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South African infections pass 500,000, more than 50 per cent of Africa’s total

Loading South Africa’s case fatality rate – the number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases – is at 1.6 per cent, significantly lower than the global average, said Ramaphosa. South Africa also has a younger population than countries in Europe that were hard hit in the pandemic, and …

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Hamilton wins record seventh British GP despite late puncture

Loading Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third, another surprise for a team struggling for performance. Hamilton’s teammate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas failed to score after also suffering a late puncture and finishing 11th, despite a one-two finish for the pair having looked a nailed-on certainty until late in the race. …

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State’s workers’ compensation scheme faces $850m loss

SIRA chief executive Carmel Donnelly has described icare’s performance as “unacceptable” and said the agency’s financial position was a “grave concern” A joint investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and ABC’s Four Corners last week revealed icare underpaid as many as 52,000 injured workers by up to $80 …

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Australian punters propping up global bookmaker profits

The Alliance for Gambling Reform is set to spearhead another push for the Morrison government to ban advertising, outlaw inducements to gamble and stop credit cards being used for gambling online. Loading “During the COVID-19 pandemic some people are turning to gambling online and may not realise how dangerous it …

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Coalition toes party line between US and China

Payne and Reynolds, in declining Washington blandishments on China, are uncannily in line with the behaviour of their party’s founder, Robert Menzies, during his second prime ministership from 1949 to 1966. The Menzies diplomacy was disinterred from Canberra vaults by former Australian diplomat and scholar Garry Woodard and published in …

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I wanted compost to reinvigorate my garden – I found a community that reinvigorated me

Way back in old normal November, I ordered a composter with a surrounding garden bed. Pandemic delays meant it was only delivered in May. It turned out to be a perfect pandemic project. I live in an inner city suburb that supports street gardens. With the help of environment guru …

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School principals want more alternatives to suspending students

Loading They come amid concern about suspensions of young children; in the four years to 2019, more than two thirds of kindergarten suspensions in NSW public schools involved students with a disability. Some countries ban suspensions of students in the early years of school. In NSW schools in 2018, the …

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Why is the South China Sea such a hotspot?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Australia’s declaration that there is no legal basis for China’s claims to most of the South China Sea has been a long time coming. For years, Canberra has carefully urged restraint, called on all states to respect the rules-based international order, insisted …

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‘Hope in treatments’: Spike in imports of unproven COVID-19 drugs

Loading About two kilograms of ephedra was detected in the first three months of 2020, before the pandemic struck. That number exceeded 66 kilograms from April to May, leading authorities to believe it was being used by people seeking COVID-19 cures. The importation of ephedra, often used in traditional Chinese …

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Australia’s problem with ‘try hards’ at heart of selective schools coaching criticism

Coaching, many feel, confers an unfair advantage. This is certainly true from an economic perspective. Students whose parents can afford years of tutoring may gain an edge over an equally bright child whose parents lack the means for extracurricular support. Yet this applies to most fields of endeavour. Our footy …

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