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From lockdown, our horizons keep vanishing. But look, is that an apology! No, sorry, false alarm

Our leaders and our health experts are explicitly asking working parents (again, mostly mothers) to literally do two jobs at once. But not once has this been acknowledged by the nearly-all-male political class, all of whom (I will bet my wine budget on it) have someone else educating their children. …

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Deeds, not words, the essence of faith

Like many other people in our community, I spend a great deal of time at present reflecting on issues that have arisen during the pandemic and associated lockdowns. I had hoped that by now that most Australians, like the rest of the world, would have been vaccinated and thereby protected …

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Morrison’s political calculus: bare his throat now, go to the polls in May

The prospect of an election in 2021, already unlikely, is almost certainly gone. Morrison’s calculation now is that while the next month or three will be painful politically as Sydney remains locked down and the vaccine rollout slowly ramps up, by May next year when the election is due, Australia …

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‘Bring back JobKeeper now’ demands Perrottet

The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age has been told federal government officials now believe it’s likely Sydney school students won’t return to school at all for term three, which is due to end on September 17, because of the severity of the outbreak and the need for the current lockdown …

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Urgent response needed to economic emergency

Last year, businesses and workers affected by lockdowns could rely on the federal government’s JobKeeper program, which, despite some flaws, kept employees tied to their employers and stopped unemployment numbers soaring. This time around, government support is more complicated because it is administered by state and federal governments. It also …

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Nuclear is not feasible

The problem may be that she is the Minister for the Environment, which has come to mean, in her political circles, the Minister for Trees and Furry Animals – that is, for optional stuff that is nice to have in moderation but the protection of which costs money and will …

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Fit for a king: Prince Charles’ experimental city is proving critics wrong

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size After a three-hour drive through the English countryside, I arrive in the town of Poundbury and climb out of the car to examine my strange new surroundings. To the right stands the imposing Duchess of Cornwall Inn, which borrows its rich architectural …

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South Coast villages brace for development influx amid city exodus

“This has been utterly rushed through,” said Patrick McGinlay, a Eurobodalla councillor and Dalmeny resident who voted against the sale. “It’s a litmus test – how much control can a community have about where [new development] goes.” Councillor and local resident Pat McGinlay holds up an image of the proposed …

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Meanwhile, in Far North Queensland, Victorians are thick on the ground

“[Port Douglas] is chockers full of Victorians. They were all escaping before the big lockdown and a lot of them are staying, they’ve extended their trip.” A steady stream of four-wheel-drives caked in red dust flow through Cape Tribulation, an hour north in the Daintree Rainforest. Most are making their …

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Tokyo Olympics LIVE updates: Matildas face Sweden; Swimmers hit the pool

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson can thank his captain, Sam Kerr, for keeping his side in the contest at the break. Australia have been second best to Sweden; outplayed and out-coached. A tactical change that saw defender Steph Catley deployed on the wing and midfielder Aivi Luik moved to central defence …

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