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The jury may be out on the jury system after George Pell’s successful appeal

the jury may be out on the jury system after george pell’s successful appeal
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Picture: Shutterstock/sirtravelalot The High Court yesterday quashed the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, who had originally been found guilty on a number of charges by a jury of 12 people. His defence counsel, Bret Walker SC, had argued before the High Court that the convictions in 2018...

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent
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Image: Pixabay Climate deniers have been hanging out for the United Nations’ next big summit to fail. In a sense, the coronavirus and its induced policy responses have more than satisfied their wildest dreams, precipitating a global recession that they no doubt hope has pushed...

What if I can’t pay my rent? These are the options for rent relief in Australia

what if i can’t pay my rent? these are the options for rent relief in australia
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Picture: Stephen Brashear/EPA You’ve lost income because of the coronavirus crisis and finding it hard to pay the bills. What if you can’t pay your rent? The short answer, if you live in Australia, is that rules changes give you more time – at least six...

‘Zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. Here’s how to stop them

‘zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. here’s how to stop them
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Image:StanWilliams/Pixabay, Author provided “Zoombombing” in case you haven’t heard, is the unsavoury practice of posting distressing comments, pictures or videos after gatecrashing virtual meetings hosted by the videoconferencing app Zoom. With hundreds of millions around the world now reliant on the app for work, this unfortunate trend is...

Where are we at with developing a vaccine for coronavirus?

where are we at with developing a vaccine for coronavirus?
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Picture: Shuttlestock SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is changing how we live. With a rapid increase in cases, we are now isolating in our homes to “flatten the curve”. However, it will be nearly impossible to eradicate the virus simultaneously all around the world. And...

Sunday essay: mom jeans and nostalgia in a time of uncertainty

sunday essay: mom jeans and nostalgia in a time of uncertainty
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Picture: Jornada Produtora/Unsplash, Times of instability and crisis produce increased nostalgia for the past. We long for a time that no longer exists, or never existed. Like melancholy, nostalgia is a sentiment of loss – one that’s particularly familiar to us today – for an...

How to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home

how to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home
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Picture: Shuttlestock With #StayAtHome and social distancing now becoming a way of life, an increasing number of people are relying on the internet for work, education and entertainment. This has placed greater demand on our network infrastructure, reducing the bandwidth available for each user, and is leaving...

Morrison has rescued childcare from COVID-19 collapse – but the details are still murky

morrison has rescued childcare from covid-19 collapse – but the details are still murky
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Picture: Shuttlestock Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced free childcare for more than one million families, with a funding boost that aims to keep more than 13,000 childcare services across Australia open. In doing so, the government has backed its earlier recognition of early childhood education and care...

Most community bids to block pokies fail – the law is stacked against them too

most community bids to block pokies fail – the law is stacked against them too
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Picture: David Moir/AAP Most Australians know you never end up winning on the pokies. What Australians might not know is that the odds of winning a case against a poker-machine proposal in their local neighbourhood are very poor too. My recent study shows the Victorian Commission for...

What can you use a telehealth consult for and when should you physically visit your GP?

what can you use a telehealth consult for and when should you physically visit your gp?
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Picture: Shuttlestock As of this week, everyone with a Medicare card is eligible for Medicare-funded telehealth. That means you can have a consultation with your GP, psychologist and other health providers via video or phone, rather than going in. This should help with social distancing – a core weapon in our community’s...