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Industrial relations foes urged to ‘lay down their arms’ as reform meetings start

Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week proposed a new deal in industrial relations, bringing together the government, employers and unions to agree on reforms to create jobs and lift the economy in the post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery phase. Loading Representatives from the Australian Council of Trade Unions will join with employer …

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Electric incentives could cut need for more gas drilling, report finds

Loading “While many voices are calling for additional gas supplies, there has been considerably less attention on the potential for measures that reduce gas demand to serve as a solution to the forecast gas shortfall,” the report says. The report, commissioned by advocacy group Environment Victoria, urges the Andrews government …

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Target and superquiz, Wednesday, June 3

Today’s Target: 16 words, good; 24 words, very good; 33 words, excellent. Yesterday’s Target: agelong, aloe, alone, along, angel, angle, eagle, elan, elegy, gale, gangly, gaol, GENEALOGY, glean, glee, glen, goal, lane, lang, lean, leggy, loan, loge, logy, lone, long, ogle, only, yale

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If you are doing it tough, relief for electricity bills is on offer

So, this week, in a bid to make things a bit easier, I pulled together the latest state-by-state rundown of what is at hand. For ease of navigation, I will divide the information into three categories – relief everyone can get; relief for concession-card holders, and relief for others suffering …

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‘Panic index’ shows Australians were the world’s best panic buyers

Panic buying escalated through March in Australia. Sales of canned and dry soup surged by 180 per cent, purchases of toilet and tissue paper doubled while there were also short-term shortages of flour, rice and pasta. While panic buying was common, Australian shoppers took it to an extreme level. In …

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US Ambassador responds to assault of Australian journalists by police outside White House

Seven Network cameraman Tim Myers was hit with a riot shield and punched in the face, while reporter Amelia Brace was clubbed with a truncheon on Monday (Tuesday AEST). Both were shot with rubber bullets and struggled to breathe after tear gas was thrown at the crowd. Prime Minister Scott …

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As the day unfolded: Donald Trump threatens US military intervention as autopsy reveals Floyd’s cause of death was ‘asphyxiation from applied pressure’

Thanks for reading. This is Matt Bungard signing off. We’ll be back tomorrow with more coverage of the ongoing fallout in the United States, and around the world. This is what you need to know from today: The US Ambassador to Australia has responded to footage of police assaulting Channel …

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Is your portfolio too heavily weighted to bank shares?

National Australia Bank was the first to slash its dividend – by a whopping 64 per cent – then Westpac and ANZ elected to defer dividend payments. Loading The moves came following pressure from the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, which recommended they defer dividend payments given COVID-19’s impact. The Commonwealth …

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New deeming rates open more access to CSHC

Because of changes in the deeming rates, which came into effect last month, a couple with almost $4 million in financial assets could still be eligible for the CSHC and all the benefits that go with it. The easy way to check if you qualify is to go to my …

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As it happened: NSW lifts COVID-19 restrictions on gyms, junior sport; Palaszczuk issues apology over Nathan Turner death as Australian death toll stands at 102

That’s all we have for you on the live coronavirus blog tonight. Thanks for your comments and for following along. As always, the blog will start up again tomorrow at 6am. Before I head off here is a look at some of the major developments from today: There were 10 …

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