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Five bombshells that could blow away Crown’s Melbourne casino

As the future of Crown’s sprawling Southbank casino hangs in the balance, these are the five problems he will be weighing up. Responsible gambling Crown Melbourne made around $1.2 billion from its poker machines and table games every year before COVID-19 – excluding high rollers – and doing that “responsibly” …

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The 23-year-old court clerk, the 68-year-old magistrate who became her fiancé – and the tragedy that followed

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size It’s just before 1am, an odd time to be walking dogs. But Daniel Macklin has just clocked off from a forklift-driving shift in Bairnsdale, in eastern Victoria. Now, early on this Monday morning in October 2019, the 33-year-old has driven to Shaving …

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‘Mergers don’t fail because of culture’: The lessons TPG’s boss has learned from Vodafone tie up

“It’s been hard for the merger because it got delayed by the ACCC and then you had COVID-19,” Mr McLeish says. “Vodafone has been the most impacted by border closures both from mobile roaming – which all of the operators are impacted by but a greater proportion of their postpaid …

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How super giants prepared for take-off with blockbuster $22b airport bid

The super giant is teaming up with Queensland public service fund QSuper, and global manager Global Infrastructure Partners, with Goldman Sachs advising the consortium. However, convincing ASX investors to sell a cash-cow like Sydney Airport could be a key challenge, as existing shareholders are loath to part with the monopoly …

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‘Devastated’ 85-year-old battles MLC over life policy

When her family reached out to MLC Life, which was previously owned by National Australia Bank but is now part of Japan’s Nippon Life Insurance Group, they were told the policy was a term life policy, which meant “cover is guaranteed renewable for a set period of time or ‘term’ …

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Green spaces host a rich variety of life just under the surface

Next time you’re out enjoying some pandemic-permitted exercise in your local park or mowing your nature strip, spare a thought for the ecosystem thriving just beneath that precious green space. An international study, published in Science Advances journal on Saturday, found the microbial activity in the soils of more than …

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London police officer admits murdering woman abducted on walk home

London: A British police officer has pleaded guilty to murdering a 33-year-old woman who was abducted as she walked home from a friend’s house in south London. Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. Couzens entered a guilty plea …

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Scores dead in Bangladesh factory fire as workers were locked inside

The factory that caught fire on Thursday was subsidiary of Sajeeb Group, a Bangladeshi company that produces juice under Pakistan’s Lahore-based Shezan International Ltd, said Kazi Abdur Rahman, the group’s senior general manager for export. Firefighters work to douse a fire at a food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside …

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