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Toondah Harbour development east of Brisbane puts koala habitat at risk, community groups say as Priority Development Area provision questioned

Toondah Harbour in the Redlands, east of Brisbane, is a controversial priority development area (PDA) with the local community having campaigned against the impact on protected wetlands since 2013.

Key points:
There are now 34 PDAs across Queensland, adding up to some 82,572 hectares
At Toondah Har…

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Coalition tax cuts blasted by former Reserve Bank boss in new ad campaign

A television advertising campaign – endorsed by a former Reserve Bank governor, a former Liberal party leader and a Nobel laureate – opposing another round of tax cuts will be rolled out this week, as preparations are finalised for the looming October budget.

The Morrison government has alrea…

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India not on Australia’s initial list of source countries for business and talented migrants

The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce has been set up to trigger job creation by boosting efforts towards attracting the world’s leading talent and high-value businesses into the country under a new initiative to support Australia’s post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

India is curr…

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Citizen scientists called on to fill the gap in Australia's longest daily weather record

Citizen scientists from around the world are being asked to help complete Australia's longest daily weather record.

Key points:
The Zooniverse citizen science portal will host the Adelaide diaries, seeking help to digitise the new information
It will help complete Australia's longest continuous…

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'Strike team' to recruit exceptional talent for Team Australia

A new "strike team" charged with luring international businesses to Australia will target exceptional talent in advanced manufacturing, financial services, FinTech and health.

The Morrison government has named former Property Council of Australia boss Peter Verwer to lead a taskforce combining go…

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Australia income tax cuts could be brought forward to 2020

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is reportedly considering bringing forward planned income tax cuts in an effort to help boost spending.

The tax cuts were planned in three stages across seven years, with the first cut delivered in July 2018, the second planned for 2022 and the last in 2024.

If the 20…

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Future of flying in coronavirus Australia is all domestic, as Qantas, Virgin and Rex look local

This is how bad it has become.

Just days before announcing a $2 billion loss last week, Qantas announced it was selling off one of its most prized assets.

It wasn't one of its planes or its frequent flyer program.

Sets of the famous Qantas business-class pyjamas — the stars of many Instagra…

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When will Australians be able to fly overseas for holidays again?

Stepping foot off a plane with passport in hand and into an airport overseas feels like a distant memory for most.

While other countries are reopening their borders to international travel, and places like the USA are lifting overseas travel restrictions for residents, Australians remain confined…

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Childcare confusion: jobkeeper loophole may give some educators access

Family daycare educators may continue to be eligible for jobkeeper despite the Australian government’s decision to cut off the childcare sector’s access to the wage subsidy scheme.

The discovery of the loophole for sole traders providing family daycare has sparked calls for the government to …

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One Australian dead, embassy 'considerably' damaged in Lebanon blast

Australian security agencies do not believe a massive explosion that rocked the city of Beruit was an attack, with the evidence from Lebanon suggesting it was a tragic accident.

United States President Donald Trump suggested a bomb attack was behind the catastrophic explosion, contradicting expla…

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'I feel I will never get another job': Australian readers on searching for work in the Covid recession

Australia is in the depths of a Covid-19 induced recession and with the situation only worsening in Victoria, there is little reason for optimism among those who are looking for work. Guardian Australia asked readers about their experiences being made unemployed and trying to get back into the workf…

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Fears of a 'labour crisis' as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

Australia's tourism and farming sectors will be severely impacted by steep declines in the backpacker workforce caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The number of people on working holidays in Australia has dropped from 135,000 to 80,000 when compared with the same time last year, a Senate commi…

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Coronavirus Australia: 6.5 million Aussies to go hungry

Food relief charities across Australia are being swamped by the rising demand to feed out-of-work Australians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Feed Appeal, an annual national fundraiser which grants money to local food charities, has reported a 50-78 per cent increase in the need for food rel…

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Australia's Covid-19 border restrictions: where you can travel to and from

After several months of lockdown, Australians everywhere are itching to travel. With international borders closed for the foreseeable future, domestic tourism is becoming an increasingly attractive option. But as Victoria and New South Wales try to contain a second wave of coronavirus cases, differe…

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'Real risk at the frontline': how Australia's health workers are getting Covid-19

There were 381 active infections in Victorian healthcare workers announced on Sunday – an extra 81 since Friday. And that figure doesn’t include the hundreds of healthcare workers now furloughed while awaiting test results after being in close contact with a known case.

The infections have be…

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Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports record 532 new cases and six deaths as NSW reports 17 cases

Victoria has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 identified in a 24-hour period in Australia to date with 532 new cases announced by the premier Daniel Andrews on Monday, along with six more deaths of people aged in their 50s to 90s.

“We are seeing too many people for whatever reason attendin…

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Cat mind-altering parasite widespread in Australia: study

A surprising new study suggests two-thirds of Australians have been exposed to a potentially mind-altering cat parasite.

Toxoplasma gondii is famous for manipulating the brains of infected mice so they run towards cats, instead of away from them – raising questions about what it could be doing to…

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Australia to ‘shoot itself in the foot’ by mulling ban on Chinese apps: experts

After the Morrison government is reported to be launching investigations of Chinese flagship platforms TikTok, WeChat and Sina Weibo, following the US that is considering a ban on the short video platform, observers said becoming a US puppet is unwise for Australia and if China-Australia ties sink, …

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Queen's Australia rep was assured of power before '75 crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s office assured her representative in Australia he had the power to bring down the Australian government a week before he took the extraordinary move in 1975 and created a political crisis, according to letters released on Tuesday.

The National A…

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Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM's sacking, letters show

The Queen was not informed in advance about the 1975 dismissal of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, newly released letters show.

Mr Whitlam's government was removed by The Queen's representative at the time, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, and replaced with an opposition party.

It is co…

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