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‘It keeps me up at night’: Chief Justice on chronic family law delays

Loading Faced with yet another inquiry, to be co-chaired by trenchant Family Court critic Pauline Hanson, and the federal government’s plans to merge the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, Chief Justice Alstergren described his first year in the job as “challenging”. But, he said, he was determined to …

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‘A trail of mistakes and unforced errors’: Taylor faces his biggest test

Taylor has been branded a potential future prime minister; certainly a future Liberal leader. One person who has applied that label, former Liberal Party treasurer Michael Yabsley, says Taylor is “absolutely” facing his biggest test. “Obviously there are a few things that have happened that you would have preferred didn’t …

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Harvey Weinstein walks into a bar … this is not a joke but a cautionary tale for our times

Harvey Weinstein … heckled when he dared to show up at a New York bar. Credit:AP Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct from 90 women. The evidence of his sexual predation, which happened virtually in plain sight, is overwhelming and sickening. Loading But he hasn’t faced trial yet – that …

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The cost of drought – and it’s just going to grow

In the 2007-08 financial year alone, more than $1.5 billion was promised in direct assistance to farmers and their surrounding communities. The following year another $1.1 billion was needed. All told, the Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull governments earmarked more than $8 billion in direct assistance solely for drought. …

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Promised $1080 tax burst ends up much more modest

“This tax relief will lift household incomes, ease cost of living pressures and boost spending at local businesses,” he said in his budget speech. Australians rushed to get their hands on the offset at the start of the new tax year. By the end of October, the ATO reported it …

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Water Minister Melinda Pavey ignored the state’s own water releases

The total environmental flows from the Wyangala Dam are yet to be finalised but are likely to total about 31 billion litres, with NSW providing about one-third from its account. “It is the NSW government’s responsibility to ensure people and towns have the water they need,” a CEWH spokespersonsaid, adding …

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Afterpay ‘brain bubble’ came from jeweller Ice Online

The brothers convinced their parents to reinvent their 30-year-old jewellery store as an online business which took off at a time where traditional retailers like Michael Hill and Goldmark were “dabbling in online but not doing it properly.” Ice Online now has a turnover of $1.7 million a year and …

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PNG’s Ok Tedi mine disaster money locked in new legal fight

A fresh legal dispute has erupted over control of a fund set up to benefit the tens of thousands of villagers affected by mining giant BHP’s environmental disaster at the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea more than 20 years ago. The Ok Tedi mine – which BHP co-owned …

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Blocking people from a conference won’t win hearts and minds

I am the CEO of Business for Development, an Australian NGO representing communities in developing countries to improve their livelihoods. This week was my first time at the International Mining and Resources Conference, and I was a little shocked. Protestors and delegates exchange views outside IMARC.Credit:Jason South I recognise the …

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Police investigate ‘inappropriate memes’ on officer’s social media

Police have denied that Senior Constable Travis Gray’s hand gesture was used as a ‘white power’ symbol.Credit:Kim Stern “In regards to his social media page, we are aware of a small number of posts which include inappropriate memes,” Victoria Police said. “Under no circumstances are these posts reflective of the …

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