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Labor and LNP announce same policy for Mackay
The Premier denied that her party had copied the LNP's policy, announced last week.
11/21/2017 12:42 AM
Amazon Australia: everything you need to know
Amazon's decision to finally bring its online shopping platform to Australia is huge news. We've rounded up everything you need to know.
11/21/2017 12:41 AM
Wireless audio brings the cone of silence to your lounge room
Fetch TV is the latest device to bring Bluetooth to the lounge room, to ensure your television is seen but not heard after dark.
11/21/2017 12:38 AM
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan predicts drastic changes to trade rules
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan believes mid-season and draft-night trading will both be introduced in the near future in a bid to fast-track the development of struggling teams.
11/21/2017 12:37 AM
Property of the week: A slice of the Clovelly high life lists for sale
Certain features are like music to the ears of apartment buyers, and this spread boasts nearly all of them.
11/21/2017 12:37 AM
James Packer's Crown Resorts appoints Jane Halton and Toni Korsanos to the board
Crown has appointed one of the most powerful women in the history of the public service and the CFO of pokies maker Aristocrat as its newest board members.
11/21/2017 12:36 AM
Former Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie was denied justice, judge rules
Former Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie was denied natural justice in findings that he inappropriately disclosed information during a cobalt investigation, a judge has ruled.
11/21/2017 12:23 AM
Rihanna is wearing a bath towel on Vogue Paris and we are here for it
Long may supreme leisurewear reign.
11/21/2017 12:18 AM
The importance of taking a pregnant pause before becoming a parent
"I have no idea how I'm going to be," I say, lying by my partner's side gazing at the pool.
11/21/2017 12:18 AM
FIFA witness describes secret payments
A government witness in the US corruption trial related to soccer's world- governing body FIFA has testified about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet.
11/21/2017 12:12 AM
Malcolm Turnbull's tax cut news scant on detail – but it will have an effect
Yippee! It's almost Christmas and Malcolm Turnbull has dropped a big hint that tax cuts are coming. Good old rich Uncle Mal has been to see his bank manager, got the overdraft extended, and is determined we'll all have a great Chrissie, no matter what.
11/21/2017 12:11 AM
APRA to keep focus on lending for housing in 2018, says chairman Wayne Byrnes
Australia's banking watchdog will need maintain a close focus on lending for housing in 2018 said APRA chairman Wayne Byres.
11/21/2017 12:10 AM
Worker suffers 'penetrating' groin injury at Gold Coast movie studios
A QFES spokesman said the accident, which happened next door to the Movie World theme park, appeared to have involved a drill.
11/21/2017 12:15 AM
The lesson for all of us in Lena Dunham's hypocritical response to a rape allegation
Dunham, it turns out, is no different from the next person who thinks their friend couldn't possibly do bad things.
11/20/2017 11:56 PM
Cooking a stir fry could be harmful to your health, scientists say
Researchers heated up oil in a frying pan and then recorded what happened when droplets of water were added.
11/20/2017 11:53 PM
Victorian taxi drivers planning multimillion-dollar class action against Uber
Taxi and hire car drivers displaced by the rise of Uber are launching a multimillion-dollar class action against the ride-sharing giant.
11/20/2017 11:52 PM
'My door's always open': Cabinet ministers appeal to Coalition MP threatening to quit
Government ministers have called on frustrated Coalition MPs to air any concerns internally following an unnamed MP's reported threat to defect to the crossbench unless Mr Turnbull is replaced as leader by someone other than Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
11/21/2017 12:28 AM
White Ribbon Day glosses over the raw and bloody horror of family violence
I've been trying to figure out what makes me uncomfortable about White Ribbon Day, and I think I've put my finger on it: with the events, celebrities, and publicity stunts it attracts, White Ribbon Day feels more like a celebration. Yet I've worked with children who run and hide beneath my desk at the sound of a door slamming, or who use my pretty coloured pencils to draw pictures of daddy strangling mummy. Family violence isn't clean and glossy and feel-good; it's bloody and raw and harrowing. It is hard to see how simply donning a white ribbon on November 25 can significantly help.
11/20/2017 11:51 PM
Up to 90 witnesses, three months slated for trial of ex-union boss Kathy Jackson
Former Health Services Union leader Kathy Jackson faces a trial that will run for up to three months and feature 90 witnesses, a court has heard, but she appears unlikely to face a jury until 2019.
11/20/2017 11:48 PM
5 travel hacks from a Perth Airport insider this Christmas
Perth International airport insider Rhiannon Holmes lets you in on how to best get an upgrade, beat the lines and occupy the roomiest seat on the plane.
11/20/2017 11:45 PM
Incarceration not the answer for Indigenous youth
Thank you Patrick Dodson for advocating so powerfully for a new approach to the scandalous rates of incarceration of indigenous youth.
11/20/2017 11:40 PM
Des Hasler begins Supreme Court action against Canterbury Bulldogs
Des Hasler has begun legal action against Canterbury after being sacked just five months after the club announced a two-year contract extension.
11/20/2017 11:47 PM
Seven minutes out of sight: Probe after Perth boy drowns in daycare pool
A toddler who drowned at a family daycare centre in Perth had been left alone outside for seven minutes while the operator of the service settled a baby in the lounge room, an inquest has heard.
11/20/2017 11:38 PM
Markets Live: Small ASX names have big impact
Shares trade cautiously higher as some of the smaller ASX names move the sharemarket dial.
11/20/2017 11:36 PM
Ian Botham believes England's Ben Stokes should be able to play in the Ashes
English cricket legend Sir Ian Botham believes star all-rounder Ben Stokes should be allowed to play in the upcoming Ashes series.
11/20/2017 11:35 PM
Former detectives allege police corruption, altered documents in Silk-Miller murder trial
A police conspiracy to doctor a key witness statement has called into question the conviction of a man for the murder of two police officers.
11/20/2017 11:44 PM
Nauru refugee regime to cost taxpayers $385 million over next 12 months
Canstruct was the only firm willing to take on the job after previous contractors declined.
11/20/2017 11:52 PM
Here’s how much your bank is stiffing you for being loyal
What's your bank loyalty worth? The better part of $5 billion a year.
11/20/2017 11:51 PM
Queensland motorcyclist dies after ute crash
The latest death takes the state's road toll to 221, nine more than at the same time last year.
11/20/2017 11:25 PM
Australia's bowlers aiming to 'end' England careers in the Ashes
It fell to the slowest of Australia's bowlers to warn England what the quickest will do to them, with a demonic chuckle rising from Nathan Lyon as he claimed Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were "100 per cent" as dangerous as Mitchell Johnson four years ago and that the hosts would seek to "end" the Test careers of some of Joe Root's men.
11/20/2017 11:19 PM
Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences
A longstanding member of the nation's principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. 
11/20/2017 11:18 PM
Chinese buyer who paid $5.45m for a house in June just resold for $6 million
The more than $550,000 capital gain on the resale is expected to be a windfall for the state government's coffers after various taxes and duties are accounted for on the purchase.
11/20/2017 11:12 PM
Search for dog that attacked Canberra Jack Russell, Evie in Narrabundah
A Canberra woman was left shaken after her Jack Russell, Evie, was mauled to death on Tuesday afternoon.
11/20/2017 11:11 PM
Send truffles and sympathy, the Prime Minister has chucked a sickie
It's nudging right up to taking a liberty, if not straight up taking the mickey, for Turnbull to cancel Parliament next week.
11/20/2017 11:10 PM
Melbourne property prices cannot be curbed solely by building more homes, study shows
Soaring Melbourne property prices cannot simply be curbed by building more homes, according to a new report which refutes ongoing political claims that housing affordability could be fixed through increased supply.
11/20/2017 11:01 PM
Queen bestows new title on Duke for anniversary
What to get the man who has everything?
11/20/2017 11:00 PM
Teenager charged with defacing Scott Marsh murals in Newtown and Erskineville
A 16-year-old boy has been charged for allegedly damaging murals by artist Scott Marsh.
11/20/2017 11:26 PM
Lena Dunham accused of 'hipster racism' after defending Girls writer
A Lenny Letter writer has resigned over Lenha Dunham's "hipster racism" a day after the Girls creator leapt to the defence of a colleague accused of rape.
11/20/2017 11:15 PM
Adelaide midfielder Hugh Greenwood has foot surgery
Hugh Greenwood has surgery while James Podsiadly departs as assistant coach
11/20/2017 10:59 PM
Morrissey says Kevin Spacey is being 'attacked unnecessarily'
Singer Morrissey has a decades-long reputation as a contrarian, but his latest comments may test even his most ardent fans' patience.
11/20/2017 10:54 PM
Bitcoin's white-knuckle ride continues as it hurtles past $US8,000 to new record
Bitcoin's relentless and volatile rally shows no sign of abating, with the world's largest cryptocurrency defying growing bubble fears to hit yet another milestone.
11/20/2017 10:59 PM
Pressure builds on government to bring back Parliament, as crossbench resists delay
Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie says the federal parliament has a "moral imperative" to sit next week as Turnbull government ministers line up to defend deferring the lower house session.
11/20/2017 11:29 PM
Labor ventures again into what could become One Nation territory
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flown back into Townsville, where One Nation could steal at least one seat.
11/20/2017 10:43 PM
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe may remain in office, following talks with military
Zimbabwe's defence forces appeared to open the door Monday to the possibility that 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe could stay in power.
11/20/2017 11:49 PM
Michael Cheika to find out on Tuesday whether he will be investigated over 'cheats' comment
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will find out on Tuesday (UK time) whether he will have to face a three-man disciplinary panel after television cameras appeared to pick him up saying the words 'f***ing cheats' during Australia's loss to England at Twickenham on Saturday.
11/20/2017 10:38 PM
Beyonce edges out Adele and Taylor Swift as 2017's highest-paid woman in music
Beyonce's hit album Lemonade and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list.
11/20/2017 10:37 PM
Macquarie US executive seeks $53m in sexual harassment claim
Khristina McLaughlin is seeking $53 million from Macquarie Group and her former boss in a sexual harassment complaint.
11/21/2017 12:43 AM
Motorcyclist fights for his life after police pursuit in Munster
A man is fighting for his life after crashing his motorbike trying to evade police in Perth's southern suburbs on Monday night.
11/20/2017 10:32 PM
CBD traffic chaos after truck brings down tram lines
Commuters through the CBD can expect delays after a truck brought down tram lines in the early hours of Tuesday morning, closing some of the city's busiest streets and major tram lines.
11/20/2017 10:37 PM
One Nation defection hits party in Queensland poll
Labor has its nose in front in the race to election day but ex-One Nation senator's defection has hurt the party's prospects, new polls suggest.
11/20/2017 10:28 PM
Sounds detected where Argentine submarine went missing
The submarine, with 44 on board, reported an electrical problem and was headed back to base when it disappeared.
11/20/2017 10:25 PM
Ready for a facelift: $20m plan to restore the Capitol Theatre
RMIT asks for public help to raise $20 million that could reopen the 93-year-old Capitol Theatre.
11/20/2017 10:32 PM
Man drove car at pedestrians in Canberra shopping precinct overnight
People injured after man drives car at pedestrians in Canberra overnight.
11/20/2017 11:15 PM
Australian dollar to slide to 65 US cents in 2019, says Morgan Stanley
Australia's dollar is set to fall to the weakest since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009 as it loses its standing as a high-yielding currency, according to Morgan Stanley.
11/20/2017 10:30 PM
Uber strikes deal with Volvo to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars
Uber plans to put the vehicles into its extensive ride-hailing network once the technology is production-ready.
11/20/2017 10:48 PM
Melbourne Express: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Melbourne Express is your morning primer - a live blog with breaking news, headlines, transport updates and weather.
11/20/2017 09:39 PM
Donald Trump takes aim at Marshawn Lynch; LeBron James says Colin Kaepernick has been 'blackballed'
The kneeling controversy in the NFL was reignited when US president Donald Trump on Monday added Marshawn Lynch to the list of sports figures he has criticised on Twitter.
11/20/2017 10:54 PM
Janet Yellen says she'll quit Federal Reserve board after Jerome Powell sworn in
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says she will step down from its board of governors once her successor is sworn into office.
11/20/2017 11:07 PM
8@eight: Bulls set to smile again
Aggregating all the moves seen in financial markets overnight we have to conclude that's it's been a quiet, yet positive session and the leads suggest the bulls will be the happier camp through Asia today.
11/20/2017 11:04 PM
Man hospitalised after being hit with chair in Windsor cafe brawl
A man is in hospital after being hit with a chair after a brawl broke out in an inner-city cafe.
11/20/2017 10:52 PM
Girl fights for life after truck crashes into family car in Wyndham Vale
A 10-year-old girl is fighting for her life and three of her family members, including a five-year-old boy, have been hospitalised after a tip truck crashed into them in Melbourne's south-west.
11/20/2017 10:56 PM
Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Tuesday November 21, 2017
Plus Labor preselection battle looms, and same-sex couple prepare to wed.
11/20/2017 07:54 PM
Q&A recap: Jacqui Lambie speaks out for marriage survey's 'hurting' No voters
Lambie, recently freed from her senatorial obligations, arrived at Monday's Q&A desk ready to partay.
11/20/2017 11:37 PM
Two sumo wrestlers walked into a bar -- their brawl rocks Japan's sumo world
The world of sumo has been turned upside down like, well, like a wrestler pushed from the ring.
11/20/2017 07:48 PM
Donald Trump returns North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism
President Donald Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, returning the rogue nation to a list from which it had been removed during the George W. Bush administration.
11/20/2017 07:15 PM
The big red flag: beware of executives selling shares
There are many red flags to provide warnings when buying shares but one that even the most unsophisticated investor can watch out for is a company's directors or senior management selling shares.
11/20/2017 07:04 PM
'Although I've forgiven, I have not forgotten,' sister of Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate
The sister of slain actress Sharon Tate said the death of convicted murderer Charles Manson brought her no solace.
11/20/2017 06:40 PM
Samu Kerevi says Wallabies need to take Scottish crowd out of equation
Samu Kerevi says the Wallabies need to maintain focus and try to put to a one-sided crowd out of their minds when they tackle Scotland this weekend.
11/20/2017 05:53 PM
Second woman accuses Senator Al Franken of inappropriate touching
A second woman says Democratic Senator Al Franken touched her inappropriately, telling CNN that he grabbed her rear end while her husband took a photo of the two of them at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
11/20/2017 05:38 PM
The self-help book that took Manson from Summer of Love to Helter Skelter murder
One of Manson's biographers believed that one of the catalysing factors in Manson's metamorphosis from a juvenile delinquent with a penchant for manipulation into a cult leader that held his followers in a messianic thrall, was a self-help book he encountered in prison.
11/20/2017 05:14 PM
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF sets ball rolling for impeachment of Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is a "source of instability", has shown disrespect for the rule of law and is to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years, his ruling party said in a draft impeachment motion on Monday.
11/20/2017 04:34 PM
'I don't feel the need to exact revenge on Karl': Thorburn slams rumours
Cassandra Thorburn has penned an open letter saying she finds it hurtful to be compared to her ex-husband Karl Stefanovic's new girlfriend but she has no desire to "exact revenge" on the Today show host for leaving her.
11/20/2017 07:00 PM
Arrest of student for offensive language found unlawful
A NSW magistrate has found it was unlawful to arrest a 28-year-old man who told police "none of your f***ing business".
11/20/2017 02:19 PM
Meet the men who made $800m on Monday
If the banks looked away from their building pile of reputational rubble for a minute they'd have noted no doubt financial planning outfit Netwealth's spectacular debut on the ASX.
11/20/2017 08:09 PM
George Brandis says 'no harm' in including statement in gay marriage bill to protect religion
Parents could be allowed to remove their children from classes where non-traditional marriage is taught, under a major addition to the same sex marriage bill being considered by Attorney General George Brandis.
11/20/2017 01:40 PM
Anna's death leaves family asking why she needed surgery so soon after flight home
A poolside slip set off a chain of events that would see Anna Bowditch die in a Melbourne hospital. She was just 34.
11/20/2017 01:16 PM
$500,000 a pop: the price you pay in organised crime
More money means more violence – but Sydney’s organised criminals never let murder get in the way of business.
11/20/2017 01:14 PM
Today's cartoons: The illustrated news
The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.
11/20/2017 07:30 AM