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The Australian Electoral Commission has announced it has spared Christian Porter’s seat of Pearce and instead proposes to abolish the seat of Stirling, held by Liberal MP Vince Connelly:

The proposed names and boundaries for Western Australia’s federal @AboutTheHouse electorate boundaries have been released. #auspol
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Australia’s retail turnover dropped by 1.1% in February, as the pandemic and restrictions in Victoria and Western Australia hit hard.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released preliminary figures today, showing a turnover of up to 8.7% compared with February last year.

Both these states had seen trade impacted by Covid-19 in January and in February saw rises in industries such as clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing and department stores.

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