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‘Repent and redress’ China tells defiant Lib MPs

But it would “not welcome those who make unwarranted attacks, wantonly exert pressure on China, challenge China’s sovereignty, disrespect China’s dignity and undermine mutual trust between China and Australia”. “The colonial days of Western powers are long gone. China will never yield to colonisation of ideas and values,” the embassy …

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Oncologist Dr Bronwyn King named Melburnian of the Year

There was also, he said, rolling his eyes, a “greenie option” for people who had a problem investing in mining, alcohol or tobacco. Dr King was stunned into silence. As a radiation oncologist treating lung cancer patients – most of whom were smokers or ex-smokers – she witnessed every day …

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The money lenders in the temple after head monk racks up big property debts

“It is clear Master Dao made a series of naive, ill-informed decisions based on advice from self- interested individuals,” says the temple’s lawyer, Chris Ford. The money lenders are in the temple after the Melbourne Linh Son Buddhist Society failed to pay back loans worth tens of millions of dollars. …

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Barnaby and the idiot foghorns: not everyone got the memo about ‘quiet Australians’

It was tragic news at the end of a tragic week, and I keep thinking about that phrase, about the torment of powerlessness, because it seems to be everywhere at the moment. Loading It’s there in the voices of the coalition of 23 fire and emergency leaders from across the …

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Alexander Downer: ‘I’ve got nothing to hide on East Timor’

He said he had been told DFAT did not want to publish the entire first nine chapters of the book, which deal with Timor’s history back to World War II, because the department “did not think that was relevant”. “I am very disappointed that they have so far refused to …

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‘There’s a passion’: Encountering Extinction Rebellion

The next day we peel off to other parts of the park, but I arrange to speak with the couple when they’ve returned home. I discover both have had careers in nursing. They have brought up their children while living off the grid in East Gippsland for 25 years. Retired …

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The dread and worry keeping young Australians up at night

All around me I see climate change casting a pall of dread and despair over so many lives. I’ve long thought this must be a factor in the skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety, especially among the young. Now the peak body for psychologists has confirmed my hunch. The Australian …

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‘Where women go, men follow’: How Australians changed their attitude to dating

“It attracts women who want to make that first move and men who respect that in women,” Ms Battersby said. “It means from the moment you’re matching with someone, there’s a different tone for the conversation.” Ms Battersby said the benefit for men was they didn’t have to deal with …

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