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Stand-up comedians now make you gag, no joke

When I see stand-up, I want to walk away with a few zingers I can share with my mates in my back pocket, not a long, rambling anecdote that gets lost in translation. If a comedian asks why did the chicken cross the road, I expect to hear something along …

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Vanadium miner hopeful of Mid-West jobs boost after feds take notice

AVL Managing Director Vincent Algar was ecstatic at the recognition, which was a first for a vanadium project. “It recognises the scale of the project, the criticality of the metal from a global perspective and it has taken into account the fact that it is a battery metal as well,” …

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Truck roll on Wimmera Highway kills one

A male passenger is dead and another injured after a truck rolled on the Wimmera Highway in Marong, near Bendigo, on Sunday morning. The crash was found by a passer-by about 3.30am in the small rural township 17 kilometres west of Bendigo. The passenger of the truck died at the …

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Mystery informant may help solve case of deadly Toorak cafe fire

MELBOURNE, Oct 13 AAP – A mystery informant may hold the key to solving the case of a deadly Melbourne cafe fire that happened almost three decades ago. Firefighters found the body of 22-year-old Malaysian man Clement David in the kitchen of the Efficient Ships cafe at Toorak early on …

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Despair, hatred and fear on the tram route from hell

Yesterday, after an appointment in the city, I boarded my tram, the 57, and headed home. The 57 goes along Elizabeth Street, past the Victoria Market and, after screeching around many dog’s legs, meanders out towards Melbourne’s far west. It’s one of those trams that’s been on the tracks for …

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Speed reading is ‘bulls–t’: Science explains why you can’t get through your inbox

“You’re either focusing on the emails exclusively or you’re compromising your understanding using a variety of different strategies to partially understand the gist of the emails,” he said. Professor Reichle’s research, published in Macquarie University’s The Lighthouse, used computational modelling and eye-movement experiments to understand the mental processes involved in …

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Morrison cracks down on ministers ‘phoning it in’ with new cabinet rules

Typically, cabinet meetings are conducted weekly at Parliament House in Canberra but are held elsewhere from time to time, particularly in Sydney. Mr Morrison, a former treasurer, also implemented new procedures for the federal budget that appear to grant him greater control over the process. The Cabinet Handbook has been …

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Food charities report spike in hungry Australians seeking help

Foodbank acts as a pantry to the charity sector, collecting food and groceries from farmers, manufacturers and retailers, and then distributing the supplies to other charities on the ground. According to a Foodbank survey of more than 2000 charities who provide food relief, there has been a 22 per cent …

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‘Achievable’: Porter insists religious discrimination bill can become law

Public submissions on the bill closed earlier this month, releasing an avalanche of diverse criticisms from across the political and religious spectrum. Anglican, Catholic and Muslim representatives are among those urging the government to increase the provisions for Australians of faith, saying the current bill does not go far enough. …

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Government to push Labor on child abuse crackdown

The government tried unsuccessfully to legislate the changes in the last parliament. Off the back of its election win, it now plans to put Labor under renewed pressure to support the bill, which also includes a maximum life penalty for the most serious federal child sex offences and presumption against …

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