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A prince flies in a carriage propelled by kingfishers in Hume Cook's Australian Fairytales. Author providedContent warning: this article contains reference to racist depictions of Aboriginal Australians. Most of us grew up reading fairy tales adapted from the European tradition: stories of kings, queens and princesses set in palaces and forests, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast. But what about the history of Australian fairy tales? Australia’s vast distances, deserts, harsh t
Russian forces have struck targets across Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region to prepare the path for an expected armoured thrust to try to take more territory as the five-month-old war entered a new phase.The strikes, reported by the region's local governor and the Russian military, followed Moscow's capture of the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on Sunday, a move that handed it total control of the Luhansk region, one of its main war aims.
Australia has told a global body the purchase of nuclear-powered submarines won't add to the spread of nuclear weapons in the region.Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday met in Adelaide with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi, whose work is seen as crucial to global peace and security.
A Chinese community leader accused of planning foreign interference allegedly singled out former minister Alan Tudge because he believed he would one day be prime minister.Prosecutors allege Di Sanh Duong, 67, made a $37,000 donation to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2020 as a way to gain influence over the Australian government through Mr Tudge.
For just one dollar, Ian Andrew Phillips bought the management rights to a Queensland resort.But Phillips ultimately paid a heavy price, losing "everything" after being jailed for taking almost $220,000 from a trust account over two years from 2017 in a bid to cover business expenses.
Taxes on Ukrainian goods being imported into Australia have been scrapped following Anthony Albanese's tour of the war-torn nation.The prime minister visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel on Sunday, before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the capital Kyiv.
A back garden feature has sparked a war with wound-up neighbours who've slammed the addition as 'revolting'. Find out what's happened.
Canada is to throw out about 13.6 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine because it cannot find any takers for it either at home or abroad.
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, overtaking breast cancer as the country's number one cancer.The news has been described as a wake-up call for all men, with medical professional raising concerns about the nation's capacity to care for the growing number of patients diagnosed.
NSW's Health Minister Brad Hazzard delivered a strong message to his state as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Find out more.
Victoria's pandemic declaration has been extended for another three months as the state passes 4000 COVID-19 deaths.The declaration was due to expire before midnight on July 12 but has been extended until at least October 12.
This week's wet weather in NSW is bad news for the supermarket food supply chain. Find out how it will affect you.
A shopper has wowed fellow Aussies with footage of a spotless Woolies store. Find out why people are amazed.
The woman said her symptoms were dismissed as being 'food poisoning'.
Voting has begun in Papua New Guinea and will continue until July 22 amid strong security measures to avoid the violence of the 2017 poll which left more than 200 people dead.More than 10,000 police and soldiers have been deployed across the country as voters elect 118 MPs to form a government.
Australian billionaire James Packer "adored" former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyau and showered his family with gifts, a corruption trial has heard.A witness appearing in an Israeli court on Tuesday has incriminated Netanyahu just months before a new general election.
Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will have greater access to boosted support services after the federal government stumped up almost $40 million.The national redress scheme - established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - will get an extra $39.
The federal government is considering whether to offer further relief payments to people affected by the floods in NSW.While the federal and NSW state governments have offered joint disaster assistance to 23 local government areas impacted by the floods, talks are under way on extending further payments to victims.
Pope Francis has dismissed reports that he plans to resign in the near future, saying he is on track to visit Canada this month and hopes to be able to go to Moscow and Kyiv as soon as possible after that.In an exclusive interview in his Vatican residence, Francis also denied rumours that he had cancer, joking that his doctors "didn't tell me anything about it" and for the first time gave details of the knee condition that has prevented him carrying out some duties.
Julian Finn/Museums VictoriaAm I not pretty enough? This article is part of The Conversation’s series introducing you to little-known Australian animals that need our help. Every winter in shallow waters off Australia’s southern coast, armies of native spider crabs appear in their thousands. They form huge underwater piles, some as tall as a person. These fascinating crustaceans are on a risky mission – to get bigger. Crabs cannot simply grow like humans and other soft-bodied creatures. They mus