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‘Far from adequate’: Hongkongers in exile call for Australia to lift its response to Beijing crackdown

It also prioritised future applicants on the occupational skills list and those who had a sponsoring employer who could pay a salary above ​$153,600. But the Department said this pathway was still being developed and did not provide figures on how many Hongkongers had applied or been approved. Loading “The …

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Time to consider limits on the will to conceive

Loading “Just beware that the cost of IVF is more than dollars. I have seen girlfriends lose the plot in the past, along with their relationships, not knowing when to say enough is enough. IVF clinics are businesses, and they don’t turn away customers when they should.” “I get it,” …

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Behind Facebook’s unfriending of Australia

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size On Thursday, Australian employees at human rights organisation Amnesty International convened for a crisis meeting. Hours earlier, and with no warning, its most important amplification channel had been hobbled. All news articles on its Facebook page, which it spent years cultivating and …

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Remember the Titans? How Holbrook found a pulse at the Gold Coast

“What I hear at the moment is that people are excited about the season and looking forward to coming to the games. For myself and the players, that’s what we want to try and achieve,” Holbrook says. “We finished well last year and we want to get a bit of …

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Is Novak Djokovic treated unfairly?

Djokovic’s extraordinary success at Melbourne Park, where he is 8-0 in finals, has never seen him supported with the enthusiasm that Australian fans have long felt for the less polarising and beloved Roger Federer, in particular, or Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal also have taken a more conciliatory approach to …

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The letter that shows NSW’s top cop blocked ex-officer from NRL role

Gorick’s application was deemed an “extraordinary to high” risk, in part due to the potential damage to the NSW Police Force “from the officer’s involvement with the club as a director stemming from the recent findings of ASADA [into the Sharks’ supplements program”. Gorick did not have an official role …

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‘Cocaine importer’ asked cellmate to help him die as guards watched TV

He was also drowning in more than $6 million in debt, owing everyone from the tax office, friends and development financiers charging more than 20 per cent interest on short-term loans. Despite his recent ordeal and poor future prospects, a senior corrections officer told the inquest in November that Mavris …

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‘Not going down lightly’: Dog owners bite back over off-leash ban

“It’s a real community, and they’re really passionate, so this is not going to go down lightly,” she said. The council voted to revoke the majority of the off-leash areas in October after a resident whose home bordered the park complained that his two assistance dogs became upset by the …

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Sydney suburbs record biggest rise in new JobKeeper applications

Nationally, 1.54 million workers remained on JobKeeper at the end of 2020, a massive drop from 3.6 million in September 2020 as workers at 520,000 companies no longer received the wage subsidy. Josh Frydenberg has ruled out extending JobKeeper.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen Grattan Institute household finances director Brendan Coates said measuring the …

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‘Wake-up call’: Give teachers a 15 per cent pay rise, inquiry says

In 2011, the NSW government introduced a 2.5 per cent growth cap on public sector wages. Amid falling government revenue, NSW has now lowered that to 0.3 per cent this financial year and 1.5 per cent for the next three years. But the Gallop report found the scale and intensity …

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