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Chinese trade minister not returning calls amid beef, barley dispute

He said this was “clearly demonstrating that our barley producers, like all Australian farmers, operate free of Government subsidy, and are some of the most productive and efficient in the world and that’s why they can produce large volumes competitively priced for the world market”. “We’ve made a request for …

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One man dead and one critical as homicide squad investigates

Another Epping man, 33, was also seriously injured and taken to hospital where he remained in a critical condition. A crime scene has been established. A neighbour who lives about 50 metres from the crime scene said the house was a hotspot of activity at all hours of the day. …

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Coronavirus pandemic gives us a chance to take stock on immigration

Immigration, for the most part, has improved our living standards and our social fabric. In particular, younger, skilled workers with a good grasp of English have taken little from the public purse. But making it easy for employers to hire foreign skilled workers does little to encourage workplaces to train …

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All the pretty horses and all the damage done

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size When the Federal Court last week dismissed an attempt to stop Parks Victoria from culling feral horses in the Alpine National Park, it put the spotlight back on a long and bitter fight in the high country between brumby lovers and environmental …

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Tehan flags end to free childcare as parents return to work

“The success of the rescue package and the success we have had in flattening the curve means we do have to look at how long we want this temporary measure in place and how quickly do we need to change to meet the growing demand,” Mr Tehan told The Sun-Herald …

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Farmer turmoil as China’s hunger for Australia wanes

Loading Amid global trade tensions, the Morrison government has welcomed the European Union’s support for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus — which increases the chances that a probe will be backed in a vote at a meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne …

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The uneven pain of the coronavirus downturn

“So more than one third of younger Australians are either without paid work, or working fewer hours than they would like.” The unemployment rate jumped sharply for the half of the population under the age of 44, but barely shifted for the half aged over 44. Women are also harder …

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The ‘weird’ windfalls and losses under JobKeeper

“The hit to employment is enormous but the government is doing a lot to insulate households from that pain to the extent that a lot of people actually have higher incomes now than they did pre-COVID, at least temporarily,” Mr Coates said. The think tank modelled the effect of the …

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‘Hot desking is dead’: why workers can refuse to return to the office

“In the COVID-19 recovery phase, meeting workplace health and safety requirements will obviously require some unconventional thinking and practices, whether it’s in relation to maintaining good distancing or implementing appropriate cleaning and hygiene regimes,” Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter said. Pan Sandar Myint said she had concerns about returning to …

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Cotton ‘starts firing’ after rain and river flows transform a dustbowl

Loading Now, after heavy rains in Queensland in February and some good local falls, similar farms across the northern Murray-Darling Basin are readying for a bumper season. “It’s been great for the environment, great for towns, great for cultural outcomes and a great outcome for irrigation,” said Joe Robinson, Darling …

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