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By-election candidates reveal eligibility

By-election candidates reveal eligibility

Thirteen candidates across five by-elections have refused to reveal whether they are eligible to run for federal parliament under new rules. The Australian Electoral Commission has received 48 nominations in total for the seats of Perth, Fremantle, Braddon, Mayo and Longman. Under new rules introduced after the dual-citizenship fiasco, the candidates have been asked to…

Queensland govt to sack Ipswich Council

Queensland govt to sack Ipswich Council

The Queensland government will introduce laws to sack embattled Ipswich Council when parliament resumes in August. Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on Monday announced plans to legislate the council’s removal and appointment of administrators to run things until March 2020, when the next council elections are due. “After a year of turmoil, arrests and multiple…

Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters

Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters

A court in Myanmar has charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Both…

Widespread child sex abuse haunts WA town

Widespread child sex abuse haunts WA town

Young victims of widespread sexual abuse in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are being closely monitored, the state’s child protection minister says, but it is impossible guarantee they have zero contact with perpetrators. It emerged last year 184 children had been sexually assaulted in the Roebourne area, with police laying 300 charges against 36 men as…

Japan floods kill over 100 as rescuers dig

Japan floods kill over 100 as rescuers dig

Rescuers in western Japan are racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides that killed more than 100 people, with dozens still missing. Rain tapered off across the region battered by last week’s downpour, revealing scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut…

Indigenous rangers get $87m funding boost

Indigenous rangers get $87m funding boost

Rangers looking after Indigenous protected areas have been handed more than $87 million to better protect biodiversity and cultural heritage. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said 48 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across the country will share the funding. “Indigenous Protected Areas support First Australians, to work on land and sea country, achieving significant…

Cave-diving Aussie Dr essential to rescue

Cave-diving Aussie Dr essential to rescue

An Australian doctor with 30 years of cave-diving experience wouldn’t have hesitated for a second in joining a rescue mission to save a young Thai soccer team from their cave prison, his colleague and boss says. Adelaide anaesthetist and underwater cave explorer Richard “Harry” Harris risked his own life on Saturday to make the treacherous…

We now know who will play Goose’s son in Top Gun 2

We now know who will play Goose’s son in Top Gun 2

IT’S been revealed who will play Goose’s son in the Top Gun sequel. Miles Teller, who has starred in Whiplash, War Dogs and Fantastic Four, has landed the coveted role in Top Gun: Maverick which is due to be released in July 2019. Teller reportedly beat out X-Men star Nicholas Hoult and Scream Queens star…

Jar Jar Binks actor reveals true devastating effect of public backlash

Jar Jar Binks actor reveals true devastating effect of public backlash

HE’S perhaps the most-hated character in the Star Wars universe – and the audience backlash towards Jar Jar Binks took a heavy toll on the actor who played him. Binks, who featured heavily in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, drew dismal reactions from fans, many of whom found his cartoonish, childlike manner grating. He also saw…

Eye-watering cost of Meghan’s royal wardrobe

Eye-watering cost of Meghan’s royal wardrobe

DRESSING like a duchess doesn’t come cheap. Since her engagement to Prince Harry last November, Meghan Markle has stepped out in approximately $AU1.36 million worth of (often bespoke) clothing and accessories, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. Meghan’s duo of wedding dresses make up most of that sum, with her custom Givenchy ceremony gown…