Australia

Nearly half of Australia’s residential aged care facilities are running at a loss

More than 45 per cent of Australia’s residential aged care facilities are running at a loss. Of these, nearly 20 per cent have greater cash outgoings than incomings, meaning they have to reach into their own pockets or rely on support from their parent organisations and shareholders to remain financially viable. The sector’s strain is even starker in the country’s ...

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What you need to know about Australia’s 5G network and how it will affect you

Australia is currently in the early stages of the rollout of the 5G network which promises to revolutionise the country’s wireless infrastructure, but not everyone is convinced. Nine.com.au has put together this explainer to address every question you might have about Australia’s next generation phone network before it rolls out across the country. What is 5G? 5G is the fifth-generation cellular ...

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The government has been lying about the strength of the economy – its lack of policy is hurting us

you would hope by now that the government is ready to face up to reality. I know this might be a rather optimistic anticipation on my part, but surely the treasurer and his predecessor and now prime minister, realise they have a problem with the economy? One of the more amusing things this week was the government and their conservative ...

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Electric public transport is coming to Australia — and commuters in major cities will be whispering about it

Electric public transport is coming to Australia and soon commuters in major cities could be whispering about it. They will be talking in hushed tones because British tests with electric-powered buses apparently found they were so quiet the passengers lowered their voices to match. And a company providing electric taxis says trials show the softer engine noise and smoother ride ...

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Cory Bernardi considers rejoining Coalition and leaving parliament before term expires

Cory Bernardi has told colleagues he is considering quitting parliament amid speculation he could rejoin the Liberal party. The Guardian understands the South Australian senator, who quit the Liberals in 2017 to form the Australian Conservatives party, is closely considering his future, and has canvassed the option of leaving the Senate before his term expires in 2022. Bernardi is said to ...

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Parts of Australia hit with coldest start to the year

A cold snap has hit Australia’s south east, with temperatures in some regions dropping below zero. Many are waking up to the coldest morning of the year today, with icy winds, frost and snow for some regions. The blistering chill is being felt in parts of NSW, Victoria and inland South Australia with the mercury in the ACT dropping to ...

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PM’s department in ‘laughable’ battle to suppress cabinet meeting dates

The prime minister’s department is mounting a costly legal battle to keep secret information the government has previously released, a situation described as “laughable”. The Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is trying to secure the release of the navy chief’s diary as part of his attempts to investigate why a $4bn arms contract was awarded to German shipbuilder Lürssen instead of Australian ...

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Strawberry Snow Moon 2019: How to watch night phenomenon in Australia

The 2019 Strawberry Snow Moon graced the Australian skies overnight — accordingly named because it’s when the moon turns a light pink hue. The celestial phenomenon is called the “snow moon” as there is typically snowfall in parts of the country at this time of year. The best time to see it depends on your time zone, but Sydney, Melbourne, ...

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Australia’s onshore immigration detention ‘unlike any other liberal democracy’

The Australian onshore immigration detention system is becoming “more and more like prison” and unlike similar operations any other liberal democracy, the Human Rights Commission has said. It is also now holding people for an average of about 500 days – far longer than any comparable jurisdiction, and is increasingly using restraints. The commission urged the Australian government to “take ...

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Australia warned it’s falling behind the rest of the world on climate change

Australia has been warned it is falling behind on measures to fight climate change in comments by a powerful voice behind the United Kingdom’s move towards zero carbon emissions by 2050. Julia King, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge, had been asked whether Australia’s bid to reduce emissions by 28 per cent by 2030 meant it was falling behind when compared ...

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