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| The push to crank up the Victorian economy will include shovel-ready projects worth more than $1.2 billion being fast-tracked over coming months. The Victorian government on Monday announced it has brought forward building and construction projects, which will create thousands of jobs. The projects are pending planning approval, but it's hoped works...
| Beware rogue ravenous rats - that is the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months make themselves known. In a species adapted to resort to cannibalism during hard times, the CDC...
| The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST May 25. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS * Australia has recorded 7109 cases. There are 501 active cases. SA, ACT and NT have no active cases. * The national death toll is 102 - NSW 50, Victoria 19, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland...
| New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects to see Australian state borders re-open before the establishment of a trans-Tasman bubble. The resumption of ordinary travel between the two countries has been mooted as a first step towards pre-coronavirus business as usual. On Monday, Nine newspapers reported that NSW and Victoria...
| The coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate a widening socio-economic gap in premature death rates that is contributing to a stagnation in Australians' life expectancy, researchers say. The University of Melbourne researchers say substantial and widening socio-economic and geographical inequalities in the risk of death have accompanied a slowdown in Australia's life expectancy...
| 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...

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