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‘Harmful’: French education ministry bans gender-inclusive language

Paris: France’s education ministry has banned the use of gender-inclusive words in classrooms, saying they “harm” learning and risk cementing the status of English as the world’s dominant language. The decree sent to schools across the country took specific aim at the practice of introducing full stops into the middle …

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How does the federal budget work – and how is it different from yours?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size It’s almost budget time again, with all its rituals and hoopla. For many Australians, it might be the only time they really focus on politics in the year. “I know people think budgets are pretty dry things,” former treasurer and prime minister …

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Woolworths shareholders eye $2b special dividend bonanza from Endeavour demerger

Mr Mathieson will sit on Endeavour’s board alongside current Woolworths director Holy Kramer, former Lion managing director Duncan Makeig, former Telstra CMO Joe Pollard, Woolworths executive Colin Storrie, and Nine Entertainment director Catherine West. They will be joined by Endeavour’s chairman Peter Hearl and soon-to-be chief executive Steve Donohue. Endeavour …

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‘I’m sorry’: Robert Doyle apologises for the pain he has caused

“And apologise truly and from your heart and from the depths of your soul, that’s what you’ve got to do.” Mr Doyle was found to have committed “serious misconduct of a sexual nature” against a woman at a dinner awards ceremony while he was chairman of Melbourne Health, according to …

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Follow the QR-code brick road: Opening day for Olympic Park mass vaccination hub

Dozens of people eligible for their coronavirus vaccination were in line outside Sydney’s Olympic Park on Monday morning to receive the first of thousands of vaccines scheduled to be administered this week. A dental hygienist from the Southern Highlands who left her house before the sun was up stood alongside …

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EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June

“But for future orders, in order to respond in particular to variants, we see that other vaccines are now more effective, so this signals a European pragmatism which I welcome.” Loading The European Union signed a new contract with Pfizer-BioNTech to receive 1.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for 2021-2023, …

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Crown bidding war erupts, Steve McCann named as new CEO

Crown’s existing shareholders would own around 59 per cent of the new merged company while The Star’s would own around 41 per cent. Crown said it had not yet formed a view on the merits of the proposal. However it did announce that outgoing Lendlease boss Steve McCann would take …

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ASX up 0.8% at 14-month highs; Miners surge on record metals prices

Sky-high commodity prices and a bidding war for some of the nation’s biggest casinos has sent the ASX200 back above 7100 points to a new 14-month high. The local benchmark was up 0.7 per cent to 7127.7 after 20 minutes of trade on Monday, topping the previous peak set last …

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Woman with baby allegedly kidnapped by former partner in Sydney

A man is facing domestic violence and kidnapping charges after allegedly assaulting his former partner and forcing her into a car with her baby son on Mother’s Day in Sydney’s south-west. Police have been told the woman tried to escape the vehicle twice and called on passers-by to help. The …

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‘The distance from Perth to London’: How a gas company cleared the Kimberley

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Native bees attempting to fly across patches of cleared land in Western Australia’s Kimberley region would overheat and drop dead before ever reaching the other side, unable to find food or an area to rest. Such is the scope of the clearing, …

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