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McDonald’s is ditching plastic straws in Australia too

Australians, you’ll be sipping your thickshake through a paper straw at McDonald’s pretty soon — plastic straws are out. One week after Starbucks announced it would phase out plastic straws by 2020, McDonald’s has unveiled similar plans to phase them out in Australia by the same year. SEE ALSO: 4 things we learned about plastic...CONTINUE READING
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Researchers map the koala genome all in the name of saving the species

Koalas, the tree-dwelling marsupials found in eucalyptus forests and woodlands across Eastern Australia, is not just a cute and fluffy fascination for tourists.   It’s also a perfect research subject for a group of dedicated scientists working to ensure the animal’s survival. SEE ALSO: Platypus milk is not a new trendy milk, but it could...CONTINUE READING
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Mispronounced names are a reality for many people. These World Cup presenters took a stand.

At the World Cup, you’d expect to hear a whole range of names from around the globe. From the likes of Coutinho, to Pouraliganji, or Hasebe, you’ve likely heard commentators try to nail these pronunciations, because getting names right is an important sign of respect. SEE ALSO: Anime theme brings Japan and Senegal fans together...CONTINUE READING
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Surprise! If you’ve already binged ‘Queer Eye’ Season 2, there’s more to cry over

If you’ve already wept your way through all of Season 2 of Queer Eye, here’s a little bite-sized cry for ya. The Fab Five dropped a surprise episode set in Australia, in which they visited the real life town of Yass — and were made official Yass Queens. The mini-episode still includes a makeover from...CONTINUE READING
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Giant rainbow crossing returns to Sydney after its controversial removal

Sydney’s beloved rainbow crossing was both a symbol of LGBTQ pride and a popular tourist attraction before the State Government controversially covered it up without warning. Now, the rainbow is being permanently reinstated. SEE ALSO: 13 songs that should be your next Pride anthem Sydney’s getting a new rainbow crossing, to be installed five years...CONTINUE READING
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Amazon Prime launches in another country, at half the price of the U.S.

It took a long time for Australians to get Amazon, and even longer to get Prime. The membership program is finally available in the country, offering free delivery on products as well as access to Prime Video and other services like Twitch Prime and Prime Reading. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s DeepLens is one smart camera Interestingly,...CONTINUE READING
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This country’s prime minister intervened because people couldn’t watch the World Cup

Never get between fans and the World Cup. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stepped in after people complained of streaming issues with Optus, which holds the right to locally broadcast all the games at the tournament. SEE ALSO: South Korea came up with a very creative tactic to use against Sweden in the World...CONTINUE READING
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This country just made a huge move to ditch its controversial tampon tax

Australia has just made a landmark decision to scrap its controversial tampon tax. On Monday, the country’s Senate passed a bill drafted by the Greens party to remove the tax on tampons and feminine hygiene products, previously considered by law to be “luxury” items. SEE ALSO: Stock images perpetuate the myth that women are weaker...CONTINUE READING
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