Firefighters say they are concerned people are putting their lives at risk using low-cost, outdoor heaters to keep warm inside their homes, as they struggle to afford electricity.
Greens MP Adam Bandt says that one in four of Australia's poor are in full-time employment. Is he correct?
Talking about periods is a subject most teenagers will shy away from so a regional high school is tackling the taboo topic by having students sew menstruation packs for girls who don't have access to adequate sanitary facilities.
Dozens of Australians have sent in their concerns about the issue to the ABC's You Ask We Answer election project, with many concerned about payment increases and how the issue ties in with social issues like poverty and domestic violence.
Tanzanian Seif Sakate stood out in the small, Australian coastal town he called home but it helped him get noticed by the locals who eventually followed him to Africa to build a school and a kindergarten.
Vanilla is big money in a nation that produces up to 80 per cent of the world's natural vanilla, but which hangs around the bottom of global poverty lists. On the streets of Madagascar's vanilla capital Sambava, fast-moving hustlers trade the bean like drugs.
Newly-elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is beginning his term with grand gestures of change, including putting the state-owned Mexican version of Air Force One — worth $US200 million-plus — on the market.
After 20 years of collecting coins, Big Issue vendors are this week making the switch to tap-and-go technology, becoming the latest not-for-profit to make the change in a bid to stay afloat in Australia's increasingly cashless economy.
Onion-chopping on an industrial scale may sound like a kitchen nightmare, but it's all in a day's work for the volunteers who hope to produce 5 million meals a year for the disadvantaged.