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Past articles by James:

The little-known influence that American baseball played on Australian cricket

First introduced on the Victorian goldfields among American miners, the story of baseball is intertwined with that of Australian cricket. In fact, one decorated Australian captain even attributes his success to playing catcher as a youth. → Read More

Eurydice Dixon's killer Jaymes Todd a 'significant risk' due to sexual sadism disorder, court hears

A Victorian court hears Eurydice Dixon's killer Jaymes Todd remains at significant risk of reoffending, because he suffers from sexual sadism disorder. → Read More

Former AFL star Nicky Winmar to plead guilty to assaulting taxi driver

The lawyer for former AFL star Nicky Winmar indicates the 53-year-old will plead guilty to assaulting a Melbourne taxi driver following an AFL match at Docklands in March. → Read More

They're charming, but are they worth saving? The battle to save Melbourne's heritage homes

When a charming old Edwardian home in Melbourne's leafy south-east was bulldozed this week, it sparked an outcry from locals, who are demanding tougher heritage protections. → Read More

Mental health royal commission's final witness optimistic system can be rebuilt 'with some humanity'

The last of 96 witnesses delivers a vivid picture of the system the mental health royal commission is tasked with fixing. → Read More

Every suicide death destroys 135 lives with 'ripple effect', mental health royal commission hears

Rod Jackson tried take his own life, once, then he considered the legacy of a life of pain and regret he would leave his family. → Read More

Australians are eating more cheese, butter and yoghurt, and Timboon is milking the trend

Australian dairy production is dropping, but a town in Victoria's Western District is taking advantage of changing consumer tastes to turn its fortunes around. → Read More

Royal commission hears terror attack revived painful childhood memories for South Sudanese refugee

Victoria's mental health royal commission hears painful testimony about the impact of trauma on a South Sudanese refugee caught up in a deadly terror attack. → Read More

'A joke': Farmer had to travel hundreds of kilometres to see psychiatrist, royal commission told

When farmer Alistair Gabb fell into depression his doctor prescribed him medication and referred him to a psychiatrist for 10 free therapy sessions — but it was far from enough. → Read More

Woman whose mentally-ill daughter fatally stabbed man tells royal commission family was ignored

The mother of a mentally-ill woman, who is now in prison after stabbing her roommate to death, tells Victoria's mental health royal commission she felt like screaming the day she heard what her daughter had done because she believed the system had failed them. → Read More

Mental health care 'diminished dramatically' by bed shortages, royal commission told

Erica Williams says her life was saved because authorities had the power to keep her in compulsory psychiatric treatment last year. → Read More

Mental health royal commission hears suicidal young woman was 'greeted with silence'

A young woman who attempted suicide as a teenager tells Victoria's mental health royal commission her pleas for help were dismissed, with one hospital staffer saying she was seeking attention, as a former Australian of the Year says the lack of services for adolescents is lethal. → Read More

Put your phone down: How taking photos can ruin the enjoyment of cycling

“I consciously said, when the leading groups come - the lead group and the yellow jersey group - I’m not going to bother with my phone.” Australian Ryan Howells had driven from his home in Barcelona, and ridden up the Col du Tourmalet with a group friends to watch the Tour de France’s Pyreneen climax. His rationale → Read More

'Treatments' as torture: gay conversion therapy's deep roots in Australia

Australia has a long history of intervention into people's sexual orientations and gender identities, including conversion therapy. Yet this therapy has not received the same level of public scrutiny as it has overseas, write Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett. → Read More

Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists' social media

Atop the recent Paris-Roubaix podium, Peter Sagan appeared wearing a now-familiar pair of motocross goggles draped around his neck. Nothing to do with the cobbles’ mud and dust, the goggles are pure cross-promotion, for eyewear sponsor 100%. Some laugh, stylistas howl. Others shrug -- hey, if anyone can pull it off, → Read More

Living dangerously: An outsider's perspective on cycling in India

I was less than a kilometre from my New Delhi home, weaving through the city’s chaotic morning ‘school traffic’ when the van full of children went to turn in front of me. The driver saw me at the last second and jabbed his brakes. I was close enough to see inside. The driver grimaced. The kiddy cargo lurched forward. → Read More

Messaging, social media apps driving deadly clashes with leopards: Indian wildlife groups

Wildlife campaigners say young Indian men are using Facebook and WhatsApp to spread news of leopard sightings and then take on the endangered predators in acts of bravado. Community leaders say it's self defence. → Read More

Maybe there's a punny solution to the Himalayas' rubbish problem

The idyllic Himalayas in India are facing a problem with garbage, but with vital tourism dollars on the line, some crafty wordplay could be a solution. → Read More

Rohingya refugees weigh people smuggler offers rather than return to Myanmar

People smugglers are looking to cash in on the fears of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims terrified of returning to Myanmar. → Read More

Rohingya crisis: Rape victims face shame and ongoing trauma as they plead for justice

Amid mounting evidence Myanmar's military used mass rape in its apparent ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, survivors of this trauma recount gang-rape and cruel violence by soldiers. → Read More