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Miners take Silicon Valley approach in pitching industry to investors

Green versus gold You would not have thought gold was fetching about $2500 an ounce in recent months given the way base and battery metals were pumped up at the three-day conference. IGO Limited, which promotes how it is “mining the metals for a clean energy future”, picked up one …

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Experts split on whether boosting migration helps or hinders economy

She said immigration and economic growth were intrinsically linked and research had shown migrants add to the labour supply but also use more goods and services and so have a minimal effect on wages and jobs availability. Corinna Economic Advisory founder Saul Eslake said the border closures have reduced the …

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Government promises to let Australian citizens leave if they live abroad

Under the changes, an Australian who lives overseas will have to provide evidence such as a foreign drivers licence or residency card, tenancy agreement, utility bills or rates notice and a letter from their employer or employment contract. According to the new rules, exemptions can be applied for when an …

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Beyond emissions: The call to pull carbon out of the atmosphere

Even as politicians argued over emissions cuts, scientists realised the window for cuts to work was closing. Soon we’d need both cuts in emissions and a drawdown in carbon dioxide already released. By 2005 Möllersten had refined his idea, collaborating with the Austrian scientist Michael Obersteiner on a paper that …

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How YouTube is letting down Google

Maybe YouTube, particularly after revelations several years ago that companies’ advertisements were appearing in videos that promoted anti-Semitism and other horrific views, has been less aggressive than companies such as Facebook and Twitter about shoving commercial messages everywhere. This is a good thing, even if those are missed opportunities for …

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Victorians warned to expect months of rolling lockdowns

On Friday, two federal government sources with knowledge of the vaccine rollout told The Age 150,000 extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be brought forward for Victoria in response to a request from Premier Daniel Andrews. Loading It follows the federal government on Thursday bringing forward the delivery of …

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A dark scenario: an invisible enemy, paranoia and isolationism

Four scenarios were developed, ranging from positive to negative. Focussing on Australia, the way things are heading, it is moving closer to the most negative scenario. The first scenario, described as “The Passing Storm”, assumed COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the economy and society but an effective health system and political …

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The Premier’s management plan has failed again

Good move, Dan Andrews, to spring the surprise of an 8pm curfew on those who revelled to midnight just before the last lockdown began. Sadly, it has come to this that such a stratagem is necessary. The whole thing is tricky. The community is vulnerable on the approach side of …

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