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One job for every 10 people on the dole in NSW, Victoria

Only one job is available for every 10 people unemployed in New South Wales and Victoria, raising concerns electorates with thousands of people on the dole will be hit hardest if the boost to JobSeeker is cut back in September. There are 476,000 Australians receiving unemployment payments in NSW but …

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Liberals laud controversial letter as ‘welcome pushback against cancel culture’

“Instead we’ve adopted the incoherent lie that the objective should be everyone’s accepted – even though cancel culture is the exact opposite and is completely intolerant of diversity.” “By its nature we don’t need to defend the excessive use of please and thank you; you need to stand up for …

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Government warns of social media manipulation as TikTok faces backlash

“The Morrison government recognises social media can be a particularly effective tool in the manipulation of information,” he said. “We are working with partners both internationally and domestically to share information and increase resilience to foreign interference in at-risk sectors, including disinformation through social media.” Last year leaked documents showed …

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Salman Rushdie survived an actual fatwa. Yet he still thinks the Twitter crowd has gone too far

Of all the names that signed the open letter published this week in Harper’s magazine, warning against a growing illiberalism of debate, Rushdie’s was the most interesting. Other high-profile signatories included Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, John Banville, JK Rowling and Gloria Steinem. Illustration: Reg LynchCredit: The letter expressed anxiety that …

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Bins overflow at The Alfred with ward access cut after positive tests

Staff are concerned about infection control at the Alfred’s COVID-19 ward. “I had to touch the bin lid with my hands to get PPE off,” the worker said. “It’s disgusting and dangerous.” Contact tracers are still working to determine how many other staff have been infected. The Alfred would not …

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Plenty of twists left as the NBN rollercoaster rolls on

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The National Broadband Network project has finally limped across the finish line, completing a 10-year construction process hindered by ideological and economic constraints baked in from the start. Its lengthy gestation shouldn’t come as a surprise given the project’s ability to attract …

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Amazon bans, the unbans TikTok from employees’ phones, citing ‘security’

Loading “Due to concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security controls and practices, and because corporate-owned devices should be used for company business only, we have directed those employees to remove the app from their devices,” Wells Fargo said in a statement. “We have not been contacted by Wells Fargo, but …

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Virus inquiry chief Helen Clark warns of long wait for vaccine

“I’m told from Geneva that the most optimistic scenario for a widely available vaccine would be at least two and a half years,” she said in an interview on Friday. “And even then we don’t know how efficacious it would be – it may not stop us getting it, it …

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TikTok’s data collection a worry, regardless of nationality

Downloaded 1.6 million times in Australia, 2 billion worldwide, and having grown substantially since much of the world went into lockdown, TikTok lets users watch and share short, often musical clips that range from karaoke and impersonations to viral dances and political satire. But it has come under increased scrutiny …

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Spotify, other major iPhone apps crash after worldwide glitch

Messenger app Viber said its app, alongside thousands of others, was down due to technical problems which would be fixed soon. Gaming platform PUBG said it was also affected by the crash, and was “actively working with related platforms and support to solve the problem”, while Call of Duty and …

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