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Daily Archives: September 17, 2021

America’s loss is China’s gain as France lashes out over subs

The decision represents a stunning deterioration in US-French relations since Biden’s inauguration and a devastating blow to his efforts to repair the damage to America’s alliances during the Trump years. No one could have predicted that it would be under Biden that France would recall its US ambassador for the …

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We need a federal watchdog with teeth, now more than ever

The Auditor-General asserts that projects were not selected on merit, there was no consultation with state governments or councils, and in the absence of a cohesive plan, federal MPs were allowed to put forward their preferred projects. Input was even allowed from Liberal Party candidates in marginal seats. When challenged, …

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Off the scales: the dramatic rise of Clayton Oliver

Loading “You know where the care is coming from because you already have that underlying relationship. I was probably a bit stubborn at the start but as the relationship has grown, now whatever he says, you just do it because he is trying to help you out and to make …

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How tea, dates and watering cans smoothed Afghans’ path through quarantine

The food packs were delivered to the quarantine hotels to welcome the Afghans on arrival. Afghan-Australian Neamat Rahimi quarantined at a hotel in Epping, after being evacuated out of Kabul with his wife Fouzia and four-year-old son Mirwais. Neamat Rahimi, with wife Fouzia and son Mirwais.Credit:Justin McManus They were greeted …

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Meet the Liberal Party’s latest problem: a climate-driven independent

“We are just there to level the playing field.” The advisory board of Climate 200 includes Anna Josephson, a Swedish-born tech start-up entrepreneur who was Steggall’s chief fundraiser for her campaign against Tony Abbott. Zali Stegall (right) campaigns against offshore drilling with surfer Layne Beachley. Credit:Louie Douvis Just like Steggall, …

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After ‘chopping off all our limbs’, Brad Banducci is ready for a new Woolworths

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size In the few quiet moments when he’s not feeding half of Australia, Brad Banducci has been doing yoga and listening to vinyl – often at the same time. The usually composed executive turns animated when showing off his latest two acquisitions – …

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Why saying you’re doing your best is hardly ever good enough

Can one ever say faithfully ‘I am doing my best’? It is one of those phrases that we reach for generally when we feel we are being questioned. Sometimes it is nothing more than a thoughtless, lazy riposte – a mere place-filler until we have synthesised our thoughts sufficiently to …

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Yet again we are blindly following the United States

A distraction from the issues that really matter There is nothing like a shiny, new international alliance to divert the Australian public’s attention from the government’s failure in the management of domestic matters. Matters such as climate change, violence against women, Indigenous issues, the bumbling rollout of vaccines or political …

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Development sites to set market trend in Sydney Central hub

Developers and investors are defying market jitters and circling the burgeoning tech hub in Sydney’s Haymarket and Central Station precinct to snap up more mixed-use projects ahead of expected growth after the pandemic. Low-interest rates and favourable financing conditions are also providing the impetus to take the plunge into the …

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Colours define Australian Centre for the Moving Image refurbishment

Even before exploring ACMI, visitors can take a moment to sit and reflect on this space from multi-coloured-striped upholstered banquette seating with its extended canopy. “We drew on the colours of the Australian fauna,” says Adams, pointing out the deep reds and orange tones found in the landscape. The former …

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