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Former Minerals Council spinner poised for National Party top job

Jonathan Hawkes is poised to become the new federal director of the National Party. McDonald’s government relations manager Tahlia Robertson was also a candidate. The Nationals will celebrate the party’s centenary on January 22 ahead of a historical re-enactment ceremony at the Parliament of Victoria in March. Mr Hawkes is …

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Kids’ iPad games get physical with Osmo kits

Osmo makes activity kits for the iPad that combine real-world, physical play with apps designed for the screen. The kits are simple, with a base unit to hold the iPad in portrait mode, and a mirror that is placed over the iPad’s camera so the app can keep track of …

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Curnow to miss opening rounds of Blues’ season

Curnow suffered ligament damage in a round 15 win over Fremantle last year and didn’t play again. He also dislocated his right patella while playing a casual game of basketball with friends in October. Charlie Curnow won’t be ready for the start of the AFL season.Credit:Getty Images “With Charlie, we …

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How to make your own DIY Netflix with shows and movies you own

You can do this with any video files, although the methods of creating these can be legally murky. For example it’s easy and legal to rip your music CDs to audio files, but under Australia’s archaic copyright laws it’s not legal (though almost as easy) to rip DVDs. Even though …

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2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history

Leaders from nations around the world have vowed to try to limit the Earth’s warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, in an effort to head off catastrophic sea level rise, ever-deadlier extreme weather events and other climate-related catastrophes. But hitting that ambitious target would require …

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Spurling House owner loses demolition battle in heritage dispute

Spurling House at 38 Black Street in Brighton was built in 1889 by architect John Horbury Hunt, one of the first important North American architects to practice in Australia. It was the first house in Victoria to be built in the Shingle style, an Arts and Craft-inspired North American architectural …

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Syphilis epidemic hits Melbourne CBD, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Moreland

Almost 1600 cases of syphilis were reported in Victoria last year, compared to 654 cases in 2014. Health authorities warn, however, this is an underestimate with lab results taking weeks to be processed, making it likely more cases from last year will emerge. Loading “The question that always comes up …

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The ghost road to Mallacoota

Bushfires threatening the coastal town in Victoria’s east from New Year’s Eve forced thousands to evacuate and cut off road access. This week, smoke has grounded aircraft and a sandbar has blocked navy ships from entering the town. Petrol was rationed to $10 portions last week. A combined military effort …

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What’s on TV: Monday, January 20

There are possibly too many commentators on Nine’s books, but given the commentary team is headlined by John McEnroe and Jim Courier, you have more than enough analysis and opinion. With Ash Barty the No.1-ranked woman in the world, there’s an Australian ready to play home-grown hero (no pressure or …

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What’s on TV: Tuesday, January 21

SBS Food, 5pm Andreas Viestad.Credit:SBS Hosted by leading Norwegian food writer and television chef Andreas Viestad, New Scandinavian Cooking shows no signs of exhausting its titular remit. This is the first episode of season 12 and the enthusiastic, personable Viestad has plenty of dishes tied to the specific locale of …

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