No postal survey: 18-year-old enrolled voter told ABS can’t ‘verify’ him

Patrick Cairnduff is first known case of Bureau of Statistics refusing to provide a same-sex marriage survey to someone who was enrolled before 24 August

An 18-year old Sydney man with two lesbian mothers says he has been denied a vote on marriage equality by the Australian Bureau of Statistics despite the fact he is properly enrolled to take part in the postal survey.

The ABS has said it will investigate the case but Patrick Cairnduff told Guardian Australia he is “incredibly frustrated” at the prospect peers who bullied him at school will get the right to vote on whether his mothers can marry while he may be excluded.

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Murray-Darling Basin authority told of alleged water theft ‘a year’ before ABC report

Exclusive: Evidence showed that billions of litres of water was taken from the Barwon river but it was rejected as flawed by federal agency

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority knew about allegations of substantial water theft as early as July 2016 but took no serious action until an ABC investigation broadcast new claims a year later, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Related: NSW accused of ‘running scared’ after postponing review of water regulations

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David Suzuki: Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected

Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.

Australia is currently considering the world’s biggest downgrading of a protected area with a reduction in the size of its network of marine reserves.

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The giant is coming: the true cost of Amazon to retailers and workers

Amazon’s arrival in Australia is imminent and, while the big guns are bullish, many smaller retailers aren’t aware of the threat

Down Dandenong way, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Amazon is staking out a beachhead for the invasion.

Strategically located near freeway connections to Australia’s busiest cargo seaport, the US$465bn retail superpower’s cavernous new fulfilment centre is gearing up to house hundreds of thousands of products shipped in from all over the world.

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Tony Abbott’s daughter appears in same-sex marriage campaign ad

Frances Abbott, daughter of prominent gay marriage opponent and former Australian PM, appears in video backing marriage equality

Fathers and daughters are hardly strangers to disagreement. And so it is with Tony Abbott, the prominent Australian anti same-sex marriage campaigner, and his daughter Frances, who has backed the rival yes campaign in the country’s keenly contested postal survey.

Two weeks after she put herself at odds with her father, the country’s former prime minister, with a post on Instagram, Frances Abbott has appeared in an advert calling on Australians to back marriage equality in the country’s non-binding, voluntary survey.

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Australian writers urge yes vote in same-sex marriage survey

An open letter signed by more than 100 authors including JM Coetzee, David Malouf and Helen Garner encourages support for ‘equality and social reform’

More than 100 prominent Australian authors including JM Coetzee, David Malouf and Helen Garner have put their names to an open letter urging Australians to vote yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey, in what they called “the interest of fairness, equality and social reform”.

Peter Rose, editor of Australian Book Review, contacted a host of names from Australia’s arts community following the high court’s decision earlier this month to allow the federal government’s postal vote to go ahead. With voting now well under way – and a decisive lead currently held by the yes side, according to a Guardian Essential poll – the literary journal has published the letter to its readers, signed by names including actor and writer Magda Szubanski, ballet dancer and author of Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin, and the authors Geraldine Brooks, Michelle de Kretser, Kate Grenville and Christos Tsiolkas.

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Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Unpredictable nature of Antarctic sea ice levels the focus at conference of meteorology experts in Australia this week

Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change.

More than 60 meteorologists and scientists from around the world are holding a week-long meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, to better understand sea ice changes on the frozen continent.

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