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Pfizer, BioNTech warn UK against plans to delay second vaccine jab

Many experts have supported the decision to delay the second jab so that more people can get the first given the gravity of the UK’s rapidly worsening second wave. But others such as US infectious diseases chief Anthony Fauci have criticised the dosing regime because it was not tested in …

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As it happened: Miners limit ASX dip with Georgia on investors’ minds

Thanks for tuning in today for Markets Live. Alex Druce is done for the day, but will be back in the morning to help keep an eye on the senate run-off in Georgia. Until then, stay safe and good luck. Mining titans helped the Australian sharemarket claw back to a …

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Tying workers to super accounts would save $1.8b in fees: Financial Services Council

The analysis shows this change could save consumers about $1.8 billion in fees over the next three years, based on almost 1.1 million workers expected to change employment in 2021-2022, about 1 million in 2022-2023 and 1.1 million in 2023-2024. Loading In the first year the estimated fee saving was …

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‘Australians shouldn’t be forking out twice’: ABC pays Foxtel up to $35,000 for each Matildas match

Senator Hanson-Young, who asked the department about the costs during October’s Senate estimates hearings, said that charging the ABC while receiving money from the government was a “rort” that used public money to put sport behind the paywall. Loading “Australians shouldn’t be forking out twice just to see our national …

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Hold the Sydney Test without spectators – and do the same for the Australian Open

The SCG Trust has social distancing arrangements in place to thin out the crowd at the match. But individuals are not being lowered by helicopter into the distanced seats. Thousands will take public transport to the venue. The crowd must move through turnstiles, and will no doubt want to visit …

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Life is tough for the directionally challenged

If you ever feel the urge to tell me where to go, please refrain from using dirty four letter words like ‘east” and “west”. I can cope with instructions of left and right, up and down, but anything more and you may as well be speaking Mandarin, of which I …

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Nine targets Ferguson, SBW in search for star rugby talent

Allana Ferguson is set to become one of Nine’s female rugby panellists as the broadcaster locks in big names and fresh perspectives in a new approach to covering the sport. The former Jillaroo isn’t the only cross-code star in Nine’s sights, with discussions still ongoing with Sonny Bill Williams’ camp. …

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‘Absolute urgency’ needed to stop grid failure as renewables take off

This rate of change exceeds the federal government’s projections, released in November, which said renewables would comprise 55 per cent of the power mix by 2030. “It’s very good for emissions, but it means coal plants will retire faster than anybody thinks,” Ms Schott said. “Already, we’re seeing big coal …

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Target Time and superquiz, Tuesday, January 5

TARGET TIME Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list is …

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The epidemic Australia is failing to control

Often the inspiration for the education reforms in Australia are imported from the US and Britain. Yet, the evidence base to support many of these grand policy changes here is weak or non-existent. For instance, research shows that market-based models of school choice, test-based accountability, and privatisation of public education …

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