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From the Archives, 1972: Whitlam’s strong protest against US bombing in Vietnam

However, the sources refused to disclose the contents of the message. Loading The protest to President Nixon is believed to have been sent through the U.S. Ambassador in Canberra (Mr. Walter Rice). It follows the resumption of massive American bombing of North Vietnam this week when peace talks between the …

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Why Labor needs to lock in Eddie

McGuire, the son of migrants who paid £10 to give their children a better life in Australia, represents everything modern Labor should aspire to and everything it is searching to reconnect with. Born into a blue-collar housing commission he became, through tireless hard work and bootloads of ambition, a household …

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Cheap house price growth outstrips millionaire neighbours

Apartment prices fell in every price bracket in the harbour city over the past three months, with the steepest drop of 2 per cent for the highest priced units worth just under $1 million, and the smallest decline of 0.9 per cent for the cheapest apartments priced under $577,880. CoreLogic …

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Cheap house price growth outstripped millionaire neighbours in 2020

Affordable apartments also outperformed their pricier counterparts with a 0.6 per cent increase for those worth under $450,000, compared to 0.4 per cent for those in the middle of the market and a 0.5 per cent decline for the priciest homes. CoreLogic head of research for Asia Pacific Tim Lawless …

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2020 brought another year of extremes, as fires made way for La Nina

Loading “It’s also a bit earlier than we thought that we’d get this close to 50 degrees” in an Australian city, he said. With a fortnight to go, that peak in Penrith remains the hottest anywhere in Australia in 2020, Bureau of Meteorology figures show. NSW makes up six of …

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‘No sense to them’: Tackling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on social media

Growing misinformation The scale of the problem is evident in Facebook data showing it removed more than 12 million pieces of content on Facebook and Instagram (which it also owns) between March and October this year for containing misinformation that may lead to imminent physical harm, such as content relating …

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David Pocock tries his hand at climate leadership

“It’s just a reminder that, in 2020, we should not be mining our food bowl,” he said. “It makes no sense.” Loading Simon Clough, chair of Lock the Gate’s national board, said the group was delighted to appoint Mr Pocock given his passion for sustainable agriculture. “Much of Australia’s farmland …

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The families who pay the price for Sydney’s reliance on toll roads

Labor claims its own modelling, which is based on traffic forecasts in the 2016 WestConnex business case, shows motorists could pay a cumulative total of almost $20 billion in tolls on WestConnex alone during the next decade. When Sydney’s modern tollway network was born in the late 1980s and early …

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Caves, tsunamis and kittens: farewell to three years in south-east Asia

After 10 years writing about politics in Canberra, I wanted to get on the road and write about the people of south-east Asia. My posting delivered in spades, though it didn’t start as I had expected. Within my first two weeks I spent a day with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. …

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‘Nothing was going to stop us coming back’: Mallacoota booming after year from hell

Last month’s journey was charged, Terry says, but on reaching Mallacoota any abiding sadness turned to gratitude. “We were thinking: ‘How lucky are we that everything wasn’t destroyed? Here we are back again, like we’ve been all these years. We’ve still got our beautiful place to come back to’,” she …

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