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How the Torres Strait has become a COVID front line

The increased ABF and Defence presence has brought the number of arrivals down to roughly one a week in recent months. When a PNG boat makes it into Australian waters, Border Force’s current policy is to intercept the vessel and direct it back. But if one of passengers requires urgent …

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Two young girls wrote to Cate Campbell in the dark days after Rio. The letters saved her career.

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Cate Campbell didn’t want to read a solitary word about the Rio Olympics. She didn’t want to do any more interviews. In the weeks after the Games of 2016, the swimming star had become numb to the pity and scorn that had …

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Generation COVID: Will the kids be alright?

In normal times Madlaina believes Finn, like many adolescents navigating puberty and the transition between primary and secondary schools, may have experienced some anxiety. “But not like this,” she says. “The severity, the extent of it, I think is a direct result of the pandemic, or the lockdowns resulting from …

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‘They know it’s not enough’: G7 under fire over 1 billion vaccines pledge

Recent ICC research found governments stand to lose trillions of dollars in economic activity unless developing economies have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Loading The International Monetary Fund has also called for an extra $US50 billion in funding to bolster the global effort. Denton called on the leaders to offer an …

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Djokovic defeats Nadal in French Open thriller to reach final

Djokovic’s previous match had been delayed more than 20 minutes while the audience — limited to 5,000 people under coronavirus restrictions — was cleared out of the stadium, but an announcement was made on Friday to let everyone know they would be allowed to stay until the end of the …

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Waratahs poised to join rare group of sporting teams to go through season without a win

The statistics are damning. No Australian Super Rugby team has gone through a season without a win and, if NSW fall short against the Chiefs, they will also claim the record for the most consecutive losses by an Australian team, usurping the Melbourne Rebels sides from 2011 and 2012. Digging …

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Trying to stay warm? Here’s the most cost-effective way to heat a room

As Sydneysiders shiver through their coldest day in nearly four decades and Melburnians get buffeted by high winds, a thermal comfort expert has suggested people can better protect themselves by getting better homes. It has always baffled Professor Richard de Dear, whose work has led him to shuttle back and …

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The brutal reality for NAB: Regulatory problems have been a recurring theme for years

Another document, a March 2018 board risk committee report, showed that NAB’s risk profile and outlook remained “amber” as it battled financial crime challenges, regulatory investigations and technology issues. Others revealed that in 2018 NAB had breached its anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (AML/CTF) “know your customer” obligations, which …

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The rollout that’s even worse than the vaccine debacle

Again and again it comes back to a single core issue: self-loathing government. Australia, with coal-export CO2 larger than the whole of Germany’s, faces the G7 this weekend as a global emissions pariah. Electric vehicles are an easy part of the remedy. But take-up is microscopic. Why? Because we wallow …

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‘Complex, wicked problem’: Creaking towers are alarming engineers

“There’s probably a bit of an imbalance between what the consumer wants versus the developer who is making the decisions,” he said. “Typically things aren’t an issue until we see something go wrong and it ends up in the newspapers.” Loading Multiplex has committed to completing “minor rectifications” in apartments …

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