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would australians support mandates for the covid-19 vaccine? our research suggests most would

Would Australians support mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine? Our research suggests most would

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  Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP Australia’s vaccine rollout is moving far more slowly than the government had hoped, and there is evidence of vaccine hesitancy in a significant part of the population. Some governments and media outlets are already considering whether mandates will be needed...
only a small fraction of buildings with flammable cladding have been fixed, and owners are feeling the strain

Only a small fraction of buildings with flammable cladding have been fixed, and owners...

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 Picture: MFB Australia has more than 3,400 buildings with flammable cladding. In Victoria alone, at least 71 of these buildings have been classified as “extreme risk” and another 368 as “high risk”. Despite the tragic evidence of the risks of cladding fires, rectification work had...
can i have a pet and be housed, too? it all depends…

Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

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 Darren Fisher, Author provided Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent. A systematic national...
facebook has pulled the trigger on news content — and possibly shot itself in the foot

Facebook has pulled the trigger on news content — and possibly shot itself in...

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 Picture: Michael Reynolds / AAP Facebook on Thursday made good on its threat to block Australians from accessing or posting news content. The ban includes blocking links to Australian and overseas news publishers. Facebook said the ban...
why is it so difficult to stamp out seafood slavery? there is little justice, even in court

Why is it so difficult to stamp out seafood slavery? There is little justice,...

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 Image: Shuttlestock Each year, thousands of men and boys labour under extremely exploitative conditions on commercial fishing vessels owned by Taiwanese, Chinese and South Korean companies. The Taiwanese fleet, which operates in all reaches of the...
renters in victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. now other states must get energy-efficient

Renters in Victoria soon won’t have to deal with dodgy heaters and insulation. Now...

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Shuttlestock Renters will no longer have to contend with poorly insulated homes and Victoria will move closer towards 7-star home efficiency standards under a A$797 million plan announced this week. It’s purportedly the biggest energy efficiency...
83% of australians want tougher privacy laws. now’s your chance to tell the government what you want

83% of Australians want tougher privacy laws. Now’s your chance to tell the government...

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Image: Shuttlestock Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has called for submissions to the long-awaited review of the federal Privacy Act 1988. This is the first wide-ranging review of privacy laws since the Australian Law Reform Commission produced a landmark...
the us is taking on google in a huge antitrust case. it could change the face of online search

The US is taking on Google in a huge antitrust case. It could change...

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Image: Jens Meyer/AP The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for unlawful monopolisation. The department says Google’s conduct harms competition and consumers, and reduces the ability of new innovative companies...
fake covid-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud in a pandemic

Fake COVID-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud...

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Image: Shuttlestock Fraudsters are ruthless and will use any means necessary to gain financial advantage. Earlier this year, as Australians were battling the devastating bushfires, fraudsters were tailoring their approaches to exploit the good intentions of citizens wanting...
memories overboard! what the law says about claiming compensation for a holiday gone wrong

Memories overboard! What the law says about claiming compensation for a holiday gone wrong

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Picture: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA When booking a luxury cruise, you generally expect relaxation and enjoyment, not forced quarantine and distress. Unfortunately, for the thousands of vacationers trapped on cruise ships in Asia the past month, what...