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Sports vouchers for school kids as Victoria records another ‘doughnut’ day

Loading “It will go towards, again, the purchase of equipment, running sport and physical activity programs,” he said. “This is a really significant announcement, encouraging community sport, encouraging kids to return to the sport that they love.” Mr Merlino said the eligibility criteria and details would be announced in coming …

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A different emergency: How Ambulance Victoria failed its own

Several seasoned women paramedics still with the service are so traumatised by what they have been through not on the road but in the offices and branches of Ambulance Victoria that they broke down describing them. After paramedic Rasa Piggott wrote to AV board chair Ken Lay on Monday detailing …

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How Joe Biden and a global pandemic might overturn climate politics

“Global warming is an existential threat to humanity,” responded Biden, deploying language that might resonate with one former Australian PM. “We have a moral obligation to deal with it and we’re told by all the leading scientists in the world we don’t have much time.” Pushed on the issue of …

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Don’t get too fixated on Trump’s America. We trade much more with others

But our fixation on Trump’s America is not matched by our trade with the US. Throughout the 1980s and much of the 1990s, the US consistently purchased more than 10 per cent of Australia’s exports, but that share has declined steadily since the turn of the century. In 2015, the …

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Has COVID-19 changed shopping forever?

Broader changes, like the rapid acceleration of online shopping, will be widespread and unstoppable. Retailers are already re-assessing their moribund bricks-and-mortar stores and spending millions on online platforms. “Omnichannel” (along with “resilience”) has been the jargon du jour for merchants through the recent corporate reporting season. But under the surface …

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Telegram battles to vet extremists flocking to its encrypted platform

Monitoring channels, groups and bots for jihadist content is not a simple undertaking as Telegram has more than 400 million users who can easily establish channels with an unlimited number of members, as well as groups which can have up to 200,000 members. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human …

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Price crash fears subside as mortgage holidays end for tens of thousands of home owners

The trend is similar at other major banks. ANZ disclosed last week that about 80 per cent of its 55,000 customers whose mortgage holiday had ended have now returned to full payments. Another 40,000 were still in their first deferral period. ANZ forecasts residential property prices to fall 2.2 per …

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Payne must ensure travellers have rights respected at Middle East airports

An internal search is deeply intrusive and demeaning. It can do physical and mental harm. When it is done without consent, it is even worse. In Australia, authorities can only conduct an internal search in very limited circumstances – such as to look for drugs – and only then with …

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Government set to heed developers’ calls to extend HomeBuilder grant scheme

The $25,000 government grants are available for new home builds where the combined house and land value does not exceed $750,000. The grant is also available for renovations and knock-down rebuilds worth between $150,000 and $750,000, as long as the property’s existing value does not exceed $1.5 million. There are …

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