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Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government’s plans for it, Universities Australia (UA) is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum. The peak body’s chair, Barney Glover, will warn in a speech on Wednesday: “Almost two years of policy insecurity and uncertainty is taking its toll on the ability of ...

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International Travel Tips: 7 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia

Australia has always been a mecca for all travelers – business, and leisure. Its natural beauty includes lush rainforests in the north, the remarkable Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef. I interviewed Australian Travel Specialist Alicia Saba of Departure Lounge for her advice before planning your trip to Australia to maximize your experience. Australia’s Landscapes Are Very DiverseAustralia is the ...

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Urban Purveyor Group to create ‘entertainment hub’ in Melbourne

Urban Purveyor Group will create an ‘entertainment precinct’ at The Alfred in Melbourne, with a variety of hospitality venues on site. This weekend, Urban Purveyor Group will take over the site of 7 Alfred Place, in Melbourne’s CBD, currently home to Stokehouse restaurant. The site was purchased from Stokehouse Restaurants for an undisclosed amount, and will be renamed The Alfred. ...

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People too scared to speak about issues: John Howard

John Howard has sounded an alarm about the culture war in Australia — warning that people are being “cowed” against stating their views on issues and that a dangerous anti-religious push has emerged — and branded as “pernicious­” the Victorian government’s hostility to religious connections in schools. Mr Howard said there was a “get Pell” mentality in “some sections of ...

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Defence white paper shows Australia’s ‘Cold War mentality’, says China

China has accused Australia of maintaining a “Cold War mentality” with its alliance with the United States, following the release of the Turnbull government’s defence white paper which criticised China’s role in rising tensions in the South China Sea. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said China was “seriously concerned” about the contents in the white paper, and ...

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First Seal returns in style with dominant win in Millie Fox Stakes

The clash of two of Sydney’s favourite race mares was as emotionally contrasting as the three lengths margin between them as First Seal swept home over the top of her rivals to win the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m). The ghostly grey Catkins was conspicuous trailing the six-horse field to the line — a rare failure for a mare ...

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Three women dead after Sydney police chase

Three women are dead, and another two people are seriously injured after a police chase in Sydney’s west. Police began pursuing a car in Marayong about 1.10am on Saturday morning when it failed to stop for random breath testing as it travelled along Railway Road. The white Holden Commodore crashed moments after the chase began. “There was no breaking noise or squealing ...

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Italian student’s death puts Egyptian abuses back on agenda

The recent death in Cairo of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni has triggered fresh concerns about Egypt’s human rights situation, five years after mass protests forced President Hosni Mubarak from power. Mr Regeni, who was in Egypt to conduct research on trade unions and labour rights, disappeared on 25 January – the fifth anniversary of the start of the protests. ...

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FFA announces new procedures around fan bans for bad behaviour and appeals against decisions

The FFA has announced a new set of procedures to cover cases where fans are banned for bad behaviour, including an appeals process against such bans. The move follows a series of incidents at A-League matches, and controversy over the lack of an existing appeals process to cover the 198 fans currently banned by the league. Under the new procedure, ...

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Bill Shorten uses NSW ALP conference to unveil negative gearing changes to to ‘level housing playing field’

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled plans to change negative gearing rules for property purchases, in a move touted to “put the great Australian dream back within reach for the middle and working class”. With just months to go until a federal election is called, Mr Shorten used his speech to the NSW ALP conference to rally the party ...

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