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Will Australians turn their back on the Queen for a celebrity president? | Richard Ackland

The prospect of Oprah Winfrey as US president provides an opportunity for Australia to ponder our own future head of stateAmericans momentarily became excited at the prospect of Oprah Winfrey somehow landing in the Oval Office on the strength of her black

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Centrelink allowed companies accused of exploitation to deduct payments from welfare

Appliance retailers with histories of breaches and Asic enforcement action use Centrepay system to deduct money direct from welfare recipientsCentrelink has given companies accused of exploitation and misconduct direct access to welfare recipients’

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Minerals Council says it makes political donations to gain access to MPs

Mining body says contributions ‘provide additional opportunities for the MCA to meet with members of parliament’The Minerals Council of Australia has conceded it makes political donations and pays to attend fundraisers to gain access to membe

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Crinkling News: Australia's only children's newspaper to close

Founders, who pooled Fairfax redundancies to fund paper, say it cannot keep publishing with ‘resources we have’Crinkling News, Australia’s only children’s newspaper, has announced it will no longer be published.In a joint statem

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Greyhound track closure in Macau raises fears for dogs' lives

Animals rights campaigner says about 650 animals remain in infamous Canidrome – the majority exported from AustraliaThe looming closure of the infamous Macau greyhound racing track has raised fears for the lives of hundreds of exported Australian d

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Private health insurance sector calls for increase to Medicare levy surcharge

Private Healthcare Australia says surcharge not a strong enough incentive given rising premiums High-income earners should be penalised at a higher rate through the Medicare levy surcharge for failing to take out private health insurance, the insurance se

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The Guardian Essential Report, 16 January results

This report summarises the results of a weekly poll conducted by Essential Research with data provided by Your Source. Some questions are repeated regularly (such as political preference and leadership approval), while others are unique to each week and r

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Wayward wallaby stops the traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Police believe the marsupial may have made its way on to the bridge from a golf course, before crossing the harbour and heading past Circular QuayA wallaby has been apprehended after hopping along the Sydney Harbour Bridge just before the city’s ru

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Anti-Islam activist Neil Erikson admits he breached court orders

Erikson concedes he failed to give back uniforms to former employer Toll after wearing them in inflammatory videos The far-right activist Neil Erikson has admitted breaching court orders by failing to give back uniforms to his former employer Toll, who to

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'Every day I am crushed': the stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years

A UN body says Said Imasi should be released and compensated. But he still faces a potentially limitless detention Said Imasi is a man without a past: a man, it seems, without a future.He doesn’t know where he was born, or when. He has few document

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'It's time': Wayne Swan weighs up future as Labor sources urge retirement

Former treasurer says he ‘has not made a decision as yet’ while speculation increases within LaborSpeculation is mounting in Labor that the veteran MP and former treasurer Wayne Swan is preparing to retire from politics at the next election,

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I watched a 17-hour broadcast of a train crossing Australia. It didn't disappoint

Cruelly tasked with sitting through Australia’s first foray into ‘slow TV’, Naaman Zhou finds The Ghan both mesmerising and rewarding After 13 hours, the Ghan crosses a bridge and I finally understand what is happening to my brain. I h

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Queensland police union calls for end to use of unmarked speed cameras

QPU president says ‘sneaky’ devices do not reduce state’s road toll or stop people from speeding and are just revenue raisersThe Queensland Police Union has called for an immediate end to the use of unmarked and covert speed cameras, s

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