’s anthem protest

No anthem
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A nine-year-old Australian girl and her school are locked in a battle about her right to sit in protest against the national anthem’s lyrics. 

Boy raises $1 million

Fanuli Furniture concerns over B Line proposal
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A 10-year-old boy’s response to learning about Australia’s drought was to find a way to help. In five weeks, he has raised more than one million dollars. What are your ideas for helping people?

Snapshot of Australian history

Orphaned children set to fly to Australia in 1948
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The government tried to fill Australia with immigrants from the UK after World War II. Old photos of this time are a fascinating snapshot of one chapter of our history

Scott Morrison our new Prime Minister

Prime Minister elect Scott Morrison and Deputy leader of the Liberal party Josh Frydenberg leave after a Liberal party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, August 24, 2018. Malcolm Turnbull has vacated the leadership position after a second spill motion was instigated. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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UPDATE: Scott Morrison is Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after a dramatic week in Australian politics

Turnbull holds onto PM job

Turnbull and Morrison
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It’s an unstable time in Australian politics, with another politician trying to take over as Prime Minister from Malcolm Turnbull yesterday. We’ve explained how and why the vote happened

Council bans Christmas glow sticks

Girls playing with glow sticks banned by the council
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Single-use plastics are being banned around the world. One of the latest examples is on glow sticks at an Australian Christmas lights festival. Do you agree?

Population to reach 25 million

Giggles, cuddles and snuggles
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Australia is growing faster than ever before, with one baby born every 102 seconds. This week we reach 25 million, much earlier than expected

NZ says Australia should change its flag

Australia Flag
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NZ’s acting PM Winston Peters wants Australia to change its flag to avoid mix-ups between our countries. His suggestion? Add a big kangaroo to the design

Aussie cave rescuers honoured

Australia Salutes Thai Cave Rescuers
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Nine Australians were key to the success of the long and dangerous rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team from a flooded cave. Today their heroism was honoured

Australians come to farmers’ rescue

drought
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One newspaper story about a family in need prompted a flood of donations and tears of joy and gratitude at the many kindnesses. What could you do to help Australia’s struggling farmers?

Shorts and pants for Qld girls at school

School Uniforms
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Many schools haven’t updated their uniform rules for years. But one state is about to make schools let girls wear pants or shorts. How would you update your school’s uniform?

World remembers Nelson Mandela

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July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day and the 100th anniversary of his birth. We look at the life and achievements of this incredible man and how he continues to inspire others

Australian food labelling laws begin

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Buyers can now read the labels on the food they buy to better understand where it was grown, made and packed. Some say the laws don’t go far enough

Helium sky ship to give bird’s eye view of Uluru

Supplied Editorial SkyShip Uluru
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A new helium balloon sky ship will offer amazing bird’s eye views of Uluru for tourists when they are no longer able to climb the famous rock

Queen honours young Australians

Young Leaders Awards Ceremony
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Two amazing Australians visited the Queen, who awarded them for many years of service to the community. Their achievements show you’re never too young to be a leader

Kids campaign to save orang-utan habitat

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 4, 2016 shows an orphan orangutan baby playing in a tree during "jungle school" at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 -- nearly 150,000 of the apes -- largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said on February 15, 2018. Illegal hunting of the critically endangered apes is also a leading factor in their disappearance, said the study published in the journal Current Biology. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO
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Australian children have shown their commitment to the environment, writing more than 50,000 letters to politicians to campaign for labelling of palm oil

English test plan for residency applicants

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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Almost one million Australians can’t speak English. To push people to learn, the government wants to test residency applicants. Do you think it is important everyone can speak English?

Food waste to become 100 million meals

Mix vegetables on rustic background.
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Coles supermarkets will greatly cut the amount of food waste going to landfill to make 100 million meals for the hungry

President thanks Spider-Man for saving boy

TOPSHOT - French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Mamoudou Gassama living illegally in France is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Thibault Camus
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Onlookers watched in horror as a toddler dangled from a fifth-floor balcony. Now his rescuer – nicknamed Paris Spider-Man – has become the story

Is a bigger Australia better?

Chopper
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As Queensland’s population hits five million, debate continues over whether a big, fast-growing Australia is best

Dobbing on your mates could be a good thing

Kids who tell tales have a social conscience they are not keeping themselves out of trouble
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New research shows that children dobbing on their mates could be a good thing and teach them to become responsible citizens

This man didn’t put the bin out for two years

Waste warrior
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It’s been two years since waste warrior Justin Lang has put his rubbish bin out for collection. Find out how he reduces his waste

Heat on fast food giants to use Aussie ingredients

Snack bar
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The Turnbull Government is putting pressure on fast food giants to tell customers where ingredients come from under a plan to help Australian farmers

Ed Sheeran’s anti-bullying message

Ed Sheeran concert
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International music superstar Ed Sheeran has used his local concert to send an anti-bullying message to all Australian schoolkids

Pupils learn the power of the pen

Woman writing in notepad at wooden table
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Pupils learn the power of the pen after voicing their concerns to a local real estate agent over his opinion of schooling in their area

Bindi’s International Women’s Day honour

Bindi Irwin Barbie Doll for international women's day.BARBIE® HONORS GLOBAL ROLE MODELS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Through One-of-a-Kind Dolls, Barbie Celebrates Bindi Irwin and Spotlights Careers Not Yet Held by Females in Australia to Show Girls They Can Be Anything Wednesday March 7th 1am AEST– Today, ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie is honoring role models from around the world. These women come from diverse backgrounds and fields and are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Barbie is honoring Australian conservationist, Bindi Irwin as a Barbie Shero, with a one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness. Bindi is being inducted into the esteemed range of Shero dolls for her ongoing work in wildlife conservation and honoring her late father’s legacy by promoting the virtues of wildlife preservation and sustainability across the globe. Picture: Mattel
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Wildlife campaigner Bindi Irwin has been turned into a Barbie doll to honour her as a role model for girls on International Women’s Day

PM acts to stop bullying in schools

Bullying Blackboard.
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PM Malcolm Turnbull has personally written to every school in Australia asking them to join the fight against bullying

Donald Trump to greet our PM

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are seen at a trilateral meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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US President Donald Trump wil greet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at the White House for economic talks this weekend — but have they put last year’s clash behind them?

Your face will soon be your passport

Face detection software recognizing a face of beautiful young woman
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Australian airports are testing technology that recognises your face instead of having to carry a passport.

Push to ban helium balloons

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Victor Harbor Council in South Australia is the latest to consider banning helium balloons to help protect native and marine wildlife. Are you allowed to have them where you live?

10 years since Stolen Generation apology

Liverpool marks Sorry Day
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Today marks 10 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s historic apology to the Stolen Generation in the Australian Parliament. But has it made a difference over the past decade?

Australia votes for marriage equality

A message in support of a Yes vote in the marriage equality postal survey seen on a mailbox in Sydney's inner west, Tuesday, October 3, 2017. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING
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More than 12 million Australians took part in the voluntary poll on marriage equality with 61.6 per cent voting in favour of it. But what happens next?

What is the citizenship saga?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, October 27, 2017. Today the Australian High Court handed down its decision on the legality of the election of seven MPs with dual citizenship, including Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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Eight politicians have been forced to resign in the dual citizenship saga affecting our Parliament. What does it all mean? VIDEO

World unites for Remembrance Day

REMBRANCE DAY PREVIEW
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Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I. VIDEO

Robot awarded Saudi Arabian citizenship

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Sophia the humanoid robot has been granted Saudi Arabian citizenship during a tech conference. VIDEO

Charity plans to cook 6 million free meals

Group-wide Feed Melbourne Appeal story - Sargents bake-off
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Melbourne-based food charity FareShare is opening a second kitchen in Brisbane today making it capable of cooking more than six million meals

Rainbow flags and the marriage vote

Marriage equality advocate Russell Nankervis poses for a photograph during the 'Sea of Hearts' event supporting Marriage Equality outside Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, August 8, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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Australians are being given the chance to have their say about marriage equality through the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey