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‘Always going to end in tears’: O’Connor says Cheika’s Wallabies were doomed to fail at World Cup

O’Connor said he felt uneasy about the situation. “Raelene was just hell-bent on trying to rein in Michael Cheika … and that was always going to be difficult,” he said. “He’s a particular sort of person, very strong-willed, so that was not easy. Michael wasn’t appointed by her. It was …

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Peak health regulator to ask for protection for healthcare complainants

Ms McCausland found AHPRA’s processes for managing confidential or anonymous notifications were reasonable, but made 10 recommendations. As well as outlining several changes to the management of those complaints, Ms McCausland recommended adding a step to proactively assess whether it was necessary to disclose the identity of the complainant to …

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Fire experts say hazard reduction burns help but not the solution

Mr Barilaro’s submission said hazard reduction and traditional ecological burns are “under-utilised” and burn activities should be “prioritised to a level appropriate for the risk”. “Where there is great risk due to weather, fuel load, population etc the intensity of the burn activities should increase,” the submission stated. RFS firefighters …

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The pains of beholding my country from a distance

Indeed, I searched for myself and thought I might find me in an unlikely place. I hoped distance would lend me some truths about my home country and its sins. I chose Australia. I spent February in Melbourne, which is, by any measure, a global metropolis. Like New York, it …

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Scandal highlights need for effective watchdog

Kevin Burke, Sandringham The wrong ‘right stuff’ The truly sad thing about the Somyurek scandal is that it shows why we have so many mediocre and substandard performers in our political ranks. Both Labor and Liberal are like big, dysfunctional, enmeshed, extended families whose members have lost any ability to …

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Five Eyes largely blind to COVID threat, so why deepen economic ties?

The Treasurer did not answer whether this would involve Five Eyes “intelligence officials and technical capabilities”. Nor did he answer whether the meetings would cover proposals aimed at China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison went further than his Treasurer by reportedly telling the Coalition party room that he intended to take …

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Rather than tear down Sydney’s statues, let’s look to London

Atop his 52-metre high column, one-armed Admiral Horatio Nelson looks down on four plinths, one at each corner in Trafalgar Square – one of the most visited attractions on the tourist’s itinerary. London’s Trafalgar Square has come up with an innovative compromise.Credit:Getty Bronze statues stand on three of them: General …

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