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Bipartisan support helps give ‘battleship peninsula’ protection

Loading David Crust, director of park operations in the Blue Mountains, said securing the land in public hands would open the way for the walk to be made more accessible. Visits could rise from about 5,000 a year to as many as 50,000, he said. The park will be left …

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The ‘giant wombat’ fossil that had to be discovered twice

“It’s actually a completely new family within the larger wombat-koala group of animals,” Professor Louys said. “Based on its claws we believe it was a scratch digger, so not a burrower like modern wombats but certainly able to dig into the ground.” But it was its teeth that attracted Professor …

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Quentin Bryce praises ‘strength and courage’ of Heydon’s alleged victims

Sexual harassment in the workplace had “grave effects” on young women’s lives, she said. The accusations reportedly made by former young female judicial associates to a High Court investigation, led by former inspector-general of intelligence and security Vivienne Thom, were “deeply disturbing in many aspects”, Dame Quentin said. Dr Thom …

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Forget V or W, Telstra boss Andy Penn has a D-shaped recovery in mind

The pandemic, he says, has brought some salient truths to the fore. “We are on the cusp of potentially the next industrial revolution, supported by the digital economy, and there is now an opportunity to accelerate the role [digital services and infrastructure] can play in helping businesses recover from COVID-19,” …

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Media regulator wants crackdown on fake news, misleading ads

ACMA was asked by the Morrison government to oversee the creation of the code following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry into the market power of digital platforms last year. But the creation of a code is timely given the proliferation of misleading information on online platforms. In both …

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Target and superquiz, Friday, June 26

Today’s Target: 33 words, good; 50 words, very good; 67 words, excellent. Yesterday’s solution: camp, cape, caput, catnip, encamp, epic, impact, impute, inapt, incept, inept, input, nape, neap, pace, pact, pain, paint, pane, panic, pant, pate, paten, peanut, peat, pecan, pectin, pent, petunia, pica, pieta, pine, pint, pita, pitman, pitmen, …

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The ABC: The money is there to fund our broadcaster

A strong, healthy ABC is critical to our democracy Communications Minister Paul Fletcher justifies the crippling cuts to the ABC, in part, by saying that all traditional media organisations are suffering cuts because of the growth of social media. Strong, independent, quality broadcasting is a critical element of a healthy …

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Queensland tourism experiences multi-speed recovery as restrictions ease

This week the Premier has travelled to outback centres including Longreach and Barcaldine to encourage people to make the journey and support local communities. It appears that at least some of the messaging is working, with latest research conducted by government body Tourism and Events Queensland indicating 42 per cent …

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Cultural cringe + market economics = lower education

At a price increase of 113 per cent in fact. Pretty tough on the film and sound production kids at UNSW who lately made a professional-level cleverly written and well-produced mini-series. Some of them would certainly shine in television dramas of the future if the ABC were not being starved …

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Fast-tracked approvals a ‘free run’ for Brisbane developers, says Labor

Cr Adams said as the building industry was one of Brisbane’s biggest employers, it was “incumbent” on the council to assist, with three changes made to council’s planning processes to support builders and developers. The council will roll out a hotline for builders to seek advice on planning approvals, while …

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