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Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:31:53 +1100

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Osborne Park auto shop fire blankets area in smoke

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:31:53 +1100

An industrial fire at an automotive repair shop in Osborne Park blankets an area of Perth in thick black smoke and prompts an alert for the City of Stirling, with a man taken to hospital with burns injuries.

Emergency services were called to the auto shop around midday and remain at the scene. (ABC News: James Carmody)

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'Unwell' Aung San Suu Kyi cancels public appearance

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:28:06 +1100

Hours after speaking with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi pulls out of her only public speaking arrangement in Australia, citing ill health.

Aung San Suu Kyi met with Malcolm Turnbull during the ASEAN summit. (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

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Bali passenger falls ill with measles sparking health alert in Melbourne, Sydney

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:20:26 +1100

A man who travelled from Bali to Sydney before catching a flight to Melbourne on March 10 is hospitalised with measles, prompting authorities to issue a health alert.

The man took two Qantas flights: QF44 from Bali and QF415 to Melbourne. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

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I ate rockmelon earlier this year. Should I be worried about listeria?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:17:34 +1100

Rockmelons on the shelf are now safe to eat, but symptoms of listeria infection can take between eight and 90 days to appear.

There have been a number of cases of food poisoning linked to rockmelons. (Pixabay)

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Paedophile who lured two children from childcare centre sentenced over third assault

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:59:14 +1100

A paedophile who sexually assaulted two children after luring them away from a North Perth childcare centre receives a further jail term for sexually abusing a third child.

The brothers avoided a jail term and received two-year suspended sentences.

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Daphne the runaway giant yellow duck found near Rottnest Island

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:56:46 +1100

A giant yellow inflatable duck believed to have been missing at sea off Western Australia for almost a week was found by a fisherman shortly after being swept away, but has spent the past week at a house in Gosnells.

"Daphne" the duck was towed back to shore on the back of a boat. (Supplied: Toby Gibb)

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A-League title up for grabs as Sydney FC loses 'invincible' aura

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:56:46 +1100

The idea that all Sydney FC need do to claim another A-League title is turn up and collect the trophy is debunked thanks to a drop in form just when it matters most.

With the Jets flying, should Sydney FC be worried? (AAP: David Moir)

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Former Tasmanian premier gets well wishes for 'the most important job of all'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:40:51 +1100

Retired Tasmanian politician Lara Giddings brings her baby daughter to watch the last of the state's recently elected Lower House MPs sworn in, and receives tributes from her opponents for her "trailblazing".

Former premier Lara Giddings brought along her daughter Natasha to hear the tributes. (ABC News: David Hudspeth)

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Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:39:48 +1100

The man who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica — a data analysis firm that allegedly tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission — is suspended from the social media platform soon after speaking to the media.

A former Cambridge Analytica employee says "we exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles". (Reuters: Dado Ruvic)

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'It was raining embers': Inside a tiny town's afternoon of terror

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:31:16 +1100

It started just after midday. By mid-afternoon dozens of residents were taking shelter at the beach. By 5:00pm homes had been destroyed. This is Tathra's bushfire timeline of terror.

A burnt building in Tathra, NSW can be seen on March 19, 2018, after a bushfire the previous day. (ABC News: Andrew Kennedy)

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NRL's decision to allow Matt Lodge back looking worse by the week

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:22:34 +1100

As more and more suspicions about Matt Lodge's history and behaviour seem to be confirmed, questions must be asked of the NRL and those who continue to defend him, writes Richard Hinds.

Matt Lodge has been welcomed back into the NRL, but should the league have taken a harder stand? (AAP: Darren England)

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How to understand Vladimir Putin's view of the world

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:17:33 +1100

Moscow's words and actions — including the alleged poisoning of a former spy — are not the results of random aggression but rather fall into distinct patterns that can help us anticipate Russia's next moves under Vladimir Putin, writes Jennifer Mathers.

Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian policymakers expect all states to behave as Russia does. (AP: Pavel Golovkin)

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Heinz 'healthy food' claim deemed misleading by Federal Court

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:03:19 +1100

Food giant Heinz misled the public about the nutritional benefits of its Little Kids Shredz range by packaging the product to suggest it was healthy for toddlers, the Federal Court finds.

The product packaging was found to be misleading by the Federal Court. (ABC News)

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Why a teacher with a concealed gun believes he can stop a massacre

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:01:42 +1100

Cavett Eaton has thought long and hard about how he would confront a school shooter with the concealed pistol he carries into class each day.

Cavett Eaton, school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, talks about carrying a concealed weapon to the classroom, March 2018. (ABC: Adrian Wilson)

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Twitter suspends 'illegal' WA Labor account set up to attack Mike Nahan

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:35:41 +1100

An account set up by WA Labor on the eve of the Cottesloe by-election, framed to look like it was being run by the Liberal Party but actually seeking to mock Opposition Leader Mike Nahan, is blocked amid claims that it may be illegal.

The Twitter account was made to look similar to a Facebook page set up by the Liberals. (ABC News)

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Former ADFA cadet accused of rape 'kept groping woman until she bit him'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:29:57 +1100

A former ADFA cadet repeatedly attempted to have sex with a woman despite her protests and groped the woman several times in a separate incident, the ACT Supreme Court hears.

Sebastian Ellis is charged with rape, attempted rape and three acts of indecency. (ABC News)

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Canberra man shot in suspected bikie-related incident

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:21:36 +1100

Police investigate a suspected bikie-related shooting in Canberra early this morning, which left the victim seeking help at a service station for his wounds.

A damaged truck at the scene of the shooting. (ABC News: Elle Conway)

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Territorians use social media to help strangers after Cyclone Marcus

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:15:24 +1100

Offering up food, chainsaws, a place to charge up, and even hunting down suspected thieves: the community spirit springs into action as Top Enders rally together to help friends and strangers alike in the wake of Cyclone Marcus.

Amber Kaur (L) and Gurmann Singh Gill (R) help hand out food in Darwin. (Facebook: Indian Cultural Society NT)

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What are your rental rights after a natural disaster?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:06:59 +1100

It's a sad reality that cyclone debris doesn't vanish with a click of the fingers, and for renters, cleaning up is less simple than simply starting up the chainsaw.

Numerous houses throughout Darwin have had tree damage following Cyclone Marcus. (ABC News: Neda Vanovac)

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Meninga calls for life ban for Inglis abuser

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:51:53 +1100

As investigations continue to try to identify the fan who allegedly racially abused Souths' Greg Inglis, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga calls for a life ban for anyone responsible.

Mal Meninga says the alleged incident shows racial vilification has not yet gone from rugby league. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy, file photo)

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RBA should be clearer about when and how rates will change

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:47:53 +1100

While the Reserve Bank of Australia might not be able to influence the current cash rate, it can still influence longer-term rates by offering guidance about its future policy decisions, write Efrem Castelnuovo, Bruce Preston and Giovanni Pellegrino.

The RBA doesn't produce statements about future monetary policy and how this would change if the economic environment changed. (AAP: Dan Peled)

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Cycling group at it again with Strava map numbat

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:50:04 +1100

A Perth cycling group completes a six-hour ride across the city mapping out a picture of the much-loved state emblem, the numbat.

The cycling group Fight Club has left its mark on Perth once again. (Supplied: Ben Jones)

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What did Steven Marshall promise to do if elected?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:24:58 +1100

After 16 years in opposition, the Liberal Party has had plenty of time to come up with policies. Here's a look at some of the key promises.

Liberal Premier Steven Marshall and his deputy Vickie Chapman made many promises but can they deliver? (ABC News: Isadora Bogle)

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First look inside Sydney's new driverless trains

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:15:55 +1100

After a chaotic period on Sydney's railways, the NSW Government hopes a peek inside the new Northwest Metro line trains will give frustrated commuters hope for the future.

The driverless trains have less seats than their double-decker counterparts. (Supplied: NSW Government)

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SA coroner probes worker's scissor lift death at hospital project

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:06:29 +1100

An Adelaide inquest is asked if time and cost pressures over South Australia's biggest public hospital construction project led to a worker's death when a scissor lift was used in a confined space.

Aerial view of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

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CBA, ANZ hauled over the coals at banking royal commission

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:00:40 +1100

The royal commission grills Commonwealth Bank for aggressively selling credit card insurance to unemployed people, while ANZ is accused of breaking responsible lending laws.

ANZ's head of home loans and retail lending is the first witness of hearing week two. (ABC RN: Fiona Pepper)

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Terang farmer tells of losing 'life's work' to bushfire in minutes

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:38:14 +1100

A Terang farmer whose sheds, buildings and fences were destroyed when fires ravaged Victoria's south-west says the devastation is "shattering" and it will take years to recover.

Cattle farmer Brad Gilmour surveys the damage to his property near Terang. (ABC News: Danielle Bonica)

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Here's how you can help people affected by the bushfires in NSW, Victoria

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:39 +1100

If your suburb has been affected by a bushfire, there are a number of things to consider for when you are able to return home.

Firefighters hose down embers. (AAP: David Crosling)

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Tathra residents huddled on beach as 'unbelievable' bushfire destroyed homes

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:07:39 +1100

Residents huddled, struggling for breath, on the smoky beach or stayed behind to try and save their houses, as a devastating bushfire hit the small NSW south coast town of Tathra on Sunday afternoon.

Juvette Jory, Jerome Jory and Jason Davis try to escape the blaze that consumed dozens of houses in Tathra yesterday. (Supplied: Steve Jory)

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Republican candidate quits race after calling shooting survivor 'skinhead lesbian'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:38:00 +1100

A Republican candidate who called a Florida high school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and called another a "bald-faced liar" has quit the race for Maine's House of Representatives.

Leslie Gibson (R) a Republican candidate who called a Florida high school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez (L) a "skinhead lesbian" has quit the race for Maine's House of Representatives. (Reuters/Twitter)

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Tiahleigh Palmer's foster father to plead guilty to murder

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:33:38 +1100

Rick Thorburn, the foster father of slain Logan schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer, will be sentenced next month after his lawyers said he would plead guilty to her murder.

Tiahleigh Palmer's body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River on the northern Gold Coast. (AAP/Qld Police)

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Broncos sponsor says Lodge's behaviour 'completely unacceptable'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:46:29 +1100

Brisbane Broncos' principal sponsor, NRMA Insurance, says it is "very concerned" about the past behaviour of forward Matthew Lodge, as details surface about his guilty plea for domestic violence.

NRMA says it is "very concerned" about the impact of Lodge's violence on victims and families. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

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Turkey seizes control of Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin as 'terrorists turn and run'

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:32:17 +1100

Turkey's President says allied Syrian forces have taken control of the town centre of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month offensive against a Kurdish militia.

Turkish and Free Syrian Army soldiers wave flags in the city centre of Afrin. (AP: Hasan Kirmizitas)

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Liberal leader sworn in as new South Australian Premier

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:08:40 +1100

Steven Marshall is installed as South Australia's 46th premier, as a Liberal government takes power for the first time in 16 years.

Governor Hieu Van Le (L) watches as Steven Marshall (R) takes the oath to become the 46th Premier of SA. (Twitter: Steven Marshall)

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'Nonsense, unthinkable': Putin rejects involvement in spy poisoning

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:49:28 +1100

In his first detailed comments on the matter, Vladimir Putin says it is nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and insists Russia doesn't have the kind of nerve agent used to in the attack.

Theresa May and Vladimir Putin have exchanged barbs over the poisoning of an ex-spy in the UK. (AP: PA (L) Pavel Golovkin (R))

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Top End residents without power, but tap water safe to drink

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:37:39 +1100

Darwin tap water is now safe to drink, but many residents remain without power as the Bureau of Meteorology warns another cyclone could form later this week.

Danika Cole and daughter Lacey Cole have been stuck at home for three days with no power, after a car was squashed by a tree and bike was stolen. (ABC News: Kristy O'Brien)

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War on weeds uprooted at Field of the Unwanted

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:01 +1100

Weeds are the bane of most gardeners' existence and are ultimately destined to be pulled up or poisoned, but could they just be misunderstood?

Weeds are seen in a new light at the Field of the Unwanted. (ABC Radio Perth: Emma Wynne)

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'It's time to go for it': Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall during show

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:58:42 +1100

Yann Arnaud dies in hospital after he was injured performing the aerial straps number during a show in Florida on the weekend. A day earlier he had announced on Instagram that his act was "finally in the show".

Cirque du Soleil aerialist Yann Arnaud. (Instagram: Yann Arnaud)

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Savage landscape delivers again for Hobart painter Blowers

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:54:31 +1100

A depiction of a "damaged" landscape of mine tailing ponds in Tasmania's north-west wins the public vote in this year's Glover Prize.

Savage Entropy by Nicholas Blowers won both the People's Choice and the Children's Choice awards. (Instagram: Nicholas Blowers)

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Ping pong and condoms: A night in the Comm Games athletes' village

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:22:11 +1100

Thousands of athletes and officials will begin descending on the Gold Coast next week, so what better way to iron out last minute kinks in the Commonwealth Games athletes' village than invite ABC reporter Tom Forbes to a slumber party?

Apparently bed extensions are available. (ABC News)

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Trump lashes out at Mueller via Twitter over Russia investigation

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:16:47 +1100

US President Donald Trump takes aim at Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller in a series of tweets, signalling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he believes is biased against him.

In a series of weekend tweets Mr Trump criticised the investigation into Russian interference.

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'Can I see your Facebook page?': Questions you cannot be asked in job interviews

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:12:38 +1100

Have you ever been asked a question in a job interview that just didn't sit well with you? Here are the ones to look out for, as well as what you can do if they ever come up.

Questions about your age, marital status, and religion are off the table in a job interview. (Flickr:

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Same-sex adoption laws pass in NT after personal debate in Parliament

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:09:47 +1100

In a remote NT community, married couple Kara and Bronwyn Blair-Stuart are celebrating. Both sides of Parliament have agreed to axe an old adoption law that only allowed married heterosexual couples, or those in a traditional Aboriginal marriage, the right to adopt children.

Kara Blair-Stuart and her wife Bronwyn Blair-Stuart. (ABC News: Nick Hose)

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'What's the point of having the regulator?' Business owner loses $1m

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:08:41 +1100

A Brisbane business owner owed $1 million is furious at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission for what he calls a lack of action and regulation.

Business owner Stefan Styles says the industry is still recovering from a hard year. (ABC News: Louisa Rebgetz)

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Australian women back to number one in ODI cricket

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:05:16 +1100

Australia claims a 3-0 ODI cricket series whitewash against India — with Alyssa Healy scoring her maiden ODI century — and the win puts the team back to number one in the ICC rankings.

Alyssa Healy's big century helped Australia to a crushing win over India in the third and final ODI in Baroda. (AAP: Dave Hunt, file photo)

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Runner ready to jump at chance for Comm Games redemption

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:00:29 +1100

With less than three weeks until the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, James Nipperess is turning up to training with racehorse determination.

James Nipperess (white shirt) is a confirmed starter for Australia's team at the Gold Coast. (Sydney University AC)

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How do you tell a first date you might go to Mars and never come back?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +1100

Long-distance relationships have been known to survive the test of time — but what if you were 54.6 million kilometres apart with no chance of a visit ever again? It sounds crazy, but it's a reality facing Mars One candidate Dianne McGrath.

Dianne McGrath is an astronaut candidate for Mars One. (ABC RN: Michael Shirrefs)

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How the tax system slugs our youth

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:23:39 +1100

Increasingly the older generation appears determined not to ensure the prosperity of future generations — but to grab as much of the pie as humanly possible right now. Woe betide anyone who stands in the way, writes Ian Verrender.

Older Australians who earn a living from investments pay a lower rate of tax than those on a wage. (ABC News: Jake Evans)

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Are you sun smart? You may have the wrong idea about how to avoid skin cancer

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:17:25 +1100

Most Australians still do not know when they should put on sunscreen, despite millions of dollars spent over three decades promoting the "slip, slop, slap" sun awareness campaign, research reveals.

Damien MacRae discovered a mole on his ear at the age of 38, a biopsy revealed it was melanoma. (Supplied: Damien MacRae)

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Regional MPs poised for SA cabinet as far electorates embrace status quo

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:16:05 +1100

Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan is expecting to retain the energy and mining portfolios, joining Stephan Knoll and Tim Whetstone as regional MPs expecting cabinet positions.

Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan (R) expects to be sworn in a minister for mining and energy. (ABC News: Michael Clements)

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'Clearly a demand': Greens push for at-home abortions for Canberra women

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:07:45 +1100

The ACT Greens are calling for Canberra women to be able to order the abortion pill over the phone or through their GP — a service already available in most of the country.

The ACT Greens want Canberra women to have the same rights as other Australians with at-home abortions. (AAP: Melanie Foster)

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'It was like a hurricane': 18 homes destroyed or damaged in Victorian fires

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:52:09 +1100

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the fires in the state's south-west were tragic but could have been much worse if not for the work of firefighters.

There were no deaths or major injuries, but many lost property and livestock to the fires. (ABC News: Jonathan Hair)

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CBA boss warns staff that royal commission will reveal more 'unacceptable' behaviour

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:48:12 +1100

The incoming chief of the Commonwealth Bank is expecting such an uncomfortable and confronting week at the royal commission he has written an email warning 14,000 of his retail staff to prepare.

The Commonwealth Bank has warned retail staff to prepare for an uncomfortable week. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

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'Stay away': 69 houses lost in 'perfect storm' fire still burning in NSW town

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:37:08 +1100

The fire that destroyed almost 70 homes and buildings in the coastal town of Tathra, near Bega, is still actively burning, firefighters say, as they warn residents it is not yet safe to return.

A burnt-out playground after the Tathra fires whipped through the small coastal NSW town. (ABC News: Andrew Kennedy)

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Super-profits taxes can help pay for company tax cut, says Treasury-backed expert

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:20:06 +1100

A key architect of the Government's big business tax cuts wants banks, brewers and other profitable sectors to help fund national economic reform.

Cutting the company tax rate would cost the Government $65 billion over 10 years ... if the crossbench agrees. ( (cc by-sa 2.0))

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Why is carrying a small quantity of marijuana not a criminal offence in Canberra?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:18:27 +1100

If you're caught with less than 50 grams of cannabis in Canberra, it's unlikely you'll end up with a criminal record — but just across the boarder in New South Wales you could face a conviction or even jail time.

Carrying a small quantity of cannabis is decriminalised in the ACT. (Flickr: Heath Alseike)

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Jakarta has a serious cat problem, containing it is dirty work

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:08:19 +1100

Jakarta has been rabies free since 2004 and while the weekly battle against feral cats to keep it that way is confronting, it's also necessary.

A city vet takes an injured feral cat away. (ABC News: Phil Hemingway)

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Australians will have to get used to drinking recycled water

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:08:19 +1100

As our population grows and climate change bites, urban water experts say cities will have to start using treated sewage for drinking water.

Experts say demand for water as our population grows means more recycled water will have to be used for drinking. (iStockphoto: danielle71)

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The truth about targeting: Does Facebook know more than it lets on?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:03:09 +1100

A new study suggests that Facebook's ad explanations are "often incomplete and sometimes misleading".

(ABC News: Facebook screenshot)

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Babies can get cataracts too, but this stem-cell research could help treat them

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:00:30 +1100

Australian scientists use stem cells to create human eye lens cells, and then grow them into eye lenses, giving hope to children with cataracts.

Ben Myatt wearing an eye patch after cataract surgery. (Supplied)

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'Russia, Russia!': Putin promises 'success awaits us' after cruising to landslide victory

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:55:36 +1100

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanks thousands of cheering supporters as he extends his rule over the world's largest country for another six years but opponents allege officials compelled people to vote so that a low turnout would not tarnish the win.

Vladimir Putin celebrates election victory at a rally in Moscow. (News Video)

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Aung San Suu Kyi seeks humanitarian help for Rohingya from ASEAN leaders

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:30:39 +1100

Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Muslim Rohingya head-on during private talks at the ASEAN summit, Malcolm Turnbull reveals, and requested humanitarian support.

Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the Rohingya crisis during the ASEAN meeting. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

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Sri Lanka lifts national state of emergency

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:39:56 +1100

Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency that was put in place earlier this month after an outbreak of violence.

Buddhist mobs swept through the town of Kandy, burning at least 11 Muslim-owned shops and homes. (AP: Pradeep Pathiran)

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Scarborough twin towers back on the cards as beach revamp unveiled

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:26:18 +1100

A new-look "Snake Pit" is a nod to Scarborough past, while the Premier looks to the future and to the skies for development.

A nod to Scarborough past - the Snake Pit rears its head as a new-look skate bowl. (ABC News: Greg Pollock)

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Goddard cites lack of effort as Crows fall short of AFLW grand final

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:14:43 +1100

The Crows were within touching distance of a second straight AFLW grand final appearance only for Collingwood to spoil the party, and coach Bec Goddard admits her side "threw it away" with a lack of effort.

Though they had nothing to play for, the Magpies threw everything at the Crows. (AAP: Hamish Blair)

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Why is unemployment refusing to budge in the face of booming jobs growth?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:02:11 +1100

Despite 400,000 jobs being added last year, unemployment and underemployment are still elevated and are keeping a lid on wages.

New jobs may be booming, but a combination of unemployment and underemployment treading the same path is keeping wages growth low. (ABC News: Michael Barnett)

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Hours before fatal bridge collapse officials decided crack not a safety concern

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:31:16 +1100

A meeting between officials just hours before a pedestrian bridge collapsed killing six people concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern.

An engineer left a voicemail about a crack in the pedestrian bridge before it collapsed. (AP: DroneBase)

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Losing Batman is a big step back for the Greens and Di Natale

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:05:17 +1100

For the Greens to go backwards in Batman is damaging for leader Richard Di Natale, and there will be many questions about their strategy and in-fighting, writes Richard Willingham.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten declared Ms Kearney "the hero of Batman''. (AAP: David Crosling)

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Firefighters working overnight to battle blaze which destroyed dozens of homes

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:30:02 +1100

Authorities warn residents in the Bega Valley to stay vigilant as more than 150 firefighters work contain an out-of-control and "potentially volatile" blaze.

Flames come close to a home in Tathra. (ABC News: Peta Doherty)

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More than 1,000 Canberra homes lose power in dust storm

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:16:59 +1100

Powerful winds uproot trees and take down powerlines across Canberra as the city gets hit by a dusty haze.

The ESA advised motorists to be on the lookout for fallen trees and branches. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Knights edge Raiders late, Sea Eagles destroy Eels as round two ends

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:01:57 +1100

For the second straight week the Knights claim a dramatic late win, this time over Canberra, and Manly embarrasses Parramatta in a Brookvale bloodbath. Check out the scores and stats in our ScoreCentre.

Knights Mitchell Pearce celebrates with teammates during the Round 2 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights in Canberra, Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

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Jump in ambulance call outs coincides with mountain bike track opening

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:51:21 +1100

Tasmania's health department reveals there's been 11 ambulance callouts to the small town of Maydena this year coinciding with the opening of a new mountain bike attraction.

Rounding the bend at Maydena Bike Park, Tasmania. (Facebook: Maydena Bike Park)

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Aboriginal tracker Barry Port — a dangerous life, a living legend

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:47:51 +1100

He was the last Aboriginal tracker officially used by police. Now Barry Port is famous in his hometown of Coen in far north Queensland — even the town's public bar is named in his honour.

Barry Port worked as a tracker for more than three decades. (ABC Far North: Anna Hartley)

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NSW Government reveals infrastructure plan for next 20 years

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:43:33 +1100

Labor criticises Premier Gladys Berejiklian's infrastructure strategy for the next 20 years, claiming she has prioritised stadiums over schools and hospitals.

The upcoming by-elections are just three months after Gladys Berejiklian became NSW Premier. (AAP: Sam Mooy)

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'There were flames over the trees': Bushfire victims tell of glowing red sky

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:34:49 +1100

Victims of a massive bushfire in western Victoria say the blaze arrived suddenly and without warning, with flames more than seven metres high.

(News Video)

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Controversial wind farm application withdrawn after pressure from locals

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:32:48 +1100

A wind farm between Canberra and Goulburn will not go ahead after more than 400 people submitted objections to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The sun has set on the plans for the Jupiter Wind Farm. (Fabrizio Bensch, file photo: Reuters)

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Ex-Liberal veteran, Dignity MP likely to lose Upper House seats

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:20:00 +1100

Despite an underwhelming Lower House performance at the SA election, Nick Xenophon's SA Best looks likely to secure two Upper House candidates at the expense of Kelly Vincent and Robert Brokenshire.

SA Best leader Nick Xenophon with successful candidates Frank Pangallo and Connie Bonaros. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch)

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Rene Hidding to take on Speaker's role in Cabinet reshuffle

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:59:44 +1100

Tasmania's police minister under Will Hodgman is putting his hand up for the job of speaker, as the Premier gets ready to reshuffle his cabinet.

Rene Hidding has been keen on the role of Speaker of the House of Assembly. (Facebook: Rene Hidding)

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'We have to get our own house in order': Greens leader admits leaking turned off Batman voters

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:36:36 +1100

Richard Di Natale says the Greens must clean up their internal problems if they are to win back voters who abandoned them in the Victorian by-election.

Richard Di Natale: "We have to get our own house in order" (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Canberra art festival afterparty's plan to keep things quiet hits a 'snag'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:08:12 +1100

The warehouse party that served as the overnight afterparty for Canberra's Art, Not Apart festival prompts noise complaints from across the border, in Queanbeyan.

The tech-yes party was described as an "abstraction of technological art". (Supplied: Instagram/Snapchat)

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In pictures: Residents emerge to survey Cyclone Marcus damage

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:41:11 +1100

Winds toppled trees and brought down powerlines across Darwin, leaving more than a third of properties without power. This is the extensive damage caused by the strongest cyclone to sweep through the city in 30 years.

Coconut Grove, Darwin residents survey the damage outside their property wrought by Cyclone Marcus. (ABC News: Neda Vanovac)

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'The flames were only 100 metres away': Wedding guests flee bushfire

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:28:56 +1100

The only way to get 150 wedding guests out of the path of a fast-approaching bushfire was by bus — but the bus was locked and the driver wasn't there.

The bride and groom dancing at the reception before the bushfire struck. (Supplied: Elle Moyle)

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'Pretty disgusted': Penrith to investigate alleged racial abuse aimed at Greg Inglis

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:22:01 +1100

Penrith investigate after allegations someone in the crowd racially abused South Sydney's Greg Inglis during a match at Panthers Stadium last night.

Greg Inglis was allegedly racially abused during last night's match. (AAP: David Moir)

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Why Facebook suspended a data company and how it relates to Donald Trump

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:20:07 +1100

Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica over allegations it used improperly obtained data. Here's how it relates to Donald Trump.

Facebook called the alleged data retention an "unacceptable violation of trust". (Reuters: Dado Ruvic)

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Smoke with your sushi? Why Japan's smoking laws are stuck 'in the last century'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:06:32 +1100

People lighting up a cigarette in a dimly-lit restaurant is a scene almost unimaginable in Australia these days, but it's one that plays out in many restaurants in Japan because there are no national laws to prevent smoking indoors.

Many restaurants in Tokyo still allow diners to smoke inside. (ABC News: Yumi Asada)

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Amid the speed and chaos of the White House, a pattern is emerging

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:06:32 +1100

The Friday firings, the damning texts, the sheer speed and chaos that swirls every day around Donald Trump is now part and parcel of covering politics in the United States, writes Philip Williams.

Donald Trump is afraid of the investigation into possible Russian collusion over the 2016 election, writes Philip Williams. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)

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Weatherill to resign as Labor leader as Liberal Party celebrates victory

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:38:25 +1100

The defeated premier says he has "zero ambitions to go into Federal Parliament", while Steven Marshall promises to "get the state back on track".

Jay Weatherill and Steven Marshall were both optimistic after the election. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch/Matthew Doran)

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McCabe kept memos on Trump; Mueller now has them

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:21:56 +1100

Personal memos kept by sacked former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump are provided to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, it has been revealed.

One-time FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe reveals he kept personal memos about his interactions with Donald Trump. (AP: Jacquelyn Martin)

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Will the spy poisoning saga help Putin get more votes?

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:12:45 +1100

Less than 24-hours before polling booths open, the Kremlin appears to be using the deepening diplomatic crisis over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal to its advantage. In fact, this poisoning case may have helped get more Russians into polling booths.

People attend a rally marking the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea. (Reuters: Maxim Shemetov)

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Modest fashion shuns skin to tap into a multi-billion-dollar global market

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:01:36 +1100

A global backlash towards long, lean models sporting skin-exposing designs is starting to build, focused around the "modest fashion" movement, which sees designs showcased in a first ever runway show in Perth.

The Perth Modest Fashion Premier offered a fusion of designs borne from diverse backgrounds. (Supplied: Medi Esmail)

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Rural WA is 'awake and galvanised', and the McGowan Government should be worried

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:55:59 +1100

While a gathering of a couple of hundred people waving placards is unlikely to have a government quaking in its boots, a protest outside WA Parliament this week raises broader concerns for Mark McGowan, writes Jacob Kagi.

Protesters are hoping to force the Government to keep the college open. (ABC News: Briana Shepherd)

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Woman 'living in cave' among dozens of homeless at Hobart Showgrounds

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:31:40 +1100

Staff at the Hobart Showgrounds say they can no longer cope with the increasing homelessness the site is managing. Families are camping at the showgrounds as Hobart's housing shortage worsens.

Scott Gadd says the number of homeless people at the showgrounds is overwhelming. (ABC News: Emily Street)

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'Thank God we're here': Students' rude awakening as storm lifts roof

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:24:46 +1100

A group of students in Tasmania's south awoke to the roof of their house being torn off overnight. More wild weather is expected, with winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour to rattle the state.

The residents had a lucky escape when the roof lifted from their home in the wild weather (ABC News: Emily Street)

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Teen charged after woman stabbed five times during Perth robbery

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:08:51 +1100

A 15-year-old boy is charged with stabbing a woman walking from a Perth train station during a robbery.

Police arrested a boy on a bike down the road from where the woman was stabbed. (ABC News)

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Live: Homes destroyed as strong winds fuel bushfires in Victoria and NSW

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:04:31 +1100

Properties are destroyed and thousands are without power as bushfires rage in Victoria's south-west. Meanwhile, some residents in NSW are being told it is too late to leave as an out-of-control fire moves towards homes.

A house flattened during a bushfire emergency in Terang, Victoria, March 18, 2017. (ABC News: Yvette Gray)

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Tropical Cyclone Marcus weakens to a category one system

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:04:31 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Marcus weakens to a category one system as it moves across the far north Kimberley but is expected to re-intensify once it moves back over the ocean on Monday.

The remote town of Kalumburu is expected to be hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcus. (Supplied: BOM)

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Finding a Pacific gemstone on the wrong side of Tasmania

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:39 +1100

Finding jade in Tasmania was never expected, especially on the non-Pacific side of the island. But one man struck it lucky.

Greens, yellows and oranges in the nephrite jade, just like a buttongrass plain. (ABC Radio Hobart: Joel Rheinberger)

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Sydney swelters as temperatures soar past 38C

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:38:15 +1100

Total fire bans are in place and temperatures are forecast to reach 40C in Sydney's CBD. And Bondi could see temperatures reach 39C, with an unusual weather pattern responsible for keeping the mercury high in the coastal areas.

Beachgoers keep cool at Bondi Beach in Sydney. March 18, 2018. (ABC News)

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Pest-infested, filthy eateries going years without inspections

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:17:20 +1100

Some Canberra cafes and restaurants are going five years without an inspection, while a chicken shop that closed due to critical public safety breaches has not been audited since November 2016, freedom of information documents reveal.

Uncovered chicken was found sitting in the storeroom of a Canberra takeaway store. (Supplied: ACT Health)

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'You're just up there with the eagles': International gliders reach new heights in central Australia

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:13:02 +1100

Pilots from around the world are descending on the central Australian desert to break records, as the Red Centre becomes a hotspot for gliding aficionados.

The conditions in central Australia make it a hotspot for pilots across the globe. (ABC News: Claire Campbell)

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