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A woman walks past a sign urging people to stay home in Melbourne on August 14, 2020 as the city battles an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The state remains effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with other regions so far largely spared from new infections. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

‘Iso’ declared Australia’s word of the year

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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has named ‘iso’ — slang for self-isolation — as the word of 2020 from both a year and a shortlist of words dominated by the coronavirus pandemic

Nestle has announced the new names for two of its popular lolly products. Red Skins will be known as Red Ripper and Chicos will become Cheekies.  Picture: Supplied via NCA NewsWire

New names for Red Skins and Chicos lollies

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Red Skins will be renamed Red Ripper and Chicos will become Cheekies as Nestle scraps the old names over fears they are offensive

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: The Wallabies players embrace during the playing of the Australian National Anthem before the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

New push to change Australian anthem lyrics

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The NSW Premier has called for a change to the lyrics of the national anthem to better acknowledge Australia’s proud Indigenous history but some say it’s not enough of a change

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World unites for Remembrance Day

DON'T USE BEFORE CONTACTING HERALD SUN PIC DESK---ON HOLD---99 year old WWII POW Jack Bell at The Shrine of Remembrance, with the wall of poppies for Remembrance Day.  [please credit www.poppyappeal.com.au] 
Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I

Biden claims victory in US election

US President-elect Joe Biden stands with wife Jill Biden after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winners of the presidential election. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)
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Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, saying he wants to unify the country

US election: How does it work? What could happen?

(FILES) (COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden leads in the national polls and most of the battleground states going into Election Day but President Donald Trump is insisting they're wrong and he'll repeat his upset victory of 2016. Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, has enjoyed a solid lead over Trump, 74, in the national polls for months, at times reaching double digits. (Photos by Brendan Smialowski and JIM WATSON / AFP)
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This year’s presidential election is one of the most watched in US election history – regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden is the winner. Here’s a guide to what will and could happen

Relishing a delicious double-doughnut dinner

Mark Knight cartoon - for Kids News 29 Oct 2020
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There were joyous scenes as Melburnians ate out at their favourite restaurants and cafes again after the long lockdown. Mark Knight could easily imagine what the Premier would order

World Lego honour for Aussie schoolboy

Pictured at his home in Curl Curl in Sydney is Jack Berne ,12, founder of A Fiver for a Farmer. Jack has been selected as the Australian contributor to a global campaign for LEGO called Rebuild the World.  LEGO has unveiled an awe-inspiring installation Ð a 13ft globe Ð which showcases a build created by Jack. 
Picture: Richard Dobson
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Jack Berne is the boy who made news after launching fundraiser A fiver for a Farmer. Now, the 12 year old has been picked to contribute to a global Lego project called Rebuild the World

Australia agrees to new rules for the Moon

Buzz Aldrin salutes the US flag on the moon.
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Eight countries have agreed to NASA’s new set of Moon rules — banning fighting and littering — based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, by which celestial bodies can’t be owned by one country

Finding a positive message in uncertain times

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 6th of October 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper.
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When the Treasurer delivered the Federal Budget this week it wasn’t hard to imagine the coronavirus as a big steel wrecking ball. Perhaps the best thing to do is Keep Calm and Carry On

How giving a little makes a big difference

There are many ways kids can get involved in fundraising and donating to charity. For Kids News
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Australians have a strong tradition of donating to important causes, from bushfire recovery to emergency services that keep us safe. And there are lots of ways kids can pitch in

The day the flag was missing from the big game

Knight cartoon for 22/8/20 on the aboriginal flag ownership rights during the AFL Indigenous round
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What a thrill to see this year’s big AFL Dreamtime game between the Bombers and the Tigers played in Darwin. But what a shock that the Aboriginal flag — an important symbol — was missing

Game on in the US presidential election

Mark Knight's cartoon of Trump, Biden and Harris
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew Donald Trump in a baseball match against his US presidential challengers

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
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You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

Do you recognise this face?

LIBRARY: Image of early convict Mary Reibey, who came to Australia with the First Fleet.
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Most Australians will have seen her face but few would know the remarkable story of Mary Reibey and how she came to be on our $20 banknote

Kids helping kids with One=One campaign

Caloundra State High School Year 9 school council representatives Jack Webster and Claire Thomme believe ensuring students eat well is vital to their chances of a good education.
For Hibernation and Kids News. FareShare and News Corp support a campaign called One=One: Feed a Friend as part of The Feed Appeal.
Students at Caloundra State High School, Queensland, are planning to raise money to help the campaign and have applied for a Rural Schools Grant as part of The Feed Appeal to help provide breakfast and lunch to students in need. Picture: supplied
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In rural and remote Australia, one in four kids comes to school without breakfast or lunch. To help, Kids News is supporting One=One, which means $1 raised provides one meal

NASA to drop harmful space nicknames

In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula (about 5000 light-years away). From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments - space
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The US space agency will stop using the nicknames of some cosmic objects — such as NGC 2392, the “Eskimo Nebula” — in an effort to address discrimination and inequality

Tough battle ahead for state of disaster

Mark Knight cartoon for Monday 3rd of August 2020 Herald Sun Newspaper
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In a cartoon, using a visual metaphor can help describe another issue we may not have much understanding about. But just like with bushfires, if Australians band together, we can beat this

‘Karen’s’ mask fight not just about her rights

Knight cartoon for 27/7/20  the Karen plague
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Like a school essay, a cartoon is a way to compare and contrast two sides to an issue. In this case it’s about someone demanding their rights but forgetting their responsibilities to the vulnerable

Debate over new Australian logo with no roo

For Miranda column. A proposed logo for brand, Australian Made.  Supplied
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A new logo developed to promote Australia to the world has been criticised as confusing by advertising experts who say the wattle design looks more like a luxury perfume label

How you can help stop a bully

Are you a bystander to bullying? For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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You might not have been bullied but chances are you’ve seen it happen to one of your classmates. Experts say bystanders make a choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution

Teens making music about COVID-19

A singer shares COVID-19 messages
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June 20 is World Refugee Day. Kids News shares a film by a teenager at Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda about young people making music to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
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Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

Cartoons are not always meant to make you laugh

Mark Knight's cartoon of Donald Trump
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Sometimes cartoonists have to cover serious issues, such as war, famine, injustice and even death, about which it’s not appropriate or possible to make people laugh. This was one of those times

Why are there big protests around the world?

TOPSHOT - Protestors gather near the makeshift memorial in honour of George Floyd marking one week anniversary of his death, on June 1, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Major US cities -- convulsed by protests, clashes with police and looting since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd a week ago -- braced Monday for another night of unrest. More than 40 cities have imposed curfews after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)
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Protests — some peaceful and some violent — continue across the US and elsewhere around the world over police treatment of black people. Kids News explains why people are protesting

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

Coughing over the health of Australia’s piggy bank

Mark Knight's cartoon on Josh Frydenberg
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When Mark Knight tuned in to watch Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talk about the economy in federal parliament, he saw him coughing uncontrollably. What was the cause?

PM’s cabinet chat becomes a stop-work meeting

Mark Knight's National Cabinet cartoon
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores the PM’s National Cabinet meeting where one leader is pulling out all the stops to protect his citizens from coronavirus

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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 Sailing ship HM Bark Endeavour replica of the HMS Endeavour which carried Captain James Cook on his South Pacific expedition at anchor in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, USA 30 Oct 1999. 
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Anzac Day explainer: the dawn of the legend

WW11 Airforce Digger 94yo Vince O'Sullivan d pictured at home Friday 17th April 2020.Vince will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway due to covid-19 restrictions. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)
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Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means, how it is observed and how this year’s Anzac Day will be different

Home learning enough to make parents scream

Mark Knight cartoon on parents coping with home schooling.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explores how parents are coping — or not — with the need to support their children’s education from home

Breaking the rules is no laughing matter

mark knight toon for sunday herald sun march 29
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why it’s impossible to laugh off the foolish behaviour of beachgoers who break social distancing rules

Outside gatherings cut to two to slow Covid-19

Sign Home, Door Key, Judges Or Auctioneer Gavel And Old Law Book On The Wood Table. Concept For Trial, Bankruptcy, Tax, Mortgage,  Auction Bidding, Foreclosure Or Inherit Real Estate
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Sunday update: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has limited outside gatherings to just two people and  encouraged the elderly to not leave home  as the nation continues to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus

Leaders have different schools of thought

Mark Knight cartoon about covid-19 school closure confusion.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he drew the Prime Minister and two state leaders as musicians playing to a different beat on schools closures

Shutdowns across Australia to slow Covid-19

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: People ignoring the closed beach directive from local authorities at Manly Beach on March 22, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday introduced further measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, implementing news rules limiting the number of people inside a venue to one every 4 square metres. Non-essential gatherings of 100 or more people indoors are banned, along with outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. A travel ban on all visitors who are not Australian citizens or residents or their direct relations arriving into the country is now in place. There are now 1,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19 In Australia and the death toll now stands at 7. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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PM Scott Morrison has urged Australians to take social distancing seriously as he announced tough restrictions on how we live and closed non-essential businesses to slow the spread of coronavirus

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

TOPSHOT - Army officers observe a minute of silence during a Dawn Service ceremony at Anzac Cove Beach, at Canakkale on the Gallipoli Peninsula early April 25, 2019, marking the 104th anniversary of the World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April 25, 1915. - The April 25, 1915, landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for both nations. Each year thousands attend ANZAC day services marking the anniversary of the World War I campaign which took the lives of more than 10,000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
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A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Ban on indoor gatherings to limit spread of Covid-19

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Giant head cut-outs are seen placed in the empty seats behind the basket during the warmup period before game two of the NBL Grand Final series between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena on March 13, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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For the first time in history, Australians are being told not to travel overseas and indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned in an effort to keep people safe from COVID-19

Footy legend learns of his grandfather’s great escape

The Australians trapped behind enemy lines
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AFL legend Tom Harley grew up hearing bits of the story of his grandfather’s WWII escape. Now, for the first time, he’s learning the full details of an extraordinary adventure that is barely known

Generation Equality for International Women’s Day

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Pictured is Georgia Whittemore and Gemma Murchie-Young at the International Women's Day, March to Mourn All Women Murdered rally in Hyde Park Sydney today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Half a billion women around the world can’t read and write — that’s just one of the important topics people are talking about this week to mark International Women’s Day

Boy’s traditional hairstyle banned by school

Wendy Taniela with her 5 year old son Cyrus Taniela in a play ground in Upper Caboolture.

The mother of a five-year-old boy with long hair says his Caboolture school, Australian Christian College Moreton, told them it had to be cut despite his hair cutting ceremony, which is part of his father’s Cook Islands and Niuean heritage, being still a year away

Monday February 10,2020. (AAP image, John Gass)
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A Queensland boy could be being discriminated against on the basis of race because he has been told to cut his long hair for school, even though he wears it tied in a bun

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

A mother looks on from the kitchen as two pre-teen boys use a smartphone in the living room.  She is out of focus but it is clear to see her sense of discomfort with what they are doing on the internet.
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How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Impeachment: Trump not guilty on both charges

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump arrives for a "Keep America Great" campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 14, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)
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US President Donald Trump has been acquitted of the charges of abusing his power and obstructing Congress, paving the way for his campaign for re-election

WHO names coronavirus COVID-19

General photographs of passengers at Brisbane International Airport during Coronavirus outbreak, Monday, January 27, 2020 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)
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The World Health Organisation now officially has a name for the coronavirus that has infected more than 40,000 people around the world 

What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

TOPSHOT - A firefighter conducts back-burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney on December 10, 2019. - Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather conditions expected to fuel deadly bush blazes. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)
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This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

First-ever global rule book for the internet

Earth surrounded by a video wall of colorful media and television images, with video stills related to news, lifestyle, travel, science, technology and economy. Global media and entertainment. Blue background. Wide angle effect. Earth on the left side, showing the pacific region with Australia, Indonesia, Asia, China, Japan. Blue sea and white lands: video images are on the right side. Digitally generated image.
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World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has released the first-ever global internet rule book designed to protect people’s rights and help everyone make the internet a better place

National gun amnesty to keep us safe

An assortment of hand guns and rifles handed in during the Federal Government Gun Amnesty in 2017 on display as  the New South Wales Government announce a state gun amnesty in Sydney, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Following the success of the Federal Government gun amnesty in 2017 the NSW Government will conduct a state wide gun amnesty beginning from July 1, 2018 (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
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Australian firearm owners will be able to hand in guns with no questions asked next year as part of a national gun amnesty designed to keep us safe and weapons away from criminals

Banning dogs makes Aussies barking mad

Mark Knight cartoon for Sunday Herald Sun, November 17, 2019
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why banning dogs in Aussie pubs and bars is a backward step and a chance to draw a bar full of dogs to make his point

World’s scientists unite on climate

Climate protesters gather across the street from the New York County Courthouse, where the Exxon Mobil trial is taking place, November 1, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP)
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More than 11,000 scientists have signed a declaration warning of a climate emergency and offered six clear measures they believe could avoid “untold human suffering”

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

Tourists are seen lining up to climb Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, Sunday, October 13, 2019. Climbing Uluru will be banned starting from October 26, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

Media unites in fight against secrecy

The frontage of the Australian newspaper 'The Australian' shows a 'Your right to know' ads as part of a campaign calling on the Australian Parliament to enshrine press freedom and protect whistleblowers at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, October 21, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING
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Australia’s major media organisations have taken the unprecedented step of uniting to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in this country

Sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep in a carpark

Beddown volunteers make up beds in the recent Brisbane carpark trial. Picture: supplied
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One man’s big plan to help Australia’s homeless people have a good night’s sleep is a step closer to becoming a reality after a trial turned an empty carpark into pop-up accommodation

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs

Mark Knight cartoon on Extinction Rebellion
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought

PM promises Australia will help US land on Mars

United States President Donald Trump call Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison "a man of titanium" in the Oval Office after a ceremonial welcome on the south lawn of the White House in Washington DC, United States, Friday, September 20, 2019. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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During an official state visit with US President Donald Trump, PM Scott Morrison has revealed our new national space agency will help NASA in its mission to land on the moon and Mars

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

Great Ocean Road
Photo courtesy Visit Victoria
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It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

Central Australian 12-year-old Dujuan Hoosan has given a speech to the world’s peak human rights body at the United Nations in Geneva. Picture: Supplied/Human Rights Law Centre
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A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

Indonesia to relocate capital city from Jakarta

Local residents play on the shore in front of a mosque that has been claimed by the sea beside the protective seawall barrier at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. Picture: Graham Crouch
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President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move Indonesia’s capital city from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to Borneo island, known for rainforests and orang-utans

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

The beautiful Ship the "Endeavour" arrives in Sydney after a long trip at sea.
The boat docked in at the Maritime Museum in Sydneys Darling Harbour.
Photo: Tim Pascoe
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Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

Fight to free Aboriginal flag from restrictions

Aboriginal Flag s sss s s s s
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Australian Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is leading the fight against a clothing company that bought the copyright to the Aboriginal flag from the artist who designed it

Why Barnaby Joyce crying poor was a bit rich

Mark Knight's cartoon on Barnaby Joyce crying poor on $200K a year
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at why Barnaby Joyce crying poor over having to support two families was a bit rich and a cartoonist’s dream

Three pink seesaws unite children across divide

A mother and her baby play on a seesaw installed between the steel fence that divides Mexico from the United States in Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico, Sunday, July 28, 2019. The seesaw was designed by Ronaldo Rael, a professor of architecture in California.  (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
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Children and their parents on either side of a high fence at the US-Mexico border are playing and having fun together on three bright pink seesaws

Historic Dog on the Tuckerbox statue damaged

CIRCA 1971 : The Dog on the Tuckerbox statue at Gundagai in a circa 1971 photo. pic News Ltd.
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Australia's First Century [Used for 1932 story]
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UPDATED A little bronze statue of a loyal dog has been damaged, upsetting locals who regard it as an icon of Australia’s pioneering heritage. We look at the history of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

Outdoor smoking ban a first for a major CBD

FILE - This March 28, 2019, file photo shows cigarette butts in an ashtray in New York. Two of the hottest trends in investing are working in tandem to steer billions of dollars toward companies seen as the best corporate citizens. The sustainable investing field in its early days attracted investors by avoiding so-called “sin stocks”-- gun makers, cigarette manufacturers, etc. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
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North Sydney Council has decided to ban smoking outdoors in its CBD, a move it said is about “nonsmokers claiming back the streets”. The ban has overwhelming public support

Goodes film on racism sparks strong emotions

07.08.2010 - Adam Goodes celebrates goal during Sydney Swans v Hawthorn AFL game at the SCG in Sydney. Picture. Phil Hillyard 
The Final Quarter - The documentary on the final 3 years of the career of Adam Goodes of the Sydney Swans. Picture.
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Former AFL footballer Adam Goodes’ documentary, in which he addressed bullying and racism he faced while playing, has led to expressions of strong emotion and support for the Swans star

Families in feud about footies over fence

Footballs kicked over the neighbours' fence are causing problems.
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A man and woman “annoyed” at finding their neighbours’ kids’ footballs in their backyard have begun legal action, claiming the children have ruined their “enjoyment” of their Perth home

City bans big pig from walking streets

Grunt the pig, a Wangaratta icon, has been banned from being walked on local streets.
His owner, Matthew Evans, has been warned he will be stung with an $806 fine if he is spotted walking the pig on council land, even if it is on a lead. Matthew with Grunt and dog Spock who is Grunts friend. Picture: Tony Gough
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Grunt is a local star but that hasn’t stopped the council from banning the pig from walking on a lead like a dog would around the streets where he lives

New laws to protect animals’ feelings

Cute badger dog is angry or just smiling small dog istock
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The ACT could become the first state or territory of Australia to recognise in law that animals have feelings and that humans should care for their physical and mental wellbeing

What happens on election day and why?

PENRITH PRESS/AAP. 4 year old Lucas Adams waits for his grandparents to cast their vote at Emu Plains Public School in Emu Plains. Emu Plains, Saturday 23 March, 2019. Coverage of election day in Penrith. I have booked the photo at a polling booth with candidate Stuart Ayres. (AAP IMAGE / Angelo Velardo)
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On May 18 more than 16 million Australians will vote in the 2019 federal election. We’ve compiled the answers to 10 of the most common questions about what happens and why

Teen to fly solo around Australia for charity

Solomon Cameron will embark on a solo circumnavigation of Australia in his light aircraft in May 2019.
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A teenager who can’t drive a car is about to fly an aeroplane solo around Australia to try to raise $40,000 for a rural medical charity called Angel Flight

Prime Minister calls federal election for May 18

A man inserting a ballot to a ballot box. Australian flag in front of it.
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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

Earth Hour: Change the way we live

WWF Earth Hour
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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

World’s richest prize for teacher of the poor

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
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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

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

Hobart City Council will be voting on its plastic bylaw soon which will ban the use of plastic utensils, plates, cups, straws from Hobart cafes and restaurants from next year. Pictured at Sweet Sassafras Cafe, North Hobart (who already use non plastic alternatives) is (L-R) Isis St Pierre, Maya McDonell. PICTURE: MATT THOMPSON
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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

AFLX skippers Nat Fyfe, Eddie Betts, Patrick Dangerfield and Jack Riewoldt on the roof at Marvel Stadium. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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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

Mirarr traditional owners Yvonne Margarula and Nida Mangarnbarr hold up the judgment documents with a next generation traditional owner Simon Mudjandi following Friday's Jabiru Township Native Title determination in Jabiru, NT. Picture: Justin Kennedy
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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

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Bulimba Di Farmer officially open the FareShare Charity Kitchen, Morningside. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
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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

Australia, map, generic, lights.
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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

Life Without Barriers is holding a NAIDOC Week event at Mount Annan Botanic Garden. Josh Bell performing the smoking ceremony. Photographed 11th July 2018. (AAP IMAGE/Matthew Vasilescu)
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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

Helping Hands prosthetic hands at Mabel Park school
health

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

Harper Nielsen 9yrs . Pic Annette Dew
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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

10/9/18 Jack Berne (10) with poddy calves at Wendy Smallwood's property in Terry Hills. Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily
humanities

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
history

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

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg holding a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture Kym Smith
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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

The glowstick vendor has been banned from the Ivanhoe's blvd christmas lights festival by the council. Sisters l-r Vaiva, 5, Kira, 3 and Nina, 7 have fun with their glow sticks. Picture: Jason Edwards
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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

Shot of an adorable baby boy bonding with his mother at home
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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

High resolution digital render of Australian 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

Dr Craig Challen and Dr Richard Harris are awarded the Star of Courage and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by The Governor-General, General Sir Peter Cosgrove at an investiture ceremony and a special national thank you reception for the Australian Thai cave rescuers, in the presence of the Lady Cosgrove, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and other national leaders, to recognise the nine Australians involved in the Thailand cave rescue, at Government House in Canberra. Picture Kym Smith
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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

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - 21/7/18 Drought ravaged NSW near Tamworth. Farmer Les Jones pictured with his daughter Lillie (15yrs) on their property at Goolhi with the remaining sheep in their flock. Pic, Sam Ruttyn
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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

Generic photo of female and male school children wearing pants. Pic Jono Searle.
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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

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 11, 2010, shows former South African president Nelson Mandela (L) as he laughs while sitting beside his wife Graca Machel (R) in the parliament gallery in Cape Town. An ambulance carrying South Africa's first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela caught fire as it was rushing him to hospital, his doctor revealed in a book published on July 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SCHALK VAN ZUYDAM
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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

Mikayla Kuskopf poses at Coles Newmarket, Brisbane on Friday, May 4, 2018. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)
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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

SkyShip Uluru is currently undergoing test flights, and is expected to carry up to 25 passengers up to 150m above the ground. Picture: SKY LEISURE
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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

Mr. Hunter Johnson from Australia receives his Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images). Picture: Getty Images
humanities

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
environment

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

The big surprise about cruise ship food. Picture: Supplied
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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