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Labor has reheated its ‘Mediscare’ campaign for the 2022 election. How do its claims stack up?

Spurious claims are appearing about what each major party would do in government should it win the election. This article is part of a series on scare campaigns: their origins, how they are being spread, and how the claims stack up against the stated commitments of the parties. Labor has ratcheted up its attack on …

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Ukraine latest: Russia says more Ukraine fighters surrender in Mariupol, Nordic countries apply for NATO

Almost 700 more Ukrainian fighters have surrendered in Mariupol, according to Russian officials, as the nearly three-month long siege in the Black Sea town nears an end. Key points: Russia says 694 more Azovstal fighters had surrendered overnight, bringing the total to 959 The leader of pro-Russian separatists in control of the area says the …

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Did Boomers or Millennials have it harder buying a house? We try to answer this age-old question

“Do you know what’s wrong with the smashed-avocado generation?” I was on a suburban street filming a story about young people struggling to get into the housing market, when a woman unpacking groceries in her driveway asked about my topic. As she hit me with that rhetorical, I knew I was in for it. “This …

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Sydney news: ‘Overwhelming evidence’ will clear mother’s name, says peak body of scientists

Here’s what you need to know this morning. Scientists confident Folbigg will walk free from jail (Clockwise from top left) Patrick, Laura, Caleb and Sarah Folbigg, who were killed (manslaughter for Caleb, murder for Patrick, Laura and Sarah) by their mother Kathleen Folbigg in the NSW Hunter Valley.(ABC News) A peak national body of scientists …

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The election could deliver another hung parliament. Here’s what that means

It’s the nightmare scenario for many politicians out on the campaign trail: An inconclusive result that sends the major parties into brutal negotiations with a handful of new crossbench MPs. If there is no clear majority after the ballots are counted, the outcome of the election is deemed a ‘hung parliament’. That’s one where either …

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A surge in influenza cases in Queensland prompts doctors to issue vaccine warning for children and vulnerable groups

Experts have sounded a warning about this year’s flu season, with concerns young children will be particularly vulnerable to life-threatening complications. Key points: More than 400 people have been hospitalized with influenza in Queensland this flu season Doctors say children under two are particularly susceptible One expert says flu vaccines should be “essential” in vulnerable …

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NDIS participant says ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ created by agency is wasting taxpayer money

A regional New South Wales man says he has found himself in a “bureaucratic nightmare” while trying to access funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency. Key points: Regional NDIS participant Richard Bradley says the agency’s decisions are causing a snowball of appeals that are wasting taxpayer dollars Mr Bradley says assistive technology assessment costs …

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Orlando Magic win 2022 NBA draft lottery, followed by Oklahoma City Thunder; Sacramento Kings jump into top 4

12:36 AM GMT Andrew LopezESPN Jamahl Mosley was feeling lucky. Heading into Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, the Orlando Magic were going to be represented by basketball operations president Jeff Weltman on stage. But early Tuesday morning, a switch was made because of a feeling Mosley had. So when the lottery took place Tuesday night …

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Climate change has made old measures predicting weather events ‘essentially worthless’

When Jo Groves bought her property in Lismore, she worked hard to make it her own and thought she would grow old in it. Key points: Statistical measures like the “one-in-100-year flood” level are used by authorities in Australia to determine safe building standards Experts say climate change has made those measures “essentially worthless” They …

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How a vandal’s bizarre reaction to climate banner could be a sign of voter anger

When Nathalie Gits put up a “Climate Action Now” sign outside her home on Sydney‘s quiet and leafy upper north shore she didn’t think anything much would happen. The busy small-business owner said she saw it as a way of doing her bit to raise awareness about climate change. She definitely never expected to see …

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