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Department clears Liberal MPs of misuse of taxpayer funds for staff

Finance hired an independent reviewer to examine the arrangements and talk to Mr Sukkar and Mr Andrews. Both men participated voluntarily and provided written responses and other relevant documentation, the department said. Loading It was alleged former Victorian factional operative Marcus Bastiaan directed taxpayer-funded staff to run branch stacking operations …

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‘There is no time to lose’: Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

There is no time to lose – we must sharply decrease greenhouse gas emissions ASAP Study authors “The loss of big corals is important because they make all the babies – they’re responsible for a huge proportion of the breeding that’s done every year by adult corals,” Professor Hughes said. …

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Apple unveils iPhone 12 with 5G, including ‘Mini’ and ‘Pro’ versions

Apple has unveiled four versions of the iPhone 12 at a virtual event early on Wednesday morning, with 5G connectivity and OLED screens across the board, alongside a new HomePod smart speaker and magnetic wireless chargers. The iPhones have been redesigned with angular metal edges reminiscent of older models, and …

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Australia Post may be forced into early return to daily deliveries

Loading Labor and the Greens failed at an attempt to reverse the regulatory changes in the Senate, however Liberal backbencher Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has expressed concern and will again attempt to force changes when sittings resume. Mr Fletcher said at the time the new standards would give Australia Post the “flexibility …

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Federal corruption watchdog’s work should be visible to public

Before it began hearing the evidence of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday, the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption paused to pay tribute to the late David Ipp, QC, a judge who led the commission’s landmark corruption inquiries into NSW Labor figures including Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald. Mr Ipp …

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Old king coal has surrendered to solar, says global power report

This year global greenhouse gas emissions will fall by 7 per cent to 33.4 gigatonnes according to the 2020 World Energy Outlook, but the agency warns that the economic slump cannot be viewed as a solution to climate change. Unless nations adopt green economic recovery policies emissions will quickly rise …

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Wastewater, chlorine concerns for Western Port marine life

“One of the significant issues is the proposal to discharge [waste] water into Western Port Bay, which is designated as a wetland of international importance under Ramsar”, a lawyer for the Environment Protection Authority told the inquiry. About 470 million litres of seawater would pass through the ship’s heat exchange …

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China’s changing priorities pose challenges for Australia’s coal future

President Xi Jinping has been pushing for his model of “internal circulation” to drive the economy, meaning China produces and consumes at home. “Since the 2008 global financial crisis, our economy has been transforming to one where internal circulation plays the main role,” Xi said in August. Loading “In the …

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