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Hospital told family missing man was alive. He was in the morgue

He was rushed to University Hospital Geelong where he died hours later. Pasquale Spasari, who works at the cafe, said the man was a regular customer. An administrative blunder at a Geelong hospital prompted a desperate six-day search for a missing man – but he was in a morgue the …

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From the Archives, 1990: Clifton Pugh’s theatrical farewell at Montsalvat

“That’ll be Cliff’s touch,” murmured a mourner, who knew Mr Pugh’s affection for the theatrical, and that he had ordered the horses in his will. The composer George Dreyfus was banging the drum of the Kew City Band, playing a Dreyfus dirge with assorted musician friends. The horses calmed, pall …

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Growth slows, rivals are looming: are Netflix’s salad days over?

Uncertainty about Netflix’s future growth is the main reason the company’s stock had dropped by about 30 per cent below its peak price of $US423.21 reached 16 months ago. Netflix’s shares surged 9 per cent in extended trading on Wednesday as some investors had been bracing for an even bigger …

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‘Don’t be a fool!’: Trump urges Turkish President not to slaughter thousands

“You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will.” He continued: “History will look upon you favourably if you get this done the right and humane way. “It will look upon you forever …

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‘I hope we’re disrupted’: ANZ boss welcomes fintech fight

The challenge was to prevent traditional banking bureaucracy from getting in the way, he said. Loading “It’s very easy for us to go and throw money at people — how do we bring in smart, new ideas and new technology?” ANZ’s ventures unit has recently taken stakes in a number of …

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More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration

Loading “The result of these changes will be catastrophic for future generations, and so we must act now to minimise both human and environmental destruction.” As an official parliamentary e-petition, the signatures theoretically carry more weight than other online petitions by organisations such as Change.org that do not require signatories …

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NATO should defend members against ‘democratic backsliding’, veteran Labor Senator Kim Carr urges

He made the comments at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which he attended this week. Loading Carr said NATO states Turkey and Hungary in particular, had been allowed to undermine the tenets of individual liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, all of which Australia and NATO committed to …

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Petitions are back in vogue. How do they work (and are they effective)?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size As recently as four years ago you could have declared the ancient art of petitions a lost tool of democracy. They had been declining in a big way. In 1986, 5528 petitions were handed into the lower house in Canberra. By 2016, …

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‘Sizeable downturn’: RBA warns housing will weigh on economy for another year

Loading “The typical lags between the sale and construction of new dwellings imply that the decline indwelling investment will continue for some time, despite the recent signs of stabilisation in the established housing market,” he told the CFA Societies Australia conference. “2020 looks like being the low year for the …

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My new colleague is lovely – but I wish they would pipe down

ANSWER: This is tricky because the straightforward, albeit indelicate, solution – telling this talker to pipe down – isn’t available to you. You’ve made it clear that the only thing you don’t like about your new co-worker so far is their idiosyncratic work-style but, as disruptive as that may be, …

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