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Telstra chair savages NBN as unfair monopoly sending retailers broke

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Telstra chair John Mullen has savaged the NBN as a massively expensive waste of resources that has entrenched a slow, state-owned monopoly, rather than a competitive high-speed broadband network.

Speaking at Telstra’s Annual General Meeting, Mr Mullen said the NBN was simply too expensive for many retail service providers (RSPs) who were now looking at other technologies, or facing the prospect of going broke.

Mr Mullen noted most retailers were unable to cover the costs of selling NBN products.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-15/telstra-chair-savages-nbn-as-unfair-and-a-waste-of-resources/…

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Obesity rates are rising in Australia, but its where you live that matters

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If you’re an adult in Australia, odds are you’re overweight or obese.

At last count, two in three of us over the age of 18 are.

But that sobering statistic might come as a surprise to those in inner-city Perth or on Sydney’s upper north shore — if they go by who they can see around them.

Just over 14 per cent of people in Sydney’s Ku-ring-gai council area are obese. As a community, it has one of the leanest waistlines in the country.

Drive four-and-half hours north west to Wellington in regional New South Wales, however, and it’s a different picture entirely.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2019-10-11/obesity-rates-depend-on-where-you-live/10196154?sectio…

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Bucharest dog cull plan divides Romanians

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It is almost impossible to walk the streets of Bucharest for more than five minutes and not encounter a stray dog.

According to official estimates there are 65,000 of them – one for every 30 residents of the Romanian capital.

But this situation i…

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Australias first glass bridge unveiled at Cobbold Gorge in outback Queensland

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Cobbold Gorge in the Gulf Savannah region of north-west Queensland is now home to Australia’s first ever bridge constructed with an entirely glass surface.

The gorge, which is on private land, is about 900 metres long and in some places is only 2m wide — evidence that labelled it the state’s youngest gorge.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-14/australias-first-glass-bridge-unveiled-in-the-outback-queensl…

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Scott McLaughlin wins dramatic Bathurst 1000 after final lap shootout over Shane van Gisbergen

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New Zealand’s Scott McLaughlin has won a drama-filled Bathurst 1000 for the first time in his career after surviving a tense finish at Mount Panorama.

McLaughlin navigated his Ford through a nervous final lap shoot-out after the field was forced to follow the safety car after Andre Heimgartener crashed heavily on lap 159.

Fellow New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen, driving a Holden, finished runner-up, 0.680 of second behind McLaughlin, who shared the win with co-driver Alex Premat.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-13/scott-mclaughlin-wins-first-bathurst-1000-live-blog/11597616