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University funding reforms set to pass after Centre Alliance confirms support

Loading The government needed one extra vote to pass its reforms, which will be debated in the Senate on Tuesday, after striking a deal last week to secure One Nation’s two votes. Centre Alliance senator Stirling Griff emerged as the make-or-break vote when Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie ruled out her …

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A smart companion for locked down seniors

Having been through a few digital photo frames over the years, I reckon the Google Nest Hub is one of the best in terms of picture quality, so I gave them a 10-inch Hub Max to live on the kitchen bench. I set it up for them during my weekly …

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Thomas out of Giro contention after drink bottle causes crash on Etna

Two years ago, in his first grand tour as a leader, Thomas was brought down in a bizarre crash involving a police motorbike on stage nine to Blockhaus. This time it was a stray Bahrain-McLaren bidon skidding along the road in the neutralised zone that did for him. There were …

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Game on: Seven takes Cricket Australia to arbitration

If CA was to not appear, Seven could drop its push for a discount and head to the courts to terminate its $450 million, six-year deal. Foxtel, the sport’s pay-television arm, also has concerns about the BBL but has left Seven to set the pace in public. Sources say Foxtel …

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Real-time data on public transport crowding being trialled

Similar technology is being rolled out in the Netherlands, Spain and China as transport operators across the globe face dramatic drops in patronage due to infection fears and working-from-home arrangements. Loading Victoria’s public transport use dwindled to 9 per cent of normal levels at the height of the second lockdown, …

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Labor announces plan for new pandemic planning agency

The United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has long been regarded as the gold standard in public health, but was unable to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Turnbull government rejected calls for an equivalent organisation from the Australian Medical Association in 2017, with then-chief …

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St Kilda to appeal Long suspension

There are four grounds for appeal under tribunal guidelines: An error of law has occurred; The decision of the tribunal is so unreasonable that no tribunal, acting reasonably, could have come to that decision, having regard to the evidence before it; The classification of the offence by the tribunal was …

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Scott versus the fans: explaining the divide

Scott’s winning percentage is the highest of any (long-term) coach in VFL/AFL history, an astonishing record in a competition with a draft and salary cap. But his finals record is unflattering since they won the flag in his first season. In the subsequent eight seasons, the Cats have won four …

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‘A great start to the summer’: Sydney completes COVID-19 holiday test run

In the eastern suburbs, beaches were close to capacity about midday. Beach ambassadors, rangers and lifeguards patrolled Bondi throughout the day, reminding people to stay one towel apart from other groups to maintain social distancing on the sand. Waverley Council advised that Bondi Beach was nearly full before 2pm, and …

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