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Do not cave to China on trade: government MPs hold strong line

“Otherwise we are just compromising ourselves on our integrity and principles, and we’re better than that. “Let’s pick up our efforts with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India.” Former resources minister Matt Canavan, a Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland, said the questions over barley, meat, seafood and other exports …

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The loudest voices in lockdown were appallingly entitled (and wrong)

Michael O’Brien as Liberal Party leader is under enormous pressure to lift their standing or make way for someone who will. But who? Tim Smith has proven he is not ready. His regular public catch-ups with former leader Matthew Guy suggest improbably that Guy may have the appetite for another …

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Under cover of COVID-19, the seven deadly sins do their work

As miners go into the dangerous darkness in search of gems, crime reporters must descend into equally darkened dens in search of news. It is a burden, dear reader, but one we shoulder for you. This column is about another of the sins, which has seeped into the bones of …

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PlayStation 5 is an innovative machine, bursting with potential

Though the console’s bound to be a talking point in your loungeroom (unless you hide it in a shelf because, like me, it didn’t fit vertically anywhere), it’s actually the DualSense controller that provides the most immediate indication that you’re playing a next generation system. The PS5 comes bundled with …

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No checks and balances as Holgate takes the high road

The message wasn’t lost on Holgate. “She knew instantly she was gone,” says one confidante who spoke to Holgate within half-an-hour of the Prime Minister’s remarks. “She said ‘that’s it, I’m done. I can’t come back from this’.” It took her another 11 days to quit, as her camp kicked …

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Sebel hotel to test rising demand for regional tourism

“We are seeing good visitor numbers, especially in those areas within easy driving distance of major centres,” Mr Johnson said. One of the latest to open its doors after recent relaxation of restrictions for regional Victoria is the Sebel in Yarrawonga. It has had a $35 million upgrade. After two …

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Like water for electricity, we can go with the flow for cleaner energy

More astounding still is that this 6.5GW/year, all $8 billion of it, is entirely private investment – made up of massive solar farms, massive wind farms and millions of individual rooftops, in roughly equal measure. Loading This extraordinary transformation is manifesting within a coal-dominated economy, under a federal government that …

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We are failing the young out of blinkered self-interest

It is natural to protect what we have. Property developers aside, most folks I feel would endorse protection of koalas and the Barrier Reef. What do we mean when we call for nature to be protected? Generally we are not arguing for the status quo, but rather we want to …

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‘Big box’ retail bounces back as deals flow

“It felt like it was going to be a gap year for deals, but when it became apparent in June that the world wasn’t exploding, they started up again,” said the Sydney-based head of CBRE’s national large format team. “Landlords were willing to help tenants as long as they could …

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Major banks on mission to reduce ‘time to yes’ for loan approvals

There is currently a perfect storm for mortgage growth. Loans have never been cheaper, open banking for the major banks started in July, and the government has signalled it will axe responsible lending laws next year. However, the big four still can’t seem to meet the challenge and mortgage brokers …

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