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From the Archives, 1983: ASIS botches training drill at the Sheraton Hotel

Later a detective said the five men had been released into the custody of military police. Investigations would continue “higher up” in the Victoria Police force and within the military, he said. He said he believed the “raid” on the Sheraton was part of a terrorist exercise. The Sheraton’s manager, …

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‘Sexist’ or a ‘green shoot for women’?: Victoria’s pandemic-busting budget

“There’s a women-in-construction strategy, $5 million to get more women there, $5 million for women in TAFE training programs, a women-in-transport strategy … $6.5 million to find and train women as surveyors; it almost looks sexist,” he said. The first budget in which the disproportionate toll on Victorian women of …

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It doesn’t matter how badly they stuff up; in the Morrison era politicians don’t resign

The sudden outbreak of political stability is welcome, but it has bred political hubris and a new shamelessness. We find ourselves with a different problem: no one will resign anymore. It doesn’t matter how egregious the failure in leadership or how corruption-adjacent the behaviour, the principles of accountability and ministerial …

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‘I do’ gives way to ‘I don’t’ as marriages plummet even before pandemic

Loading The record low marriage rate was before this year’s pandemic. Preliminary data shows between January and June this year, the total number of marriages was 32 per cent down on the average 55,492 nuptials over the same period during the past five years. Marriages started to nose-dive in March …

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Coal baron rules out suing over NSW energy plan as opposition wanes

The landmark energy plan passed into law on Friday after the government overcame a marathon effort over 30 hours in virtually one sitting by One Nation MP Mark Latham to shackle the bill with almost 250 amendments, and also reference Mr St Baker’s criticisms. Loading With support from Labor, Greens …

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Self-employment entrenches traditional gender roles for parents

“The reality is it’s a bit mixed – there are some short-term gains to working conditions, but there may also be an overall net deficit where women are working fewer hours, which has income and career implications over the longer term, and they are generally less satisfied with their work-family …

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Hospital’s expansion leaves a bitter taste as last drinks called at iconic pub

Liberal councillor Christine Forster said there was a huge need for mental health facilities but there were plenty of empty commercial spaces which could have been adapted for such a service. “It didn’t have to be a heritage pub which has a really special cultural significance to the suburb and …

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Business and unions to power state’s recovery through Victoria Summit

“We have the opportunity to create a bold vision for Victoria. Where does Victoria go and where will we be in 2030? … If we bring industry, universities, TAFEs, unions and government together, what can we create?” “Our legacy should be what we did coming out of COVID, not the …

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Facing bushfire lessons from Australia’s ancient Gondwana forests

“Those rainforests haven’t burnt for thousands of years, scientists have told me anecdotally,” he said. “They just don’t burn. The tops of these mountains have these rainforests on top of them and then they transition out to eucalypt or wet sclerophyll forests. “They are like the Galapagos Islands, but on …

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Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack to return to Punt Road in early December

The club also declared at the time that the players would pay the $75,000 fine imposed however after push-back from the players’ managers and the AFL Players’ Association and with the emotion receding, the club acknowledged that a solution was likely to be reached between the player and the club …

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