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Breaking out in 2020: The AFL contenders who could create a buzz

Brisbane Lions Brandon Starcevich: A serious hamstring injury put Starcevich behind the eight ball early last year, but a strong preparation over summer should have the tough midfielder primed to have a big impact in 2020. He will be a valuable addition to the Lions on-ball division. Jack Martin is ready …

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‘Once in a generation’: Costello detects no real public demand for Australian republic

Former treasurer Peter Costello says an Australian republic is dead for at least another generation and predicts not even the end of Queen Elizabeth’s reign will reignite public support for a change to Australia’s constitutional arrangements. Mr Costello was the most senior republican in the government of John Howard and …

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Tax reform supporters ‘not real’, says Costello

Previous reform proposals, including the Henry tax paper produced under then prime minister Kevin Rudd and a white paper reform started by the Abbott government, have been abandoned or mostly ignored. Loading Mr Costello said he did not think there would be tax reform of the scale of the GST, …

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Howard cabinet debated film’s merits as viewers stayed away

The cabinet papers relating to the debate note there was no formal ministerial submission on the film’s classification, leaving the discussion to the assembled ministers. The then prime minister, John Howard, revealed in a radio interview he had not seen the film nor was he likely to have the time …

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PNG documents secret despite ‘transparency’ commitment

While the archives released two cabinet papers about PNG in 1998-99 on Wednesday, several other documents, including Australian Defence Force (ADF) Contingency Planning for PNG, Review of Australia’s Policy Towards Papua New Guinea, and PNG Economy – Australian response, remain secret. An archives spokesman said: “If this information was disclosed, …

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Penalty rates reductions result in $50 million loss in wages

Mr Stanford said when partial holidays for Christmas Eve in the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and New Year’s Eve in the Northern Territory and South Australia were taken into account the total in lost wages due to the reduction in holiday penalty rates tipped over $50 million. He …

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Seafood, see veg

Demand has pushed PlantAsia’s revenue to $100,000 in the six months since it launched. This accounts for almost a third of the Sydney-based company’s total $350,000 revenue, which is also generated from sales of its two other plant-based products: roast pork and roast duck. Drouin, who once owned a vegan …

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Why I didn’t donate to the Rural Fire Service this time around

All governments have been doing it. State governments, for instance, have long left country (but not city) fire-fighting to volunteers. And have long underfunded the upkeep of public schools, believing parents and citizens can be left to make up the shortfall. But it’s been a particular trick of the federal …

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Sydney house prices set to top $1 million again

One day before the end of 2019, preliminary figures provided to The Sydney Morning Herald by CoreLogic’s head of research, Tim Lawless, show Sydney dwelling prices rose 5.3 per cent in 2019, after an 8.9 per cent fall in 2018. “It’s been quite a turnaround,” Mr Lawless said. “Prices have …

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Bushfire crisis shows need for real leadership

On Monday high temperatures baked Victoria; on Tuesday bushfires wreaked havoc. In small towns across the state, holidaymakers mixed with locals as they hunkered down in town halls and sporting clubs, and on shorelines – waiting and hoping they would not be in the line of fire. It will be …

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