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‘Rebound effect’ drains even more water from Murray-Darling Basin

Using data for the southern basin, the so-called rebound effect – in which improved water productivity exceeds efficiency gains – resulted in beneficiaries increasing water use by 21-28 per cent. “No economist was surprised by the outcome,” said Sarah Wheeler, lead author and a researcher from Adelaide University’s Centre for …

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Farm life a good tonic for AFL shutdown: Perryman

About eight o’clock every morning Perryman gets himself out of bed and hears what his dad Max thinks needs doing around the farm. “We get straight into it,” Perryman said. “I think he is enjoying it at the moment. I haven’t been home at this time of the year for …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID-19 patients in US trial, Boeing to slash jobs

An 86-year-old woman in Tasmania, becoming the state’s 13th and Australia’s 92nd COVID-19-related death, Premier Peter Gutwein has confirmed this evening. “On behalf of the Tasmanian government, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the woman’s family, friends, and loved ones,” Mr Gutwein said in a statement. “This is the 13th …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison urges further downloads of COVIDSafe, global COVID-19 infections climb past 3.1 million as nation’s death toll stands at 92

An 86-year-old woman in Tasmania, becoming the state’s 13th and Australia’s 92nd COVID-19-related death, Premier Peter Gutwein has confirmed this evening. “On behalf of the Tasmanian government, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the woman’s family, friends, and loved ones,” Mr Gutwein said in a statement. “This is the 13th …

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They called in BHP and the troops, but the AFL’s hubs might not fly

The hubs have a number of problems. They will be ludicrously expensive, costing as much as $40 million to $50 million. Some club doctors raised objections at a meeting of club medicos on Monday night, since they, too, would be locked down for the duration – and thus have to …

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Brisbane’s new billion-dollar airport runway finishes without fanfare

That will increase Brisbane’s daily flights at the new airport to about 110 aircraft movements an hour, putting the airport in the same league as Singapore’s. After eight years of construction – including reclaiming 11 million cubic metres of sand from Moreton Bay – the project partners marked its conclusion. …

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Hospitality recovery plan leaves sour taste in mouths of WA’s smaller players

“It will prompt confidence in venues from customers when the time comes to reopen, so we all know the very safest of environments are in place in tourism and hospitality venues across WA.” WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the course would take up to an hour to complete and …

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Jeannette Young: who is the woman leading Queensland’s fight against COVID-19?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Jeannette Young has served as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer since 2005. In fact, she is the longest-serving CHO in Australia. She has advised four premiers through six epidemics, including MERS, swine flu and the 2009 dengue outbreak. But until the outbreak of …

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More time needed to prepare Eden-Monaro byelection to keep voters safe

“It has broken my heart to have to do this – it is gut-wrenching,” he said. Labor leader Anthony Albanese convened the party’s national executive on Thursday afternoon to open nominations for a candidate, with Bega mayor Kristy McBain seen as the leading contender. The Liberal Party is planning to …

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Income tax reform back on agenda for post-virus Australia

Even before the coronavirus, Labor and some of the nation’s biggest banks including Westpac and the Commonwealth called on the government to bring forward its seven-year tax plan to boost the economy. The next stage of that plan, a modest cut for most workers that will cost the budget $48 …

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