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NSW conducts two-millionth COVID-19 test as pop-up freight testing clinics open

Two of those cases are returned hotel quarantine and one is in the community, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday morning. “We know there is community transmission lurking in and around south-western and western Sydney,” Ms Berejiklian said. “New South Wales… has got the balance right. We are able to …

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Rio Tinto slashes bonuses over 46,000-year-old cave blast disaster

Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques and two senior executives have been stripped of some of their bonuses after an internal investigation found they must bear some responsibility for the destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters in Western Australia. The mining giant on Monday released the findings of a board-led …

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Two months after COVID-19 ‘dark moment,’ Dimitrov wins in return

“The first week was just tragic. I started by just walking. I couldn’t really do any exercise. I could not lift weights. I couldn’t play tennis,” Dimitrov said, adding that he lost a lot of weight while sick. “It was a really dark moment,” he said. “I’m not going to …

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Strong start for new year at Super Retail Group despite profit slide

Retailing collective Super Retail Group has reported a 20 per cent slide in profit for the full year after repayments costs related to the company’s $62 million underpayment scandal continue to weigh on the business. The company, which operates Supercheap Auto, Rebel Sport, BCF and MacPac, told investors on Monday …

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Nib sees 40 per cent profit drop as COVID-19 ‘blurs’ numbers

Earlier this year Mr Fitzgibbon told this masthead some funds might find themselves in a position to pay rebates back to members as health insurers could emerge with inflated profits as coronavirus slowed claims. Loading Those profits did not eventuate, however, with Mr Fitzgibbon instead unveiling deferred claims provisions of …

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Boral chairman ‘disappointed’ after $1.35 billion COVID hit

The remaining $123 million of impairments relate to its Australian operations, with Boral impairing assets within its building products and construction materials businesses. Boral, which cited weaker economic activity in North America due to COVID-19 and future economic risks from the pandemic, lowered its forecasts for housing repair and renovations …

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Victoria records 116 new cases of coronavirus, 15 deaths

Figures are also lower now in the seven-day average, which takes into account new cases each day over the past week. This average has now dropped below 200 for the first time in more than a month. It is sitting at 195 – the last time the seven-day average was …

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Labor demands Liberal minister stand down as party boss demands answers

But Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Mr Sukkar’s position was “untenable” and said his removal as minister was a test of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s authority. A statement from Mr Morrison’s office on Sunday said the allegations were an organisational matter for the Victorian branch of the party. “If Michael …

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Perth gourmet food company under fire after refusing pregnant employee work

According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, the court also ordered Austrend to pay $2000 compensation to the affected employee for the “hurt and distress she suffered”. After the birth of the woman’s first child in 2015, she was due to return to work on April 4, 2016. However, she subsequently …

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Massive California wildfires expected to worsen with more lightning, winds

Nick Nauslar, a meteorologist with the National Interagency Fire Centre in Boise, Idaho, which coordinates firefighting efforts nationwide, tweeted early Sunday morning that if numerous storms form, they could ignite “hundreds of new fires”. With fire crews already stretched thin and Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, appealing for help from …

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