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‘Get out of the way’: Kean calls out Canberra over climate

“Complaining that it is too hard is not a solution. Saying it is up to others to come up with a plan is a cop-out,” Mr Kean said. “The community expects our leaders to get on with it, or get out of the way.” Loading Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction …

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As it happened: NSW records 478 new local COVID-19 cases, seven deaths; Victoria, ACT lockdowns extended; NT lockdown to begin

That’s stumps for tonight, thanks for reading. Here’s a recap of the day: NSW recorded another 478 local COVID cases as new rules kicked in restricting Sydneysiders’ access to exercise and shopping. Concerns are growing for Dubbo as western NSW recorded dozens of new cases. Victoria’s lockdown has been extended …

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COVID takes the bored out of board games

“A new rule for our Scrabble games (nearly every day). Bonus points if the word is COVID-related. You’d be amazed by what comes up for debate!” says Gilda Cohen-Shapira of Rose Bay. Phil O’Brien of Yass is also hunting a word: “Could the collective wit and wisdom of C8 provide …

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Eddie Betts put a smile on the face of footy

He is called a small forward, but it would be better if it was forward pocket, from footy’s old glossary. He’s that size, and he fits snugly in that place. Dumpy by the standard of AFL bodies, wearing shorts that hang off him, he is the unlikely kicker of unlikelier …

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Vaccine target might not get Qld off the lockdown ‘merry-go-round’

Ms Palaszczuk said what was needed was more supply of vaccine, which she acknowledged was now coming, with the federal government securing 1 million extra doses, 136,890 of which are being sent to Queensland. The 80 per cent vaccine target was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in July as …

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Bustling Darwin, once a COVID-free oasis, stopped in its tracks by new case

The popular Darwin Festival, which was scheduled to run for several more days, has attracted even more people from non-hotspot states. Loading The festival has been suspended with news of the new case. So has the pre-polling for local government elections. Large stores such as Bunnings can only sell goods …

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‘Not doing its job’: Council watchdog sparks press freedom concerns

The newspaper reported the OIA had previously attempted to access another journalist’s notes relating to an interview with the same councillor last year. Responding to the latest instance, a legal team for the newspaper applied to take their concerns to the Supreme Court arguing the request violated implied freedom of …

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Experts back tough new restrictions as only way to avoid disastrous outbreak

“It is selfish, they are shitty choices and they will keep us all locked down for longer than we should be,” he said. Mr Andrews said the new restrictions, which come into force at 11.59pm, were introduced to stamp out rule-breaking behaviour and illegal gatherings. Health authorities also said not …

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Right-wing extremism weaponises democracy against itself

The recent national expose on right-wing extremists seeking to achieve radical political change through violence parallels ASIO’s warning of a national escalation in right-wing extremism. These extremists’ commitment to paramilitary training and, especially, a desire to acquire weapons should worry us all. The National Socialist Network neo-Nazi group burning a …

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