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Australians to get $125 for power bills in pre-election cash splash

Almost four million Australians will receive a one-off payment to help offset the rising costs of energy. Vulnerable and low-income households can expect to receive cash handouts of $75 for singles and $125 for couples. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has promised that if the legislation passes, payments will be deposited into the bank …

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Why the internet needs new rules, and where to start

Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own. So we’re creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. We’re also working with governments, including …

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Beans for good: youth start-up aims to change the world through coffee

The idea came to then-UNSW engineering students Small and Smith after they completed a summer course at Gulu University in Uganda. There they met local agricultural student Daniel Okinong, who encouraged them to try Mount Elgon coffee. They brought some of the beans back to Australia and had them tested …

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Labor to ban Australia’s ivory and rhino horn trade

Experts say the slaughter is threatening the species’ existence. Animals that survive the attacks suffer horrific trauma, and orphaned young are often killed by predators. Bipartisan findings from a parliamentary inquiry last year said the commercial trade should be banned, bringing Australia in line with Britain, the United States, China, …

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Noni B to cut staff as those who remain complain they are overworked

Another woman said her shop was so congested with stock that she fell over and cracked her knee cap. “Due to no toilet breaks and having to hold on, I actually landed in hospital with kidney and bladder-related problems,” she said. The women are among many from NSW, Victoria and …

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Mind the gap: Aussies delay elective surgery over gap costs

The good news for Medibank and NIB is that they are not paying out as much for these kinds of procedures as they have budgeted for. And it has helped drive the profit margins of the two health insurers to record highs in the December half year. Loading “Private health …

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Calls for federal budget to address drug and alcohol crisis

“It’s devastating having to tell them: ‘no beds available’.” The rehab centre she now works for has a six-month waiting list, a situation that is reflected across the nation, with an estimated half a million Australians with drug and alcohol problems unable to access treatment. In NSW, the state government’s …

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Mother begs Prime Minister to intervene in son’s alleged abduction

Mrs Kaur alleges that her husband, who obtained a substantial dowry from her family before marrying her, has demanded land in India in exchange for her son’s return. She says he abused her physically and financially during their marriage, controlling her movements and bank accounts while incurring debts of more …

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‘I’m really frustrated’: Liberal hopeful slams party’s selection process for key Sydney seat

But Mr Morrison is said to be considering other options including two women and failed state election candidate for Kogarah, Scott Yung. Liberal pollsters have also gauged support for Coca Cola executive Tanya Baini. Ordinarily local branch members would choose the candidate to replace Mr Laundy, but the imminent federal election and …

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Fire season extended as conditions remain ‘extraordinarily dry’ in parts of NSW

For 10 regions, such as Lismore and Tenterfield, this year’s fire season will last at least nine months as those areas all began their period of fire restrictions a month early last August. The curbs require private landholders to gain a permit from the RFS or Fire & Rescue before …

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