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Call for restaurants to use colour-coded plates for diners with allergies

Ruth Hickey died in 2014 after accidentally being served dairy in a cafe meal. The beloved grandmother had ordered shakshuka eggs without goat’s cheese, but was given the wrong meal due to a breakdown in communication between the kitchen and waitstaff. She suffered an anaphylactic reaction and died within 45 …

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Schoolboys have their say on putting an end to toxic masculinity

Illustration: Matt GoldingCredit: And while all the male students The Sunday Age spoke to condemned the St Kevin’s boys’ actions, they also said challenging the sexist attitudes the story exposed was much harder than identifying them. John-Paul Tran, a year 11 student at Braybrook College, said he was disappointed when …

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Coffee a conduit to conversation and a career for office barista Kane

In a modern twist on the old-style tea lady, more than 100 people with disability have been placed in offices around Australia under the BusyBeans coffee-related employment program launched by disability service provider AimBig. AimBig provides training and a coffee machine, while the employer – in Kane’s case, software company …

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Why one Southbank resident keeps baseball bat near his door

“I lock the door and I stay inside, but let me tell you I now have a baseball bat around the corner because I have situations where people have mistakenly walked into my apartment when the door was not locked,” he says. Airbnb research house AirDNA shows the number of …

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Dan Tehan warns unis he has ‘blunt instruments’ to compel action on foreign interference

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has warned the government has “blunt instruments” at its disposal to enforce stronger action on foreign interference should universities fail to adequately protect students and research. Amid heightened concerns about Chinese Communist Party espionage and influence on campus, a taskforce of government and university representatives …

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Trump, Epstein, Weinstein: 2019 teaches us conspiracy theories are likely to be true

This week, leaked footage from the United States showed a TV anchor for the ABC network in an “off-mic” moment, complaining bitterly that her story about accused serial paedophile Jeffrey Epstein (now deceased) was quashed by her editors following pressure from “the palace”. The network worried it would lose access …

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Press freedom means nothing if media’s business models wither: Communications Minister

Mr Fletcher said the government understood media outlets’ concerns about press freedom and was considering the proposals but added there should also be a focus on securing business models. Loading “There are a number of issues in relation to a vigorous free press holding politicians and the powerful to account …

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How Victoria’s ‘Snow in the Paddocks’ melted away – and is being saved

Sunshine diuris went from being a common source of food to a rare and endangered orchid species.Credit:Mick Connolly It was so prolific it seemed absurd that it could ever melt away. Until it did. Orchids disappeared when grasslands became desirable real estate, grazed, compacted, ploughed, planted, subdivided, scraped, asphalted and …

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Yes, minister, as double-talk obscures truth about trains

Loading I’ve often marvelled at how the government has been able consistently and, in a disciplined manner, to portray images intended to burnish infrastructure credentials. There is rarely a news bulletin where a minister or government backbencher is not decked out in a hi-vis vest, work boots and hard hat. …

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