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Adani losses hit $794m as insurers signal retreat

Leaked invoices obtained by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald this week revealed Aspen Re was one of four global insurance companies paid for underwriting works on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and rail project. The other three, Liberty, HDI and AXL all have said they will not provide insurance …

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Bring Russia in from the cold to the G7 to handle China: Sharma

In comments that represent the strongest push within Australia to give Russia a seat at the global leadership table, Mr Sharma said the world’s major liberal democracies needed to “respect its strategic anxieties”. In an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Mr Sharma said the G7 …

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Women out of work: statistics reveal extent of the problem

Looking at the proportion of people still working a “normal” 35-44 hour week, for men there was a negligible reduction. From April 2019 to April 2020 the change was from 39.5 per cent to 38.1 per cent and only a slightly bigger one for women (31.2 per cent to 29.2). …

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Sussan’s Naomi Milgrom refuses to pay landlords rent

Mr Lew’s brawl with landlords predates the pandemic, with the retail veteran accusing property owners of gouging tenants and refusing to face the reality of declining store sales and ascendance of online shopping. But while the big businesses brawl, small landlords, pensioners and self-managed super funds are being caught in …

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Red brick knitting mill gets a creative rethink

Positioned on the fourth level of the red brick building, the 500-square-metre floor plate enjoys unimpeded views over Melbourne’s skyline on one side and views over the Richmond streets on the other. The architects’ brief included integrating the company’s corporate colours,apple green and a soft fuschia pink.Credit:Willem Du Toit The …

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‘Harm against humans’: Rights chief warns of facial recognition threat

Edward Santow says facial recognition should not be used by police until proper legislation is in place.Credit: Last week IBM announced it could not condone facial recognition technologies that allowed for mass surveillance and racial profiling and that it would end its development of facial recognition products. Amazon subsequently announced …

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‘Use super to offset mortgages’: Liberal MP calls for housing changes

Further allowing superannuation balances to be used as an offset account would allow home buyers to more easily afford a home, Mr Alexander said, as retirement funds would be used to reduce the interest paid on an outstanding mortgage. “This tool does not compromise the integrity of the superannuation account …

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Wyatt the ‘pathfinder’ treading a fine line

Ken Wyatt. Illustration: Joe BenkeCredit: Growing up he heard the stories his mother and her brothers and sisters shared about life on the missions as children without their parents. In his first speech in Parliament he described putting together the missing pieces of his parents’ lives, the experience locked away …

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Federal government funds Victoria’s Indigenous custody service

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said custody notification services were a critical step in ensuring culturally appropriate care is provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people detained by police. “Every [death in custody] is one too many, and it underlines how important it is that governments across Australia work …

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Goodman strikes new Amazon fulfillment centre deal

The facility, within the airport’s 600-hectare business park, will serve as a pick-up point for Amazon Flex delivery partners. Loading Goodman Australia general manager Jason Little said the company had a long-standing working relationship with both the Queensland government and Amazon, and together, “we are working to open up economic …

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