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The anti-vaxxer movement is much bigger than Facebook

Late last week US President Joe Biden achieved something I’d thought impossible: He got me to feel bad for Mark Zuckerberg. Sure, it was only a little bad, but that’s no small feat. As I spent the weekend brushing up on funereal dirges to play on my tiny violin, I …

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Ransomware victim Kaseya gets master key to unlock networks

Kaseya, the Amercian IT management company whose software was exploited in a devastating ransomware attack earlier this month, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1000 businesses and public organisations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not how the key …

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The Star withdraws $12b Crown merger bid

The Star Entertainment Group Limited has withdrawn its $12 billion merger proposal with beleaguered rival Crown Resorts, citing the uncertainty over the James Packer-controlled firm retaining its casino licences in the wake of royal commissions in Victoria and Western Australia. Star said it was concerned that issues raised at the …

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PM has dealt with the ‘sorry’ question. It might be harder to put the ATAGI questions to rest

Whether ATAGI is right or wrong in its caution is disputed. But it is not the only expert source in Australia taking this position. A paper by the Kirby Institute’s Raina MacIntyre and other authors published in this month’s issue of the international journal Vaccine reported their “risk-benefit analysis for …

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Political war chests crushed by COVID as regular donors keep their money in the bank

Traditionally donations from the big end of town favour the Liberal Party 60:40. But that envelope has shrunk. This will force both the Labor and Liberal parties to rely more heavily on their members and supporters for help. Working against the Liberal Party is a series of fundraising reforms introduced …

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Police may lose legal power to ban suspected criminals from casino, racetracks

It included a warning that convictions obtained for breaching orders could be unsafe. The orders, which are issued at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police, are based on secret intelligence alleging the person is involved in criminal conduct, is a known associate of criminals, or is deemed to …

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Calls to overhaul solar panel scheme for renters amid slow take-up

“You can’t put solar on every house, but a very high proportion would be able to have it.” Under the plan, renters who agree to co-contribute do so for the four-year life of the loan or until the renter vacates the property, whichever is earlier. Dr Roberts said the Victorian …

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Websites of airlines, banks and tech companies back up after global outage

Many websites were briefly down in an outage sparked by a glitch in Akamai Technologies’ systems, the second major disruption linked to the cloud company in about a month. “We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations,” Akamai said …

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Morrison tackles medical advice at heart of vaccine program

This was a reference to the most contentious ATAGI decision: its move in June to preference Pfizer for those under 60, when it had earlier put the limit at 50. Morrison said it was up to the medical experts to reconsider the competing risks – that is, the risk of …

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