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Call yourself a republican? Then why are you bingeing The Crown?

The Real Life Charles is reportedly very cross at the characterisation of him as a cruel husband who moons around Highgrove enunciating his pretentious gardening philosophy (“There will be no straight lines, Mummy,” he tells the Queen when she comes to visit). I find myself straining to care when I …

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States cannot open and shut their borders with every whiff of a cluster

But science and reason must always guide our course. And the national framework, endorsed by national cabinet in October, is based on both. It sets out thresholds for imposing and loosening restrictions on our movement, based on a nuanced equation of new case numbers and testing rates. State and territory …

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A state of disarray as koala war continues to rage

NSW voters might have thought the government would get back to focussing on navigating the economy through the pandemic and leave our koalas alone. After all, the emblematic marsupial was already on track for extinction in NSW before 2050 without last summer’s infernos incinerating them in their thousands and so …

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‘Renewables superhighway’ to ease grid limits, open way for Snowy 2.0

Loading While the $200 million is a fraction of the $3 billion energy deal between NSW and the federal government signed earlier this year, the Sunday Age and the Sun-Herald expect further funding announcements to come. The second instalment would treat the deal with NSW, which included almost $1 billion …

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Restaurant, pub trade rebounds as Australians dine out in droves

The Australian Bureau of Statistics last week said cafes, restaurants and takeaway food led the increase in retail sales in October. National retail sales were 7.3 per cent higher than in October 2019, seasonally adjusted, although if Victoria is excluded the figure was nearly 12 per cent. But it has …

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Older renters on the dole the most financially strapped as calls grow for JobSeeker increase

But the government’s review, led by former Treasury deputy secretary Mike Callaghan, found raising rent assistance by as much as 40 per cent would only marginally reduce financial stress and cost the federal budget $370 million to assist pensioners and $1.7 billion for all recipients. Instead, for those unable to …

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Stokes vows to strengthen koala protection, predicts ‘fraught’ talks

Ms Berejiklian responded by sacking Ms Cusack from her parliamentary secretary role and issuing a joint statement with Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro ordering the SEPP to be renegotiated starting from its original settings to quell the latest Coalition stoush. Loading “I was disappointed, personally, as a lot …

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In a pulse of brilliance, the Blue Mountains fireflies are back

Loading Chris Reid, a research scientist specialising in beetles at the museum, says the Blue Mountains firefly is found in rainforests all the way up to the Queensland border and is one of 25 species in the country. Their light is created by chemical reactions in organs in the abdomen …

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Tri Nations 2020 LIVE: Wallabies, Argentina locked in tense early battle

The Wallabies have had 76 per cent territory and 65 per cent possession but are still locked with Argentina where it counts – the scoreboard. Some half chances have gone begging but the Australians do feel desperately close to scoring more points. It’s still 3-all after 24 minutes. A few …

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Litchfield holds nerve as Thunder down Strikers in tense finish

With the Thunder’s season on the line, Litchfield achieved what national star Rachael Haynes could not. Her unbeaten 16 off 14 balls may appear modest on paper but what the scorebook does not capture is how she kept her head in the closing stages to steer the western Sydney team …

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