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Mass evacuations after Bondi Beach apartment fire

A man was helped out of his apartment by firefighters early on Saturday morning after his unit caught fire near Bondi Beach, leading to the evacuation of about 40 people from the unit block and an adjoining complex. The cause of the fire on the fourth floor of a block …

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China’s Sinopharm becomes first non-Western vaccine to win WHO approval

London: The World Health Organisation has made its long-awaited decision on China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, approving the jab for emergency use in all adults, meaning it can be rolled out globally. The WHO said that based on the available data, the vaccine was 79 per cent effective against symptomatic and …

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Ill-disciplined chest-thumping has put war at centre of what’s left of the Australia-China relationship

The Morrison government’s recent indisciplined commentary on the possibility of Australian military engagement in a future US-China war over Taiwan is both politically juvenile and potentially damaging to our core national security interests. For 50 years, successive Australian governments have not speculated publicly on what Australia would do in the …

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‘Sonny, look at your little chest mate’: SBW sees lighter side to Thorn identity

“Bro, give me a weight and I’ll bench it after training.” “You’ve got to bench 140kg like your life depends on it!” “Ok, I’ll do it.” An exuberant Williams continues, impersonating Thorn’s hoarse voice, while making it clear he didn’t know if he’d be able to move that amount of …

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Bank boom: Big four profits snap back from COVID-19 threat

Bank CEOs have an interest in making “glass half-full” public comments, but they too have been noticeably upbeat. ANZ Bank chief Shayne Elliott even flirted with the idea Australia was in economic boom territory. “GDP’s really strong, unemployment’s falling, house prices are up. It’s probably – I don’t know if …

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‘There’s no regrets’: The heartbreaking rise and fall of Jack Bird

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Paul Gallen can remember it well. “I thought, ‘There’s no hope this bloke is going to keep playing’,” Gallen recalls. Jack Bird had just dislocated his elbow, 18 minutes into the 2016 grand final. Gallen, then the Sharks’ skipper, had suffered the …

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Cruel game: Former gymnasts open up on culture of fear and control

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Georgia Simpson knew with sickening certainty as she was twisting and tumbling through the air that it was going to end badly. A part of her knew it before she even walked on the mat to start her routine. The moment she …

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‘Unparalleled’: Sydney’s most popular pop-up bike path overtakes city’s busiest

However, the Dunning Avenue cycling path in Rosebery and Zetland has seen, on average, about 100 riders a day, with just eight riders recorded in both directions on March 24. The Sydney Park Road bike lane had the second-lowest daily average of the new pop-up lanes: 147 trips per day. …

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NSW students lag Australia and world in learning second language: teachers

US Foreign Service Institute research shows it takes 480 hours to reach basic fluency in languages such as French or Spanish, and 720 hours in languages such as Arabic, Chinese and Russian. A review of the NSW curriculum called for every student to begin learning a second language at primary …

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Voters driven to distraction by Morrison’s short-term splurge

“We won’t be undertaking any sharp pivots towards austerity,” the Treasurer said last week. This is a Coalition government, remember. It is campaigning against conservative political stereotype. While Albanese this week did the same: “When it comes to thinking about government spending, I am cautious.” Loading As for the political …

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