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Amazon is bugging our homes. Why are we letting them?

You can listen to your own Alexa archive here. For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It’s easy to rationalise away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn’t …

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Councillors warned over secret deal to bring Bee Gee to Redcliffe

Mr Newcombe’s family company, the Village Motors chain of car dealerships, has been a significant political donor to the mayor and other councillors. Loading His dealings with the council, which has handed MBRIT tens of millions of dollars worth of business since 2015, are being investigated by Queensland’s Crime and …

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‘Not a hoopla event’: Former Liberal PMs could be no-shows at campaign launch

Questioned on ABC’s 7.30 about the revolving door prime ministership, Mr Morrison said that he didn’t like it, but had sought to fix the issue by introducing tougher requirements to roll leaders, similar to rules introduced by Mr Rudd for Labor in 2013. But in a sign of how raw …

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Study into ‘giant fans’ to cool Great Barrier Reef already showing promise

“This sensor network has been operational and collecting data since June 2018.” Loading So far, scientists have more than 150 million data points and preliminary findings show cooler water is available at the site during summer. Dr Long said although there was no coral bleaching event during the most recent …

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Expert highlights flu risk to hospital emergency departments

“But it’s also under pressure from a growing and ageing population, and our emergency departments are chronically under pressure. “So anything that pushes that boundary a bit, like an early flu epidemic which we’ve seen this year is enough to cause problems.” Professor Gerald Fitzgerald from QUT’s School of Public …

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Common sense required in drawn-out Folau saga: Waratahs chairman

The three-person independent panel will not deliver a final verdict on Tuesday and it is understood that both parties involved are expecting that to come next week. Nonetheless, there is a suggestion Tuesday could provide clarity as to whether Folau has committed a low, medium or high level breach of …

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ABC cuts ‘inevitable’ if Coalition returns to power, managing director warns

“Having been through a number of budget reductions to this point, I don’t see how we can avoid staff cuts and, I think, disruption to our content. I think it’s inevitable.” None of the options available for finding $84 million in savings were great, he said. If the Coalition is …

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Column 8: Tracing the democracy sausage back to Federation

Charmain Williams of Forster likes the idea of the “Politeness Manual” distributed on the Paris Metro (C8): “If only we were as civilised as the French. Here, a ‘quiet carriage’ immediately attracts, like a magnet: crying children, groups of teens who talk loudly or have head-phones emitting sounds like rats …

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‘Woke’ young voters carry election clout

In the former category is one of the people interviewed by The Age team that compiled our report, 17-year-old Sarah Ghassali, who expressed the frustration and disappointment that has driven young people throughout the industrialised world to strike from school and march in the streets demanding proper action on climate …

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