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Kathmandu got millions in US funding for struggling small businesses

A spokesperson for Kathmandu told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald the company applied for the loans when it closed its stores globally on April 27 when there was “significant uncertainty over the reopening timeframe”. Loading However, just three days later the company announced it would raise $200 million …

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Government dumps media censorship laws

Ms D’Ath said the legislation was dumped “given the limited time for the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee to consider the law changes the CCC seeks”. “The CCC bill introduced yesterday in State Parliament is withdrawn,” she confirmed in a statement. The legislation was based on recommendations made by the corruption …

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Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell complains about prison conditions

New York: The reaction of federal prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year is to blame for onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse a quarter-century ago, her lawyers said Tuesday. Through the lawyers, …

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WA Governor signs off emergency law to prevent Clive Palmer’s ‘$30b lawsuit’

Premier Mark McGowan said there was “no time to wait” in passing the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty Ltd) Agreement Amendment Bill, which was argued in the Upper House for around 10 hours. “Can I thank the Parliament of Western Australia for passing this very, very important legislation,” he said. …

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Protesters won’t block Story Bridge but will still march for refugees

Judge Dalton on Thursday required the protest organisers to post on social media and inform interested parties that the protest would not go ahead. Several organisers and Greens councillor Jonathan Sri – who denied he was an organiser despite being part of other protests – were barred from attending the …

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Victoria records 372 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

The seven-day rolling average of new cases has dropped from a peak of 575 almost two weeks ago to 310 on Thursday. The effective reproduction number – which measures the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to – has also fallen to 0.74 according to …

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Mesoblast treatment gets US panel’s key tick of approval

Stem cell treatment producer Mesoblast has recorded a significant win after the US FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted in favour of its flagship product for treating children with severe responses to bone marrow transplants. The planned meeting of the US regulator had sent Mesoblast shares on a rollercoaster this …

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Apple removes Fortnite from iPhone store over game payments tussle

“Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments.” Epic has responded by suing Apple in California, citing anti-competitive behaviour in a legal complaint that reads like …

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Olympic competition and podium no place for protests, say Australian athletes

The survey found that nearly 40 per cent of Australian athletes believed in self-expression depending on the circumstances, 19 per cent believed in self-expression in any circumstances and 41 per cent argued the Olympics were not a place for athletes to publicly express views. In a reflection, however, of the …

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ASX rises back above 6100 as tech, health stocks fire

The Victorian coronavirus outbreak will set back Australia’s economic recovery, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has warned, saying it is unlikely the economy will start growing until the final three months of the year. Dr Lowe, giving evidence to the House of Representative’s Economics Committee, has also revealed inflation is …

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