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From the Archives: Whitlam pelted, jostled in farmers’ protest

Between 500 and 1,000 of the crowd of about 8,000 were farmers protesting at the Government’s proposal to scrap the superphosphate bounty. At a press conference later at Perth Airport, Mr Whitlam described the meeting as “very violent” and “ugly.” But he shrugged off a question about whether lie had …

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Consultants are here to stay in the APS: review panel member

A combination of codifying the expectations around secretaries, as well as increasing and normalising the number of public servants spending time in ministerial offices will strengthen the independence of the public service, Professor Davis said, calling secretaries’ appointments a “tricky issue”. Loading Senior public servants need to know they can …

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After NSW, we’re left with Hobson’s choice for PM

Illustration: Jim PavlidisCredit: That assessment has not shifted in the meantime in various opinion surveys, including this newspaper’s IPSOS poll. Significantly, the Opposition Leader has been weak among Labor-leaning progressive voters, many of whom tended to favour Malcolm Turnbull. That this level of dislike and mistrust is insufficient to cruel …

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Government pledges new missile system as Labor boosts health and environment

It would replace the current ageing RBS-70 air defence system and have far longer range, more lethal missiles and a better radar system. Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.Credit:AAP Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the capability combined Australian radar technology and a “highly effective air defence system” to protect against airborne threats. …

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The Liberal Party’s smartest move in the NSW election

What mattered for the Liberals was the timing. Daley ran strongly on the issue of stadium reconstruction but saw his campaign derailed when the old video resurfaced. It is easy to imagine the federal Liberals attempting the same tactics against Bill Shorten in the final stages of the federal election. …

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Construction worker loses his foot after workplace accident

CFMEU assistant branch secretary, Shaun Reardon said on Sunday morning surgeons had been unable to save the man’s foot. Gerry Ayers, the CFMEU’s occupational health and safety manager, said the man’s colleagues were in shock. “He’s got a wife and I know he’s got a child [who is] nine, so …

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‘It’s going to be amazing’: Berejiklian prepares for the next term

“The people of western NSW are doing it tough and that was their way of letting us know.” she said. “The drought is having a devastating impact … and I hear what they’ve said loudly and clearly.” Ms Berejiklian also became the first elected female Premier in NSW, and while …

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Marvel Stadium’s shifting turf a concern for players and coaches

“You don’t think about it too much, but I guess if someone gets injured [it will be a problem]. I think if you get it in the wrong spot something potentially could happen. That’s just the luck of draw. If the ground shifts and you’re running full pelt, something could …

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‘We will have colonies on Mars’ but it will never be a new Earth

And all agreed humankind would eventually be on Mars with regular flights between Earth and the red planet, largely because of the strong interest shown by private entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and his SpaceX. Musk believes he can land small parties on Mars by the mid 2020s. Aerospace engineer Dr Thomas,  …

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‘We are going to give the federal election a shake’: Shooters take aim at Canberra

In a disastrous result for the Nationals, Shooters candidate Helen Dalton claimed victory in the seat of Murray, in the south western corner of NSW, while Roy Butler was almost certain to win the western NSW seat of Barwon. The result hands the Shooters a total of three seats in …

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