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Prime minister taking ‘security advice’ on whether it will be safe to visit Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv. Follow all the day’s developments * ‘Older, whiter and smaller’: new census data to show how Covid changed Australia * Ministers defend cut to crossbenchers’ advisers, despite fury of Jacqui Lambie and other independents * ‘I can’t stay. It’s not enough’: why are teachers leaving Australian schools? * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Frogs that lay eggs on land – new WA genus named after teacher whose lab was a campervan Four frog species in Western Australia that lay their eggs on land have been identified as a new genus and named after a retired high school music teacher-turned-scientist. It does happen a lot in plants – like Banksia, for example, after [Joseph] Banks. Usually, a frog scientist of such prestige and contribution will get a frog [species] named after them eventually. [Marion Anstis] never had anything named after her. They’re not totally on their own … They have access to the parliamentary library that we will be increasing support for, they have access to clerks that draft legislation in addition to personal staff … At the same time as [the Morrison government] were cutting Centrelink staff, people can’t get passports, visas can’t get processed, the only area of public service that saw an increase in staffing levels appears to have been parliamentary staff. Continue reading...

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