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‘No prospect of a spill’: Joyce downplays leadership tilt ahead of Nationals meeting

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has played down the prospect of a spill against Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack but has not ruled out standing for the top job if a party room meeting on Monday forces a decision on the leadership. “There is no prospect of a spill at …

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ASX loses $45b in 2.1% plunge; CBA slips 5.2% as banks fall

Australia’s three biggest listed gold miners pushed ahead in afternoon trade as the precious metal bounced off a near two-month low. After a weak start, Newcrest Mining has risen 0.5 per cent to $26.11, while Northern Star was up 0.3 per cent to $9.92, and Evolution was 0.2 per cent …

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‘Hope he gets killed’: BBC tightens security after anti-vaxxer death threats

London: The BBC has upgraded security practices after staff received death threats and a presenter was harangued by conspiracy theorists. Last week, footage showed Nicholas Watt, Newsnight’s political editor, making his way hurriedly through an aggressive mob of anti-vaccination protesters who accused the journalist of “lying” about lockdowns. BBC Newsnight …

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Jamieson swings WTC final towards New Zealand after blitzing India

Jamieson had yet to make his debut when the qualifying period for this final began in 2019 and although this is just his eighth Test cap, he has now taken five five-wicket hauls and boasts 44 wickets at an average of 14.13. Nobody in the history of the game has …

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Better labelling of plant-based protein might help, not hinder, the vegan industry

Senator McDonald said in a media release announcing the inquiry that this is not about the ethics of eating animal products but about “protecting a highly valuable industry and also providing a clear distinction between the real thing and the alternatives so consumers know exactly what they’re getting”. This seems …

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Witness K became a scapegoat of the powerful

Witness K’s three months suspended sentence for conspiring to reveal classified information about an alleged spying operation arose from his guilty plea, which required some form of consequence. A non-custodial sentence is welcome, indicating the general realisation that he is no criminal, but this outcome raises many questions. Protesters supporting …

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‘I am innocent’: Urgent pleas to release Australian-Iranian citizen held in Tehran prison

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade originally declined to engage with Mr Jebeli’s Sydney-based family on the basis that the Iranian government does not recognise dual citizens, but has in recent weeks begun assisting and has attempted to gain consular visits. Mr Jebeli’s family said Iranian authorities have not …

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Real-world experience backs exploitation points

The rise in vulnerable “non-citizen” labour has been supported by business, by both major political parties, and allowed to fester by the Greens, who obsess about the evils of mandatory detention but are so out of touch with working people that they can’t see the blindingly obvious. Even the once-mighty …

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As COVID-19 impacts mount, Melbourne research sets global standard for healthier schools

“The guidelines are a way of helping schools step back from the immediacy of one-off programs and to think more holistically about what can be achieved.” While the project began before the coronavirus pandemic, its launch — officially taking place at WHO headquarters in Geneva this week — comes as …

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Greene escapes suspension for punch, and touching an umpire

“I guess it’s frustrating [getting reported again] but it was more of a reaction to being held. I’ve got to obviously reign it in a bit but I can’t say I’ll ever stop doing it. “It’s part of what I’ve been doing for a long time and as long as …

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