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Australians love their public holidays and when they happen to fall on the weekend, we're grateful when we get the Monday off as a substitute. One of the more sombre public holidays is ANZAC Day and in 2020, it falls on a Saturday.

Unfortunately for some, only two states will be getting replacement days this year, meaning most of us will need to be back at work on a Monday. Here's what you need to know.

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Australia’s second-biggest bank, Westpac, is poised to overtake the Commonwealth Bank. Not in terms of assets, earnings or market capitalisation, but in having to pay the heftiest fine in Australian corporate history.

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The government has overhauled its much-criticised robo-debt scheme which has seen many welfare recipients asked to repay money they do not owe. A Tuesday email to staff in the Human Services department’s customer compliance division said “additional proof” would now be required when using income averaging to identify overpayment and raise a debt.

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves, son of Estonian refugees who fled the country during the 1944 Soviet takeover, saw his country regain independence in 1991. In 2006 he became Estonia’s fourth president. We had a long talk about his accomplishments as president, a position that holds no executive power and thus relies on persuasion and building consensus. We discussed Estonia’s rapid digitisation, which revolutionised a poor country and made it the envy of governments around the world. And we talked about his work spreading the gospel of civic digitisation.

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It's 2019 and rather than wasting hours of your day lining up at a government office to do some life admin, you can sort everything out online. But while I've been linked up to a MyGov account for a few years now (responsible adult brag), it seems not everyone's cottoned on to the idea.

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The budget is bouncing out of deficit and is set to stay in surplus for the decade to come. That’s what the April budget and the final budget outcome for 2018-19 tell us, and Thursday’s report from the Parliamentary
Budget Office doesn’t say any different.

It isn’t allowed to. The Parliamentary Budget Office is required to take the government’s surplus and deficit projections, economic forecasts and tax and spending decisions as given, whether realistic or not.

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The Century Foundation turns one century old this year. The progressive think tank has shaped U.S. history, assisting in the birth of the SEC and advising on Social Security, urbanisation, fair elections, strengthening workers’ rights, the fight against terrorism and preserving civil liberties. We talked to Foundation president Mark Zuckerman about running the Foundation in the 21st Century and finding young policy leaders for the Foundation’s new “startup think tank,” Next100.

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More websites and online videos could soon find their way onto Australia's blacklist after a federal department urged the government to toughen restrictions on violent and terrorist-related material. However, the proposed ban will include some notable exemptions. Here's what you need to know.

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Each year on July 1, the government changes a bunch of rules related to tax and finance. Some of those changes only affect a small number while others are far more wide-reaching. Here are five of the biggest things that come into affect today.

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Huawei’s chief legal officer has released an extraordinary statement accusing US politicians of attempting to put his company out of business. The strongly worded rebuke argues that the attack is unconstitutional - and warns that other industries could soon end up on Trump's "Entity List".

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It probably wasn’t exactly how egg-tossing activist Amber Holt thought her hit on prime minister Scott Morrision would go down. The egg bounced off his head. He cracked jokes about it. She’s been charged with common assault, and may yet lose her job for her efforts.

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The NSW state election will take place on Saturday, 23 March. If you're not partial to democracy sausages and would prefer to avoid the polling booth crowds you may be able to vote online instead. Intrigued? Here's everything you need to cast a digital vote in the NSW state election.

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You’re forgiven for being confused. Newspapers need to economise on words. Television and radio reporters need to economise on seconds. So they use shorthand: words like “dividend imputation”, “franking credits”, and yes, “retiree tax”.

Which is fine if you already know what they mean, and pretty fine if you don’t, because you probably don’t need to. They speed things along. Until now.

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Newly-minted US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a bartender when she pulled together a scrappy populist campaign and stunned the political world by unseating a powerful incumbent Democrat.

Her combination of charisma and radical politics has triggered the right wing and is striking fear into the Democratic Party establishment, with whom she's already pledged to do battle. This is her story.