'People in Canberra need more guts': Rebel MP explains why he quit the National Party

Related Story: Barnaby Joyce backer Llew O’Brien quits Nationals party room only to win a shock promotion Related Story: Will Llew O’Brien’s decision to leave the Nationals blow up the Government? Nationals defector Llew O’Brien says a culture that supports the use of taxpayer funds to attend the party’s centenary celebrations next month speaks volumes […]

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Coronavirus: First passengers disembark from Diamond Princess in Japan

BBC About 500 passengers have begun disembarking from the virus-hit cruise ship moored off Yokohama, Japan after 14 days of quarantine. An outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has seen 542 passengers and crew infected on the Diamond Princess- the biggest cluster outside mainland China. Several countries had already evacuated their citizens as infections spread among […]

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256 Australians spend more than $1.3 million watching child sexual abuse online

Related Story: Australia’s global rating in responding to child sexual abuse More than 250 Australians have spent more than $1.3 million to watch child sexual abuse, live streamed on the internet from the Philippines, over 13 years. Key points: 256 Australians have been linked to more than 2,700 financial transactions in the Philippines The majority […]

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Former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos arrested for second alleged breach of parole

Police have arrested convicted paedophile and former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos at his home in Sydney’s east. Orkopoulos was released from Long Bay prison in December after serving 11 years behind bars. Police arrested the 62-year-old at his Malabar home this morning and took him to Maroubra Police Station. Orkopoulos was found guilty of […]

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Paedophile former NSW Labor minister charged months after release from prison

Convicted paedophile and former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos has been charged with breaching his parole for the second time in a month. Key points: Milton Orkopoulos is accused of breaching his parole conditions for the second time Orkopoulos spent 11 years in prison over drug and child sex charges The former NSW Labor minister […]

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Camp Hill: Three dead, including children, in 'horrific' Australia car fire

BBC Three people, including children, have died after a car was allegedly set alight in the Australian city of Brisbane, authorities say. Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan told parliament the “horrific incident” occurred in the city’s east. “Three people have died, including children, in a horrific incident at Camp Hill this morning,” he said. Queensland […]

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Trump pardons corrupt former governor who was given 'ridiculous sentence'

US President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he has called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Key points: Mr Trump took clemency actions related to 11 people, including former governor […]

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Jetstar flights cancelled as staff walk off the job in industrial dispute

Related Story: Jetstar workers ‘in the fight of their lives’ trigger cancellation of 48 flights Almost 50 Jetstar flights have been cancelled today, as ground staff and baggage handlers strike for 24 hours to back demands for changes to working conditions. Key points: The airline cancelled flights days earlier to minimise disruption The workers are […]

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Corruption watchdog contacted over claims Deputy Premier interfered in recruitment of school principal

The State Opposition has seized on new documents surrounding the selection of an executive principal for the much touted Inner City South State Secondary College, accusing Deputy Premier Jackie Trad of meddling in the process. Key points: The report contradicts the reason given by the Department of Education for the re-advertisement of the role last […]

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Universities brace for big hit with almost 100,000 students still stranded as classes set to begin

Australian universities are bracing for a significant financial hit if the coronavirus travel ban continues, with more than 80 per cent of Chinese students enrolled at some institutions still stuck overseas as lectures are set to resume. Key points: An estimated 100,000 university students have been held up by the ban China’s restricted internet is […]

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Single complaint from 'excluded' male forces cancellation of women's acting class

An all-female acting class will go ahead in Hobart after being put on ice for almost a year following a complaint from a man who claimed the classes were “exclusionary”. Key points: The studio received a three-year exception from the Tasmanian anti-discrimination commissioner to run the classes There are 35 active exemptions in the state, […]

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'Every family's worst nightmare': Childcare centre boss devastated after toddler found dead on minibus

Related Story: Child found dead on childcare centre minibus in Cairns The chief executive of a childcare centre chain says the death of a three-year-old in one of their minibuses in north Queensland is every family’s worst nightmare. The boy’s body was found at 3:15pm by the driver of the Goodstart Early Learning minibus, which […]

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Wesfarmers reveals multi-million-dollar Target staff underpayment

Wesfarmers has admitted to further underpayment of staff, including Target workers, after previously underpaying the superannuation of Bunnings employees. In its half-year earnings report, the conglomerate set aside $9 million to repay Target staff. A further $15 million was set aside to fix underpayments in its industrial and safety division, which includes tools and safety […]

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Trump administration slaps new rules on 'draconian' Chinese media operating in US

The Trump administration says it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with US operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and US properties with the State Department. Key points: US officials say the move comes after China intensified use of media to spread pro-Beijing propaganda overseas President […]

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Afghanistan re-elects President Ashraf Ghani but rival vows to set up another government

Incumbent Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election, but his main rival has rejected the “illegal” result and vowed to form his own government. Key points: Ashraf Ghani won 50.64 per cent of the vote, while his main rival Abdullah Abdullah had 39.52 per cent. The pair had previously served […]

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Victorian councils launch Supreme Court challenge to $16b North East Link

A coalition of four Melbourne councils has launched a Supreme Court legal challenge to the State Government’s approval of the $16 billion North East Link project. Key points: Manningham, Banyule, Whitehorse and Boroondara councils argued there was a lack of clarity about the final build The councils said the reference design used during the consultation […]

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Female athletes skipping periods 'not normal' — app tracks menstruation cycles to boost performance

The Brisbane Lions Women’s team have begun tracking their menstrual cycles to optimise players recovery in a bid to help them secure the AFLW premiership. Key points: The Brisbane Lions use an app that each player checks into daily with a simple questionnaire The aim of tracking periods is to ensure players avoid an energy […]

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Live: NSW Now: Storm clean-up underway, Jetstar domestic strike causes widespread disruption

Here’s what you need to know this morning. Storm clean-up underway NSW was battered by storms overnight, causing property damage and leaving thousands of people without power. A man was killed by a flying gas bottle in Sydney’s The Rocks last night during the storms. Police are investigating the circumstances. The NSW State Emergency Service […]

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Cheaper prices in store likely as demand for organic produce surges

One of Australia’s major supermarkets is looking to capitalise on a growing appetite for organic food with plans to reduce organic prices and increase market share. key points organic Key points: Australian Organic Limited valued the domestic organic industry in 2019 at $2.6 billion and described the sector as growing to record levels Supermarket giant […]

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Raids on ABC, journalist Annika Smethurst could have been better handled, Australia's top cop admits

Australia’s top cop has admitted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) could have better handled media raids on the ABC and the home of Newscorp journalist Annika Smethurst, but threw his support behind investigators, saying they were simply abiding by their oath to uphold the law. Key points: A review of the AFP’s handling of media […]

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Smoke, hail and drought: Parliament's bees battle against the odds to produce liquid gold

Nestled in bushland on the side of Canberra’s Capital Hill, in the shadow of Parliament House’s mighty flagpole, is arguably the most ruthless but cohesive party rooms in federal politics. Key points: Severe weather has devastated pollen supplies Parliament House’s honey yields are down two thirds on previous years Despite smoke filling Canberra in January, […]

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Soldiers warned they have 'no place in our Army' if displaying white supremacy gestures

Related Story: Victoria Police ‘extremely’ disappointed with alt-right memes shared by officer accused of making white power gesture Australian soldiers are being warned they will be immediately suspended from active duty, and possibly kicked out of the Army, if caught making white supremacist hand gestures. Key points: Defence Forces Command has written to senior personnel […]

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Australia a haven for illicit funds, tax evasion and laundering, report finds

Australia continues to host significant quantities of illicit funds from outside the country and is not doing enough to counter money laundering and tax avoidance, according to the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index. Key points: The Tax Justice Network’s index, released every two years, rates countries based on financial transparency Cayman Islands ranked as the world’s […]

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Tuesday evening news briefing: Drug shortage fears as coronavirus slows Chinese factories

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing – on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Drug shortages threat following coronavirus outbreak The coronavirus outbreak may cause drug shortages as China’s factories either shut down or operate at a drastically reduced capacity. An […]

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University of Ghana lecturers suspended after 'sex-for-grades' exposé

BBC Two Ghanaian university lecturers have been suspended without pay after a BBC investigation reported they had sexually harassed undercover reporters posing as students. The University of Ghana suspended Ransford Gyampo for six months and Paul Butakor for four months. Both deny the allegations made last year in BBC Africa Eye’s sex-for-grades documentary. A Nigerian […]

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'I don't know when it will be my turn': Life under quarantine on the Diamond Princess

Related Story: Qantas charter to fly stranded Australians from cruise ship to Darwin Related Story: ‘Kept in the dark’: Tensions grow on Diamond Princess as coronavirus quarantine continues For Australians on board the Diamond Princess, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement that a charter flight would bring them from Japan to Darwin marked the beginning of […]

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'I don't know when it will be my turn': Life under quarantine on the Diamond Princess

Related Story: Qantas charter to fly stranded Australians from cruise ship to Darwin Related Story: ‘Kept in the dark’: Tensions grow on Diamond Princess as coronavirus quarantine continues The evacuation of hundreds of Australians from the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan ends what passengers have described as an anxious, frustrating and tedious experience […]

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UK weather: 'This is not normal flooding. We are in uncharted territory', says Environment Agency

Climate change means homeowners should not expect flood protection Analysis: The UK must have a strategy for stormy weather ahead Subscribe to The Telegraph, free for 30 days Areas of the UK are in “uncharted territory” after record levels of flooding, with more heavy rain forecast for later in the week. Nine severe flood warnings, indicating […]

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Mohammed bin Rashid tours Gulfood 2020

 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has underlined the central importance the UAE government is attaching to food security, citing the establishment of a food security portfolio in the latest government formation as reflective of the country’s determination to keep food security at the heart […]

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Nick boarded a cruise ship to play saxophone, he didn’t plan on being quarantined for 14 days

Nick Russoniello only boarded the Diamond Princess cruise ship to play two gigs, but found himself trapped amid a novel coronavirus outbreak after passengers on board tested positive. Key points Saxophone player Nick Russoniello is one of more than 200 Australians on the Diamond Princess He says the crew on the ship have not been […]

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