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High risk and inflated: Australia’s contract for food on Manus Island

Loading NKW Holdings represents landowner companies from PNG’s Morobe Province. Its directors include provincial government officials and retired PNG Supreme Court judge Don Sawong, who in 2017 unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s political party. Mr Sawong was last year appointed as PNG’s next ambassador to …

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Nick Kaldas rules out running for Craig Laundy’s seat in fresh blow to Scott Morrison

Former minister Craig Laundy is expected to announce his retirement from politics in the coming weeks.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer They discussed the former cop’s national security credentials, particularly in light of the possibility that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will lose his marginal seat of Dickson at the election. The Liberal Party …

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Kangaroos confident Tarrant will be ready for round one

North Melbourne are confident key defender Robbie Tarrant will be ready to play against Fremantle in round one after undergoing surgery to fix his AC joint in February. Thirty-eight days will have passed between Tarrant’s operation and when the Kangaroos play the Dockers in Perth on March 24, with the …

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Australia could have the world’s highest minimum wage under Labor plan

Loading However, European nations including France have been under pressure from anti-government protesters, prompting leaders to promise minimum wage increases. Deloitte Access economist Chris Richardson said Australia was already near the top of the global minimum wage relative to median wages and unemployment benefits. “We use wages as a second …

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Centrelink contractors’ mistakes are creating customer risks: union

“The department can reassure customers that no customer data has been inadvertently released by our contract workforce that could have compromised personal safety,” Mr Jongen said. “We undertake regular checks of our processes to ensure customers’ details remain private.” The union acknowledged that mistakes are also made by departmental staff …

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From the Archives: Flood chaos as the Big Wet hits the Red Centre

• Record rains fell in areas of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. • Canberra was flooded as the normal rainfall for all of March fell on the capital in just 24 hours. Outback areas which two days ago were sweltering in temperatures in the 40s and swept-by …

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As an ex-coal boss, I’m telling politicians: wake up to climate threat

Dead grass … a farmer on her drought-stricken farm at Wandandian, NSW, in the world’s driest inhabited continent. Credit:Bloomberg The government’s 26-28 per cent emission reduction by 2030 is laughable in the context of the real obligations of climate policy, which Australia signed up to in 1992 with the UN …

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Saints look to reinforce defence

St Kilda have moved to buttress their defence ahead of the season-opener with former Magpie defender Jonathon Marsh on the radar as the club seeks reinforcements in the wake of injuries to key players. The Saints will be without key defender Jake Carlisle, who is out for at least two …

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Super blooper: the tale wagging the dog

But there is an even more banal reality. If footballers were true superheroes, fighting for honesty and truth, they would tell the kids that they’re wearing these outfits not to deliver justice, or even four premiership points, but to sell them stuff: movie tickets, posters, scale-model superhero outfits, all available …

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Toddler dies in house fire in the state’s south-west

A two-year-old boy has been killed in a house fire in the state’s south-west. Emergency services were called to the Great Ocean Road house in Nullawarre, east of Warrnambool, following reports of a fire just before 9.15am on Tuesday. A toddler was killed in a house fire in the state’s south …

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