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Labor MP David Feeney tells high court he cannot find citizenship papers

Feeney says he has no evidence he renounced British and Irish citizenship, potentially pushing his case back to MarchVictorian MP David Feeney has confirmed he is still unable to produce any documentary evidence from British or Irish authorities that he t

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New blood test could help detect eight common cancers before they spread

Researchers believe CancerSEEK will save thousands of lives and hope it will be widely available in a few years Researchers have said a groundbreaking new blood test that can detect eight common types of cancer before they spread will save countless lives

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Nigel Scullion: No Indigenous person tells me they want Australia Day changed

Indigenous affairs minister says the issue is ‘not something that comes up at all’ when he visits Aboriginal communitiesThe Indigenous Affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, says no Indigenous Australian has told him the date of Australia Day shou

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Extreme heat moves into NSW after southern states endure brutal days

Temperatures did not go below 30C overnight in parts of Victoria, with health authorities and sporting bodies on alertMuch of south-eastern Australia can expect more fierce heat in coming days, as authorities warn of the health threat and sporting bodies

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Passengers recount 'hell' as Malaysia Airlines plane diverts to Alice Springs

People report loud banging noises aboard MH122 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Sydney before it was forced to land in Alice SpringsPassengers on a Malaysian Airlines flight forced to land in Alice Springs have described their fear after the plane began rattli

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What our leaders say about Australia Day – and where did it start, anyway?

Protests against 26 January pre-date Australia Day itself, but attitudes to dealing with the legacy of colonisation differOpposition to Australia Day, and the push to change the date to one that attempts to reconcile with the dispossession and death of Ab

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Australia saw record jobs boom in 2017 but future bleak on wages

Creation of 400,000 jobs offset by anaemic pace of wages growth and high underemployment and underutilisation ratesAustralia had a phenomenal year for employment in 2017, with the largest absolute increase in jobs on record, but wages remained stagnant an

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British backpacker found dead in Sydney is named as Amelia Blake

Police investigate possible murder-suicide involving 22-year-old who was discovered in an apartment near the body of manA British woman and a Nepalese man found dead in an inner Sydney apartment in a suspected murder-suicide have been named.The bodies of

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John Howard v Bob Dylan and other times music and politics didn’t mix

As Australian singers greet Cory Bernardi’s alternative Hottest 100 with expletives, we look back at some of the greatest politician v musicians feudsCory Bernadi has run into a bit of grief. On Thursday, the leader of the Australian Conservatives

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Tasmania launches roadkill campaign to reduce 500,000 native animal deaths

Drivers urged to stop throwing food out of windows, which attracts wildlife to the roadsideThe motorists lobby in Tasmania has launched a joint campaign to reduce roadkill, saying that 500,000 native animals are killed on the state’s roads each yea

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Second investigation into Melbourne lord mayor over sexual harassment allegations

Robert Doyle ‘strongly denies’ accusation after third woman makes formal complaintA second investigation has been launched into the lord mayor of Melbourne city council, Robert Doyle, over sexual harassment allegations, which he denies. The f

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Christian Porter missing in action amid 'shocking attacks' on Victorian judges, Labor says

Mark Dreyfus accuses new attorney general of failing to stand up for the rule of lawLabor has accused the new attorney general, Christian Porter, of failing to stand up for the judiciary against his fellow minister Peter Dutton’s accusation that Vi

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Tasmanian DJ Astro Labe admits he head-butted former prime minister Tony Abbott

Astro Labe, 38, pleads guilty in Hobart court to causing harm to a commonwealth officialA Hobart DJ has admitted to head-butting the former prime minister Tony Abbott at the city’s waterfront.Astro Labe, 38, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Hobart mag

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Savaged: Cory Bernardi's alternative Hottest 100 stunt riles musicians

Senator and Darren Hayes trade barbs after Savage Garden and Hilltop Hoods object to inclusion on Australian Conservatives playlist“Get over yourself, Darren Hayes,” said a conservative federal senator to an Australian pop music icon, because

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NSW cotton growers facing complete crop loss after alleged pesticide drift

5,000 hectares of cotton thought to be affected by off-target spray drift, says Bernie Bierhoff of Walgett Cotton Growers’ AssociationOn Christmas Day farmers around Walgett in north-west New South Wales noticed their infant cotton plants had begun

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Celebrating Australia Day on 26 January like dancing on graves, says reconciliation body

Neither federal government nor opposition support push to change date of Australia DayIt is “impossible” for Australia Day to be an inclusive holiday while it remains held on 26 January, Reconciliation Australia has said.The independent organi

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Australian film-maker accused of spying in Cambodia says journalism 'not a crime'

James Ricketson calls for Australia to defend free speech after bail appeal postponedAn Australian filmmaker accused of spying in Cambodia has called upon the federal government to defend his right to free speech after a Phnom Penh court postponed his app

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South Australian Liberals vow to scrap version of Safe Schools if they win election

Two months from election, Liberals promise more comprehensive approach to bullyingSouth Australia’s version of the Safe Schools program will be scrapped if the opposition wins the March state election. The Liberals’ education spokesman, John

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