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UK reviews Huawei decision in the wake of coronavirus pandemic

Loading MPs campaigning against Chinese involvement welcomed the review. Former trade secretary Liam Fox told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the Huawei decision was dead either way because enough backbenchers were ready to join him in defeating the legislation on the floor of the Commons. The review …

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As it happened: Victorians allowed gatherings of 20 people; tourist accommodation, cafes, pubs and restaurants to reopen from June 1

Victorians will have new (old) freedoms from Monday, June 1 – that’s just seven days from today, for those who are counting. Here are some of the key changes, announced by the Premier this morning, that will come into effect from June 1: Victorians will be allowed gatherings of up …

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Sixty billion reasons to restore public trust after JobKeeper blunder

The JobKeeper program never included casual workers who have not been attached to a single employer for at least 12 months, or migrant workers and international students who have been hit particularly hard by the loss of work. And let’s not forget about those already on JobKeeper. As the weeks …

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US backs down from Pompeo’s Belt and Road remarks

Hours after Mr Pompeo appeared in an interview warning against Victoria’s involvement in China’s backing of foreign infrastructure projects, the US government sought to clarify the remarks and insisted it had confidence in Australia’s ability to protect the security of its telecommunications. On Sunday Mr Pompeo was asked on Sky …

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AFL players still not allowed visitors, despite easing

AFL players will not be allowed to have visitors to their homes from May 31 and for a while yet, despite the Victorian government permitting up to 20 visitors to homes from that date. The AFL will stick with the tight social restrictions on players, meaning that footballers and relevant …

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A far from soporific My City of Sydney

Looking on the bright side of COVID-19 self isolation, Allan Gibson of Cherrybrook saw an opportunity. “I decided to burn my past obsession of phillumeny by culling my matchbox collection. One less box in the garage!” Imagine what could have happened if the boredom of isolation hadn’t allowed for a …

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Australia must ‘move on’ from the dream of fast rail: Grattan Institute

But the Grattan Institute’s head of the cities and transport program Marion Terrill said the government should stop using public money to continually study these proposals. While the sound of a Eurostar, Shinkansen, or TGV might sound appealing, fast rail networks in Europe and Asia connect large and concentrated populations …

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Who plays who in the AFL’s return round: Fixture details revealed

North Melbourne will be pitted against Greater Western Sydney in the return round, according to football sources. They will meet at Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Over the same weekend, Adelaide and Port Adelaide will face off for a “showdown” at Adelaide Oval, with the AFL making arrangements for the …

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