St Kilda 24-hour booze ban begins

A 24-hour alcohol ban starts Saturday on Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda foreshore and nearby parks. The new restriction made by Port Phillip council follows a spate of alcohol-fuelled violence and unruly behaviour in the famous recreation precinct. “We wish it could be different as a 24-hour ban penalises residents who …

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Asbestos alert for Rio’s vital rail line

When building its $US2.6 billion Koodaideri iron ore mine Rio Tinto will be giving a section of its vital rail link to Dampier special attention — it runs through the Wittenoom asbestos management area. The 166km railway will have a 19km section through the asbestos management area, 4.9km of which …

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Kurd’s visa refused over war ‘crimes’

A man living in Perth has failed in a bid to win a refugee visa after a court heard he had worked as an informant for a notorious Turkish intelligence agency and was complicit in crimes against humanity. In a recently released Federal Court judgment the man, known by the …

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CCC ‘failed’ to act on oral sex-for-licence claims

A former judge who monitors the operations of the Corruption and Crime Commission for Parliament has delivered a blistering attack on the CCC over its handling of allegations against two of its officers. In one case, a CCC staffer was accused of demanding oral sex from a woman in exchange …

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Perth mum fights cancer before baby’s birth

Within days of Peta-Jane Secrett receiving some of the happiest news of her life, she was also given some of the worst. In August last year, the 36-year-old discovered she was pregnant with her second child — a sibling for her toddler Harry — and was diagnosed with breast cancer. …

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The new Boeing plane set to change the way we fly

When Boeing launches its next model, the 797, at next year’s Paris Air Show, a leading analyst predicts the manufacturer’s stock will get a big boost if the aircraft lives up to expectations. The twin-aisle 240-270 seat mid-market airplane, or Boeing 797 as it is widely known, is the most …

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PM pins hopes on selling ‘national identity’ values

Winning the battle for people’s hearts and minds is exceedingly difficult when their minds have been firmly made up. That is the challenge facing Scott Morrison. It is one that the more considered members of his Government now accept. It is also the ingrained belief of the commentariat, even those …

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L-platers in long road trips to sit driver test

L-plate drivers are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres or wait up to six months to do their practical driving test. The lack of more suitable test times and locations has been blamed on an increase in the number of young drivers failing their tests and having to repeat …

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Researchers discover new new DNA gender clue

Australian researchers have rewritten the rule book on what it takes to conceive a boy or girl after finding it is not just about the X and Y chromosomes. While an embryo with two X chromosomes means a girl and an embryo with an X-Y combination results in a boy, …

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