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Archive for June, 2018
Four men wanted over Sydney school blaze

Police have warned four young men caught acting “extremely suspiciously” near a $10 million blaze at a western Sydney school to come forward. June 28, 2018 Four young men seen acting “extremely suspiciously” near a $10 million blaze at a western Sydney primary school have detailed knowledge about the fire, police believe. The group, believed […]

Council faces asbestos management inquiry

NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced a public inquiry into the Blue Mountains Council’s bungled management of asbestos. June 27, 2018 The Blue Mountains City Council’s bungled management of asbestos will be examined by a public inquiry backed by the NSW government. Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton says the inquiry will examine serious allegations […]

Australian star power to shine in Canberra

Judy Davis and Richard Roxburgh are among the many stars of Australian film and television who will mingle with politicians as they call for industry support. June 26, 2018 Australian star power will be shining brightly in Canberra as some of the big screen’s leading lights meet with politicians to discuss the future of the […]

Super scammers target retirement savings

The Australian Taxation Office is warning workers about scammers who are trying to trick people into handing over their superannuation. June 26, 2018 Superannuation scammers are hustling unsophisticated workers on fringes of Australia’s major cities into illegally spending their meagre retirement savings. The Australian Taxation Office is warning workers to watch out for “unscrupulous promoters” […]

Toppling TVs and furniture a risk to kids

The ACCC and Kidsafe are warning parents of the potentially deadly consequences to children of toppling televisions and furniture tip-overs. June 25, 2018 Parents are being warned of the deadly consequences of poorly secured and unstable furniture to children, with the consumer watchdog urging people to check their homes. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and […]

Junior NRL stardom not the only way up

Setting the junior rugby league world on fire is not the only path to elite success in the National Rugby League, new research shows. June 25, 2018 Starting young and becoming a junior rugby league star are not the only ways to the top of the NRL, new research has found. Nearly half of the […]

Kathmandu commits to workers’ rights

Kiwi outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu has committed to protecting workers’ rights and improving labour standards by joining the Fair Labour Association. June 25, 2018 Outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu has committed to protecting workers’ rights and improving labour standards in its factories across the globe. The New Zealand-based company has joined the Fair Labour Association, a […]

Police target Rebels bikies in Queensland

Raids across Queensland have resulted in seven men charged and 24 people warned as police target Rebels bikies using the state’s new anti-gang laws. June 24, 2018 A series of police raids targeting bikies in north-west Queensland has netted six men, with another 24 people handed warnings for habitual consorting under the state’s new anti-gang laws. […]

ASX set to start up following OPEC meeting

Mixed messages from OPEC, a soaring oil price and gains in Europe and the US look likely to push the Australian share market to a positive start on Monday. June 24, 2018 Australian shares look set for a positive start to the week following Friday’s gains by markets in the US, Canada and Europe. OPEC’s […]

Winter solstice more than the shortest day

Winter solstice may well be the shortest day of the year but for astrophysicist Professor Tim Bedding, it’s a chance to correct myths about the seasons. June 21, 2018 For most of us, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and means the journey towards summer has begun. But for astrophysicist Professor […]

Winter solstice more than the shortest day

Winter solstice may well be shortest day of the year but for astrophysicist Professor Tim Bedding, it’s a chance to correct myths about the seasons. June 21, 2018 For most of us, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and means the journey towards summer has begun. But for astrophysicist Professor Tim […]

Telstra ‘putting profit ahead of service’

The telco workers union has accused Telstra of chasing short term profits and says the decision to axe 8000 jobs will have a negative impact on service. June 20, 2018 Telstra has been accused of putting profits ahead of service following its decision to cut 8000 jobs. The Communications Workers Union, which represents staff at Australia’s […]

Weird platypus-fish lived on ancient reef

New fossils have allowed scientists to piece together a revealing picture of an ancient Australian fish that had platypus features and behaved like a stingray. June 20, 2018 Palaeontologists have reconstructed an ancient Australian fish that swam on the seafloor like a stingray and had the long bill of a platypus. Fossils that date back […]

Games loot boxes expose youth to gambling

Video game researchers have called for greater controls on random digital rewards or loot boxes after a study found young players are being exposed to gambling. June 19, 2018 Regulators are being called on to impose greater controls on video game “loot boxes” after researchers found young players are being exposed to gambling-like behaviours. Loot […]

Road accidents involving ‘elderly’ drivers

There has been a spate of traffic accidents involving drivers over the age of 70. June 18, 2018 RECENT ROAD ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DRIVERS OVER THE AGE OF 70: * 91-year-old woman died in Royal Perth Hospital after a two-car collision, June 14. * 73-year-old man saved from his burning car after it rolled in Gympie, Queensland, June […]

Man in court on Newcastle girl sex attack

A 47-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a Newcastle schoolgirl in a five-hour ordeal will remain behind bars following a brief court appearance. June 17, 2018 The man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Newcastle schoolgirl in a five-hour ordeal has been remanded in custody after a brief court hearing. The 47-year-old, who cannot be […]

NSW schools promised $500m for air-con

The NSW government is committing $500 million to install air-conditioning units in up to 1000 new and existing schools across the state. June 14, 2018 Up to 1000 schools across NSW are being promised air-conditioners in classrooms and libraries, but the state government can’t say which they’ll be or when they’ll get them. Premier Gladys […]

Sydney murder accused kept behind bars

The 19-year-old man alleged to have murdered a Chinese woman in Sydney will remain behind bars as police continue to search for the 28-year-old’s body. June 13, 2018 A housemate accused of murdering a 28-year-old Chinese woman who vanished from her Sydney home more than four days ago will remain behind bars. Shuo Dong, 19, […]

Space agency HQ will diversify economy-WA

The West Australian government has released a report backing its case to become the headquarters of a new national space agency. June 11, 2018 Basing the new national space agency in Western Australia would help diversify its resources-heavy economy and allow the federal government to piggyback the existing space industry, the state government says. WA Science […]

Comedian Tom Gleisner in Queen’s Honours

Comedian Tom Gleisner has been appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. June 11, 2018 Tom Gleisner promises that being included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list won’t stop him poking fun at power. But the comedian, who is best known for his work on The Castle, Utopia and […]

Comedian Tom Gleisner in Queen’s Honours

Comedian Tom Gleisner has been appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. June 11, 2018 Tom Gleisner promises that being included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list won’t stop him poking fun at power. But the comedian, who is best known for his work on The Castle, Utopia and […]

Space agency HQ will diversify economy-WA

The West Australian government has released a report backing its case to become the headquarters of a new national space agency. June 11, 2018 Basing the new national space agency in Western Australia would help diversify its resources-heavy economy and allow the federal government to piggyback the existing space industry, the state government says. WA Science […]

NSW drug dog uproar following festival

Activists have flagged fresh legal action against NSW Police after ticket holders at a Sydney music festival were denied entry based on sniffer dog reactions. June 10, 2018 Activists say the security operation at a Sydney music festival was “a serious abuse of police powers” after ticket holders were denied entry and banned from the […]

ASX set to start higher despite G7 fallout

The Australian share market should open higher on Tuesday despite ongoing tensions between the US and its G7 partners over trade. June 10, 2018 Australian shares look set for a positive start on Tuesday after Wall Street pulled off its third-straight week of gains on Friday despite ongoing tensions between the US and its G7 partners […]

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