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Sydney’s water demand drops as reservoir inflows dwindle to a trickle

Loading The Berejiklian government last week said it was “fast-tracking” approval for a doubling of capacity of Sydney’s desalination plant at Kurnell. Sydney Water said the facility has been operating at full tilt since July, and is producing beyond its daily rating of 250 million litres –  meeting about 15 …

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Welcome, Prime Minister, to your trial by fire

The history of fire in Australia is matched by an equally rich history of inquiries, recommendations and struggle to implement lasting change. The Stretton royal commission into the 1939 Black Friday bushfires in Victoria established many of the elements of modern, organised fire management. The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission …

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‘Ecological tragedy’: $50m federal cash to aid wildlife after fires

The Morrison government is likely to make more funds available for the environment once the full extent of the damage is revealed. “Fires are burning and we still don’t know with accuracy the final impacts – other than that we know it is an ecological tragedy,” Ms Ley said. “We …

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Is Trump willing to risk war with Iran to cling to office?

That was the second great revelation of impeachment: that the Republican Party has lost all connection to both popular will and political obligation. This is not a new observation. For the better part of a decade, the party has abandoned both the norms and rules of the political system in …

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Princes Highway, road to Mallacoota could be blocked for a month

It may be days or weeks until those towns are accessible, with troops from Adelaide and Darwin and reservists, mainly from Victoria, working on the mission. But the risk of bushfires flaring up again later in summer could delay the reopening of the highway and side roads even longer. The …

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‘Now is not the time’: Andrews won’t be drawn on Victoria’s emissions cuts ahead of deadline

The state government has confirmed it will comply with its obligations under its own Climate Change Act and impose emissions cuts targets of no less than 20 per cent by March 31. But at a press conference in Orbost on Sunday, the Premier refused to say how he would lower …

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Iran is now almost certain to accelerate its nuclear program

We’ve seen this movie before in which innocents are caught in a Middle East spiral. In 1988, the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger aircraft over the Gulf with the loss of all 290 lives on board. This episode is emblazoned on Iranian consciousness. Loading We …

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Flights suspended, evacuations as Philippines volcano spews ash

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level at the rumbling Taal Volcano to “level 3” on Sunday, indicating “magmatic unrest” that could lead to a “hazardous eruption in weeks”. The highest alert is level 5, hoisted when magmatic eruption is underway. In an advisory, the Institute …

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Assaults on Queensland hospital staff jump by 40 per cent

“But the worst attacks are people who are high on ice. It can take seven or eight people to restrain them, they get like a superhuman strength and it is really quite scary.” Health staff who work at Metro South, which includes Princess Alexandra and Logan hospitals are most likely …

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Aircon plan full of hot air with less than half of contracts awarded

Loading The LNP had previously outlined a $1.5 billion plan to have airconditioning in every state school classroom by 2028 and spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said Labor needed to match that promise. “Grace Grace has broken her promise to aircondition 300 schools by the start of Term 1 – in fact …

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