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Close call: most popular Australian baby names of the past century revealed

Evelyn, Oliver, George? Search our dataset to find out how popular your name has been in the last 100 yearsIf you think there are a lot of children around with names that sound like they’re from your grandmother’s era, you’re not wrong.A Guardian Australia analysis of trends in Australian baby names shows a recent resurgence in some names from the early...

Western Australia shows the harm poker machines are doing to the rest of the country

Pokies are banned in the state everywhere except casinos – and it has the lowest rates of gambling losses per capita in Australia to show for itWhile clubs in New South Wales and Victoria have been embroiled in acrimonious battles in recent months over their reliance on poker machine revenue, there is one state where they are banned – and where gambling...

Elon Musk drove more than a million people to Mastodon – but many aren’t sticking around

More than 130,000 people were joining the new independent social media network a day in November. So why hasn’t it taken off?Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesThe number of active users on the Mastodon social network has dropped more than 30% since the peak and is continuing a slow decline, according to the latest data posted...

Amid opposition to gas price caps, Australia’s resources companies make record profits

Analysis of financial reports shows all major gas, oil and coal companies have made a record amount of money in 2022 so farFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastWhile gas companies are railing against the government’s new legislation to impose price caps on...

Victoria’s RSLs made $163m from gambling but gave only $8.4m in direct community funding

More than 80% of the community benefits claimed in 2021-22 took the form of wages, utilities and other operating costs, the clubs’ statements showFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastRSLs in Victoria made more than $163m from gambling in the last financial...

Hooked: how pokies are designed to be addictive

Poker machines use a range of design features that leverage psychology to keep people playing. In this feature, first published in 2017, we break them down so you can see exactly how slot machines are programmed to work, and how they affect peopleRead more in our series Bad bet: Australia’s unshakeable gambling addiction Continue reading...

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination

Guardian Australia brings together all the figures on Covid-19 cases, as well as stats, charts and state-by-state data from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, the ACT and NT. Here you can also find the numbers on the vaccine rollout and fourth dose booster vaccination rates.Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news...

Noisychart: Australia’s best World Cup performance ever?

Watch and listen to see how the Socceroos’ 2022 World Cup compares with previous yearsGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastAustralia might be out of the World Cup but there’s still a lot to be happy about the Socceroos’ run in Qatar.Despite defeat to Argentina in the last 16, this has been arguably the best performance...

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination

Guardian Australia brings together all the figures on Covid-19 cases, as well as stats, charts and state-by-state data from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, the ACT and NT. Here you can also find the numbers on the vaccine rollout and fourth dose booster vaccination rates.Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news...

Covid-19 Australia data tracker: coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination

Guardian Australia brings together all the figures on Covid-19 cases, as well as stats, charts and state-by-state data from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, the ACT and NT. Here you can also find the numbers on the vaccine rollout and fourth dose booster vaccination rates.Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news...

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