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Blazing fire at night time with remains of a large chimney and walls around it in collapsed state.

Dreams turn to ashes for Eco Inn on Victoria’s off-grid French Island

The nights are dark on French Island. Once the handful of tourists heads back to the mainland this patch of land feels even more isolated. French Island is little more than 60 kilometers south of Melbourne and yet most Melburnians would never have heard of it. Residents live off the grid here and love the …

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Dominic Perrottet faces widening crisis;  former deputy premier to appear

Dominic Perrottet faces widening crisis; former deputy premier to appear

The Perrottet government is bracing for its most politically challenging week in power, with former deputy premier John Barilaro to appear at a parliamentary inquiry into his trade appointment today and a bitter internal spat erupting within the Liberals over the deputy leadership. The parliamentary probe into Barilaro’s appointment to a $500,000 a year US …

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says allegations he promised London role to David Elliott 'offensive'

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says allegations he promised London role to David Elliott ‘offensive’

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has commented on allegations he spoke about creating a highly paid public service role based in the UK for a minister. Key points: Dominic Perrottet said conversations about job roles with ministers were “private” The Shadow Treasurer said Mr Perrottet has many questions to answer John Barilaro is due to face …

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First tugboat successfully raised after Devonport accident with cement carrier ship Goliath

First tugboat successfully raised after Devonport accident with cement carrier ship Goliath

The operation to lift the first of two Tasmanian tugboats that were sunk in January has exposed the damage done to them by a massive cement carrier in Devonport. Key points: The two cranes used can lift 500 tonnes, but the water, marine growth and fuel left in the tugboat meant the exact weight was …

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John Barilaro set to give evidence to NSW parliamentary inquiry;  Senate climate bill negotiations heat up;  Monkeypox vaccines secured;  David Elliott, Matt Kean set for NSW leadership challenge;  2022 Commonwealth Games continue;  NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow

John Barilaro set to give evidence to NSW parliamentary inquiry; Senate climate bill negotiations heat up; Monkeypox vaccines secured; David Elliott, Matt Kean set for NSW leadership challenge; 2022 Commonwealth Games continue; NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow

To the first major political interview of the day, and federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has fronted Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise. The Labor frontbencher was joined by former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce. Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek.Credit:alex ellinghausen The pair were asked about reports that Plibersek intends to block a proposed coal mine by …

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Channel Country advisory group outcomes about gas exploration and fracking remain secret

Channel Country advisory group outcomes about gas exploration and fracking remain secret

Almost 12 months after the Queensland government quietly granted oil and gas leases in the environmentally sensitive Channel Country they promised to protect, there are calls for the outcome of stakeholder meetings to be made public. Key points: A beef company and a traditional owner say Queensland’s organic beef industry is at risk if further …

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A big crowd of people at the Ekka.

Going to the Ekka? Here are the best ways to avoid getting sick with COVID-19, monkeypox or the flu

As throngs of people flock to the Ekka showgrounds, authorities are concerned about a potential spike in COVID-19 and influenza cases in the Queensland community. A string of illnesses remain in the community with COVID cases still high, the flu season not yet over and cases of monkeypox being reported interstate. With some 1,300 head …

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A composite of two women's faces: Pru Goward left, Jodi McKay right

Two former NSW MPs interviewed at last minute for senior trade roles, leaked emails reveal

Two former NSW MPs were given “last-minute” interviews for overseas trade commissioner roles despite there already being preferred candidates, according to an email from inside Investment NSW. Key points: Former NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay was interviewed for a senior trade role in India Former NSW Liberal minister Pru ​​Goward also interviewed for the India …

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Shedding colonial ties can take time, but the TikTok clock is ticking

Shedding colonial ties can take time, but the TikTok clock is ticking

Labor’s Senate President Sue Lines (who last week said we should ditch the Lord’s Prayer at the opening of each day’s sitting) directed Thorpe to say the oath properly. Thorpe did so, but in a tone of such naked sarcasm that no one could mistake her in her contemplation. It was a stunt, sure. But …

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Former rugby union star's pledge to 'not stand in the way'

Former rugby union star’s pledge to ‘not stand in the way’

Almost as soon as his victory became apparent, Pocock began to shape the debate on climate. He was the first of the crossbenchers to indicate he would support the Albanese government’s 43 per cent emissions reduction target, saying while he wanted a more ambitious goal, the “community wants to see us banking some gains”. His …

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