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Major employers delay return to office until February

Loading In NSW, the public health order requiring companies to allow employees to work from home no longer applies, but social distancing requirements mean offices can only be half-full at any given time. The Commonwealth Bank, which is the nation’s biggest bank employing more than 40,000 people, said it is …

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Revenge of the bottom half: Biden’s spending blitz spells trouble for the rich

While all eyes over the last week were fixed on the putsch in Washington and COVID everywhere else, the Fed stunned investors with a policy pirouette. The Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Richmond Fed chiefs suggested in unison that the institution might start to wind down QE as soon as this …

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As it happened: ASX falls flat to cap lacklustre week

And with that, we’ll close the blog off for the evening. Thanks for tuning in to Markets Live this week, and for joining the discussion in the comments. Alex Druce will be back on Monday with Lucy Battersby. See you then. Australian shares were almost unchanged on Friday as investors …

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To succeed, Biden must create more jobs than any president in recent history

“Biden is going to inherit a chilled, but not frozen, economy. There is much slower momentum as we enter 2021. The easy gains from the early part of the recovery are behind us,” said Gregory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics. “There is hope for tomorrow, but there is …

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Siegfried Fischbacher, of magician duo Siegfried and Roy, dies at 81

San Francisco: Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of German entertainment duo Siegfried and Roy, has died at the age of 81, his sister confirmed. Fischbacher, originally from the city of Rosenheim in south-east Germany, became famous for his appearances with white tigers and lions alongside his partner Roy Horn. Siegfried …

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Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19, in doubt for Australian Open

American Madison Keys also said on Thursday, US time, that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss the Australian Open. The world no.16 said she returned a positive result before she was due to travel to Australia and is now self-isolating at her home. “I’m very disappointed to …

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Ex-Michigan health chief charged with manslaughter over Flint water crisis

“We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Governor Snyder,” defence attorney Brian Lennon said on Wednesday night, adding that prosecutors still hadn’t provided him with any details. Snyder, a Republican, was governor from 2011 through 2018. The former computer executive pitched himself as a problem-solving …

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Fly the Aboriginal flag at half mast on January 26

But I know that we are not alone in wanting to believe that this country is capable of telling the truth about its violent history – reckoning with its past, so it can better deal with its present. As with ANZAC Day, we ask that all Australians join us in …

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‘Things were looking optimistic and then just fell off a cliff’: How the latest outbreak hurt business

“It has been very quiet since we returned on January 4. It is always quiet in January in the city when people are on holidays. But people are also scared to move around now and very cautious about travelling around on public transport.” A survey released on Friday shows that, …

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Twitter was right to ban Donald Trump

I support freedom of speech and democracy – and that is why I support Twitter banning Donald Trump. Democracy and freedom depend on twin principles: first, that government should be for the people by the people, that the people have the freedom to debate the future of their country, and …

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