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Revealed: The real $2 billion cost of privatised Northern Beaches hospital


Sydney : The true cost to taxpayers of the new privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has been revealed as $2.14 billion, more than twice the $1 billion figure publicised by health minister Jillian Skinner before the March election.The NSW government is also accused of breaking transparency laws by suppressing the figure until after the poll and has been criticised for keeping ...

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The creeping danger of Australian households’ love affair with credit


Sydney : David and Hannah were raising their baby son in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle supported by David’s job as the manager of the city flagship store of a well-known clothing chain when their cozy existence began to unravel.Hannah became ill and could not work, leaving David struggling to cope with the demands of being the sole ...

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Assange: More leaks to come


Sydney :WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the anti-secrecy organisation’s Australian founder, Julian Assange.In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Assange said that while he does not expect to leave Ecuador’s London embassy any time soon, WikiLeaks very much remains in the business of publishing the secrets of diplomats ...

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The plan to make Sydney a walking city again


Sydney : They are the city’s “second-class citizens,” a group of a million people who make 92 per cent of the city’s journeys each and every day.Now, pedestrians – be they striding commuters, dawdling shoppers or promenading pram-pushers – are reclaiming the streets.A $60 million upgrade to Sydney streets aims to improve life for walkers who have, for decades, been ...

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Three killed, including a child, after car swept away by floods


Brisbane : THREE people have died after their car was washed away by flash flooding in Queensland tonight.The trio, a man, a young woman and a child, were travelling along Dances Road in Calboolture when tragedy struck.QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the car attempted to drive around a road closed sign and entered flood waters.“On behalf of all Queensland we ...

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