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Festive season credit card debt now a ghost of Christmas past

“The Christmas spike in credit card spending is now a thing of the past,” he said. “People have been spending less on their credit cards but, even more critically, they’ve been accelerating the rate at which they have been repaying the money they owe on their credit cards.” The number …

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Brisbane three-day lockdown a ‘short, sharp shock’ against UK strain

Her decision was supported by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who described the move as “very sensible” and the Brisbane outbreak as “a serious situation”. The Prime Minister on Friday also announced all returning international travellers must test negative for the virus before boarding a flight back to Australia as the …

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NSW on alert as family tests positive to South African COVID-19 mutation

“There are concerns that this South African strain does share a similar mutation from the UK that may be associated with increased transmissibility. That is why we are taking a very cautious approach there,” Dr Chant said. The flight crew had already left Australian quarantine and had landed in Singapore …

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From Camberwell to Shetland in search of my family’s story

My starting point was only a 10-minute stroll from where I live in the leafy suburb of Camberwell: the house of my great-grandfather, a 10-roomed, double-storey Victorian property named “Eelundie”, commissioned in 1884 when Will, as he was known, was 30. It’s still standing regally, framed by intricate cast-iron lacework …

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We are all addicts now: a call for compassion

Despite its wrongness, that idea has driven drug and alcohol policies, drug laws, and the funding of drug treatment services for decades. The idea that addicts are fundamentally different – deeply other – has resulted in a nihilism that is exemplified in a common two-sided attitude: a) drug treatment doesn’t …

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US on hold as deranged President makes unpredictable decisions

January 6 was announced to be ”the day of reckoning” by US President Donald Trump as he exhorted his followers to come to Washington where ”it will be wild”. Rudy Giuliani, his legal lickspittle, urged the mob that turned up to engage in ”trial by combat”. For the next 11 …

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Northern beaches end of lockdown fears: ‘We don’t want visitors bringing the virus back’

Northern Beaches mayor Michael Regan says businesses are concerned about an influx of outsiders.Credit:James Brickwood Loading “It’s a Catch-22 situation. There is a real anxiousness in the community about opening up to Greater Sydney, however, that is countered by the fact that they can’t wait to be out of lockdown …

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Up to 36 Indigenous Voices across Australia, but no veto power on laws

The government has released the interim report on Saturday and started a four-month consultation process about the proposed Voice models. Loading It suggests a national Voice with 16 or 18 members be established, either as a statutory body or as a corporation with special powers. The government would be expected …

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‘Another string in our bow’: Novavax prepares for COVID-19 vaccine launch

The technology behind Novavax’s coronavirus vaccine is different from other products that Australia has ordered. The protein-based candidate contains one element of the virus, a version of the “spike protein” in SARS-CoV-2, and the vaccine delivers this to the body to prompt an immune response. Unlike mRNA vaccines like Pfizer’s, …

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Target Time, Saturday, January 9

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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