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Bring in the bins and get on the blower to the Commissioner – it’s government by bloke-ism

When he sent her a snide letter snipping about the $15.9 million her office had spent on travel in 2017-18, he must have thought it was a splendid gotcha moment. Loading How else did the same letter, and the forged council document it relied on to make its claims, end …

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Heavy weather: How can we end division over climate protests?

Furious letters were written to The Age, politicians lobbied and radio stations flooded with talkback calls.  Supporters included Ros Garnet (a biochemist and naturalist with friends in the Communist Party), Claude Austin (grazier, ornithologist, president of the Melbourne Club and regular golf companion of the premier, Sir Henry Bolte), along …

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‘Heartwarming and overwhelming’: Crafters show their love for wildlife

Ms Freeman is one of the organisers and a Facebook group administrator for the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, one of a number of groups popping up to coordinate community help for wildlife. She has seen the group “double in size and then double in size again” in the weeks since …

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Should you really be worried about using Roundup?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size If you’re a gardener or a farmer, you may well have weedkiller on your property. And, whether it’s in a spray bottle you bought at a hardware store or in a large drum from a farm supplier, it may well contain glyphosate,  …

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Seven to lose out as ABC refuses to budge on Olympics radio rights

The ABC did not necessarily need to pay for its own team and could choose not to send staff offshore or to Melbourne instead using Seven’s commentary to keep costs own, a broadcast source said. It is unlikely the ABC would broadcast Seven-only commentary, with the broadcaster adamant it will …

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Urgent koala mapping requested to gauge the impact of recent bushfires

“Thursday’s meeting was an important chance to identify and prioritise actions resulting from the bushfires.” Ms Ley said the $3 million would be divided between helping wildlife carers and animal hospitals on the front line and rapidly mapping known koala habitats. A spokesman for Ms Ley said the following priorities …

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The banking Royal Commission has failed – Westpac is proof

Charging dead people, fees for no service, now money laundering and child exploitation. We’ve been here before, only this time it’s worse. Westpac chief Brian Hartzer fell on his sword.Credit:AAP A quick recap of the last few years in banking revelations: there were fees for no service for those who …

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‘Power would have been cheaper’: regrets and rancour 10 years after carbon scheme defeated

Electricity prices have soared by about 45 per cent for consumers over the decade after adjusting for inflation, according to a market analysis by the Grattan Institute published last month. Prices for manufacturers have risen almost 60 per cent. Dr Parkinson said the higher prices were a measure of the …

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‘Nothing could prepare you’: Labor frontbencher calls for end to ‘aggressive’ question time

“Your instinct is to just get up and leave. It’s almost like fight or flight,” she says. “I don’t feel bothered by it now. I’m just used to it and I think that’s what happens to all of us. But do we really want our politicians to get used to …

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Dirt files: Andrews’ big dig unearth more toxic soil than the tips can handle

The issue highlights the complex challenges of managing vast amounts of rock and soil being dug up to build up to five tunnels over the next decade. Loading These projects will put a major strain on the state’s landfills, engineering firm GHD warned in an analysis of the impact of …

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