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Victoria’s recovery will be painful, but might not take as long as feared

Victoria was already facing a steeper climb up Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s mountain of economic recovery. The state’s economy is diverse but relies on international education and migration more than the other states. In 2018-19, international education alone added $12.6 billion to the state economy and generated almost 80,000 jobs. People …

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Childcare, aged care turned into business ventures

Strong regulation requiredThanks, Ross Gittins, for refreshing my memory of the long list of public utilities and community services we have handed to the profit-makers. We are now coming to a reckoning with the outfall from decades of privatisation and deregulation. The recent debacles in the banks, workers’ compensation and …

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Victoria’s state of disaster is also a national emergency

Loading There is certainly some ‘‘shock and awe’’, as Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, described it. But that is obviously what the Victorian government was hoping for. Complacency had set in. The effectiveness of the stage three restrictions in Melbourne had run its course. They had succeeded in slowing …

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‘We haven’t felt isolated’: Community spirit lifts as restrictions come down in Yarraville

In Yarraville, Lee Smith-Moir has been delighting users of Cruickshank Park since creating her own version of the rainbow trail, with 20 flags to spot, in March. One of the signs put up by Lee Smith-Moir.Credit:Facebook From a fun facts educational trail to a Ministry of Silly Walks path, she …

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Finding contentment is the secret to lockdown

In the first letter to Timothy, the author says: “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall …

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Little wonder that those who try to govern are showing the strain

Loading Daniel Andrews lost his cool and unleashed on conspiracy theorists and then felt he had to apologise for unleashing on conspiracy theorists. He ought not be so concerned. Sensible voters agreed and even cheered. He ought not spare much precious energy worrying about hurt feelings among the conspiracists – …

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From fashion to face masks, how COVID-19 is creating rag trade jobs

It began with a line of hospital gowns and scrubs called Fella Healthware. Then, noting that countries with strong mask takeup appeared to be having early success against COVID-19, Ms Hamilton and husband David prepared the business for a direction they could have never imagined. Some of the masks being …

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Fears for people on mental health plans as lockdown drags on, and on

Calls to Beyond Blue increased 66 per cent in April and 60 per cent in May compared with the same period in 2019. In June, calls were up 47 per cent on June 2019. According to the Australian Psychological Society, some people on mental health plans have begun “staggering” their …

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As lockdown boredom bites, board game designer finds his turn to shine

Marnie Hipkins, owner of Melbourne’s two Mind Games stores, said business in the first round of Victoria’s stage three COVID-19 restrictions was comparable with Christmas. People were walking out with armfuls of jigsaw puzzles, she said, “like panic buying with toilet paper”. Among the hot board games have been Monopoly, …

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The street-smart start-up with the news you can use

“It’s what people out there want and need, and it’s coming from people in the same situation as they are,” Brett said. “Instead of someone coming out of university, [we] have that actual street experience, drug experience, jail experience.” The editorial committee of eight come up with ideas and work …

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