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Facebook embraces remote working beyond COVID-19, but may cut pay

“The vast majority of people at the company are working remotely anyway, so constraining ourselves to only hiring people who live near an office that’s not open anyways isn’t really that efficient,” he added. Facebook is the latest, and largest, tech company to announce a full or partial move to …

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Australian scientists ‘drastically improve’ new solar cell technology

Australian researchers have found ways to improve the durability of new solar technology that could rival or complement traditional silicon cells, bringing its mass production a step closer to reality. Conventional solar cells used on roofs and elsewhere took four decades to pass efficiency rates of 25 per cent, a …

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Let’s talk about gas – a great resource of diminishing value

Unpicking these facts is essential to an understanding of today’s increasingly strident debate over the role of gas. There is not, and will not be, a singular role for gas over the coming decades. Loading In some applications replacing gas is reasonably straightforward. For most Australians it would be cheaper …

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As the day unfolded: Donald Trump accuses China of ‘mass worldwide killing’ as global COVID-19 cases surpass 5 million, Australian death toll stands at 100

Thanks for reading. This is Matt Bungard signing off. We’ll be back tomorrow with more live, free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. This is what you need to know from today: The global death toll passed 328,000, and cases have passed the 5 million mark. Australia had just 11 new …

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Reliance on foreign students leaves Queensland universities ‘vulnerable’

The auditor-general’s report found universities had “significantly increased their reliance on revenue from international students in the last five years in response to changes to Australian government funding and increased competition in the domestic student market”. “The increasing reliance on revenue from international students means the sector is susceptibleto shocks …

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Local holidays encouraged, but Queensland’s borders to remain locked

“They can holiday in Queensland in their regional areas so I really want to encourage people as much as possible to start planning those holidays and support our tourism industry,” she said. “A lot of Queenslanders used to travel overseas [for holidays], well now is their opportunity to back Queenslanders.” …

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‘RIP Jake’: 24-year-old killed in hit-run remembered as loving friend

“I hope you and your brother Tyson look after each other up there,” she said. “RIP Jake” Another friend, Paigen Danskin, said “I can’t believe this, I will never forget you and our memories.” “The good die young but a beautiful soul like yours will never be forgotten.” Emergency services …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Trump blames China for ‘mass worldwide killing’, global cases pass 5 million

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Please Explain is coming to you five days a week. Business groups and economists are asking unions jostling to secure a higher minimum wage to “read the room” leaving many questioning whether they’ll ever see a pay rise. In today’s episode, economics correspondent …

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Whale rescuer ‘Django’ to donate GoFundMe money after dodging a fine

“Support for Django flooded in rapidly, and within hours of his actions taking place, thousands had been donated to his GoFundMe page to help pay his fine,” Ms Britton said. Django’s gesture came after the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries issued him with two infringement notices, but he will not …

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Barrels of barley water to the rescue

The way the majority of Column 8 readers suggested to support Australia’s barley growers hit by Chinese tariffs (C8) can be summed up in one word. Beer. Lots and lots of beer. How surprising! To be fair, David Le Cornu of Cronulla also recommended using the surplus to produce single …

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