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Trump privately tells donors it’ll be ‘very tough’ for Republicans to hold Senate

Senate Republicans have known for days that the probability of the party losing control of the upper chamber has increased drastically, with even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pegging his bid to keep power as “50-50” in a recent radio interview. Some strategists say that between Trump’s fumbled response to the …

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‘Like the Franklin’: Future of Sydney’s last wild river hangs in the balance

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Sitting by the burbling Kowmung River on a still night, watching a full moon rising over the Wild Dog mountains, it’s easy to forget that Sydney is just a short drive and a gruelling day-long hike through wilderness away. Harry Burkitt, who …

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10 Coalition MPs back cut to JobSeeker supplement, but majority rule out snap back to $40 a day

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the government was focused on striking a balance between temporary support for the unemployed and incentivising people to take up work when it becomes available. In September it increased the amount social security recipients can earn before it affects their payment to $300 per …

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Community groups recruited to help Australia’s efforts to combat slavery

The United Nations estimates that over 40 million people are trapped worldwide in modern slavery and another 16 million people are exploited. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99 per cent of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58 per cent in other sectors. …

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Top PNG official named in Senate as demanding payment from Paladin

Ms Keneally, the opposition spokeswoman for home affairs, produced an email sent by former Paladin director Ian Stewart to senior Home Affairs official David Nockels which referred to the pair having a telephone discussion about the company’s exposure to corruption risks in November 2017. Mr Stewart sent Mr Nockels the …

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‘Time for a clean out’: ASIC and Australia Post scandals rock public executives

The government is now also drawing up terms of reference for an investigation into Australia Post after Senate estimates heard on Thursday that its chief executive Christine Holgate spent $19,950 on Cartier watches as rewards for four employees. Ms Holgate had previously spent $300,000 on corporate credit cards and chauffeur-driven …

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‘Like swimming outside the flags’: Inexperienced skiers flock to remote backcountry

Mr Chatten said people could build up their skills over time to safely enjoy the backcountry, but novices needed to “dial themselves back a bit and not act like it’s a ski resort”. “No one is impervious to a mechanical failure in their gear, or getting lost. It just happens …

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Australia’s first offshore wind farm promises jobs boom

Star of the South chief executive Casper Frost Thorhauge said the project would offer regional job opportunities and be an asset to the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “We believe we can come in and solve some of these problems and be part of a green recovery,” …

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The ’90 per cent economy’ – post-pandemic, it will never be the same

Veteran forecaster Chris Richardson, from Deloitte Access Economics, doesn’t expect the economy’s production to get back to what it was at the end if last year until late 2021 or early 2022. He says our economy will be at least 3 per cent permanently smaller than it would have been …

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Cartier watches may outrage the PM but he should clock these scandals for true shock value

Imagine if they had pulled off the quartet: they might have been gifted a Bulgari watch, like the one Holgate herself wore as she gave her evidence at Senate Estimates. Loading The gold bauble in question was a Serpenti Tubogas, worth tens of thousands, we were informed by our watch-fancying …

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