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ABC reviewing pay of almost 2000 workers to check for potential underpayments

“The ABC takes very seriously its obligations to ensure all employees are paid correctly,” the ABC’s HR chief, Monica Vagg, wrote in an email to staff. Loading “We have commenced a review of employees who have been paid a buyout or were engaged on a band one classification to ensure …

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A podcast following the Aussie far right

“Dangerous idiots are a little more difficult to determine because there’s such a large volume of material. If you go onto Facebook and look for expressions of racial hatred you’ll spend the rest of your life examining it.” Fleming focuses on those with a long running history of racist statements, …

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Why I’ll never go back to a flat non-folding phone

The transition was not only seamless but more convenient — I no longer needed to lug around two different devices while also delivering complete continuity between smartphone and tablet. I could also comfortably hold the device one handed during extended use which is something I could never do with Apple’s …

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Georgia run-offs LIVE updates: Democrats on brink of Senate control; Joe Biden’s US election win to be ratified; Donald Trump to speak at rally

US Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is claiming victory in his race against Republican David Perdue, thanking Georgians for “electing me to serve you”. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race between Ossoff and Perdue, which is too early to call. Ossoff made the comments early on …

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Porn as default sex educator heightens risk of abuse

It can be hard to tell what is consensual in pornography, and what isn’t. But even content made by freely consenting adults can contribute to significant harms. Porn is made to sexually arouse its viewers and, from the industry’s perspective, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic, racist, rough or degrading it …

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Our civil obedience is a strength, not a weakness

I despair of those who wring their hands at this behaviour as evidence of a deterioration in the brave Aussie spirit of independence and rugged individualism. Obedience is exactly what should happen in a democracy, from the ancient Greeks onwards. When people trust their government, they don’t need a police …

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Masks mandatory for SCG Test after Melbourne COVID cricket scare

“You have to think about people’s mental health, the desire to get out there and have aspects of a normal life,” Mr Hazzard said. He said all 10,000 spectators must wear a face mask at all times unless they are eating or drinking. Thousands were directed to self-isolate in Victoria …

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Little justice in treatment of alleged abuse victims

Illustration: Dionne GainCredit: Complainants are not legally represented and are kept out of court apart from during their evidence. The accused is present throughout, has the right to remain silent and, rightly so, is guaranteed a legal defence. Complainants are described as a “witness”. Saxon Mullins, whose five-year court ordeal …

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Target Time and superquiz, Thursday, January 7

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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Platypuses disappear from five Brisbane waterways

They collected samples between June and October, the platypus breeding season, considering it the highest period of activity for the species. In total, 24 waterways tested positive for platypus environmental DNA (eDNA), and of these, 20 waterways had reported previous platypus sightings. “Five waterways, based on lack of platypus eDNA, …

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