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‘We won’t be changing our policy’: Daniel Andrews shrugs off pill testing

The Premier has resisted the drug debate, as it gains momentum ahead of the summer festival season. “I would respectfully point out that the government has a policy and we won’t be changing our policy,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Tuesday. “There’s nothing wrong with a debate about these things, …

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Households face $50 hike in annual power bills amid rising electricity transmission costs

Loading Network charges cover the transmission and distribution costs of delivering electricity to households and businesses. Overall revenues for Victorian electricity distributors have fallen since 2016, with AusNet (7.04 per cent) and Powercor (3.79 per cent) the hardest hit. Revenues for CitiPower (0.88 per cent) and United Energy (8.32 per …

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B&O’s debut soundbar looks the part but lacks immersion

Bang & Olufsen is quite late to the soundbar market. The brand has carved its own niche in consumer electronics by stuffing the best audio technology into luxurious trappings, and perhaps it considered a soundbar too downmarket to pursue. But it’s clear the market is choosing soundbars over traditional home …

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Smethurst’s High Court challenge a ‘high stakes’ test for press freedom

News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s High Court challenge against secrecy laws looms as a significant and unprecedented test of the constitution’s protections for democratic freedoms, according to constitutional law experts. The first hearings in Smethurst’s case will take place in Canberra on Tuesday and Wednesday, five months after the journalist’s …

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Key crossbench senator proposes ‘conduct threshold’ for future union mergers

“The CFMMEU [Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union] would trigger it and most other unions would not,” Senator Patrick said. The exact number of breaches or offences that would trigger the public interest test remains under negotiation. The CFMMEU, which a Federal Court judge once described as “the most …

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Talking about climate change is the right thing to do by bushfire victims

In a week when all Australians are concerned for the lives and property of residents and firefighters in NSW and Queensland, who continue to face the threat of catastrophic bushfires, climate change must be part of the discussion. Of course, in the short term, as both Prime Minister Scott Morrison …

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Frydenberg signals reforms amid ‘mega-trends’ of rising debt, ageing population

“In today’s global environment characterised by changing demographics, elevated debt levels, environmental pressures, and great power tensions, it’s critical that we pursue reforms at home that retain our competitiveness, openness, and fiscal discipline, and that globally we remain a strong advocate for a transparent and rules-based global economic system that …

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Dees, Cats, Giants and other potential trades in the draft

The Cats approached Carlton about trading pick nine for pick 14 and a pick in the 30s, a deal the Blues rejected. They have not offered the Blues pick 24 with 14 in return for nine. Loading Greater Western Sydney remains interested, too, in trading higher than pick No.6, to …

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Firefighters’ nightmare to come with 38-degree heat, strong winds

Loading “We will see an increase in fire dangers again, initially across the Darling Downs region and then extending to the south-east and Wide Bay areas as well on Wednesday.” Mr Rowlands said the chance of a weekend storm was a double-edged sword. “Initially we might see some shower or …

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‘Get out and enjoy it’: Bill pitches riverside camping, coastal park

Loading The park was a Labor Party election commitment and the state government is also working on a $20 million coastal walking trail to link San Remo and Inverloch. Yallock-Bulluk will link two existing parks and amalgamate a scattering of smaller coastal reserves. The park’s name honours the Yallock-Bulluk Clan …

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