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Hobart DJ accused of headbutting Tony Abbott faces new charge

Astro Labe, 38, is charged with causing harm to a commonwealth official – which carries maximum penalty of 10 years’ jailA Hobart DJ and self-confessed anarchist and Tony Abbott-hater, accused of headbutting the former prime minister, faces

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Victoria's assisted dying advocates predict tight vote in upper house

Proponents fear bill will not pass Legislative Council without amendments – which would send it back to lower houseSupporters of Victoria’s voluntary euthanasia legislation say the vote in the upper house will be tight, with a number of MPs

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George Young, pioneering songwriter and member of the Easybeats, dies at 70

Young co-wrote Friday On My Mind and worked as a producer for AC/DC George Young, the pioneering Australian songwriter and producer of AC/DC, has died at the age of 70.Young, the brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young, was the guitarist in the

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600 men refuse to leave Manus Island detention centre as closure imminent

Water, food, electricity and sewage to be cut off as asylum seekers and refugees say they fear violence outsideMore than 600 asylum seekers and refugees are refusing to leave the Manus Island immigration detention centre, which is due to close next week.A

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Won't people notice if the energy policy is an echidna? | First Dog on the Moon

It’s been a long bitter journey but this government finally has something it can call an actual energy policySign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is Firs

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'Spine-chilling' screams as father saves teenage daughter from 4.5m great white

Shark knocks teen and kayak into air before father and son drag daughter into boat with ‘seconds to spare’ south of AdelaideA South Australian man says he will never forget the screams of his teenage daughter as she was thrown into the air by

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Census 2016: manufacturing jobs in Australia drop 24% in six years

Manufacturing fell from 902,829 workers in 2011 to 683,688 in 2016, while jobs in healthcare and social assistance grew 16%The number of manufacturing workers in Australia has fallen 24% in the past six years, new data from the census shows.Days after the

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Refugee held on Nauru pleas with Australia to let him see birth of first child

Mohammed Farahi has been held on Nauru for more than four years while his wife, Ahin*, is currently in detention in BrisbaneA refugee held by Australia on Nauru has pleaded with the government to be reunited with his pregnant wife in Brisbane, so he can b

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Regulation is back, after years of neoliberal neglect | Josh Bornstein

Government intervention is back in vogue as the problems of the free market start to pile upWhen Peter Costello calls for the nationalisation of superannuation, Rupert Murdoch says Google has too much market power and the Commonwealth Bank urges Canberra

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Paul Keating accused of hypocrisy over assisted dying stance

Former NT chief minister says Keating deliberately declined to use his veto power in 1995 to kill off euthanasia legislationThe former Northern Territory chief minister Marshall Perron has accused Paul Keating of hypocrisy in the euthanasia debate after t

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Coalition says airport workers to be tested for explosives under security crackdown

Malcolm Turnbull’s government will announce measures just months after alleged plot to smuggle explosive on to flightBaggage handlers, caterers, engineers and maintenance staff will undergo random testing for explosives under a new security crackdo

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Dreamworld deaths: police say no park staff should be prosecuted

Despite the recommendation, it will still be up to the coroner to decide whether any criminal charges should be laidQueensland police have recommended no criminal charges be laid over the Dreamworld ride disaster, although park employees and the Gold Coas

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Cassie Sainsbury in Colombia plea deal on drug charges

South Australian woman would be sentenced to six years, and possibly released within two, over cocaine smuggling, reports sayThe alleged Australian “drug mule” Cassie Sainsbury has reportedly reached a plea deal with Colombian prosecutors for

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Kevin Rudd's memoir highlights 'brutal nature of Australian politics'

Former prime minister writes about soured relationship with Julia Gillard and how they plotted Kim Beazley’s downfallKevin Rudd’s new memoir describes his agreement with Julia Gillard that he would have two terms as opposition leader despite

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Tony Abbott joins Paul Keating in opposing Victoria's euthanasia bill

‘I think we’ll regard this is a sad milestone in our decline as a decent society,’ says former prime minister Former prime minister Tony Abbott has joined Paul Keating in urging Victorian politicians to oppose a euthanasia bill that ha

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Early goals a worry for Adelaide coach after draw against Melbourne Victory

Marco Kurz says draw a fair result for both sides but laments Reds’ inability to secure a win after being ahead 2-1Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has lamented his side’s inability to kill off Melbourne Victory in their bruising 2-2 A-Leagu

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