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How a bungled vaping bill got Hollie Hughes off cigarettes

The move came without party room consultation, and caught backbenchers off-guard. In response, 28 Liberal and National MPs signed an open letter to Mr Hunt, urging him to back down. Loading Those who signed the letter included Senator Hughes, Eric Abetz, Trent Zimmerman, George Christensen and Bridget McKenzie. They argued …

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From the Archives, 1987: Maxim’s – icon of La Belle Epoque

Within a few minutes, he has repaired to the ground-floor study lined with antique bookcases and seated himself behind a massive desk. There, like an old-fashioned notaire, he pores over the leather-bound ledgers that contain the accounts of his far-flung empire, checking them against the previous day’s fluctuations in the …

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Staring down the barrel of a landmark judgment on its workers’ status, Uber folds

When the case was heard in November, Uber’s lawyers were met with a series of disbelieving questions as they argued Uber was a platform, not an employer. “Everybody knows what function Uber plays. The restaurant’s function is to prepare the food. Uber’s function is to deliver the food; isn’t that …

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Strong earthquake strikes Croatia, Slovenia shuts power nuclear plant as precaution

Other footage showed a house with a roof caved in. The reporter said she did not know if anyone was inside. Tomislav Fabijanic, head of emergency medical service in Sisak near Petrinja, said there were many injured in Petrinja and in Sisak. “There are fractures, there are concussions and some …

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French fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Hard as it may be to imagine decades later, Armani chocolates, Bulgari hotels and Gucci sunglasses are all based on Cardin’s realisation that a fashion brand’s glamour had endless merchandising potential. Over the years his name has been stamped on razor blades, household goods, and tacky accessories – even cheap …

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From Melbourne to Pittwater: This is not the Christmas holiday we planned

By the time Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged Victorians to return home from NSW that invitation did not extend to those in the northern beaches. The warning not to venture into Sydney prevented my husband joining us for Christmas. All Christmas presents for the children that my husband was going …

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Jailing is failing: Why Sydney doesn’t need a new prison

Being in prison does not rehabilitate – more than half of those who are sentenced to prison go back behind bars, and most go back many times. Upon release, most people come out worse than they went in: they are poorer, have even worse housing than when they went in …

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Goodbye 2020: The great gifts that COVID-19 gave us

The truth is that, although I’m often ashamed to admit it, especially now amid this latest outbreak, I have had an oddly enriching and enjoyable 2020. Despite our family holiday on Pittwater being cancelled, I am so grateful to this year for forcing me to discover my perfect rhythm: walking …

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What Big Tech does in the shadows: Shunning social media won’t protect your privacy

At the Centre for Media Transition, we recently conducted research into privacy. This included asking people what they thought about shadow profiles. They were outraged. “It’s a kind of a theft,” one participant said. “I find that really unethical.” Over six focus groups, we also asked whether people thought consent …

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Bystander drownings on the rise as parents try to rescue children

Dr Lawes said it was tragic to have already reached the annual average number of bystander deaths when we are not even halfway through the financial year. Experts predict the figure will continue to get worse by the end of summer. A review of coastal fatalities found 67 Australians drowned …

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