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Josh Frydenberg opposes independents’ call for public hearings and tip-offs in proposed federal Icac

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The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has defended the lack of public hearings in the government’s proposed federal integrity commission, saying he opposes a model that would see politicians “guilty until proved innocent”. ...

Some UK public swimming pools forced to close over national chlorine shortage

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A shortage of chlorine is forcing some public swimming pools to close, with operators blaming factors ranging from a production fall in China to Brexit and the war in Ukraine. Saxon Pool in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, ...

Queen all smiles in rare public appearance as horse comes out on top

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The Queen was all smiles when her horse was named supreme champion after she made a rare public appearance and joined crowds at an equestrian show. Looking relaxed and laughing, the head of state sat in a vehicle and ...

Washington Post wins public service Pulitzer for Capitol attack coverage

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The Washington Post has won the 2022 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism, for The Attack, its account of the deadly assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on 6 January 2021. The paper beat tw...

ACTU urges Morrison to discipline wage panel member over ‘extraordinary’ public comments

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Unions have urged Scott Morrison to consider sacking an expert member of the minimum wage panel for what they describe as “extraordinary and inappropriate” public comments about Labor’s wage policy. The labour economi...

Two donors who gave Tories £1m between them handed public health jobs

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Two businessmen who together donated more than £1m to the Conservative party have been handed prominent public health jobs, igniting a new “cronyism” row. After the government came under criticism for its awarding of ...

Community groups call for ‘right to grow’ food in UK’s unloved public spaces

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People should be given the right to turn road verges, sterile lawns around hospitals and underused public spaces into vegetable gardens and orchards, say campaigners for a “right to grow” law. Incredible Edible, a net...

‘A worldwide public health threat’: Rob Bilott on his 20-year fight against forever chemicals

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Last month, an Ohio court certified a class action lawsuit brought by lawyer Rob Bilott that would cover 7 million people – and at some point possibly everyone living in the United States – who have been exposed to ce...

Queensland acting premier rejects calls for inquiry into lobbying and the public service

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Queensland’s acting premier, Steven Miles, has rejected calls for a major inquiry into lobbying and the politicisation of the public service. A review by Prof Peter Coaldrake has already found that government lobbying...

National teacher’s union ‘concerned’ by lack of detail in Labor’s public school funding policy

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The teacher’s union has criticised Labor’s education policy for a “concerning” lack of detail about when public schools will get extra funding. Australian Education Union president, Correna Haythorpe, welcomed the pol...

Public lands to reopen for oil and gas drilling in a first under Biden

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As federal officials weigh efforts to fight the climate crisis against pressure to bring down high gasoline prices, the interior department is moving forward with the first onshore sales of public oil and natural gas ...

Biden administration extends public transport mask mandate by two weeks

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The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it is extending the US nationwide mask requirement for public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in Covid-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

Boris Johnson’s Covid bravado insults the NHS and the public

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Matthew Taylor, who leads the NHS Confederation, rightly points to the consequences of the government’s “living without restrictions” ideology (Covid threat being ignored in England for ideological reasons, say NHS le...

Cornish pilot scheme cuts bus fares to encourage use of public transport

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Residents and visitors can enjoy cheaper trips around the far south-west of England after the launch of a cut-price bus fare pilot in Cornwall. Ticket prices across the county have been reduced by between 20% and 40% ...

UK public do not believe government will tackle crime, documents show

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The public do not believe ministers’ promises to tackle crime, official documents seen by the Guardian show. The Home Office documents reveals polling carried out for the government found a high fear of crime, and low...

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