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Getting Aussies to travel around the country is on the federal government's Christmas list.
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'Help fill the void': Tourism Australia urges locals to put holidays under the tree

Australians are being asked to play Santa this year and gift family and friends vouchers for experiences and trips across the country as part of a new $2 million federal government campaign.

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525 million 'mini-rip-offs': Eastlink owner accuses Transurban of gouging

ConnectEast is crying foul over a micro charge it pays to the owner of CityLink every time one of its customers using the downtown toll road.

“He’s the Nureyev of our time,” says The Australian Ballet’s artistic director David McAllister of David Hallberg. “He’s as famous as it gets.”

'I was broken': The crisis that led one of the world's best ballet dancers to call Australia home

Why would David Hallberg, lauded from Moscow to New York, move to Melbourne to take the helm of The Australian Ballet? Because many years ago, in his hour of need, the company was there for him.

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'Con artist of the century': Investors fear Melissa Caddick stole $40m

Melissa Caddick hasn't been seen since November 12.

The Dover Heights woman who vanished on November 12 lived a high life of Aspen ski trips, expensive jewellery and million-dollar property investments.

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Mother 'in a rage', son says, but unaware of sleeping family when she allegedly lit fatal fire

Jenny Hayes, who is charged with three counts of murder over a Point Cook fire that killed a young couple and their newborn baby, allegedly texted her son, telling him, 'I think I did something stupid.'

Ironman legend Trevor Hendy (right) with son TJ Hendy.

A wave, a legend, his son; TJ Hendy ready to step out of father's shadow

The Hendy name was too much to carry for TJ, son of Ironman legend Trevor. That was until one wave changed his outlook on everything.

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Anna Swan has re-evaluated her priorities since the accident, and is now studying to be a childcare worker.

'You never know what strength you've got': Anna Swan's long road back from brain trauma

Her father is Australia’s best known health journalist, her brother one of Washington’s fastest-rising media stars. But Anna Swan showed grit beyond them both in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident on a family holiday to Italy.

Anthea Loucas Bosha and Trust Bosha: "Trust sent me an email that was so formal, signed off with something like, “Yours sincerely.” I was like, “Who is this guy?”

She fell in love with a man called Trust: 'I remember looking at him and just knowing'

It took one date for Anthea Loucas Bosha, and Trust Bosha to feel at ease with each other. Together they’ve weathered loss, lockdown and a lot of easy-listening music.  

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Geelong Grammar has frozen senior year tuition fees at $42,792.

Pandemic ends trend of big fee rises at state's most expensive schools

An analysis of 48 of the state’s most expensive schools shows they have largely frozen their fees for 2021, with fees rising by just 0.33 per cent on average.

Mask rules will ease again, says Sutton - maybe on Sunday

Mask wearing in the city this week.

With Victoria closer to a 'phase where there is even more limited use of masks in public', Chief Health Officer says rules could change, perhaps soon.

Melbourne population to outstrip Sydney by 2026 despite coronavirus lockdowns

Slow population growth will affect Australia's economic fortunes.

Melbourne is on track to take the crown from the harbour city by 2026-27, a report shows.

Premier Daniel Andrews hires Sabina Husic as new director of media

Sabina Husic will be Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' new director of media.

Andrews has hired Sabina Husic weeks after she quit her role as Anthony Albanese's deputy chief of staff.

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Swinburne looks to cut all foreign language studies as pandemic bites

Swinburne University will cut course content and make 125 to 150 staff redundant in response to the global pandemic.

Swinburne University has proposed scrapping the study of all foreign languages and to make its three pro-vice chancellors redundant.

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Before and after: From shabby Californian bungalow to $2m home

In under 12 months, a Bentleigh family home has been transformed from decrepit to a stunning $2 million listing. See how it looks now.

Therese Rein snaps up $5m designer digs in sunny Noosa

Therese Rein snaps up $5m designer digs in sunny Noosa

The Queensland border is open and Noosa real estate is back in hot demand. Just ask Therese Rein and her former prime minister husband.

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Chahal, Langer, Boon composite for online.

Super-sub stars for India after Langer, Boon butt heads over concussion call

The Australia coach engaged in a confrontation with match referee Boon as India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja and was man of the match.

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons goes up for a shot against Chicago. He still hopes to go to the Olympics next year, if possible.

'I want to win a medal': Simmons has Olympics in sight, if NBA permits

The 24-year old hasn’t played for the Boomers since he was left out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup side as a teenager.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and ceo Brendon Gale

Tigers had to straighten up 'irritated' Hardwick to avoid derailment

A book tracking Richmond's path to the 2020 premiership reveals that the club's leaders were concerned at the impact Damien Hardwick's attitude to COVID-19 restrictions were having on the team's performance.

Romain Grosjean poses with Dr Ian Roberts and Alan van der Merwe.

 Grosjean reveals 28-second struggle to stay alive

Romain Grosjean survived a horror crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He details for the first time exactly what he was thinking as his car was engulfed in flames.

Australian cricket batsman Will Pucovski training at the nets at Drummoyne Oval.

Paine, Pucovski bond over PlayStation as young star readies for Test debut

On the cusp of earning a baggy green, rising star Will Pucovski is striking a chord with Test captain Tim Paine.

Peter Gordon, right, stepped down from his role as Bulldogs president earlier this week.

Premiership was a bonus for outgoing Bulldogs president Gordon

Peter Gordon, the man who presided over the Bulldogs when they won their second and most remarkable premiership, did not have winning another cup on his list of goals when he took the job for a second time.

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From footwork to pure power: What makes the perfect Twenty20 cricketer?

Whose biceps would you choose if you were to build the ultimate T20 cricketer? And whose brain? Who would you trust to take the blinder of a catch?

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