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For born-again Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, the past is another planet

His prognostications about the use of water in the Murray-Darling prompted a royal commission to accuse him of ignoring the law. His confessions in a book he wrote concerning his personal behaviour – so outrageous he said he’d visit a “sacred rock” and fall to his knees in remorse and …

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Does being in the office boost innovation? There’s no evidence of it.

He and others suggested reimagining the office entirely — as somewhere people go to every so often, to meet or socialise, while daily work is done remotely. At Zillow, nearly all employees will be remote or come in only once in a while. Several times a year, teams will go …

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Wage recovery could arrive sooner than thought

In theory, this stronger growth in pay packets should feed into higher inflation. In economist-speak, this level is known as the “non-accelerating-inflation rate of unemployment” or NAIRU. Wages in Australia might be on their way up but there’s a lot of catching up to be done.Credit:Matt Davidson The problem is, …

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Banks and miners lift ASX 0.7%; Endeavour, Kogan, Boral up 6%

The High Court has thrown out an appeal from the insurance industry over whether it should pay pandemic-affected customers who have made claims on business interruption policies. Since COVID-19 forced lockdowns last year, there has been an ongoing legal dispute over whether Australian insurers must pay out on some of …

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Microsoft debuts Windows 11, first major update in six years

Microsoft has unveiled the next generation of its Windows software, called Windows 11, that has sleeker visual features and is more open to third-party apps. The newest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system announced will be a successor to today’s Windows 10, which the company introduced in 2015. Windows 11 …

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Cosmetic surgeon faces legal action over operation on teenager’s labia

It is alleged in the court documents that Dr Granot resutured the area of the labiaplasty without providing anesthetic, which caused “extreme pain”. In 2015, the woman complained to Dr Granot about a loss of sexual function and sensation as a result of the operation. Dr Granot, who has been …

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Barnaby Joyce’s frenzied energy keeps all alert to being burned

The only change so far has been an unnatural silence this week as he avoided interviews and held no press conferences after being sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister. He has achieved his goal, which, by the way, vaults him from a $211,000 salary to a package worth more than …

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Nationals MPs fear ‘vindictive’ reshuffle of cabinet posts rewarding Joyce backers

The casualties are expected to include Veterans’ Affairs Minister Darren Chester, Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton, Assistant Minister for Children and Families Michelle Landry and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan, all of whom backed Mr McCormack. That scenario raises the prospect of another extended period of …

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Government lifts efforts to get young Australians out of residential aged care

“There is no reason why any young person with high care disability should be living without the choice, independence and dignity that we all deserve.” Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck said the aged care system was designed to best support the needs of senior Australians, not younger people. “We …

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Airport checks for Sydney arrivals as new case linked to Oakleigh man

“On Tuesday at about 10pm, he began showing symptoms and was tested on Wednesday,” Mr Foley said. People are generally infectious – meaning they can pass the virus onto others – about 48 hours before displaying symptoms. The man was on a flight about 48 hours before feeling sick, meaning …

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