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'Filthy cheater' exposed in full-page Mackay And Whitsunday Life newspaper ad

‘Filthy cheater’ exposed in full-page Mackay And Whitsunday Life newspaper ad

If you’re having an off day, spare a thought for one Mackay man who’s probably feeling worse. Everyone is wondering about the identity of “Steve”, whose newly former partner Jenny took out a full-page ad in the Mackay And Whitsunday Life newspaper to denounce him as a “filthy cheater”. “Dear Steve, I hope you’re happy …

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Rural Tasmanian ratepayers hit with levy to help councils keep GP clinic doors open

Rural Tasmanian ratepayers hit with levy to help councils keep GP clinic doors open

Ratepayers in rural Tasmania are being slugged with a medical levy to help prop up GP clinics, prompting fresh calls for the commonwealth to step in. Key points: Glamorgan-Spring Bay Mayor Robert Young said the levy was necessary to ensure the municipality’s vulnerable population had access to health care AMA Tasmania president John Saul said …

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Blind Date: EA Emily and teacher Luke bond over their cultural backgrounds and being the middle child

Blind Date: EA Emily and teacher Luke bond over their cultural backgrounds and being the middle child

Emily, 27, says: I met Luke on a Friday night at Cecchi’s in Inglewood. My first impression was that he’s a really good looking guy with a massive smile. The man bun got me — in a good way! I’d describe him as friendly, confident and someone I felt comfortable around instantly. I was nervous …

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Restricted Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo performing surgery in Spain

Restricted Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo performing surgery in Spain

Alistair Baldwin, Billy’s father, said the family redrew about $90,000 “off the house” to fly his son to Madrid and receive the treatment after sending scans to Teo last month. The money included $70,000 that was paid to Teo and other neurosurgeons as well as the hospital. “It’s the last thing you worry about,” he …

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Private schools to be forced to shed light on salaries for top staff

Private schools to be forced to shed light on salaries for top staff

Private schools will be forced to be more transparent about the salaries of their top staff and principals, some of whom earn triple their public school counterparts with pay packets exceeding $600,000. Under a shake-up to Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) rules, all large charities – which include most private schools – will be …

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Brad Fraser puts a Christmas tree into a carrying mesh on his Queensland farm.

This outback family traded cows for trees and pulled off a Christmas cracker in Queensland

A young couple who met on an outback cattle station have turned their desire to make their own life on the land into an unexpected business—farming Christmas trees. Key points: Brad and Katrina Fraser tired of life in the outback so set up a huge Christmas tree farm The couple are growing 15,000 trees, raising …

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Judith Neilson Institute dismisses remaining members of advisory board after earlier director walkout | australia news

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas (JNI) has dismissed the remaining members of its international advisory council ahead of a review of the not-for-profit which has now been stripped of its founding board, expert journalism panel and management. The billionaire philanthropist funded the institute to the tune of $100m in 2018, but blindsided …

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Raw milk cheese deal with UK set to please foodies, but not all local producers

Raw milk cheese deal with UK set to please foodies, but not all local producers

A dozen raw milk cheeses from the United Kingdom have been approved for export to Australia in a deal likely to please cheese lovers, but not necessarily local cheesemakers. Key points: Consumers will be able to choose from a dozen raw milk cheese varieties from the UK following a new deal Only two cheesemakers in …

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Better bones, stronger muscles and a happier heart — the benefits of exercising into old age are big

Better bones, stronger muscles and a happier heart — the benefits of exercising into old age are big

Aging. It’s something many Australians dread. Things that used to be easy may not be anymore, appearances change and the body functions differently – but it’s not all bad. The aging process can’t be stopped, but physical activity can bring a host of benefits as people get older. According to Pazit Levinger, principal researcher at …

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Alone but not lonely: the solo activities that help foster connection | Health & wellness

When we feel lonely, our first instinct is often to withdraw. “There tends to be shame around loneliness, so we tend to hide and avoid,” says Dr Alison Mahoney, a psychologist at Sydney’s St Vincent’s hospital. “Which only perpetuates loneliness… you disconnect further. “There’s a myth that there’s something inherently weak with feeling lonely, but …

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