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The power of one: Putin settles in for an extended stay

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size In the dense forest 60 kilometres west of Moscow, a gigantic new drawcard has just opened at Patriot Park – the sprawling “military Disneyland” where visitors play with fake weapons and members of Russia’s youth army have fun storming a mini replica …

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Police murder probe far from over

It was nearly 22 years ago that Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rod Miller left their unmarked police car to chat with the driver of a Hyundai sedan in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin. Sergeant Gary Silk. It was part of a Melbourne-wide investigation, code-named Hamada, to sit near likely armed …

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What Ken Henry REALLY thinks about tax reform

Ok, I decide we should play the game. But Henry obliges. He seems in a convivial mood. He only warns he must be a bit careful, because he is yet to provide his formal feedback to the review. In the meantime, here it is: 1. LIFT THE RATE OF BASE …

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A pinch where it hurts: Can Facebook weather the ad boycott?

“Many businesses told us how they had been ignored when asking Facebook for changes,” campaign organizers wrote in a letter to advertisers this week. “Together, we finally got Facebook’s attention.” But Facebook’s already-tarnished public image may sustain more damage than its business. If the ad pause lasts one month, Citi …

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‘Lightbulb moment’: McKellar’s journey from Queensland leaguie to Wallabies coach-in-waiting

“I don’t know what it was, it was like a lightbulb moment. ‘Go and check your junk email’,” I thought,” McKellar says. “And there was Laurie’s [Fisher] email, asking ‘what’s your contract situation, there may be an opportunity at the Brumbies’. I couldn’t reply quickly enough. That was October 2013 …

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So blatant, so needy: Why is James Packer not embarrassed by Sydney’s new casino tower?

Both buildings occupy prime waterfront. Both are foreign designed (the casino by London firm Wilkinson Eyre, the fish market by Danish firm 3XN with Sydney’s BVN). Both claim “iconic” status and (spurious) Opera House ancestry. Both are described as “sculptural” in form, whatever that means. But only one of them …

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Victoria’s struggling live music venues thrown a lifeline

“While our love of music has continued online throughout the shutdown, paid work for many in the industry has dried up. By helping to secure venues for the future, we’ll help the industry bounce back when it is safe to do so.” A government spokesperson said the minimum and maximum …

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Every job Scott Morrison sacrifices now will only delay economic recovery

Loading Melburnians will hate these comparisons, because they are an early warning that Australia is repeating the pattern of past recessions, when the Victorian capital suffered the hardest landing. The separation between Melbourne and the rugby league capitals has been a troubling feature of the pandemic so far. Melburnians were …

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‘Go and dominate’: Origin glory and Roosters tempt Caslick into code-switch bid

But Broncos fans shouldn’t expect to see the proud Queenslander pull on their colours. Caslick has had early discussions with the Roosters as she is drawn to the tremendous success of their men’s program and the prospect of staying in Sydney. ‘It’s [Origin] the pinnacle of women’s rugby league and …

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Scott Morrison is not going to duck this crisis

Certainly. Today’s economic collapse has had no equivalent since the Great Depression. And while Germany and Japan are now model democracies, China and Russia are the rising repressors of our time. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have made themselves lifelong rulers at home while becoming territorial aggressors abroad, annexing …

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