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Greg Hunt faces backbench revolt over vaping import ban

They argue the rapid introduction of the import restriction is “too rushed” and “completely impractical”. Loading “With that in mind we respectfully ask that the government rescind the regulation establishing the new regulatory framework and allow the existing scheme to continue at least until the end of this year, while …

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Melbourne quarantine breach sparks calls for independent medical body

The Victorian government waited almost two weeks to call for federal help after The Age reported security guards were being put to work at the Stamford Plaza and Rydges hotels without being trained in infection control. Loading Dr Bartone said a centralised national body of medical experts independent of political …

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Military deployed to Melbourne’s quarantine hotels

At least 33 contractors employed at the hotels have been infected while working, and coronavirus infections have spread outside hotels to the family members of staff, contributing to the state’s spike in community transmissions. Loading A plan to divert repatriation flights from high-risk countries away from Melbourne Airport was abandoned …

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Clean energy agency invests in soil carbon business venture

Australia’s clean technology investment agency is taking a punt on an ambitious venture to tackle climate change, planting soil microbes in farm paddocks to capture carbon from the atmosphere and reduce global warming. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will invest $1.7 million in biotechnology developer Soil Carbon Company, which is …

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Arts sector to share in $250m in loans, grants as part of COVID-19 package

Thousands of jobs across the entertainment, arts and screen sectors will be backed with a new $250 million targeted taxpayer-funded package, providing new grants and loans over 12 months to ensure the industry survives the coronavirus pandemic. The Morrison government will on Thursday reveal its tailored survival funding for the …

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Economic outlook worsening, global debt to surpass WWII levels: IMF

The fund’s economic counsellor, Gita Gopinath, said the “great lockdown” had helped contain the coronavirus and saved lives but its economic impact was worse than initially feared. Loading She said the unprecedented scale of the economic downturn would force governments to start work on their post-virus recovery plans while confronting …

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The Australian economy outperforms the world, but real test to come

That has enabled the reopening of many sectors, which aided by a string of government policies (federal and state), has given an economic lifeline to businesses and their staff. Given what Treasury was warning Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg in late March, with talk of a double-digit collapse in economic …

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Tehan to convene vice-chancellor group to replace broken research funding system

“We will look at all the data. I will take their views and consult within this group of vice-chancellors but more broadly, to see what we need to do.” Loading The government’s shake-up of higher education funding seeks to match the value of student and government contributions to the actual …

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Australians’ trust in China and the US dropping rapidly: Lowy poll

Although our confidence in President Donald Trump’s America is in freefall, 78 per cent of Australians say our alliance with the US is very or fairly important to Australia’s security, up six points from 2019. While the rest of the world has shown worrying signs of retreating into nationalism and …

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ABC ‘Life’ unit in focus as MD Anderson prepares to unveil budget cuts

Employees in the ABC’s content division – which includes news, analysis and investigations, entertainment and regional and local programs – and the production and content technology department have previously been asked to express interest in voluntary redundancies. ABC Life is the only remaining content initiative created under former managing director …

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