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With superannuation choice there will be retirement consequences

Undoubtedly, letting people choose to have their cash upfront rather than keep it in super has the potential to be popular. When the federal government introduced the superannuation early access scheme at the height of the pandemic millions withdrew up to $20,000 each from their accounts to make ends meet …

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Grounded: Qantas stuck on the tarmac in pandemic recovery journey

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Qantas boss Alan Joyce made a typical boast this week: that his airline was in a better position than any other in the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. If true, it’s a case of being the best in a bad …

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Capitol Hill rioters included highly trained ex-military and police, some used ‘bear spray’

Loading “ISIS and al-Qaeda would drool over having someone with the training and experience of a US military officer,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent and fellow with the Brennan Centre for Justice at New York University. “These people have training and capabilities that far exceed what any foreign …

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Don’t want an Australian Trump? Now’s the time to choose wisely

In the non-compulsory voting system of the US, the candidate who beat Trump in 2020 was Trump himself: he managed to mobilise more Americans to vote against him than to vote for him – just. We shouldn’t forget that he also brought out a record number of Americans to vote …

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Sham tax agent walks free, while ATO continues to chase clients

The case has highlighted problems with the Proceeds of Crime Act, which empowers the Australian Federal Police to confiscate assets from offenders, but not compensate their victims. It also raises significant concerns about the conduct of the Tax Office, which has aggressively pursued Hogg’s clients, who had no knowledge or …

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Dull, dispiriting and downright unimaginative: Sydney’s aerotropolis doesn’t fly

Let’s go back a bit. You may not have noticed, because that’s how much influence planning has on actual life, that the Greater Sydney Commission has divided Sydney into three cities; the Eastern Harbour City, Central River City and Western Parkland City. The Eastern Harbour City extends some 30 kilometres …

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Stranded Australians desperate to come home as political buck passing continues

Fisher, who had been employed in the UAE for more than a decade, was made redundant mid-year after the economic shock of the pandemic and worked out his required three months’ notice with a flight back booked for September. That was cancelled, as were the next two, including one just …

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Phone app could be passport when vaccine starts in mid-February

“We have, through Service NSW, the ability to actually have people have a tick on their phone if they have received a vaccine, as evidence … so I think there are positive ways that we can incentivise people to take a vaccine,” she said. A spokesman for Customer Service Minister …

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Trump climbed out of the ’80s trash can – and can do it again

In an interview in 2005, Ellis told me that Trump and those other tapped-out 1980s brand names belonged to his personal experience of yuppie despair at the time. Fifteen years on, he spoke of American Psycho, and all the brand names in it, as a museum piece. But Ellis also …

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Go north, young man: Kewell says Aussie talent should be playing in Europe

“If you want to compete at the highest level, I mean back in the day, yes, England was [the highest level], but there’s a lot more countries – like you have Germany, Spain, Italy, France – all great leagues now where any of these young players can come over and …

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