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‘Unacceptable’ delay in addressing aged care assaults of 100 per week

“We think there’s a whole lot more that have been written off as falls,” he said. “No one wants to deal with it.” Providers were encouraged not to report assaults that would put them “on the radar” of the regulator, Professor Ibrahim said. He said a normalisation of aggression and …

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Lambie outsourcing casting vote on asylum seeker phone ban to public poll

“People always say the Senate’s full of unrepresentative swill,” Senator Lambie wrote. “I’m trying to use the balance of power to be as representative as I possibly can be. I’m handing the power of the crossbench to the people who put me there. I reckon there’s nothing more democratic or …

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‘Information contagion’: Tackling the spread of 5G conspiracy theories

The “infodemic” of misinformation has fuelled protests in Sydney and Melbourne, where anti-5G activists have marched alongside anti-vaxxers in rallies protesting COVID-related restrictions. Professor Axel Bruns from Queensland University of Technology’s Digital Media Research Centre, who studied the explosion on Facebook of conspiracy theories linking 5G to COVID-19, said an …

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Exotic animal choices in fashion raise eyebrows about ethics

She believes an alligator bag “would raise eyebrows” among Australians. “I would never lecture anyone on what they should wear or what they should eat, however there are, I think, some lines, which as society we are starting to decide it’s best not to cross. The example of the alligator …

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National cabinet should agree to lift cap on returned travellers: Keneally

She said the Morrison government should also charter flights to pick up stranded citizens from countries such as the United Kingdom, India, the Philippines and Lebanon. They could be quarantined in the Northern Territory, as occurred with a rescue flight from Wuhan earlier in the pandemic, or in the Australian …

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Are we a nation of coronavirus pessimists, and is there a better way?

But elsewhere, despite very low case numbers, state borders remain mostly shut. Premiers and chief ministers are going their own way on restrictions and the unity of national cabinet is beginning to fray. There is also public disquiet in Victoria over a curfew that was not requested by police, and …

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Government appoints independent assessors to make the NDIS ‘fair and consistent’

Mr Robert said this would be a “simpler, faster and fairer” way to determine someone’s eligibility and the appropriate funding. “All Australians with significant and permanent disability deserve objective and unbiased access to NDIS supports, not just those who can pay the most for a report,” Mr Robert said. Last …

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Christine Holgate: Australia Post chief delivers controversy

Born in Britain, the arc of Holgate’s life is a story she has told many times. She moved to London from the county of Cheshire at 18 and befriended Flo, a kindly old woman who set up a cleaning business to support Holgate through university. Even at 18 “of course, …

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‘Go early, go hard, go households’: Recession lessons from the 1990s

With the Morrison government’s federal budget just weeks away, what are the lessons policymakers can learn from Keating’s approach? AustralianSuper chairman Don Russell, who was Keating’s principal adviser from 1985 to 1993, said the broad strategy during the 1990s was right overall but much of it was new ground for …

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