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Cost of lockdowns is $17 billion and counting

Lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus have cost the economy at least $17 billion over the past two months with signs financial pressures are growing on Australians who are increasingly in need of government support. As the 430,000 residents of the ACT were forced into a lockdown for the …

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Public sector bonuses to be dramatically slashed in federal government edict

Four of the largest regulators and statutory authorities – The Reserve Bank, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, the Australian ­Securities & Investments Commission, and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority – paid more than 1700 executives and other senior staff bonuses of $13.2 million last financial year, despite calls for …

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Australian tech needs to dig deeper to produce next Afterpay

Mike Nicholls, partner at Main Sequence Ventures, said creating hardware and physical goods can be more difficult for Australian companies because, as a relatively small market, local companies needed to export globally by default. He said the biggest results tended to be concentrated around government policy and grant money, but …

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Vacillation rollout: Morrison hands the wheel to the states on the road to workplace vaccination

Scott Morrison made a fundamental decision over the past week.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen Morrison made a fundamental decision over the past week. He chose to reinforce the fact that vaccination is not mandatory. He will not issue rules to give employers stronger legal protections if they want staff immunised. Why not? “We …

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The government must face reality and act now

How to let your house burn down for dummies The Morrison household’s fire prevention and inaction plan. Ignore any noise the smoke alarms make. Ensure the gas is switched on. Keep cans of petrol and oil in the garage. As the fire takes hold, blame the neighbours. (A standard solution …

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‘Energy chaos’: Wind and solar industry facing roadblocks in Australia

Australia’s charge into large-scale wind and solar is faltering, with investment in new projects drying up and construction jobs in the industry diving. Figures from the Clean Energy Council for the second quarter of 2021 reveal three new projects across the country reached the financial commitment stage, the equal second-lowest …

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Carlton man charged after allegedly impersonating authorised officer

A man who allegedly pretended to be a health department official and made “threats of a sexual nature” towards a woman has been charged with a series of offences. Victoria Police had been searching for Abdulfatah Awow, 25, after he allegedly went to a Burwood address on July 14. They …

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A day for the sinistrally dexterous

“Sinister, if you ask me” is the response of Don Bain of Port Macquarie to discovering that today, Friday the 13th, has been designated International Left Handers Day. George Zivkovic of Northmead would like to propose a question for this year’s HSC Mathematics exam – you can decide if it …

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Australia news LIVE: Canberra lockdown to begin as ACT records one local COVID-19 case; NSW records 345 new local cases; Victoria records 21 new cases

Here is a summary of some of today’s headlines: NSW recorded 345 local COVID-19 cases as tougher restrictions were announced in the Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood local government areas south and west of Sydney’s CBD. Only authorised workers will be allowed to leave those areas for work. The Hunter region’s …

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AFL report to be bullish about Tassie team’s viability

The task force, led by ex-Virgin Australia boss Brett Godfrey, found that the introduction of a Tasmanian team would arrest the decline of the code in the state and “must be strongly considered to revive and sustain the sport in Tasmania”. It said that a Tassie team would create 360 …

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