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British Airways threatens to fire pilots, fights UK quarantine rule

Concerned the self-isolation requirement would block its plans to restart services in July, British Airways’ parent IAG SA sent a letter to the Home Office to start the process to block the quarantine, which could lead to a lawsuit, according to a copy of the letter seen by Bloomberg News. …

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Scott Morrison is betting on a shovel-led recovery but the jobs bonanza is elsewhere

State governments have also pledged to bring forward “shovel ready” construction schemes to boost employment and stoke demand. Governments have traditionally spent up big on transport projects and public buildings during economic downturns. Building infrastructure can lift demand in the short-term and, if good projects are selected, lift the economy’s …

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Pandemic pause opens window to a more contemplative world

The last words a dear friend and colleague offered me as she lay dying in a hospital bed were a maxim that has taken on ever more significance in the years since passed: “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” She was a deeply spiritual person who’d spent years …

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‘They nearly cost me my life’: How robo-debt turned lives upside down

As the federal government not only prepares to repay $720 million in robo-debts it concedes were unlawful, but also gears up for a mammoth class action lawsuit that could see it pay millions more in compensation, lawyers, activists, politicians and victims wonder how a policy billed as a nifty savings …

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Government to extend financial backing for domestic flights

“The measures announced today will help ensure Australian airlines and operators can maintain essential air services as we map out our economic recovery.” The original domestic flight package was worth $165 million and enabled Qantas and Virgin to operate around 120 return flights a week. New contracts for the second …

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‘Mass mortality event’ devastates Sydney’s coastal ecosystems

Salinity in shallow estuaries rose as freshwater inflows dropped with the drought, and then the bushfires brought additional nitrogen and phosphorous – including from fire retardants – that spurred cyanobacteria growth. The big storms provided the final blow for much of the aquatic life, Mr Fallon said. Deeper than about …

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‘No longer a private matter’: Employer held responsible for family violence

Ms McCann-Bartlett said the decision would not make employers less likely to allow working from home but employers would need to update their working-from-home checklists and provide an opportunity for staff to safely disclose any risk. She added it was important to educate staff about what is a safe working …

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Imagine if America had heeded Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest

His story goes back to 2016, when he famously refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. At first he sat, then later knelt, protesting against police brutality shown towards African Americans. Before long, he was joined by teammates and then other NFL players, which caused much debate, …

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One is having a good crisis: the public warm to Charles

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The transformation has been under way for so long now that the end result is actually quite easy to miss. Prince Charles, once a figure of derision and distrust in Britain and abroad, isn’t so disliked by the public after all. Who …

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