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WA opposition slams McGowan government's plan to use emergency personnel to stop FMD outbreaks

WA opposition slams McGowan government’s plan to use emergency personnel to stop FMD outbreaks

The WA opposition says plans to deploy police and firefighters to combat potential outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease will heap pressure on already overstretched emergency services. Key points: Emergency services workers may be deployed if the disease enters WA The opposition has called for personnel to be deployed from other areas The agriculture minister apologized for …

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30 per cent of working days will be at home in post-pandemic world, new study finds

30 per cent of working days will be at home in post-pandemic world, new study finds

About 30 per cent of all working days will be done from home in the post-pandemic “new normal” – up to 50 per cent among those who can easily work remotely – according to a respected survey of American workers to be presented to a Sydney audience this week. The research also suggests employers could …

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Harbor Tunnel charge to stay, deeper tunnel possible for new crossing

Harbor Tunnel charge to stay, deeper tunnel possible for new crossing

The end of the concession deed held for the last 30 years by Transfield and several other large companies will mean all the tolling revenue from the 2.7-kilometre Harbor Tunnel will start flowing into government coffers from September 1. The change comes as the government undertakes a wide-ranging review of the patchwork of tolls on …

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Jacinta Price says Indigenous Voice could drive a wedge between Australians

Jacinta Price says Indigenous Voice could drive a wedge between Australians

Price is one of 11 Indigenous Australians in the 47th parliament, the most diverse in the nation’s history. Her speech by Ella was in stark contrast to those given by Indigenous Labor women, Lingiari MP Marion Scrymgour and Senator Jana Stewart, who also made their first speeches to parliament on Wednesday. loading Scrymgour, who was …

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Former detective tells inquiry Queensland police recruits are taught how to avoid making domestic violence orders

Former detective tells inquiry Queensland police recruits are taught how to avoid making domestic violence orders

Some police recruits learn how to “take shortcuts” to avoid making domestic violence orders and corresponding paperwork within six months of leaving the academy, an inquiry has been told. Key points: Former detective Mark Ainsworth interviewed 50 police about DV culture He told the inquiry 98 to 99 per cent of officers talk about being …

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Cashless debit cards set to be abolished, with welfare scheme set to be scrapped

Cashless debit cards set to be abolished, with welfare scheme set to be scrapped

Thousands of people will be transitioned off cashless debit cards, with the welfare scheme set to be scrapped. The Albanese government will use the first full day of parliamentary business in the new term on Wednesday to introduce legislation to scrap the cards. The more than 17,300 welfare recipients currently on the cashless cards would …

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Varroa mite threatens NSW berry production and prices after detection near Coffs Harbor

Varroa mite threatens NSW berry production and prices after detection near Coffs Harbor

A blueberry grower says the discovery of varroa mite on the Mid North Coast could impact on berry prices and local jobs. Key points: The Mid North Coast’s berry industry accounts for about 80 per cent of the state’s production A command post will be established in the region to help manage a varroa mite …

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'Ignorant and racist': Pauline Hanson slammed for walking out on Acknowledgment of Country

‘Ignorant and racist’: Pauline Hanson slammed for walking out on Acknowledgment of Country

Pauline Hanson has angrily left the Senate chamber during the opening Acknowledgment of Country after dismissing its validity. President Sue Lines acknowledged the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as Traditional Custodians of the Canberra area and paid respect to elders past and present at the opening of Wednesday’s sitting. Senator Hanson interjected, yelling “No, I won’t …

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Canberra man who kept ex-partner under surveillance pleads guilty to choking, shoving her, causing injuries

Canberra man who kept ex-partner under surveillance pleads guilty to choking, shoving her, causing injuries

A Canberra man who kept his former partner under surveillance inside and outside their home, even controlling her phone, has pleaded guilty to a series of violent attacks on her. Key points: The court heard Jamie Millard monitored his ex-partner’s mobile phone, controlled when she could leave the house and told her what she could …

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