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Local arts and film jilted in favour of foreign streaming majors Foxtel, Netflix, and Nine’s Stan

Local arts and film jilted in favour of foreign streaming majors Foxtel, Netflix, and Nine’s Stan

Another kick in the guts for the local screen industry as Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment, chaired by Liberal Party stalwart Peter Costello, is exempted from local content rules and foreign streaming giants such as Netflix are structured to skirt them too. As for the Coalition’s supposed rescue package for small players it is simply Kafkaesque and designed to fail. Elizabeth Minter reports.

No strings attached: aged care providers have the Coalition wrapped around their little fingers

No strings attached: aged care providers have the Coalition wrapped around their little fingers

Locking out visitors has made it difficult for staff to meet the daily care needs of aged care residents. What an indictment on aged care providers. They receive billions a year in funding, yet rely on the unpaid work of residents’ family and friends and volunteers. Surely it is time for complete accountability for their government funding, writes Dr Sarah Russell.

Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price

Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price

Despite huge government subsidies of more than $8 billion a year for child care, parents still pay an arm and a leg for this essential service. And the women who mostly do the caring and educating receive pittance wages while the landlords, developers and investors make a mint. Lisa Bryant reports.

Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on?

Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on?

The numerous inquiries, reviews and consultations over the years have provided mounds of evidence of negligence, neglect and abuse in residential aged care homes. Yet the recommendations have mostly been ignored. Now we watch in horror as the number of elderly residents who have died from Covid-19 continues to climb. The government is going to have to explain how this predictable tragedy occurred on its watch.

Gina Rinehart’s mining boss in Ecuador arrested for weapons amid Aussie gold rush

Gina Rinehart’s mining boss in Ecuador arrested for weapons amid Aussie gold rush

The general manager of Gina Rinehart’s mining operations in Ecuador has been caught with a cache of illegal weapons. The arrest has stunned the expat community in the capital Quito where the likes of BHP, Newcrest, Hancock Prospecting and a slew of junior miners are enjoying a millennial “gold rush” as bullion prices hit records and drill results bode for enormously rich deposits of copper, gold, cobalt and other minerals. Michael West reports.

Australian of the Year takes on Big Food, says our diet is ‘killing us’

Australian of the Year takes on Big Food, says our diet is ‘killing us’

The nation’s flawed dietary guidelines have much to answer for, with more than 5000 people losing their lives “unnecessarily” from Type 2 diabetes in the past three months. With evidence showing diet can improve underlying health conditions, in a time of rising COVID-19 infections it is more important than ever to revise the dietary guidelines, writes Maryanne Demasi.

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