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Australia Proposes Limiting Welfare Payments For Anti-Vaxxer Parents

Refusing to vaccinate your children in Australia may soon come with a price tag.

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Refuse to vaccinate your kids in Australia, and you could be risking more than simply infectious diseases and social shunning. New legislation introduced this week would result in parents who don’t vaccinate their children potentially losing out on thousands of dollars worth of welfare. It’s a dramatic move as the country seeks to clamp down on an anti-vaxxer movement which has left nearly 40,000 children under the age of seven without proper immunization.

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The Other Side of Tracks

The photographer who captured one woman’s epic journey across the Australian outback shares his own account of the now-famous trek.

The following essay and photographs are excerpted from Rick Smolan’s new book Inside Tracks.

When I first met Robyn Davidson she was living in the desert town of 
Alice Springs, Australia, and preparing to cross the outback alone with only four camels and Diggity, her beloved Kelpie. She didn’t feel she owed the world an explanation, but she did need money to fund her trip. National Geographic was the perfect solution: the magazine agreed to provide her with the resources she needed. But their funding came with one big catch: me.

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This Flood Video Shows the Mighty Power of Nature

Watch as these Australians film a small creek that becomes a rushing river and eventually carries an entire parking lot of cars away.

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Watch as these Australians film a small creek that becomes a rushing river and eventually carries an entire parking lot of cars away. Make sure you wait (or skip ahead) to the end, where you can see all the cars heaped in a pile where the river deposited them. Australia's Queensland state, if you haven't heard, is experiencing devastating floods.

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