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ABC plan to expand regional coverage was ignored and kept secret

“If indexation was restored, combined with savings and efficiencies that the ABC has identified in recent months, the Corporation would be in a position to commit an additional investment of up to $10 million per annum to employ more journalists in regional Australia and generate more content from regions for …

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Readers debate government’s changes to university fees

Education and communications reporter Fergus Hunter’s article, “Cost of priority degrees to be slashed, some fees to soar in funding overhaul”, was the most commented-on article in the Herald and The Age in the past week. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced that fees for university courses in health, teaching …

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Labor’s climate policy: olive branch or white feather?

Albanese needed to somehow lay out a vision that at once demonstrated Labor was taking the threat of climate change seriously, did not galvanise communities in Queensland and NSW coal-country against Labor, and did not alienate inner-city voters demanding ambitious climate change action. In an effort to thread these ranked …

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High-speed NBN upgrades will depend on consumer demand: Fletcher

Mr Fletcher said the majority of people were choosing the mid-range 50Mbps whatever the technology they were on, including 59 per cent on fibre-to-the-premises, 61 per cent of fibre-to-the-node and 62 per cent on hybrid fibre-coaxial cable connections. Loading “But, of course, there certainly are plenty of people who want …

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Our China spy law bares its teeth with raid on Labor MP

The raid is the first public action to investigate with a view to enforcing the foreign interference law passed by the Australian Parliament two years ago. Loading “We will unleash the full force of powerful new laws and defend our values and democratic institutions,” Malcolm Turnbull, then the prime minister, …

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Health Minister gives into backbench pressure on vaping ban

Mr Hunt said Australia’s medical experts, including the Chief Health Officer, had “warned of the health dangers of e-cigarettes” and there was “strong evidence around the world of non-smokers being introduced to nicotine through vaping”. Restricting e-cigarettes to those who imported them with a doctor’s prescription – a process hampered …

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Media regulator wants crackdown on fake news, misleading ads

ACMA was asked by the Morrison government to oversee the creation of the code following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry into the market power of digital platforms last year. But the creation of a code is timely given the proliferation of misleading information on online platforms. In both …

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Ita Buttrose lashes government over handling of ABC funding cuts

“We raised a number of issues but were particularly interested in seeing ‘the information – data, models and assumptions – which formed the basis for the savings estimates provided in the report’,” Ms Buttrose wrote. “I appreciate you have a busy schedule but we would appreciate an answer to our …

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‘How did you get out of the TV?’ Brendan Murphy on his brush with fame

The chief medical officer has been credited with helping Australia remain relatively unscathed by the global coronavirus pandemic. An Instagram fan account describes him as “the man who saved Australia”. But, as the Victorian government battles an escalating outbreak in Melbourne that authorities fear could become a second wave, Professor …

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COVID-19 to cost Australia $170 billion and women will bear the brunt

In Australia’s case, the economy does not return to its pre-virus level until at least 2022. Between this year and 2025, the economy will take a cumulative hit of $220 billion, which could reach $446 billion if there is a second wave. Professor McKibbin said just this year, the virus …

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