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Call me a drongo, but I can’t stand Straya

The word Straya has its gritty defenders. An ABC broadcaster, Nick Healey, recently claimed Australians look lovingly upon “Straya”. A caller, Wayne, countered that we should all be able to enunciate the name of the country in which we live. Our host got him off the line, and the next …

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Deer invasion wreaking havoc on prime wine country

“The numbers are getting well out of hand,” he said. “They’ve just become a massive problem.” Mr D’Anna said the Hoddles Creek Estate, where he is general manager, had been losing about $200,000 a year, which included lost sales because of damage caused by deer. Hog deer at Tidal River …

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Labor goes big with little kids

In mid-2018, the Coalition made what it described as “the most significant improvement to childcare care support in around 40 years” when it streamlined multiple payments into one and added an extra $2.5 billion in funding.  But Labor says feedback from families is that this hasn’t been enough to ease …

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Emergency downgraded: Bushfire in south-west WA town is under control

A bushfire threatening lives and property near Gracetown in WA’s south-west has been controlled but is not contained, reducing the risk to lives and properties in the area. The emergency warning has now been downgraded to a watch and act. The area previously under emergency warning was bound by Waddingham …

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Splitit investors walk the tightrope 

Its largely US-generated revenue rose more than 200 per cent year on year to $US789,920 in 2018. At its share price peak last month, Splitit was valued by the market at $437 million. Loading But company co-founder Gil Don, is selling the vision of a company which operates in a …

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‘My heart breaks’: Four crushed to death in Seattle crane collapse

It was not immediately clear what caused the crane to fall from the building, which is about six stories high. Construction on the site, which is being developed by Seattle-based Vulcan Inc, is still proceeding. “My heart breaks for the families who have lost someone today and the workers who …

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Google staffers share stories of ‘systemic’ retaliation

In November, several employees organised a company walkout over payouts to executives facing sexual assault allegations. Around that time, the activists gathered 350 accounts of employee concerns. On Monday, two of those organisers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, wrote an email saying Google had punished them because of their activism. The …

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‘He’s just big boned’: GPs, parents fail to admit kids are overweight

According to the study, parents of younger children were less likely to think their child was overweight, and were less accurate at judging the weight of boys than girls. Researchers also found that less educated parents, and those who were overweight themselves, tended to not regard their child as overweight. …

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Labor splashes $7 billion on dentist bills, childcare subsidies and higher wages

This will be on top of any wage increases made by the Fair Work Commission or any other increases made by employers. Mr Shorten said the pay increase would cost $537 million for the first four years. The cost is expected to grow as the policy is fully implemented. Loading …

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