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CBA, ANZ and Westpac match RBA’s hike in interest rates  

The Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac will pass on the full value of the Reserve Bank’s increase in interest rates to mortgage customers as the era of ultra-cheap home loans comes to an end. CBA on Tuesday night was the first bank to respond to the RBA’s historic lift in the cash rate from 0.1 per cent to 0.35 per

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Had COVID? Updated advice on when to get your next vaccination dose 

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks, State Health Commander The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has released updated advice regarding the interval required between doses of COVID-19 vaccine. It is now recommended that all people should wait for three months after they’ve had a confirmed COVID infection before having their next dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The guidance applies to any dose of

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Mourners forced to rent coffins

Surging inflation in the UK appears to be behind the growth of casket-renting services. Cash-strapped Brits are renting temporary coffins for funeral services before having their loved ones buried in cardboard. Funeral directors say the cost-saving measure is becoming more popular as Brits struggle with a skyrocketing cost of living. A temporary coffin is obtained for the day of the

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Volunteers offended and disgusted at Targa

Targa management phoned their invited volunteers yesterday advising them that the awards dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor last night was cancelled we are told.  Some had already driven from the north of the state and hired suits to go and were left out of pocket. The problem was the dinner hadn’t been cancelled at all and went ahead with

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Northern Territory police have been accused of acting “inhumanely” when officers allegedly shot an Indigenous man armed with a spear four times. 

Senior police have previously declined to say how many rounds hit Peter Skeen when officers fired six shots at him near Darwin on March 8.  The 20-year-old is accused of confronting police with a traditional weapon in the suburb of Gray in Palmerston, about 20km south of Darwin. He remains in hospital, with relatives saying “he’s not doing too well” and

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A man helped his friend dispose of a body in a wheelie bin “like rubbish” before using the victim’s mobile phone to order pizza

In a drug-fuelled week, Robert Louis Gibson, 41, also helped rob a woman and repeatedly raped another in what Justice Sue Brown described as “depraved conduct”. Kym Mitchell – a 61-year-old who used a mobility scooter – died after being assaulted by Gibson’s mate at a Yeronga unit in suburban Brisbane in November 2018. Gibson helped dump the victim head-first into

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Today’s Monetary Policy Decision and Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor

Thank you for joining us this afternoon. I would like to use this opportunity to explain the Reserve Bank Board’s decision today and to answer your questions. Today, the Board decided to increase the cash rate target by 25 basis points to 35 basis points and to increase the rate paid on Exchange Settlement balances from 0 per cent to 25 basis points. It also

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School crossing guard body camera trial

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport  in light of some poor driving behaviour around schools, the Tasmanian Government is taking further action to ensure the safety of our schoolchildren and the school crossing guards who protect them. School crossing guards report experiencing near misses each day and dozens of other incidents such as drivers speeding through school crossings, ignoring

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‘Kangaroo court and buffoons’ PM said

One of NSW’s anti-corruption watchdog commissioners has taken an extraordinary swipe at the agency’s critics – including Prime Minister Scott Morrison – labelling them “buffoons” with ill-informed views. Stephen Rushton, SC, one of three Independent Commission Against Corruption commissioners, told a NSW parliamentary inquiry on Monday that describing the ICAC as a kangaroo court was offensive, misleading and untrue. Morrison

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Qantas’ freshly unveiled fleet of ultra-long haul Airbus will feature six first-class suites containing a separate bed and a wardrobe, a business cabin with a self-service bar, a ‘wellbeing zone’, bigger seats for premium economy and economy passengers, and a Neil Perry-designed menu. 

Economy passengers will have 33 inches of legroom –1 more than on Qantas’ existing 787 Dreamliners – while premium economy seats will be 2 inches roomier with a 40-inch pitch. Average economy and premium economy seat pitches are 30-31 inches and 38 inches and respectively. Speaking from a launch event in Sydney on Monday, chief executive Alan Joyce said the

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Pre-trial publicity will result in NSW man standing trial without a jury for the murder of his wife four decades ago. 

Pre-trial publicity will result in Chris Dawson standing trial without a jury for the murder of his wife four decades ago. The former teacher and professional rugby league player, 73, is accused of killing his wife Lynette following her 1982 disappearance from Sydney. Justice Robert Beech-Jones on Monday in the NSW Supreme Court ordered that the trial proceed by judge-alone

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A Deakin University lecturer has faced court charged with the murder of a woman in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.  

Emergency services were called to a property in Patrick Avenue, Croydon North about 10.15pm on Saturday night after reports of an assault. A 35-year-old Croydon North woman was treated by paramedics, but she died at the scene. Croydon North man Adam Brown, 40, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon charged with murder.  His lawyer Nick Tehan said it was

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