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ASX set for positive open despite Wall Street slide; $A hits US79c

Wall Street stocks fell in afternoon trading on Monday (US time), adding to the declines that started last week as investors continue to be concerned about rising interest rates and the potential for inflation down the road. In early afternoon trade, the S&P 500 was down 0.2 per cent pulled …

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In bid to ease COVID restrictions, Johnson flags plan for ‘vaccine certificates’

“There is therefore no credible route to a zero-COVID Britain or indeed a zero-COVID world,” he said. “And we cannot persist indefinitely with restrictions that debilitate our economy, our physical and mental wellbeing, and the life chances of our children.” Schools will reopen and mixing outdoors with one other person …

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Microsoft, EU publishers seek Australia-style news payments

The EU’s internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, expressed support for Australia, in the latest sign Facebook’s move has backfired. “I think it’s very regrettable that a platform takes such decisions to protest against a country’s laws,” Breton told EU lawmakers. “It’s up to the platforms to adapt to regulators, not …

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‘Win-win’: Drop in speed limit on one of Sydney’s most congested roads

“Removing the right turns and lowering the speed limit are the most effective ways to improve safety for all road users, including pedestrians,” the department said in a letterbox drop to nearby residents over the weekend. Traffic often banks up behind vehicles turning right, including eastbound onto Bourke Street and …

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Australian former executive charged with bribery offences over African plot

The US Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission has been probing Leighton alongside the federal police and has built a case that the Australian company breached American anti-corruption laws by paying suspected bribes to win large overseas contracts between 2009 and 2012. Firms found responsible in the US for …

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Life under the grip of coercive control: inquiry hears how new law could be made

“I think it’s hugely dangerous if it isn’t adequately resourced [and] a huge burden on the frontline domestic and family violence sector. If we don’t fund the sector properly, this will not work,” she said. In the 2020-21 NSW budget the government committed $538.1 million over four years in continued …

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‘How did Daryl know?’: Transport for NSW outrage over leak to disgraced MP

The file note was created after a decision by Hong Kong developer Country Garden to splash out $85 million on the purchase of farmland at Cawdor, on the south-west outskirts of Sydney, in 2017. Country Garden reportedly wrote to planning authorities in December 2017 lobbying for an interchange to be …

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Scott Morrison planning for a two-budget election strategy

Another key factor is the national rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. The government hopes all Australians will have had at least one dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine by October. “Elections are too hard to win. I cherish every day, we will do it for the time we …

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‘Not a nice person’: Man accused of Parliament rape stood down from current job

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have confirmed the man is in a private rehabilitation clinic, days after staying overnight in a Sydney hospital. Loading A spokesman for the large corporation has confirmed the former staffer started working for the company in July 2020. He would not confirm whether …

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Supreme Court paves way for prosecutors to seize Trump tax records

“The work continues,” Vance said in a brief statement on Monday following the Supreme Court’s decision. Vance’s office has sought Trump’s records since 2019 when a New York grand jury issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for eight years of the former president’s tax returns. Trump has …

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