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NBA poaches AFL official for COVID safety role

The official who ran the AFL’s COVID-19 testing and protocols this year has been poached by America’s NBA to do a similar role in one of the globe’s biggest competitions. Patrick Clifton, who co-authored the AFL’s protocols and the testing regime for COVID-19, will become the NBA’s vice-president of player …

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Victoria’s debt to hit $155 billion after post-COVID spending spree

The big spend has been under way for some time with the government, which had revenues of about $68 billion this year, already announcing spending of more than $13 billion just on battling the virus and its knock-on effects. The government has pre-announced more than $12.5 billion in new spending …

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Why Afterpay thinks two CEOs are better than one

While the stock dropped below $100 that day – as good news on the COVID-19 vaccine front saw investors rotate out of stocks that have benefited from the pandemic to companies which could benefit from a return to normality – investors applauded both the company update and the executive restructure. …

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When quarantine hastened the end of an ancient people’s way of life

They had already experienced quarantine, too, after a false start from Scotland, when their ship hit rocks and had to be taken back to harbour for repairs. Over several weeks in port, scarlatina (scarlet fever), measles and at least one case of smallpox were detected. They were finally allowed to …

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Was Paul “Fish” Mullett fed a line?

“The journalist was a spare, spindly type with a sharp-featured rodent face. His head, almost perfectly spherical, was shaved as clean as a burnished hazelnut. He wore a hairline moustache, a faint self-deprecating smirk and a black leather motorcycle jacket.” (Some time earlier I had been on a panel with …

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From ‘no case’ to $1.2b settlement: How robo-debt scheme went so wrong

There’s $112 million in compensation, $398 million in alleged debts the government is dropping and $721 million in refunds the government announced on the eve of mediation in the case and has largely already processed. Gordon Legal, the plaintiffs’ law firm, reckons the matter might be all done and dusted …

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How do you campaign for a UN job from your study? Ask Natasha Stott Despoja

Loading Stott Despoja, founding chair of Our Watch, and a former ambassador for women and girls, turned out to be an excellent choice. But back in March, just after she received the official nomination from the Australian government and she flew to New York to begin her lobbying campaign, Stott …

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Insurers play hardball on COVID-related claims of billions of dollars

Woodberry is one of more than 100,000 of struggling small businesses, including pubs, cafes, beauticians and gyms, that are being denied insurance claims for COVID-related business interruption losses by some of the country’s biggest insurers, regardless of the policy or wording. Some of the claims are legitimate, but a number …

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You want to work as what? The real problem with career-matching tests

Loading A review has just been published by the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations and the Statistical Society of Australia looking into the pollsters underestimating the Liberals’ chances of winning the last election. It observes that the polls were “likely to have been skewed towards the more politically …

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Bring on the urban farm, but don’t deign to usurp nature

Food security, food equity, food miles, social engagement, mental health, growing consumer preference for local, land-water scarcity: urban agriculture has many drivers. Loading In the City of Sydney, estimates UNSW academic Luke Craven, some 8.4 per cent of people are already food insecure. That disgrace will only worsen as populations …

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