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As it happened: ASX sheds 1.1% with Georgia hanging in the balance

That’s a wrap from us at Markets Live today. Alex Druce will be back in the morning to check who exactly will be driving the US Senate. Thanks for reading along, see you tomorrow. ASX investors headed to the sidelines on Wednesday as control of the US Senate – and …

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Two children dead, three people injured in alleged hit-and-run in NSW central-west

The woman was flown to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition. The 10-year-old boy suffered serious leg injuries and was flown to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and was undergoing surgery overnight. The nine-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and was taken to Orange Base Hospital. Just after 8.40pm on Tuesday, …

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I swear it’s a sign

“I share your frustration, Peter Skinner (C8), at not being able to hear the questions at politicians’ press conferences, but it’s deliberate,” says Peter Riley of Penrith. “We are not supposed to hear the questions because then we’d know they’re not answering the question they were actually asked. Perhaps we …

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Big money and endless acrimony: Family court reform to rein in ‘dreadful’ litigants, lawyers

Professor Patrick Parkinson is less enamoured of the family court merger than the power it gives judges to manage cases. The family court system is beset by long delays, drawn out cases and high costs, which are partly the result of resourcing not having kept pace with demand. Since 2012-13, …

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Australia has become an island of sporting paradise in 2021

All of the procedural grunt work was done last year as administrators and governments picked their way through the constantly shifting landscape. The result means Australians can look forward to what will be a relatively normal and semi-predictable year of sport. And if those adjectives don’t get you fired up, …

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Outsourcing expertise: Private consultant paid $5.5m for stamp duty reform

“Senior NSW public servants are privately asking why NSW Treasury can’t carry out this work rather than outsourcing taxation reform to an outside body,” said Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord. Loading “Shouldn’t NSW Treasury have the expertise in the people inside the department already? This is simply putting work to the …

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Chef Guillaume Brahimi joins Crown Sydney as culinary ambassador

When you’ve reached the culinary heights early in your career of being head chef at Bennelong, the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, how do you keep challenging yourself? For Guillaume Brahimi, who has been awarded coveted hats by The Good Food Guide in Australia as well as being …

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Target Time and superquiz, Wednesday, January 6

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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Beware the gap between the grim reality of COVID and market optimism

Given the social, political and economic strife ushered in by the pandemic, it seems like quite the disjuncture. So why are traders not slumping into their Bloomberg terminals clutching their brows as markets rise and fall? A few reasons, really. The markets are positive a worldwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccines …

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