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Archive for August, 2017
Australia’s best scientists celebrated

The nation’s most outstanding scientists have been honoured at the 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize dinner in Sydney. August 30, 2017 Australia’s top scientists have hung up their lab coats for a night of glamour at the Australian Museum Eureka Prize dinner. Dubbed the “Oscars of Australian science”, the best and brightest of Australian science were recognised […]

Throat cut in NSW angle grinder accident

A Sydney man is in an induced coma after his throat was cut in an angle grinder accident. August 24, 2017 A 70-year-old man is in hospital after his wind pipe was cut when an angle grinder “exploded” in western Sydney. Paramedics said the man received deep cuts to his throat after an angle grinder blade […]

Politicians caught in the citizenship net

Australia has been rocked by news that seven serving MPs and senators may be ineligible to sit in parliament because of their dual citizenship status. August 20, 2017 POLITICIANS CAUGHT UP IN THE DUAL CITIZENSHIP CRISIS SENATOR NICK XENOPHON * The latest scalp after revealing on Saturday he is a British overseas citizen by descent […]

ASX expected to open softer on Monday

Australian stocks will open lower following falls on Wall Street and European market on Friday. August 20, 2017 The Australian stock market is expected to start the week on a softer note on Monday after the US and European markets both closed lower on Friday. Wall Street’s midday rally on Friday, following the departure of […]

Rudd nephew wins children’s book award

Former PM Kevin Rudd’s nephew, Van Rudd, is one of six winners at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2017 books of the year awards. August 17, 2017 Kevin Rudd’s nephew has never shied away from controversy but now the political activist and artist has been awarded for his illustrations. Van Rudd is among the […]

NSW hit by damaging winds and warm weather

Damaging winds have swept across NSW contributing to the death of a tradesman, fanning bushfires and knocking out power to almost 3000 homes.  August 16, 2017 NSW has been hit by damaging winds with gusts of more than 80km/h recorded in Sydney where two walls collapsed on separate building sites killing one man and critically […]

Prakash’s path to terrorism

How did Australian Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash wind up in a Turkish prison on terror related charges? August 13, 2017 NEIL PRAKASH: FROM BUDDHIST TO TERRORIST * A Melbourne-born man of Fijian and Cambodian descent and was raised as a Buddhist * Converted to Islam and attended the controversial al-Furqan Islamic Centre in Melbourne […]

Canberra assisting terrorist Prakash

Arrested Australian ISIS fighter, Neil Prakash, is receiving consular assistance from Australian officials while facing extradition from Turkey. August 13, 2017 The federal government could help Australia’s most wanted terrorist find a defence lawyer as he faces extradition from Turkey. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Neil Prakash is receiving “standard” Australian consular […]

Stock market expected to open weaker

The Australian stock market will open slightly lower on Monday, after US stocks only managed to eke out modest gains at the end of last week. August 13, 2017 The Australian stock market is expected to open slightly lower on Monday with the benchmark ASX200 forecast to start the day three points lower. CommSec chief […]

No Life for northern NSW bush doof

Police have cancelled a bush-doof party planned for this weekend in NSW’s north amid planning and safety concerns. August 10, 2017 A three-day bush-doof party planned for this weekend in northern NSW has been cancelled by police after investigations found planning permission had never been granted. NSW Police decided to cancel the Life bush doof after […]

Arrested in Sydney’s raids – who are they?

Police have arrested 17 people after a massive police operation involving dawn raids across Sydney. August 9, 2017 SARAH BUDGE Budge sports the Instagram nickname Budgie and is the girlfriend of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, 49. She’s been charged with possessing a Glock 26 pistol and ammunition when police raided her home. The 27-year-old […]

Family wants ‘justice’ over Manus Island death
Family wants 'justice' over Manus Island death

Sydney-based lawyer George Newhouse says the family of Iranian refugee Hamed Shamshiripour, who died on Manus Island this week, wants justice. August 9, 2017 A lawyer acting for the family of Iranian refugee Hamed Shamshiripour, who died on Manus Island earlier this week, has called for an inquest into his death. George Newhouse says Mr Shamshiripour’s […]

More NSW firefighters heading to Canada

Australia will more than double its firefighting force in Canada as wildfires continue to rage in the country’s west. August 9, 2017 An additional 100 firefighters from NSW and the ACT are flying to Canada to help battle massive wildfires burning in British Columbia. Forty firefighters left from Sydney on Wednesday, with the remaining 60 […]

One million fake DVDs shredded in Sydney
One million fake DVDs shredded in Sydney

More than a million counterfeit DVDs have been shredded in Sydney after they were seized by police. August 8, 2017 More than a million counterfeit DVDs, with an estimated street value of $21 million have been destroyed in Sydney. Actor Roy Billing, who starred in the popular Underbelly police drama, was on hand to help […]

Australian military accidents

The crash of a US aircraft off the Queensland coast joins a list of tragic military accidents in Australia or involving Australians. August 6, 2017 * Fifteen Special Air Service Regiment soldiers and three aircrew from the Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment are killed when two Australian Black Hawk helicopters collide in June 12 ,1996 during […]

US aircraft crash off Qld: what we know

The search for three missing American marines off the central Queensland coast has been called off with efforts now focused on recovery. August 6, 2017 WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT CRASH OF US AIRCRAFT OFF QUEENSLAND: * US Navy and Marine Corps have suspended search for three missing marines  * Operations have now shifted to recovery […]

ASX set to open higher on Monday

The Australian stock market is expected to reverse Friday’s losses and open 25 points up on Monday. August 6, 2017 The Australian stock market is expected to open higher by 25 points on Monday reversing some Friday’s losses on the back of better global news. The main driver is US payroll figures which showed good […]

Checkup Medical column for August 4

Social robots can help dementia patients be calmer and wander less, a study has found. August 4, 2017 ANIMAL ROBOT Dementia patients are calmer and wander less when they interact with robots that can talk and respond to touch, temperature and voice, researchers have found. Griffith University researchers observed 415 people with dementia aged over […]

Baby talk builds language skills

Scientists have discovered goo-goo and gah-gah are our building blocks to literacy skills and not just the high-pitched mutterings of smitten parents. August 2, 2017 Goo-goo and gah-gah makes us sound ridiculous, but scientists have figured out baby talk helps our children’s language development. It happens when we unconsciously shorten our vocal tract to produce […]

Wine growers toast rise in farmgate prices

Aussie wine growers are being paid more for their grapes while the amount of grapes crushed for wine has increased, new figures show. August 2, 2017 Australian wine growers are toasting a healthy boost in the money they are reaping from selling their grapes thanks largely to the boom in demand for our wine in […]


It’s the question Australians are being taught to ask as the opener to having more conversations about mental health with people they are worried about. August 1, 2017 Australians are to be taught how to better discuss mental health issues. Suicide prevention group R U OK?’s new travelling education program, the Conversation Convoy, will boost […]

Australia records hottest July

Australia has experienced its warmest July on record, the BOM says. The average maximum daily temperature was 2.62C above the long-term average. August 1, 2017 Australia has recorded it’s hottest July since records began. The mean maximum temperature was 2.62C above the average maximum temperature and 0.66C above the previous record set in 1975. BOM […]

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