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Christine put a hand on a customer's trolley to investigate suspected shoplifting. Then she was punched in the face

The prolonged cost-of-living crisis is continuing into a what is traditionally a period of financial stress, creating fears in the retail sector of increased abuse of workers over Christmas.
A line of shoppers with trolleys stretches down a supermarket aisle

Why a new $30k grant for some first-time home buyers might make it even harder for Catherine to save a deposit

The Queensland government has doubled its First Home Owner Grant to $30,000 but the incentive won't suit everyone. Here's what you you need to know.
A 30-year-old woman with long blonde and black hair and glasses stands outside a brick home that has been painted white..

Pro-Palestinian activists charged over protest against Israeli shipping line at Sydney's Port Botany

About 400 pro-Palestinian activists last night gathered at the port to protest against the unloading of an Israeli-owned shipping company vessel. 
Two police officers hold a woman by the arms at a pro-Palestinian rally

New strategy reveals how the government plans to tackle growing cyber crime

A ransomware playbook for small businesses and attracting migrants with cyber expertise are some of the ways Australia will look to bolster its cybersecurity, according to a new federal government plan.
Unidentified person typing on computer keyboard in darkened room.

NT government defends Uluru flights deal amid expensive Christmas airfares

While NT residents face return airfares of up to $2,000 to fly interstate, the NT government has faced criticism for announcing cheap flights from the East Coast to Uluru from mid-next year.
Close-up of tail of a Virgin Australia aircraft at Brisbane Airport.

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