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| The federal government's JobKeeper wage subsidy program is now expected to cost $70 billion instead of $130 billion. In a joint statement on Friday Treasury and the tax office revised its figures for the program, with the number of employees forecast to be assisted now 3.5 million instead of six million. About...
| Up to 50 people will be able to dine in restaurants, pubs and cafes from June 1 as the NSW government eases more COVID-19 restrictions. Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday announced the "big and critical" step for the state, but said very strict rules would be in place for venues. "The last...
| Unlike many parents, Sienna Kinnear will miss her kids when they head back to school. More than a million students will return to classrooms in NSW and Queensland on Monday, two months after they were sent home due to the coronavirus outbreak. The staged end to distance education began in both states...
| Wesfarmers has outlined writedowns of up to $650 million in its full year accounts and store closures after completing the first phase of a review into its underperforming Target business. The Perth-based conglomerate will take a pre-tax charge of between $430 million and $480 million on its Kmart Group business, which...
| Facebook Inc will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg says, accelerating the tech sector's geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network would start "aggressively opening up remote hiring" in July, expecting that about half its...
| The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 21. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7079 cases, with only 635 active cases remaining. SA and the ACT have no active cases, the NT has one. * The national death toll is 100 - NSW 49, Victoria...
| The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA have arrived at Kennedy Space Center, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight to the International Space Station. It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit. NASA test pilots...
| Queensland coroners have been granted new powers that could aid a second inquest into the deadly Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub bombing. Under new laws that have passed parliament, coroners have greater power to compel witnesses to give self-incriminating evidence at inquests. It's hoped the laws could resolve historic cases including whether...
| An inaugural Victorian cultural festival will rise next year to replace two major events and tap into the fountain of local talent. The new event RISING will combine art, music and ceremony in the heart of the Melbourne from May 26 to June 6, 2021. It will replace White Night and Melbourne...
| Twitter is testing new settings which will allow users to control who is allowed to reply to their posts on the social media platform, a potential major change. Until now, any user could reply to any public post on Twitter. Those replies would be visible below the original posting. In some cases,...

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