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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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Jessica Falkholt: Australian actor dies after Boxing Day car crash

Home and Away actor’s parents and sister, who were also in the crash, were farewelled at a funeral a week agoHome and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents, who were in

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Murdered Australian teacher feared 'violent' husband before she was shot in Kenya

Court documents show Gabrielle Maina had restraining order against Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna, who she accused of domestic violenceAustralian woman Gabrielle Maina reportedly feared her husband before she was shot dead last year in Kenya.Maina, a 40-year

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Authorities defend running of Perth youth prison after allegations of torture

Minister says he was assured solitary confinement wasn’t used at Banksia Hill after reports two teenagers spent more than 250 days in isolated cellsWestern Australian authorities have defended their running of Perth’s Banksia Hill juvenile d

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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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