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Distress levels up, deaths steady in COVID

Distress levels up, deaths steady in COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic did not lead to more Australians taking their own lives, contrary to some predictions. But it did increase levels of psychological distress, particularly for younger people. The JobKeeper program, increased JobSeeker supplement and labour market recovery were protective factors against suicide, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found. An examination of...

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Australia joins international community in blaming China for large scale Microsoft hack

Australia joins international community in blaming China for large scale Microsoft hack

Australia has joined the United States and other allies in accusing China of engaging in “malicious cyber activities”, including a massive global hack on the Microsoft Exchange software that compromised tens of thousands of computers earlier this year. In a joint statement, the Ministers for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Defence...

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Morrison’s approval rating slips amid criticism of COVID-19 response, according to latest Newspoll

Morrison’s approval rating slips amid criticism of COVID-19 response, according to latest Newspoll

The coalition and Labor are neck-and-neck in popular support but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has slipped amid new state lockdowns and criticism of the government’s pandemic response. The federal government and Labor opposition both recorded 39 per cent of voter support in the latest Newspoll, published in The Australian. Satisfaction with Morrison has...

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Germany rejects criticism over flood warnings

Germany rejects criticism over flood warnings

Germany’s government has hit back at criticism over its warning systems after the worst flooding in decades left at least 160 people dead. The deluge caught many off guard, sweeping away houses and leaving residents trapped in rising waters. More than 170 people are still missing. The opposition Green Party said the disaster showed Germany...

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Australia ‘soft target’ for cyber attacks

Australia ‘soft target’ for cyber attacks

A policy vacuum has exposed Australian businesses and government departments to a tsunami of cyber crime. Ransomware attacks have caused global losses totalling more than $1.3 trillion and Australia is not immune. Logistics company Toll Holdings has twice been targeted while Nine Entertainment was brought to its knees by an attack that saw the company...