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Boris Johnson asks for new Brexit delay – but says he doesn’t want it

Loading Johnson did not sign the letter requesting the extension, which he had been required by law to send by the end of Saturday if his deal was not approved by parliament. In an accompanying, signed second letter he conceded it was open to European leaders to “accede to the …

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‘It’s a tidal wave’: Tourists flock to Uluru as ban on climbing approaches

“It’s a big thing, a lot of the people are becoming emotional with joy,” Anangu senior tribal elder and former chair of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta board Donald Fraser said in video footage supplied to media by the national park ahead of the climb ban. “The traditional owners were suffering and …

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‘We’ve still got a way to go’: Labor looks to Nordics for next paid parental leave plan

All the policies Labor took to the May federal election are now up for review and Ms Rishworth, who is responsible for parental leave, said although she did not have “direct views” about what the policy should look like she wanted to look at “every option”. Iceland, for example, offers …

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At just 23, Olivia is not your typical fintech entrepreneur

“I was familiar with the space, so, the idea was using real time data to work that into the risk assessment process,” she says. “It was building on the existing model and existing lenders look at financial statements and returns which doesn’t give a full picture, especially for young businesses …

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‘National emergency’: Albanese writes to PM with drought cabinet plan

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, current conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin and for the state of NSW are the driest on record for the 33 months from January 2017 to September 2019, when compared to other 33-month periods starting in January. Mr Fitzgibbon – Labor’s agriculture spokesperson – …

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Labor needs to reboot ‘the moral challenge of our times’ as economic opportunity

But now Joel Fitzgibbon, the member for the coal-mining Hunter electorate, says Labor should dump the target and adopt the Coalition’s too-low 28 per cent target. This week he was savaged by Labor caucus, and his own faction led the charge. Fitzgibbon called his proposal a “political settlement” but in …

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Fathers need more support to take paternity leave

The Gillard government implemented a scheme allowing eligible parents earning less than $150,000 to be paid $740 a week for up to 18 weeks of leave if they are the primary carer. In 2013, it introduced a scheme for fathers or partners to receive up to two weeks taxpayer-funded leave, …

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The culprit behind east Australia’s big dry

In its so-called positive phase, tropical waters off Australia’s north-west are relatively cool  – compared with those near Africa – strengthening easterly winds and reducing the potential convection that typically supplies much of south-eastern Australia’s critical winter and spring rains. A negative IOD has the opposite effect. “They used to …

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This is what democracy looks like, at least in Melbourne

On a recent Saturday in Melbourne, with an hour to kill before a movie in the city, we thought we’d go for a coffee in Spring Street: the sun was shining, the spring air felt mild and the footpath opposite Parliament House is the perfect spot for an espresso and …

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What are we doing to protect hospitals from further cyber attacks?

Health Technology Solutions is a business unit within the Health Department that provides information technology business systems and services to Victorian health services. Health services are not required to use HTS’ services but most use at least one of its clinical and patient data applications. It is extraordinary that, as …

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