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‘Never been here before’: Harvey Norman profits up 185 per cent as retailer captures more COVID spending

“People can’t spend their money on other things anymore, so they spending time upgrading their home,” he said. “And that’s happening right across the world.” Loading “There’s also been so much money thrown into these economies, and because they can’t spend it [elsewhere], we’re getting the advantage of that. We’re …

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Top public servant unaware who decided on security for hotel quarantine

The virus spread into the community and sparked Victoria’s deadly second wave. Text messages between a senior public servant and an emergency services boss revealed the role of the Defence force was being considered before hotel quarantine started. In the messages, shown to the inquiry on Monday morning Kate Houghton …

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TikTok affair exposes ugly intersection between US politics and capitalism

The deal to which Trump has given his blessing bears no resemblance to his original directive that TikTok should simply be banned in the US, nor his subsequent position that he would allow its complete sale to a US company. Oracle (12.5 per cent) and Walmart (7.5 per cent) will …

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Private health operators flag ‘important role’ in COVID recovery

COVID-19 has prompted a number of pauses on elective procedures over the past six months. These have now restarted across the country and Victoria is on the path to fully resuming treatments, though the state is facing a backlog of 60,000 patients. New South Wales is facing wait lists of …

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NRL announces 25 per cent staff cut in $50 million reduction

“Our business, like so many others, has been hit by a hurricane called COVID, which caused substantial damage. Our strategy moving forward is to stabilise, renovate and grow,” Abdo said. “In order to stabilise, we must secure revenues and reduce our expenses to ensure a strong foundation. Then we will …

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Woman accused of sending White House a poison letter arrested: sources

Washington: A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The …

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The man who put Pepsi on the map dies at 99

The Kitchen Debate The next day, July 24, 1959, Nixon and Premier Khrushchev toured the exhibition and debated capitalism and communism through interpreters in what became known as the Kitchen Debate, named for the room in a mocked-up American house where it took place. After the exchange, Nixon steered Khrushchev …

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Camps to reopen for regional schools, but Melbourne not out of woods

Regional and rural schools will return to face-to-face classes from week one of term four. The Andrews government accelerated the timeline for their reopening last week, in recognition of the progress regional Victoria has seen in reducing COVID-19 case numbers. But the decision to reopen was not initially extended to …

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Trump’s tweet flights of fancy on coronavirus

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The US COVID-19 death toll of 200,000 leaves a terrible legacy of misery. However, President Donald Trump’s tweets tell a decidedly different story. He’s blamed China; he’s blamed state governors. He’s blamed the CDC for the spread of inaccurate data, while retweeting …

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