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Eliza Borrello


Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Recent articles by Eliza:

'I've cried for 40-odd years': Survivor reveals horror childhood at the hands of the Christian Brothers

Perth man John Lawrence becomes the first child sex abuse survivor to testify about his ordeal in court since WA removed time limits on such cases being heard. → Read More

Letter delivered on eve of historic trial admits Christian Brothers repeatedly raped orphan

The opening day of a historic trial is rocked by a letter admitting an orphan was sexually abused at the hands of the Christian Brothers from the age of nine. → Read More

Alleged UK 'kingpin' of Abrolhos Islands $1 billion drug haul in custody after seizure off Geraldton

Police believe an alleged drug kingpin in custody in the UK organised a failed $1 billion drug smuggling ring, uncovered when a yacht ran aground at WA's Abrolhos Islands. → Read More

A direct Perth-Shanghai flight could become a tourism windfall or be used as a 'political weapon'

A month-long trial of direct flights run by state-owned China Eastern Airlines between Perth and Shanghai begins today, but a China expert warns Beijing's patronage could come with a catch. → Read More

As the Esperance shark attack prompts a familiar debate, swimmers are returning to the water at Cottesloe Beach

Swimmers return to Perth's iconic Cottesloe Beach in their droves after a shark net was put up, as Sunday's fatal attack off Esperance forces West Australians to consider the risks of entering the water. → Read More

Indonesia is trying to reduce the rate of stunting as one in three children fails to grow properly

In villages across Indonesia, some children are half as tall as they're supposed to be. Why is a country with a rapidly growing economy still grappling with stunted babies? → Read More

The WA Parliament's MP electoral allowance system explained after the Phil Edman scandal

Strippers, flying interstate for sex and yachts are not appropriate uses of an MP expenses allowance, but there are remarkably few rules around the process. → Read More

China's Belt and Road: The deal of the century WA doesn't want, but may not be able to avoid

China says its Belt and Road Initiative opens the door to a new and prosperous relationship with the world's emerging economic superpower. So why is WA so reluctant to sign up? → Read More

When James Jing asked to research China's WeChat he says the 'tentacles' of Beijing killed his career

Beijing is 8,000 kilometres from Perth, but expats say that is still close enough for China to wield considerable influence, particularly given the state's economic ties to the Asian economic powerhouse. → Read More

Sydney woman Susan Leslie O'Brien sentenced after killing Balinese teenager with car

Sydney woman Susan Leslie O'Brien may be home before Christmas after being sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail for hitting and killing a Balinese teenager with her car. → Read More

How to ditch your day job to start a small business while working less than 44 hours a week

Matt Godfrey swapped his career as a geologist to sell dumplings from a food van — and business adviser Brian Childs reckons you don't have to burn the midnight oil to do the same. Just be prepared to put in the groundwork. → Read More

WA announces direct flights to China as PM Scott Morrison aligns Australia to Donald Trump's America

As WA Premier Mark McGowan proudly announced direct flights from Perth to Shanghai this week, it flew in stark contrast to Scott Morrison's US visit that put several Chinese noses out of joint, writes Eliza Borrello. → Read More

'Hong Kong's future is also my future': School students join pro-democracy demonstrations

Students are joining demonstrations across Hong Kong, prompting criticism from some that the curriculum is radicalising the city's youth, while others lament the heavy burden the children are shouldering. → Read More

How Brian O'Brian's lunar dust detector sketched on a whisky coaster made it to the moon

More than 50 years ago, on a flight between Los Angeles and Houston, physicist Brian O'Brien dreamed up the idea of a so-called lunar dust detector, and it was not long after that the Apollo astronauts were placing it on the moon. → Read More

Abuse survivors say redress taking too long

Many survivors of child sexual abuse are yet to receive redress payments. Eighty-four-year-old Adelaide man Ian Stewart has applied for compensation from the redress scheme, but the institution where he says he was abused is yet to sign up. → Read More

Parkerville Children's Home child sex abuse survivors say redress scheme taking too long

Ian Stewart says he was repeatedly abused at Parkerville Children's Home in Perth, but the 84-year-old's claim for redress cannot be processed because Parkerville is yet to sign up to a national scheme established last year. → Read More

Step into the botanical time machine holding secrets from Captain Cook's maiden voyage

It is an intriguing building, housing row upon row of small red boxes — and with specimens dating back to Captain Cook's maiden voyage, the Western Australian Herbarium is something of a historical secret garden. → Read More

Home loan arrears on the rise, particularly in WA and the NT

The number of mortgages in arrears is rising across the country, but the problem is worst in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. → Read More

Study finds 80% of disadvantaged families are 'food insecure'

A West Australian study has found that food insecurity - not being able to afford regular, nutritious meals - is a reality for a significant number of disadvantaged households. → Read More

Live sheep exports could be banned after this federal election, but WA breeders warn against it

Some WA sheep breeders are worried a ban could damage the industry, but Labor says the science is clear and if they win government they'll end the live export trade. → Read More