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Morrison visits Melbourne during campaign

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to visit Melbourne 11 days out from the state election and as the city recovers from a deadly terrorist attack. Mr Morrison’s visit was flagged by state Liberal Leader Matthew Guy on Friday, hours before terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali set alight a ute …

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Pellegrini’s reopens after terror attack

The clink of coffee cups and the swoosh of the espresso machine pierced the quiet at Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar as the Melbourne institution reopened for the first time after co-owner Sisto Malaspina died in a terror attack. The stool at the bar where the 74-year-old would sit is empty. A …

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Separated twins remain close together

Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa are choosing to remain close together as they recover from delicate separation surgery. The 15-month olds girls were reaching out for each other after surgeons successfully operated on them in Melbourne, a Children First Foundation spokeswoman said. “They’ve been lying together in the same bed,” …

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Alcoholic senator calls for welfare reform

A Labor senator has described his battle with alcoholism four decades ago, making a plea for the government to dump harsher conditions for jobseekers suffering from addiction. Opposition frontbencher Doug Cameron was speaking in support of a Greens push, which ultimately failed, to dump tightened measures for welfare recipients looking …

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ABC ex-chair: ‘no inappropriate behaviour’

Sacked ABC chief Michelle Guthrie has claimed for the first time the organisation’s then-chairman inappropriately touched her almost a year before. But Justin Milne emphatically denies the allegation and says the former managing director declined to make a formal complaint over the board dinner in November 2017 in Sydney. Ms …

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SA, Tas should leave federation: senator

South Australian and Tasmania are so-called “beggar” states which should exit Australia’s federation in a “Begxit”, a crossbench senator has argued. Liberal Democrats’ David Leyonhjelm took aim at governments he says are not pulling their weight on GST as he debated changes to the tax’s distribution on Monday night. Legislation …

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