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How has Venezuela come to the brink of collapse?

Does the US-led intervention have support from other countries? Yes and no. The world is divided on support for Maduro or Guaido. Some 50 nations have recognised Guaido as interim president, including Canada, Australia, more than a dozen European nations, and Venezuela’s two biggest neighbours, Brazil and Colombia. Opposition National …

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A smoker writes his own obituary: ‘Quit now, your life depends on it’

Loading Huiest said she thought it would be about “his world travels, work ventures and various accomplishments”. She said she never expected to read this: “I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it …

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Shotgun is on target, shame about the rest

“Hello Sydney,” Ezra says, and later, “Make some noise, Sydney,” “Can you help me sing this Sydney?” and, “Sydney, you’ve been amazing”. “If it’s all right with you, we’re going to play some songs,” he says, waiting for the roar of permission. “We’ll play some older songs,” he says (pausing …

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Epic Games details Fortnite World Cup, $140 million 2019 prize pool

Those comically large numbers over many years should give you enough perspective to know that Epic’s announcement that they have a $US100 million prize pool for Fortnite in 2019 is insane. That Scrooge McDuckian number, more than double the GDP of Tuvalu, will be split between weekly tournaments, regional tournaments and …

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A refined sensibility in this private collection

Hassall Collection: A masterpiece collection of Australian art. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton. Closes April 14, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Geoffrey Hassall for many years has been the director of a family business, Loris H Hassall Pty Ltd, suppliers and processors of animal skins – kangaroo, goat, sheepskins as well …

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Morrison government locks in Malcolm Turnbull’s pet hydro project

The government has given shareholder approval for Snowy Hydro Limited to proceed. This allows the Commonwealth-owned company to progress to the early works stage. The Snowy Hydro board made a final investment decision in December and the government says it signed off on the project after reviewing its business case. …

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Wrecking ball not needed to tackle climate change

They include the Emissions Reduction Fund and safeguard mechanism, the Renewable Energy Target, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the National Energy Productivity Plan (energy rating on equipment and appliances). Our task now is to meet our international commitment, set by the Abbott government in …

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Big four banks to pay $130 million of victims’ fund

It comes on top of the $1.5 billon a year bank levy implemented by the Coalition in 2017 in a bid to bring the budget back into surplus. Shaw and Partners analyst Brett Le Mesurier said the likely impact on the big four of the new fund was a “rounding error.” …

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‘We should be doing more’: Liberal candidate Dave Sharma breaks ranks on climate change

This included “persuading countries that have pulled out of the Paris agreement – including the United States – to come back in”, Mr Sharma will tell a Coalition for Conservation event at Oxford Street’s Beauchamp Hotel. “This is where we should be investing additional effort, and where I believe my …

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Employers blame wage stagnation on workplace laws, lack of flexibility

Mr Wood said his firm, which represents large employers across the mining, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing industries, had been taking the temperature on its clients’ top concerns ahead of the federal election due in May. It found that employers were watching carefully to see how a potential Labor government would …

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