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Following the deaths of an alarming number Indigenous young people earlier this year, Australian leaders were urged to declare a ‘national crisis’. Shutterstock

Australia has been silent on Indigenous suicide for too long, and it must change

Julia Hurst, University of Melbourne

Policies aimed at reducing youth suicide will fail if they don't acknowledge the cumulative effects of history, associated intergenerational trauma and ongoing violence towards Indigenous Australians.

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    Even in this fantasy world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have built the mountains, carved the rivers, and created vast oceans.

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    The origin of Libyan desert glass found scattered in an Egyptian desert has puzzled scientists for years. But a new look at the glass structure reveals its meteoric formation.

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