UK’s May in Brexit plan B talks with MPs

British Prime Minister Theresa May and senior cabinet ministers are engaged in intensive discussions with MPs from all sides of the Brexit debate, as May fights to find a deal that could command support in parliament. But opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his front bench have continued to snub …

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PM disappointed with live export activists

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it is up to animal activists who reportedly offered money to whistleblowers for incriminating live exports footage to explain themselves. Animals Australia sent emails discussing possible payments to a worker on the Awassi Express, the ship from which footage emerged of thousands of sheep dying …

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Student’s death sparks vigils in Melbourne

The death of an international student murdered just moments after getting off a tram in Melbourne’s north has sparked a series of vigils in her honour and against male violence. A service will be held on the steps of the Victorian parliament on Friday night for Aiia Maasarwe, 21, with …

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Aged-care inquiry a ‘watershed second’

Unacceptable revelations of mistreatment and neglect of older Australians in aged-care homes point to chronic system failures in the sector, the Council on the Ageing says. Ahead of Friday’s opening of the federal government’s royal commission into the aged-care industry, council chief executive Ian Yates says the inquiry is a …

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NSW heatwave to peak before cool change

NSW will get hotter before it gets cooler as the peak of its week-long heatwave hits ahead of a southerly overnight change. Areas inland of the Great Diving Range are expected to bear temperatures into the 40s on Friday, with Ivanhoe and Menindee in the far west forecast to nudge …

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PM warns against game-playing with rivers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is trying to hose down tension over the Murray-Darling Basin prompted by mass fish deaths, as the Greens push for a royal commission into the river system’s management. Up to a million fish are believed to be dead in the Darling River at Menindee as the …

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