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Panicking about kids and phones? Research says don’t.

The debate over the harm we — and especially our children — are doing to ourselves by staring into phones is generally predicated on the assumption that the machines we carry in our pockets pose a significant risk to our mental health. The World Health Organisation said last year that infants …

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As fire raged around Mogo Zoo, ‘not a single fire truck’ came

“We had a plan of attack, we had a heap of water here, hessian sacks, buckets; any time there was a flame that took up we were just onto it.” Chad Staples, director of Mogo Wildlife Park, says the zoo survived the New Year’s Eve bushfire without assistance from the …

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Australia health officials in talks over new coronavirus, as number of cases triple

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said that while Australia was continuing to monitor the situation closely, there was “still no cause for alarm”. “Australia has well-established mechanisms to detect and respond to ill travellers, and processes in place to add to these if risk increases,” Professor Murphy said. There are …

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Push for maritime museum and more recognition for ‘Cinderella river’

Mr Somerville, who has been running tours of the Maribyrnong for 40 years in his rickety 1920s passenger ferry Blackbird, is a treasure trove of information about Melbourne’s maritime history. He is a member of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network, established in 2018 to focus attention on the city’s neglected …

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Fish stocks now threatened by bushfire run-off

Gippsland lakes’ fish stock are threatened by the run-off of ash and bushfire debris Stocks of prawns, snapper, whiting and flathead around the coasts of south-east Australia are now threatened by ash and other bushfire debris making its way from the Victorian and NSW fire grounds to estuaries and coastlines. …

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West Gate Tunnel boring machines to sit idle for another six months

The decision last week by the project’s builders John Holland and CPB Contractors to sack half the tunnelling team delivers a blow to the Labor government’s pro-jobs agenda. The government has routinely plugged its infrastructure projects as a key driver of employment in Victoria. Many of the project’s workers moved …

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Australian Open Day One LIVE: Novak drops third set, Zhang stuns Stephens, Barty wins, Stosur out

Meanwhile, on Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic is up a double-break in the fourth set and has reasserted his authority on this contest by taking a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 2-6, 4-1 lead. The Chinese world No.35 fights back from 5-4 down in the second set with defeat on the horizon to …

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England snatch 2-1 series lead after big win against Proteas

With the ball disappearing to all parts of the ground, it required a run-out to finish the job, Sam Curran throwing down the stumps as Maharaj sprinted to bring up the century stand. Captain Joe Root paid tribute to the performances of Ollie Pope, who made 135 not out, and …

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Sixers stun Stars as skipper Moises parts the fielders

The catch was extra impressive given Henriques smashed his jaw during a high-speed collision in the outfield playing for Surrey five years ago in the English domestic Twenty20 competition, and admitted to thinking about that moment ”every time the ball goes up in the air”. The Sixers are back into …

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Political advisers in local government under scrutiny

The state may also have the ability to limit the number of councillor advisers appointed, regulate their functions and responsibilities, and publish a code of conduct for advisers. Brisbane deputy mayor Krista Adams criticised the proposal, writing it would unfairly impact the council’s structure and labelling the changes as “unprecedented …

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