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What doesn’t meet the eye, rests between
the ears

By Hugh Dawson

If it doesn’t seem right, chances are it isn’t. As a civilisation, we’re currently living through the largest disruption to humankind since the Second World War. Most of our nation has been locked down within the confides of four walls and we have been stripped of the freedom we so
cherish as Australians.

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Traditions: when they help and when they harm

Corrina Wrights family have been growing vines at the family property in South Australia’s McLaren Vale for more than 175 years. From her childhood armed with an ice cream container on her head to protect her from swooping birds to nowadays with her kids now helping out on their school holidays.

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Ignorance is no longer an excuse: an open letter on the state of regional healthcare

When I drive into Walgett, into Bourke, into Enngonia, I almost want to be stopped by the police. I want them to ask to look at my ID, to see the letter from the news organisation that has sent me there, I want them to question where I have come from and why my reason to be travelling is essential.

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Finding the balance in change


Emma Germano is a household name in Australian agriculture. Her involvement in industry is as diverse as the road to how she got here, she’s the current president of the Victorian Farmers Federation, owner of the family farm and even has a startup AgTech company!

A little lesser known side of Emma is the journey and learnings along the way, from a restaurant on Bridge Road, buying out the family farm on the brink of losing it all, she’s lived on the edge and sometimes it’s found her a little too close for comfort!

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Coming Home


Many would say that the 641 kilometre distance between Sydney and Walgett is not the biggest factor that separates the two places. 

This divide is made up of vastly different career opportunities, or the ability or lack thereof to access things like healthcare services, coffee shops, beaches, apartment blocks, more than one grocery store within a 100 kilometre radius – that kind of thing.

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Championing Women in the Grains Industry


When Randall Wilksch was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, his attention shifted to the lack of women in the grain industry.

Randall’s project took him across the globe looking at the role women play in farming businesses and how increasing the number of women in the Grains industry in Australia could transform how we think, how we speak and how we progress.

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Strawberry Farmers Create Opportunities Despite Lockdown


For naturopath Mandy Schultz and her husband Adrian, a horticulturalist and President of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, the past few years have been tough. 

Instead of backing out of strawberries the couple have sought out other ways to get their crops picked, their business thriving and connected with families each week as they open their gate.

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