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Morning mail: Djokovic’s Australian Open exemption, NSW hospital staff struggling, marine heatwave
Wednesday: Tennis tournament organisers confirm world No 1 will play grand slam. Plus: how the pandemic changed parenting

Tamara Howie

04, Jan, 2022 @7:47 PM

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‘Extreme marine heatwave’: waters off Sydney set to break January temperature records
Satellite data shows ocean surface 3C above normal as swimmers say water feels more like February and March

Graham Readfearn

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Scott Morrison opposes free rapid antigen tests. But here’s what other countries are doing
Some governments overseas are taking a very different approach to Australia’s policy of leaving the tests to the ‘private market’

Luke Henriques-Gomes

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Plan for new Indigenous cultural precinct in Canberra unveiled by Morrison government
Proposed centre, to be called Ngurra, will be built on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and include a national resting place for ancestral remains

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Australia loses ‘unprecedented’ number of overseas diplomats during pandemic, document reveals
Diplomatic network was already smaller than similar countries, briefing prepared for new DFAT secretary Kathryn Campbell warns

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Victorian Catholic diocese found vicariously liable for child sexual abuse in landmark ruling
Church’s argument that it was not responsible for the abuse was rejected and described as ‘affront to common sense’

Christopher Knaus

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Light at end of tunnel ‘a fricking train’: regional ICU nurses curse lack of staff during surge in Covid cases
NSW healthcare workforce faces ‘desperation’, Sydney nurse says as staff confront ‘the real face of burnout’

Peter Hannam

04, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Doherty Institute boss says rapid antigen tests should be free in Australia
Prof Sharon Lewin argues if Coalition is relying on RATs ‘they really have to be widely accessible’

Sarah Martin and Michael McGowan

04, Jan, 2022 @9:48 AM

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‘I feel abandoned’: Australians waiting hours to be tested and days for their Covid results blame governments
‘It feels like they’re actively not wanting us to get tested,’ says one frustrated resident, while another who queued for hours said: ‘It’s not like we couldn’t logistically plan for this’

Lane Sainty

04, Jan, 2022 @7:58 AM

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Record 47,738 cases nationwide; ACCC to ‘name and shame’ on RAT prices – as it happened
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Tory Shepherd, Cait Kelly, Michael McGowan and Luke Henriques-Gomes (earlier)

04, Jan, 2022 @7:18 AM

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Teachers seek urgent talks with NSW government on school safety amid Omicron surge
Teachers’ union warns absentee rates could cause chaos, with vaccination levels among children lower than adults

Lane Sainty

04, Jan, 2022 @6:46 AM

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Queensland defends anomaly that means Covid-free travellers must quarantine longer than infected locals
Covid-positives in the community only need to isolate for seven days while there is 14-day mandatory isolation for international arrivals

Ben Smee

04, Jan, 2022 @6:32 AM

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