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Costing dispute throws Powerhouse-Riverside Theatre deal in doubt

Under the Heads of Agreement signed in July 2017, council can trigger an official dispute by issuing written notice to government. If a resolution cannot be reached between the mayor and department secretary the matter goes to the relevant minister and eventually the courts. The refined design of the new …

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Toilet paper crisis shows value of citizen journalism

Australia lost more than 100 local newspapers between 2008 and 2018 and that number is growing. Only last month, News Corp announced 92 local papers across the country would stop being printed and would be digital only. Councils that used to regularly see reporters at their meetings and face questions …

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Targeting police will do little to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody

Aboriginal people are too often the victims of racist and brutal policing. And yes, the way police treat Aboriginal children (and adults) needs to change. But the complete elimination of racist policing would do little to reduce the number of Aboriginal Australians in prison custody and the number who die …

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Sex and super: how men spend their nest-egg withdrawals differently to women

It shows those accessing their super early have spent nearly $3000 more in the fortnight after receiving the lump sum compared with the average fortnight in the two months prior to receiving the withdrawal. Men withdrawing super early have devoted more of the additional spending to discretionary purchases, especially gambling. …

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Pressure builds on Roberts as axe ready to fall on Cricket Australia staff

The under-pressure Roberts is wearing the lion’s share of criticism among stakeholders. Such is the intense scrutiny on him and his performance as CA’s frontman, there were even suggestions on Sunday from well-connected figures in the game his position was in such doubt he may not see out the month. …

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Bursting the bubble: NRL set to free players and staff from isolation

Under the NRL’s revised protocols, players are expected to be allowed to attend cafes and restaurants, and exercise with family members who have abided by the code’s policy. The NRL is aware players are beginning to get stir-crazy, especially in recent weeks as state governments loosen their positions. NRL interim …

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Transform statues to make us question the past

From statues of Lenin in Ukraine to the Confederate generals in the United States, from slavers in Britain to Captain Cook in Australia, debate has raged about what these figures stand for, historically and within our modern cultural identity. There has been much discussion about what to do with Confederate …

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COVID-19 fines in NSW alone totalled more than $1 million

She said the figure is likely to be more than $1 million, with police also handing out $5000 fines for spitting and coughing on workers. Ms Lee argues that under the Criminal Procedure Act, anyone under the age of 18 years is exempt from penalty notices. But with COVID-19 offences …

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Mirka’s message through art: to recognise humanity in one other

But she never forgot the desperate faces of prisoners lining the wire fences at Pithiviers as she left on a horse drawn cart. Their fear and innocence can be seen in Mirka’s untitled, 1996 painting of a group of people staring out at the viewer, and in many of her …

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Australian banks warned of ‘serious brand damage’ in Hong Kong

The laws are expected to put mainland national security agencies in Hong Kong and punish dissent in the Chinese territory after a year of protests over Beijing’s influence in the semi-autonomous region. They could also bring 100,000 Australian expatriates under the jurisdiction of mainland China’s opaque judicial system for breaches …

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