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Renting apartment, Sydney

IT’S so small that perplexed Sydneysiders are calling it a bed with walls, but the backpackers trying to let a minuscule Bondi bedroom for $300 a week say good things come in small packages. A social media advert for the tiny room has stoked anger and disbelief. One commenter even …

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Medicare

MEDICARE is fast failing to cover the costs of most doctors’ services with some patients having to pay more than $600 extra a year to stay healthy. Half of all patients having non-hospital treatments have to pay extra to cover the gap between the doctor’s bill and the Medicare subsidy. …

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Tony Abbott’s National Energy Guarantee loss

THE decade-long battle over climate policy which has driven the Liberal Party towards near-terminal instability ended today with a Malcolm Turnbull victory. That is the strong prospect after a substantial government back bench endorsement of the National Energy Guarantee today saved the Prime Minister’s job and reinforced confidence he can …

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Australian Population 2018

AUSTRALIA’S population surpassed 25 million at 11.01pm last night. The population clock estimated this record on the basis that our number increases by one person every 83 seconds. But over the past six months, concerns have been raised over whether our biggest cities can continue to cope under the strain …

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Australian Population 2018

MEET Greg, your everyday Aussie bloke. Greg is a white male in his mid-to-late 30s with patchy facial hair, an expired gym membership and bicep tattoos of Chinese characters he secretly doubts stand for “Hope, Faith, Love” as he intended. He enjoys knocking back a few cold ones at the …

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Saudi Arabia

SAUDI Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists. The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations …

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South Africa

SOUTH Africa’s ruling party says it will push ahead with plans to amend the country’s constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the decision on Tuesday following a two-day meeting of the African National Congress, which had earlier signalled its intention to redistribute …

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