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Working 9 to 9: Alibaba boss’s remarks spark debate over China working hours

“The anxiety of companies is understandable, but the way to alleviate anxiety is not making employees work overtime as much as possible,” the People’s Daily said. Loading The debate has exposed contradictions in modern Chinese society, where the Communist Party was officially founded on improving conditions for workers and peasants …

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China will keep supporting economy as ‘pressure’ lingers: politburo

China will implement counter-cyclical adjustments “in a timely and appropriate manner”, while the pro-active fiscal policy will become more forceful and effective, and the prudent monetary policy will be neither too tight nor too loose, it said. For this year, the government has unveiled tax and fee cuts amounting to …

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Man critical after fleeing police licence check

The Victorian Police Profession Standards Command is investigating an incident in which a man was critically injured trying to escape a licence check in Melbourne’s West. Officers pulled over the man’s car around 7.15pm Friday, along Ballarat road in Deer Park, in what police say was a routine intercept. When …

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‘I wrote it for myself’: Andrew Sean Greer on Pulitzer-winning Less

But there is something else about Greer’s books – something that explains not just his Pulitzer Prize for Less, but Madonna buying the film rights to his 2013 novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells (the pop star called him personally to say how much she loved his book). There …

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Dicey Topics: Stan Grant talks politics, religion and sex

Enormous. My family and I are the product of the missions in outback NSW, of the Aboriginal reserves and missions established in the early to middle part of the 19th century, at the height of the frontier [wars]. [Grant is Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi.] Aboriginal people were rounded up and put …

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‘An inferno of fire’: Soldier’s ‘vivid’ diary published for first time

Historian Ross McMullin says in the introduction of the book, called Hell of a Time, that of the hundreds of personal World War I narratives published, there were ‘‘few more vivid and compelling than this one’’. In flowing ink, Ayton describes Pozieres thus: ‘‘What a sight. Nothing was standing and …

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How healthy is double screening in the age of constant distraction?

Admit it, you’re a double-dipping double-screener, aren’t you? You can’t get through an episode of Game of Thrones or The Good Place without seizing your smartphone and scrolling through the latest posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter before your eyeballs are dragged back to the TV set by another devastating/satisfying …

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Watch: The reasons I just can’t let go of the Nashville series

Nashville, Stan  The love between Deacon (Charles Esten) and Rayna (Connie Britton) survives everything from his alcoholism to her marriage. To say I’m obsessed with the TV series Nashville is something of an understatement. Over 124 episodes, the characters Rayna Jaymes, Deacon Claybourne and everyone around them – Juliette and …

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Chris Lilley’s new series, Lunatics, is funny. Mostly.

Sydney-born Lilley, 44, has a modus operandi which all of his character comedies have followed: a handful of deeply flawed, often narcissistic and unlikeable characters explored using the framework of a mockumentary. Chris Lilley as pet psychic Jana Melhoopen-Jonks.Credit:Netflix The first half-hour features all six of this show’s principal characters: fashion …

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Investigation or witch hunt? How foster parents were accused

The family owned two small farms and were able to raise their three boys in a close-knit rural community. ‘‘After leaving the force, [Jill] felt her efforts would be better served fostering children and with three children of our own we felt there was always space for one more,’’ says …

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