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Woman critical after Hobart pub wall fall

Woman critical after Hobart pub wall fall

A young woman is in hospital with critical injuries after falling from a six-metre retaining wall at a Hobart hotel. She was discovered about 9.30am on Sunday at the back of Waterman’s Beer Market at Salamanca Place. Police believe she fell in a “tragic accident” in the early hours of Sunday and have asked for…

China raises concern about NZ defence plan

China raises concern about NZ defence plan

A New Zealand defence report pointing the finger at China for the first time has ruffled feathers in Beijing, according to New Zealand’s acting prime minister. His government last week unveiled a new long-term plan for defence which, among a plethora of other issues, flagged China’s economic influence on Pacific nations and the militarisation of…

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…

Spider-Man co-creator dead at age 90

Spider-Man co-creator dead at age 90

Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man, has died aged 90. Ditko was found on June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, New York police said on Friday. No further details were available. Ditko, along with writer…