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Eels won’t be distracted by the hype, says Arthur

“The opposition we’re playing each week is helping us remain level-headed and focused. “When we came back from COVID-19 we played against Brisbane, who were two from two and rated by most tipsters as a top-four team. Most picked them to beat us. Brad Arthur has his Eels humming.Credit:AAP “But …

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This is another nail in the coffin of public trust

Well, now we have it. Adem Somyurek as minister for local government promised to bring “participatory democracy” to our local councils with his recently enacted review of the Local Government Act. It was nonsense, of course, as his mandating of single-councillor wards was calculated to shore up the electoral prospects …

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Data tells the story of how Brisbane’s finances were hit by the pandemic

Many of those suburbs are linked to higher-than-average employment in the restaurant, legal, IT, engineering and public sector industries, despite also reporting higher-than-average incomes in white-collar industries. The Taylor Fry index uses the latest employment data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics along with the most recent census of the …

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I’m trying to ace my HSC but I see the value in volunteering

In 2017, I surveyed more than 100 students in public and private high schools before I began lobbying policymakers to make community service mandatory. I asked students whether they would participate in two hours of community service a fortnight. Overwhelmingly, the answer was “yes”. Some argue community service deprives students …

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Student who stabbed policeman in Sydney’s north traumatised by incident

The policeman placed his hand on Keyen’s arm to guide him, but as they walked Constable Flynn felt a “thud sensation” as Keyen struck his chest. A second policeman, constable Rankin, tackled Keyne and while the two wrestled, Constable Rankin felt three “impacts” on his right bicep, shoulder and chest. …

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In Xi Jinping’s effort to make China No. 1, he’s forgotten the basics

The rise of China is “multiplying the threats to open societies and individual freedoms and increasing the competition over our values and our way of life,” he said in remarks to a conference on NATO’s purpose for the next decade. China was not the enemy, he said, yet it was …

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Evie, Ampol tie-up could turbocharge electric vehicle uptake

The stations will enable ultra-fast charging of electric cars in 15 minutes with the first of the charging stations opened at a service station at Avenel, 115 kilometres north of Melbourne, last week. Mr Mills would not disclose the financial terms of the deal but said Ampol’s stations were a …

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‘Bullies are forgiven, rewarded, reinstated’: The toxic pattern in Australian politics

Party governance is utterly borked. In two years, we’ve seen the Nationals forced to eject members after revelations the youth branch was infiltrated by Nazis, and the “grown-ups” reject transparency when investigating harassment claims against former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce by West Australian businesswoman Catherine Marriott. In August last …

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Government cancels more than $1.2 billion in VET student loans

“The $1.2 billion is a pretty good outcome for the students,” Mr Robertson said. “This was the result of providing market and student choice and you now have the Australian Productivity Commission saying we should go back to that.” Loading Mr Robertson and other education experts including Peter Hurley from …

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NSW government funds elective surgery blitz

He said the state government funding would allow public patients to be treated in private hospitals and public hospitals to perform more surgeries sooner. Hospitals have been allowed to gradually restart the non-urgent procedures after the six-week ban, but research by the international CovidSurg project estimated Australian hospitals could face …

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