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What Went Right - 10 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories about "what went right" from my mainstream media feeds.

Cancer drug approved by Therapeutic Goods Administration offers hope to leukaemia patients by ABC Victoria (uncredited)

A drug that melts away cancer in some patients with advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia has been approved by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Dinesh Palipana becomes Queensland's first quadriplegic medical intern by Ashleigh Stevenson (ABC Queensland)

Doctor Dinesh Palipana became a quadriplegic in 2010 when he was in a bad car crash on the Gateway Motorway. Last week, he was offered an intern placement, making him the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland.

Canberra zoo animals cool down with ice blocks as city swelters through another hot day by ABC Australian Capital Territory (uncredited).

Canberra has had four consecutive days of temperatures over 30C (which, given Canberra summers tend to be humid, is not comfortable for anyone) and the animals at the Canberra zoo are being given frozen treats to help them keep cool in the heat.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in the mainstream media you read, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 9 JAN 2017

Another three stories about "what went right" from the mainstream media (as opposed to "what went wrong").

Queen Elizabeth II attends church after missing services two weeks in a row via AP (ABC International)

The Queen appears to be recovering from her heavy cold.

Darwin Greek Orthodox swimmers compete in Blessing of the Waters by Lucy Marks (ABC Northern Territory)

The annual Blessing of the Waters has taken place in Darwin, as part of the Orthodox celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Summernats: Festival veteran celebrates 30 years with son at 'petrol-head heaven' by Georgia Hitch (ABC Australian Capital Territory).

Geoff "Sticky" Waters has been attending Summernats every year for thirty years. This year, his twenty year old son, Matt "Twiggy" Waters has joined him in entering the festival.

So there's my three for the day. If you have any stories about "what went right" from your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 8 JAN 2017

Another three stories about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

The do's and don'ts of charity bin donations from those who sort the post-Christmas surge by Elise Scott (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

While this is an article sourced from the ACT, and some parts are ACT-specific, it contains some good overall guidelines for anyone in Australia.

Cygnet Folk Festival kicks on for 35th year, leaving town with no room to swing a banjo by Emilie Gramez (ABC News, Tasmania)

The Cygnet Folk Festival, in Tasmania's Huon Valley, is off to a good start. Lots of photos of artists and buskers, and it sounds like a really good event.

Mr Fujita's photo album: The story of one man's drive to reconcile Australia and Japan after the bombings by Neda Vanovac (ABC Northern Territory)

This is a profile of an exhibition at the Northern Territory Library, documenting the efforts of the Fujita Salvage Company to clear WW2-era wreckage from Darwin Harbour in 1959. It's also an exhibition about one man's efforts to make amends for the actions of his country during the war.

So, there's my three for the day. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments?

There's links shared in the comments for 7 January, 6 January, and 28 December, if anyone hasn't seen these so far.

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What Went Right - 7 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Esperance rescue dog takes to water, befriends pods of dolphins and local seal by Nathan Morris, ABC Esperance (Western Australia)

A rescue dog from Esperance enjoys swimming with some of the other local wildlife. Contains video content, and quite a few photos of Esperance beaches.

Moanas in real life: Samoan man teaches his daughters traditional Pacific voyaging skills by Iona Salter, in Samoa (ABC Australia)

A group of Samoans is attempting to revive their long-distance voyaging culture and the associated skills. There's a discussion of how the Disney film, "Moana" is being received in the Pacific islander cultures which inspired it as well.

Saudi Arabian women sing, dance, skateboard in music video protesting driving ban, guardianship system by Edwina Seselja (ABC Australia)

I'm including this as a "what went right" because it's about a music video clip released on social media - and with all the noise about what social media does wrong, sometimes it's important to highlight the fact it can be extremely helpful for people in closed political and social systems, like Saudi Arabia, to demonstrate there isn't just cowed acceptance of the situation, but rather that other people do disagree, other people do want to see more options.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in the mainstream media you're reading, why not share it in the comments?

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Reflections on the Centrelink Mess.

Centrelink crisis 'cataclysmic' says PM's former head of digital transformation

The notion that the current Centrelink crisis is a result of a culture of "don't want to hear bad news" in Centrelink management doesn't surprise me at all. Centrelink management has long had a culture of shooting the messenger bearing bad news, because it doesn't agree with the glossy picture they're trying to sell their Minister (not to mention themselves). It really is one of the main ways the particular algorithm being used (compare total incomes reported against the ATO total for the financial year to determine whether income has been reported accurately, then average the ATO total across 26 fortnights to determine whether there's a debt) could have survived even cursory testing.

I suspected the whole thing was developed in-house, and it's nice to have those suspicions confirmed, but the point to be raised here is Centrelink's programming staff are not sourced from within the group of people who have worked on the customer contact end of Centrelink's operations. Instead, they're sourced from within the IT industry, and generally from a group of people who have had next to no contact with what could be considered the bulk of Centrelink's business (their parents may have received Family Tax Benefit for them while they were in school, but that's pretty much it). This is where a blind spot in the bureaucracy intersects with a blind spot in the IT industry - the bureaucratic insistence on "no bad news" intersects with the IT industry article-of-faith that if you can figure out programming, you can solve any problem at all with no additional knowledge required (and if you did need extra knowledge and didn't get supplied with it by the client, this is the client's fault for not knowing you'd need it).

So basically, what's happened is a programmer (or group of programmers) in Centrelink's IT section has been handed the job of figuring out how to automate the process of debt recovery sparked by income data matching, and they've done this effectively starting from scratch (and probably reinventing several wheels along the way) with absolutely no reference to existing processes and procedures, or to the knowledge bank of staff who were doing this job at the time. When the program was tested, it passed all the standard tests to see whether it would break the Centrelink desktop environment (this is mandatory for all products on the Centrelink network, whether they're being rolled out to all staff or not), so it was assumed to be Just Fine! If someone in the debt recovery section raised the problem of "we know this is going to raise a lot of false positives - something like nineteen out of twenty of the issues data matching raises aren't actually valid debts" with their manager (assuming they found out about it ahead of time), the caution would be buried, because nobody wants to hear bad news in Centrelink's upper management.

And thousands of people across Australia got asked to justify their receipt of social security benefits they were legally entitled to, because they made a typo in their income reporting once (or because the business they were working for made a typo when they created their record with the ATO), or because they got a good job after having been on social security (and this averaged out over the course of twelve months to be higher than the fortnightly cut-off limit), or whatever. Things which probably could have been picked up very quickly and resolved with minimal fuss and bother to the person affected if there had been any efforts at inserting a human element in the whole process to just double-check the results of the first couple of weeks, and then remove the bugs.

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What Went Right - 6 JAN 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about 'what went right' rather than 'what went wrong'.

Mobile classroom helping young offenders get back on track in Tasmania by Natalie Whiting for 7.30 (ABC Tasmania)

Save the Children's Out Teach program is profiled in this article. Out Teach is basically a mobile van, where kids who have been involved with the juvenile justice system (and who may have missed a lot of school early on) are given one to one support and teaching (usually in non-school settings) in order to get them re-engaged with the school system, and caught up with their peers. So far it's having an impressive success rate, both in getting students re-engaged, and in reducing re-offense rates.

Lightning, tornadoes and mice: the science of bushfires by James Bullen (ABC Science)

An examination of how bushfires start, how they can spread, what kinds of damage they can do, and how the landscape recovers after one. Given bushfires are a rather regular part of the Australian landscape (and it can be argued the devastation they cause humans is largely due to us being poorly adapted to the environment we're living in) I'm including this as an example of "what went right", because it's looking at the way these things affect the ecosystem.

Canberra soup kitchen crowdfunding campaign raises $20k after 91yo founder injured by Tegan Osborne (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

After 91-year-old Stasia Dabrowski was injured in a traffic accident (which also wrote off the van she uses to transport product for the soup kitchen she has run for Canberra's homeless for the last 38 years) her grandson, Joshua Kenworthy, has stepped in to start running the soup kitchen. There's recently been a crowd-funding campaign to replace the van, and they've passed their goal of $20,000, while donations keep coming in.

So there's my three stories about what went right for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, please share them in the comments. Doesn't matter how big, or how small the story is, how global or local - it's worth sharing.

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What Went Right - 5 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" (as opposed to "what went wrong").

Hills Hoist ownership changes hands but iconic clothesline hangs on to its place in backyard culture by Emma Wynne (720 ABC Perth, ABC Radio)

A story about the Hills Hoist, an iconic bit of Australian back yard furniture from the era when large back yards were all the go.

BOM climate report finds 2016 fourth-hottest year on record for Australia by ABC Australia

A summary of the weather over the past twelve months. There's also some weather photos supplied by ABC viewers/readers/listeners which are good and dramatic.

'They were just skeletons': Horses at centre of animal cruelty case get new chance at life by Damian McIver (ABC Victoria)

A story about the recovery process for a group of twenty horses which had been the subject of an animal cruelty case.

So there's my three for the day. If you've got any stories about "what went right" from your media feeds, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 4 JAN 2017

Another three stories of "What went right" (as opposed to "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

Rebuilding agriculture industry 10 years after Esperance floods by Tara de Landgrafft for WA Country Hour (ABC Radio, Western Australia)

A profile of the recovery process in Esperance, over the ten years following a once-in-a-lifetime storm which flooded out the town and surrounding region.

Australia's first Aboriginal grower group established in Western Australia by Tyne Logan for WA Country Hour (ABC Radio, Western Australia)

This article is a brief profile of the Noongar Land Enterprises group, a group set up to assist Aboriginal farmers with finding investors and markets for their produce.

Night parrot's drinking habits revealed in research expected to help habitat management by Kathy McLeish (ABC Queensland)

Scientists have discovered new information about the drinking habits of the endangered night parrot, which may aid in assisting the species to recover from near-extinction (the species was originally thought to have died out about 75 years ago, but a group of them were rediscovered in south-west Queensland in 2013).

So there's our three stories for today. If you've found anything about "what went right" in your media feed, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 3 JAN 2017

Today's pick of stories about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

Climate change could be behind growth of bird's wing length, researchers say by Roxanne Taylor (ABC Western Australia)

It appears that ringneck parrots (colloquially called "28s") have increased in wingspan by about 4 - 5mm over the last 45 years. The hypothesis is this is due to the warming of the local climate, since this started around the same time.

Finland pays unemployed citizens a monthly income in trial from AP on ABC Australia

An article about Finland's trial of a basic monthly income to a group of 2000 unemployed people. While this isn't a universal basic income (UBI) system by any means (it's restricted to unemployed people) the aim is that the money won't be removed if the participants in the trial find themselves work, but will rather remain as a backstop.

The best Australian beach reads: 10 sharply written page-turners by Brigid Delaney and Guardian staff (Guardian)

Best books to read on the beach written by Australian writers.

So there's today's three. If you've found anything which falls into the category of "what went right" in your media feeds, why not share it in the comments.

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What Went Right - 2 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" (as opposed to "what went wrong").

Imam and AFL fan Alep Mydie thrives in diverse Katanning community by Karen Michelmore (ABC Great Southern, ABC Western Australia)

A profile of the Imam of the mosque in the Western Australian country town of Katanning, where approximately one person in every ten is Muslim. While the profile does tend to lean a bit obviously on the whole "see, see, he's just like us!" aspect of things, it's still a good and humanising look at a person from a population within Australia which is facing a lot of negativity from the very highest levels of Australian society.

Woodford Folk Festival draws record crowd as organisers look to democratise future events by Megan Kinninment, ABC Sunshine Coast (ABC Queensland)

The annual Woodford Folk Festival is looking to new ways of encouraging and rewarding participation and interest in the festival, through the creation of a "Woodfordia citizenship" as a result of membership.

Ex-bodybuilder Taryn Brumfitt campaigns to ditch diets and end myth of the ideal shape by Sarah Hughes (The Observer)

This is largely a promotional piece for a new film, "Embrace", but I feel the overall message is something which definitely needs to get out there - there isn't just one "right way" to look. It's about body-positivity, which is definitely something which is "going right" as far as I'm concerned.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found anything in your news feeds about "what went right", why not share it in the comments?

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What Went Right - 1 JAN 2017

Three stories from the mainstream media about what went right (as opposed to what went wrong).

'Death Railway' veteran reaches 100 against the odds by Alice Walker (ABC Great Southern, ABC Western Australia)

Harold Martin, who was a prisoner of war during World War II, turns 100 on January 1, 2017.

New Year's Eve: Police praise behaviour of Queensland revellers by ABC Queensland

Arrests on New Years Eve this year are down on previous years figures, sparking praise from the police in Queensland.

New Year's Eve: Canberra crowds well behaved, underage drinking main concern for police by ABC Australan Capital Territory.

"Canberra's New Year's Eve revellers were generally well behaved," Superintendent Peter Kuhnke from ACT Policing said.

So there's the three for today. If you've found any stories about what went right in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 31 DEC 2016

Final day of the year, and here's three stories about "what went right" (as opposed to "what went wrong") from the mainstream media that I read.

Perth Modern takes out third consecutive Beazley Medal by Emily Piesse (ABC Western Australia)

An article about the winners of the top awards for academic achievement in the WA Certificate of Education this year. I was somewhat pleased to note the winner of the Beasley Medal for Vocational Education and Training was won by a student from Esperance Senior High School - nice to see the country being represented in these awards.

Simple pleasures can help, not hinder people to reach daily goals, research finds by Emma Wynne (720 ABC Perth, ABC Radio Western Australia)

Researchers at Melbourne University have evidence to support what a lot of people are learning independently - taking a bit of time out in between chores to do things which make you happy helps you to stick to the task of reaching your goals.

Early Indigenous folk songs collated, promoted by Mission Songs project by Nance Haxton (AM, ABC Radio)

An article about the Mission Songs project, curated by singer Jessie Lloyd, which collects songs from Aboriginal communities which were removed to missions starting in the 19th century.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 30 DEC 2016

Got my first "what went right" link in the comments (look on 28 December). So it's probably time to drop in a few guidelines for folks - firstly to get them out of my head for my own future reference for what I'm trying to promote, and secondly, to give an idea of what I'm looking for here.

The first thing to note is I'm trying to steer clear of stories where there's the possibility of a dispute about whether or not things "went right" along partisan lines - which means yes, I'm largely steering clear of political stories unless they are about things which are supported by all parties. The same applies to sporting coverage, too, so politics fans, please don't feel you're being discriminated against in particular.

(Anon linker from 28th December: your linked article is allowed this time, but going forward, links to articles about issues which acknowledge there's partisan dispute as to whether it's something which "went right" - and where the primary focus of the article is on this dispute - won't be unscreened.)

The second thing to note is while all issues can be argued back and forth, one way or the other, my final judgement on the issue is the one which matters here. Now, I tend progressive, and I'm a leftie even by Australian standards, so my definitions of "what went right" tend to be centred around things which promote ideals such as multiculturalism, co-operation, people helping people, egalitarianism, intersectional feminism, environmental respect, social and environmental sustainability, and humane behaviour. So, articles which promote these values will tend to score higher with me than articles which don't.

Finally, a general point regarding the comments overall - if you're leaving a link anonymously (whether this is due to not having a Dreamwidth or OpenID account, or from personal choice), could you please put a 'nick or pseudonym or referent of some kind in the comment box, so I know who to credit for the link. Thanks in advance.

So, housekeeping out of the way, let's move on to today's three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

Perth weather: Cool summer for Christmas holidays makes for tough time for beachside businesses by Hayley Roman (ABC Western Australia)

Despite the headline, this article concentrates more on the meteorological details of why Perth is undergoing a rather cool start to the summer this year than it does on the effects of same on beach-side businesses.

Parents urged to let children find their own ways to cope with school holidays boredom by Emma Wynne (720 ABC Perth, ABC Western Australia)

Advice for parents faced with the standard holiday cry of "I'm bored" - let your kids figure out how to deal with their boredom on their own.

Ice drug treatment clinics across NSW help users kick the habit with new treatment program by Mazoe Ford (ABC New South Wales).

A report on the NSW-based Stimulant Treatment Program system, which is showing good results for getting people off amphetamine addictions through a counselling-based system rather than a medication-based approach.

So, there's my three for the day. If you've any links to stories about "what went right" in the mainstream media you read, leave them in the comments.

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What Went Right - 29 DEC 2016

Three stories about "what went right" (as opposed to "what went wrong") from my mainstream media feeds.

(If you're looking for these sorts of stories yourself, what I've found is you're likely to find more of them in your local news than in the national or international news, unless it's a particularly slow news day. So start close to home, and see what you can find in your local, city, or state papers first, before moving on to the national or international ones).

WACE exam results posted online a day early to 'put students' minds at ease', SCSA says by Hayley Roman (ABC Western Australia)

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority managed to get everything together in time to publish the results of the Western Australian Certificate of Excellence (Year 12/end of high school/leaving) exams a day early - so they did this, in order to ease the worries of students who were waiting for their results.

Man finds long-lost brother by chance in Noosa cafe by Judy Adair ("Tall Tales and True" podcast, ABC Radio).

A story about adoption, and about finding family in unexpected places.

Sweden's ice hotel by Tracey Shelton (freelance contributor, ABC Australia).

Every year since 1989, sculptors have built an ice hotel in Swedish Lapland, and every year with the coming of spring, the hotel melts back into the river which birthed it. This year they're trying something a bit different.

(This article is in a wide format, if you're reading on a narrow device, or using a browser with a "bookmarks bar" at the side - as I do - be aware of this).


So, there's my three stories for the day. If you've found something about "what went right" in your news feeds, drop a link in the comments. I think of this sort of thing as a candle against the darkness - one candle on its own can't do much, but many together can light and warm the world.

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What Went Right - 28 DEC 2016

Another three stories from the mainstream media of things "going right" as opposed to "going wrong".

Remote ammonia plant shipping fertiliser to the world by Eliza Wood (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia).

A profile of the Yara Pilbara ammonia plant, which uses hydrogen gas sourced from the North West Shelf natural gas fields to create liquid ammonia for use in fertiliser and urea creation.

Missing woman, girl found five kilometres from where car was bogged in Kimberley by ABC Western Australia

Two people who went missing after the car they were travelling in became bogged have been found, in reasonable health. They're reported as being taken to Derby Hospital for a check-up, and "extremely thankful" for the searchers from police, State Emergency Services, and other volunteers who found them.

My Disability Matters: The social media site helping to connect people with disabilities by Felicity Ogilvie (AM, ABC Australia).

A profile of the My Disability Matters website (a site designed by a person who is vision-impaired for people with disabilities), briefly explaining about the site and the ways people use it, as well as providing a link to another article about the site (and from there, a link to the site itself).

So, there's my three for the day. If you've found anything in your various news feeds about things going right, why not pop a link to it in the comments? Alternatively, if you're doing something similar yourself, please, share a link.

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What Went Right - 27 DEC 2016

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Grain growers to benefit from WA whisky distillery expansion by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia).

A boutique distillery in the Great Southern region of Western Australia is expanding their operations by purchasing an old winery in the Porongorup region, with plans to convert this into their head office and main distillery.

WWII bomb is defused in German town of Augsburg on Christmas Day by Associated Press (through ABC Australia)

32,000 households had been evacuated from central Augsburg by 10am on Christmas Day in order for the defusing to take place, and they were given the all-clear at 7pm local time.

'This is possible. We did it': the week Portugal ran on renewables by Sam Jones (Guardian)

Portugal's renewable energy power plants managed to power the entire country for four and a half days earlier this year, giving evidence renewable sources of energy are able to work as the backbone of a country's energy infrastructure.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories of things going right in your news reading, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right 26 DEC 2016

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about 'what went right' as opposed to what went wrong.

Eden's quirky tradition during the Sydney to Hobart by Jessica Haynes (ABC New South Wales)

The coastal town of Eden in south-east NSW is practically the last landfall possible for yachts involved in the Sydney to Hobart race which have to pull out early. The town "celebrates" this with their own tongue-in-cheek trophy for the first boat to make landfall there.

Christmas Lunch in the Park for Perth's less fortunate sees 2,300 gather for spectacular feast by Hayley Roman (ABC Western Australia)

Covering Mission Australia's "Christmas Lunch in the Park" event, which is volunteer-run, and now in its 41st year of operation.

'Muslims for Peace': Islam group letterboxes Hobart to counter One Nation, Reclaim Australia by Sallese Gibson (ABC Tasmania)

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Tasmania have delivered leaflets to houses in Hobart in order to spread understanding and reduce hatred.

There's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about things which have "gone right", I'd appreciate it if you shared them in the comments.

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What Went Right 25 DEC 2016

Three stories from the mainstream media about things which 'went right' rather than 'going wrong'.

Christmas food can pose risks to some pets, animal hospital warns by David Weber (ABC Western Australia)

Some warnings and advice about what to avoid with regards to your pets during the festive season.

Christmas: South Australians support charities, recreate the nativity and Jews celebrate Hanukkah by ABC South Australia

A discussion of various seasonal celebrations in South Australia, including Hanukkah (which doesn't usually get much publicity in Australia).

The 11-step guide to being a good guest by Annalisa Barbieri (Guardian)

A guide to how to be a pleasant guest, and do the right things yourself.

So there's my three for the day. If you have any other 'things going right' stories you'd like to share, pop 'em in the comments.

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What Went Right 24 DEC 2016

Today's three stories of "things which went right" (as opposed to going wrong) from the mainstream media.

CBH predicts possible 16 million tonne crop for WA as deliveries slow by Tara de Landgrafft (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia)

A story analysing the grain crop from Western Australia, and reflecting on the highlights and lowlights of this years' harvest according to the CBH (Cooperative Bulk Handling) co-operative.

How to bin Christmas responsibly: A guide to what you can and can't recycle by Emma Wynne (720 ABC Perth, ABC Western Australia)

An article aimed at Australians, about what can and can't be safely dumped into the recycling bins this Christmas.

Australian kids draw 'welcome' artworks for newly-arrived migrants and refugees by ABC Australia.

"The ABC's television news program, Behind the News (BtN)— in conjunction with non-partisan not-for-profit group Welcome to Australia — invited kids in September to send in original artwork that illustrates what people loved most about living in this country." They received over 12,000 hand-drawn colour pictures from Australian kids, with a message of "welcome".

So, there's my three for the day. As always, if you have any stories about "what went right" which have popped up on your news feed, drop them in the comments.

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What Went Right - 23 December 2016

Today's three pieces from the mainstream media about "what went right".

Solar switch for one of Australia's biggest companies funded by community by Ursula Malone (ABC Western Australia)

A solar investment firm is buying solar panel arrays, leasing them to companies, and selling them the power produced by the solar panels. After seven years, the firm which is leasing the panels gets to keep them.

Ebola vaccine is safe and effective, scientists declare after trials by Sarah Boseley, Health Editor (Guardian).

A vaccine effective against ebola has been created and trialled in West Africa, and looks to be effective in preventing the spread of the disease.

Meet the people working this Christmas Day by ABC News Breakfast (ABC Victoria)

A profile of five people who are going to be working on Christmas Day (despite the public holiday), for various reasons.

So there's my three for the day (it took a bit of searching today, which is understandable - not every day is a "slow news" day where these sorts of stories percolate up onto the pages). As always, if you have anything to share, drop it in the comments.

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