London-Sydney direct ‘simply a long flight’

It’s a major aviation breakthrough, but flying non-stop from London to Sydney is still “just a long flight, really”. Australia’s high commissioner to the UK George Brandis was one of the 50 passengers and crew on the Qantas test flight from London to Sydney which landed on Friday after 19 …

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ASX hits 15-week high as all sectors rally

The Australian sharemarket has hit its highest level since late July, with gains across the board as traders bet that the country’s sluggish economy will lead to another cut in the official cash rate. The benchmark S&P-ASX 200 index closed up 58.6 points to 6793.7, while the all ordinaries was …

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Cops receive coveted medals

Great Southern police officers who were thrown into an “extremely confronting situation” in Tambellup in August have been bestowed with one of the force’s highest honours last Thursday night.

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Legionella bacteria found at Armadale Hospital

Legionella bacteria has been found during routine testing of the water supply at Armadale Hospital. The bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, if it is inhaled from water or soil. No patients have contracted Legionnaires’ disease because of the bacteria, which was believed to have …

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Sun Yang hearing faces translation issues

Chinese multiple world and Olympic champion Sun Yang’s defence against allegations he committed anti-doping violations was affected by translation problems during the opening stages of a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing. Sun has been cleared of wrongdoing by swimming’s governing body FINA over his conduct during a random …

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Penguins get helping hand | The West Australian

Little penguins at Breaksea Island will soon receive a gift from the members of Albany MenShed who have built 30 nest boxes for the colony. In partnership with the University of WA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences, MenShed members have built a set of wooden nest boxes, which …

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Lily bucks odds to make splash

Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia at a very young age, Albany girl Lily Alexander became one of the youngest qualified scuba divers in the country at the age of 10. Completing a PADI open water diver certification involves a theory test that can prove tough for many adults. Lily’s mother, …

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