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Best in show: The highs and lows of footy fever

These are the moments you wonder why you invest so much emotion in a game, one over which you have not an ounce of influence. It’s a sentiment perhaps best summed up by a quote that prefaces each edition of the annual publication The Footy Almanac: “a sealed bag of …

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Online courses are not enough for uni students in lockdown

“The only improvement I could suggest (about this subject) is something that is out of everyone’s control. But to have this class physically rather than online. Since it is a communications class, it involves interaction and being physically around people, which I believe would enhance my learning.” I wonder how …

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Victoria in talks over extra shots, mulls GP payments to boost rollout

Health Minister Martin Foley said on Friday there had been “incredible” demand for Pfizer bookings since his government opened up eligibility for people aged 16-39 on Tuesday. “Hesitancy is not a problem for people in those age groups,” he said. “We need more supply.” Victoria’s state hubs have the capacity …

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‘Sledgehammer’: Plan to force university staff to reveal foreign political history

Professor Ivison said the consultation process was working and it was important the guidelines were proportionate to the risk security agencies were attempting to address. “We also want to make sure they are compatible with the mission of universities. We’re not ASIO, we’re not a security agency.” Loading Federal Education …

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Australians want JobKeeper overpayments given back to taxpayers

Twenty-seven per cent said they were undecided or neutral on the issue. Just 9 per cent said they were opposed, 3 percentage points of which were strongly opposed. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 per cent. Andrew Leigh says JobKeeper overpayments are the “single biggest waste of …

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Norway could make history with first female central bank chief

Norway came one step closer to blazing a trail in Western Europe and appointing a female central bank chief after Oystein Olsen’s announcement that he’ll step down from the role in February. His early exit puts deputy governor Ida Wolden Bache in pole position to succeed him running monetary policy …

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From truck driver to high-flying ‘fraudster’: The incredible tale of Bill Papas’ money maze

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The manager from the country’s biggest pub landlord Australian Liquor and Hospitality was shocked. Trevor Smith, ALH’s national food manager, had just taken a call from the group’s bankers at Westpac asking strange questions about loans ALH had with the bank to …

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Our shame: abandoning those who helped us

Thank you for publishing Virginia Haussegger’s insightful, if sad, article – “Female judges helping brave women in Kabul” (Opinion, 27/8) – that ends by imploring us, through our leaders, to look Afghan women in the eye. Regrettably that will never happen. Far easier for us to look away, send them …

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Will ACCC be the party pooper in a booming M&A market?

Whatever the case, overhauling our competition policy is long overdue. As former competition tsar Allan Fels says, merger law is the most important instrument in competition law and the current law is not strong enough. “The courts, the regulator and community need strong merger laws,” he says. Former competition tsar …

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‘We’re cooked’: Car park operators face lockdown havoc

The sector should not hold its breath for special treatment. A Victorian government spokesperson said the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund was created “to help businesses that have fallen between the cracks for support and are experiencing severe impacts due to the pandemic.” The sector has fallen through the cracks …

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