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Backyard footy gets a new AI-powered coach

Even though school, footy training and social meet-ups may be a bit uncertain as rolling lockdowns continue, footy fans can get a quick fix of drills and coaching thanks to a new collaboration between Google and the AFL. Footy Skills Lab, a free web app that features video tips from …

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Workers became more loyal during the pandemic but retrenchments spiked

Workers stuck with their employers more than usual during the coronavirus pandemic but businesses gave the boot to about 390,000 people as outbreaks and lockdowns rocked the economy. A tranche of new jobs data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday shows 393,500 employees were looking to switch …

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Australia’s Pfizer doses are coming from Europe as US limits supply

“But we know the supply is coming online in very significant quantities.” The comments highlight the government’s view that vaccine producers take into account the scale of a nation’s coronavirus infections when deciding the countries that require urgent supplies. With the nation’s peak medical advisers recommending the Pfizer messenger RNA …

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Rooftop solar still booming but big renewable projects dropping

If the rooftop sector continues to thrive, the outlook for large-scale solar and wind farms is cooling, according to the latest bi-annual national survey of investors by the Clean Energy Council. At a reading of 6.3 out of 10 in confidence of making investments over the next three years, the …

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Frog-et them not: ‘Decades-long’ quest starts to save endangered frog

But after the fires there were seven groups with some of those down to tens of frogs compared with hundreds before the fires. Zoos Victoria threatened species biologist Deon Gilbert said the breeding program, the Spotted Tree Frog Project, would be “decades long” and the Healesville Sanctuary frogs were an …

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Let’s make the race a truly national event

Josh Frydenberg, if your government had managed the vaccination program with a minimal degree of competence, we might have had a grand prix in Victoria this year. But it did not, and so we will not.John Uren, Blackburn For our health and safety, ban all large events Well said, Joy …

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Corporate Australia sets its own carbon price amid global dash to net zero

The corporate community is racing ahead of Australian climate policy, creating a de-facto price for greenhouse gas emissions despite the federal government’s insistence that a carbon price is a damaging tax on business. Australian companies are not legally required to reduce their carbon emissions, which can be generated through energy …

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Should we revive an archaic law after the Eastern Freeway incident?

Like most Victorians, I have enormous sympathy for Stuart Schulze, the husband of Lynette Taylor, one of the four police officers killed in the Eastern Freeway tragedy. I understand his belief that the three-month sentence handed down to Richard Pusey seems an inadequate punishment for his conduct in filming and …

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Safe injecting room in CBD makes sense for city’s recovery

During the worst of the pandemic, the city’s homeless population were offered hotel rooms to protect them from COVID. But since that program ended, hundreds of rough sleepers (many of whom have drug issues) are back out on the streets. In fact, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it. A …

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Melbourne can’t afford a third strike on grand prix, race chief says

Mr Westacott, whose organisation is a government entity, said he had been doubtful about the prospect of the MotoGP going ahead on Phillip Island because the regional setting made it difficult to accommodate teams safely. But he had maintained hope that the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park might be …

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