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Victoria hits 36 days without any new COVID-19 cases

“We are clearly moving through a phase where the utility of masks becomes less and less and we have changed the advice on mask wearing from universal mask wearing indoors and outdoors to primarily focused on wearing indoors,” he said. “That’s the current state of advice, as well as where …

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Australia drops plan to use Kyoto credits to meet Paris climate target

The Prime Minister hinted on Thursday the government might not need to use the credits, telling Parliament he had “kept commitments and beaten commitments” in the past and would outline this in his speech to the British gathering. The new stance will be a significant shift after years of government …

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After dropping Kyoto credits, Morrison’s next step is much riskier

There was a hint of this in the party room meeting last Tuesday when three of the Coalition’s biggest critics of climate action — Barnaby Joyce, Matt Canavan and Craig Kelly — attacked the NSW Liberal government and Premier Gladys Berejiklian for planning a huge shift towards renewable energy. Loading …

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‘Ridiculous and dangerous’: the hard road to safety in the gig economy

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Bruna Quirino Correa feels strangely fortunate to have collided with a car, breaking her arm while delivering for Uber Eats. “I was lucky to have had a car involved because of the car insurance,” she says. A fellow Brazilian student broke her …

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The three retirement pillars: How the experts are grappling with the retirement income review

The three pillars The review panel was asked to look at three pillars of the nation’s retirement system: the age pension, compulsory superannuation and voluntary savings, which includes home ownership. The overall diagnosis was positive. Loading “It’s true to say that the review finds the system is working broadly pretty …

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‘Help fill the void’: Tourism Australia urges locals to put holidays under the tree

“As we head into the peak travel period and with many Australians preparing to jet set across the country, I encourage people to consider booking an experience that they can share with their friends and family over the holiday period,” Mr Birmingham said. Loading Over the past few weeks, most …

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Vales Point says pollution breaches reflect dirty Lake Macquarie water

Based on data collected at a control location 13 kilometres away, the company estimated discharges from the plant were actually lower than the lake’s pollution readings. “The power station is actually reducing TSS from the lake water,” he said. Loading The NSW Environment Protection Authority echoed the company’s assessment, although …

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COVID pressure helps Uber tighten grip on local ridesharing

Dan Jordan, spokesman for DiDi, says Ola’s cuts were “not necessarily surprising” with COVID-19 lockdowns putting extra pressure on operators in an already highly competitive ride-share market. “There have been three major players in the market, and it is a very competitive industry, I think what we’ve seen since we’ve …

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Luxury retailers are defying market jitters

Mr Alamsyah said MECCA has been the pioneer of the power brands that are opening stores in Sydney CBD, as Australians are not spending money on traditional travel during the pandemic. “With the COVID-19 restrictions eased followed by the news that the vaccine will be ready soon, the opening of …

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HomeCo raises $125m to seed new healthcare fund

The acquisitions will increase HomeCo’s health, wellness and government exposure to more than $400 million in assets and provide it with the scale to start a second standalone fund in the first half of 2021. The deal will increase HomeCo’s funds under management to $1.7 billion across 47 assets, an …

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