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Morrison says zero emissions achievable but won’t commit to target

The Prime Minister says his government is focused on technologies that use lower emissions, but wouldn’t formally commit to a 2050 target. Loading “I’m more interested in the doing,” he told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday morning. “I know people get very focused on the politics of these commitments, …

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Olympic love a ‘better legacy than a medal any day’

But when his training period came to an end, he had to return to England. “There was only one spot [for slalom canoe] for the Olympic Games, so basically I needed to win that one spot, otherwise I was never going to be coming back,” he told The Sydney Morning …

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‘Astounding’ expenditure looms in recession-busting federal budget

One senior member of the government, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the size of the spending to be revealed in the October 6 budget would shock many observers, describing it as an “astounding” injection of assistance into the economy. Some of the spending will be due to the government …

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‘Absolutely devastated’: Thousands of residents on visas locked out of Australia

There are thought to be more than 40,000 skilled migrants on 457 and 482 visas currently outside the country, based on figures from Home Affairs and the Bureau of Statistics. That includes people who have left Australia permanently but still hold a valid visa as well as those keen to …

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Our coal-fondling PM switches his prop to gas, but is anything really different?

Loading “It was dug up by men and women who work and live in the electorates of those who sit opposite,” Morrison continued in 2017. “From the Hunter Valley, as the member for Hunter [Joel Fitzgibbon] would know.” Morrison said Labor had “an ideological, pathological fear of coal”. “There is …

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Job losses across inner city could last years

They have fallen 7 per cent in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, by 6.8 per cent in the inner south-west and by 5.7 per cent in Parramatta. Payrolls are down by 7.8 per cent across Victoria but they have tumbled by 10.3 per cent in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, by 8.2 per cent …

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Budget wait for JobSeeker boost, but supplement likely for new year

“If further support is needed past December, then clearly we are open to that,” Senator Ruston told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Loading “We have seen this coronavirus pandemic has thrown so many curve balls at us, not the least being the Victorian situation causing massive damage to …

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‘How is this right?’: The fight to ‘free’ the Aboriginal flag

And the federal government is now, tentatively and cautiously, attempting to broker a historic peace deal. Loading Much of these “delicate, sensitive and complex” negotiations, as a senior public servant described them, have been done behind closed doors to protect the commercial sensitivities. Any individual can fly the Aboriginal flag …

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Budget push to speed up states’ spending

While Mr Frydenberg made no criticism of individual leaders, some members of federal cabinet believe the states and territories need to spend more on economic support rather than rely on Canberra. Loading One month after Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe told state and territory leaders to pour at least $40 …

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‘Not your job’: Superannuation Minister says super funds forget their role

Assistant Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume has lashed out at industry super funds, saying their role is not to create jobs, rebuild the economy or get involved in the climate debate but to bolster retirement incomes for workers. In a sign of mounting frustration between industry super funds and the …

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