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Farming and conservation groups call for $4b post-pandemic jobs boost

The letter said the jobs would be in the areas of weed and pest control, river and catchment restoration and the repair of habitat and infrastructure damaged by fire. The program would provide income and certainty for bulldozer and machine operators, fencers, shooting and trapping contractors, nursery growers and hardware …

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‘Remarkable’ jump in solar PV installations even as power prices eased

Australians installed solar panels on their roofs at a record rate last month, soaring almost half as much again as in March a year earlier, before the coronavirus began affecting supply and demand. Last month, installers registered 54 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems of 100 kilowatts or smaller, 44 …

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ASIC urged to rein in agents as tenants told to use super for rent

The corporate regulator has been urged to caution landlords and property managers against encouraging tenants to dip into their superannuation to cover rent. Shadow assistant treasurer Stephen Jones wrote to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission this week raising concerns about “unqualified financial advice” being given by real estate agents …

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Twelve games the ‘cut-off’ point for AFL: Blight

Premiership coach Malcolm Blight believes 12 home and away matches is the “cut-off” point in 2020 as the AFL grapples with what the season will look like if footy gets off the ground again. Blight, who led Adelaide to consecutive flags in the 1990s, said playing at least 10 matches …

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Virgin warns of price hikes under Qantas monopoly as bailout hopes stay alive

Mr Scurrah said allowing Qantas and its budget subsiduary Jetstar to operate a domestic monopoly would be a “disaster” for Australia’s economy, with destinations cut off and prices inevitably rising.“If we want to go back to year 2000s sales prices of Melbourne-Sydney for $800, then that’s what we need to …

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Coronavirus updates live: Free childcare announced for Australian workers, national death toll rises to 24

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has announced the state border will close at midnight on Sunday, saying WA would effectively become “an island within an island”. “Some might think it’s over the top and unnecessary, I can assure them that it is not”: WA Premier Mark McGowanCredit:Dominic Lorrimer “Our isolation …

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‘You’re not alone’: Anxiety help goes online to ease coronavirus panic

Dr Mike Millard is part of a team of psychiatrists at St Vincent’s Hospital who have put together free online mental health resources.Credit:Wolter Peeters Psychiatrist Mike Millard says the dual forces of change and uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have triggered a “massive increase” in anxiety across the …

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Coronavirus Queensland LIVE updates: tougher border controls and death roll rises

Premier Mark McGowan has announced the state border will close at midnight on Sunday, saying WA would effectively become “an island within an island”. “Our isolation is now our best defence, we need to use it to the best of our advantage,” he said. WA Premier Mark McGowan.Credit:Lauren Pilat “Some …

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MCC considers membership refund debate amid suspended footy season

“The global COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving and until the club can understand the full impact it will have on the 2020 AFL premiership season, we’re not in a position to give an answer at this time,” Happell wrote. “We will keep members updated as the situation continues to unfold.” …

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Westpac’s new chief warns post-virus economy will be different

Loading Mr King, a 25-year veteran of Westpac, was on Thursday appointed to be its next chief executive for two years, with chairman John McFarlane saying the bank needed management stability at a time of such uncertainty. Mr King had been acting in the role after former chief Brian Hartzer …

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