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Australians tap super for $500m outlay on IVF, weight-loss surgery and dentistry

Almost 34,000 Australians withdrew more than half a billion dollars from their retirement accounts last year for medical treatments such as IVF, weight-loss surgery and dentistry, amid concerns from the superannuation industry about a surge in applicants taking money out early. Australian Taxation Office figures show 59,900 applications to access …

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Amended Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine may be needed for South African variant

“We have a version with the South African spike sequence in the works,” Sarah Gilbert, lead researcher for the Oxford team, told the BBC on Sunday. Loading “It looks very likely that we can have a new version ready to use in the (European) autumn.” The study, which has not …

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Kane bounces back to fire Spurs to victory over West Brom

Loading Kane and Son have both scored 13 league goals this season and again showed how invaluable they are to Tottenham. When Kane had to be substituted at halftime in the defeat by Liverpool there were fears the striker might be facing a longer spell on the sidelines and the …

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New Ebola case could signal fresh outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

It comes nearly three months after Congo announced the end to its 11th outbreak hundreds of miles away in the west. That outbreak, which infected 130 people and killed 55, overlapped with an earlier one in the east that killed more than 2200 people, the second-highest death toll in the …

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Second Melbourne hotel quarantine worker tests positive to COVID-19

“The individual is being interviewed and a full public health response is underway,” the alert stated. The department said anyone considered a primary close contact, including some Holiday Inn Airport workers, should immediately isolate and get tested. Public health teams are identifying exposure sites and have already listed several locations …

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Write-down shows AGL has read the writing on the wall

This is a painful write-down for AGL’s shareholders and one which the subsequent share price movement suggests they had not fully anticipated. Painful though it is, it is likely to be just the beginning of the pain that new renewable electricity generators have in store for the old fossil fuel …

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Take away the choice when it comes to starting school

It is clear the current system needs to be overhauled, to take the burden of decision-making away from parents and to ensure a more equitable schooling system. Yes, there are social and educational differences in the early years but the current system exacerbates them by allowing a 19-month age gap …

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Morrison shows again he’s master of spin

Up until now, when things have gone wrong, the premiers have suffered. Quarantine has been their issue, as has the debate that always comes next, over lockdowns. Once everyone is vaccinated, lockdowns will be a thing of the past and the premiers will be free. But what about the intervening …

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Sydney cannot squander opportunity to rebuild

Last year was one of the most traumatic in living memory, unless you were lucky enough to live in Australia. Without taking anything away from the difficulties people faced here, what Australia experienced was closer to a normal recession than what many other countries experienced. The success of our government …

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Donald Trump isn’t the only one on trial – Joe Biden is too

Loading Just as Trump dodged testifying at his trial – he would have been his own damning, incriminating witness – Republican senators will dodge the issue of Trump’s guilt by relying on a bogus process argument about convicting a former president. Trump’s expected acquittal will come because of his continuing …

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