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Turnbull has his work cut out for him if he wants another rare moment of unity

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It has been a week of victories and defeats all wrapped up in each other in federal politics, on race, and on the conjoined issues of energy and climate, writes Laura Tingle.

Disability commission has 'regulatory teeth', new boss warns

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The newly-appointed head of the Federal Government's disability safety commission says he is willing to issue civil penalties to service providers who do not protect their clients.

At least 324 killed in Kerala monsoon floods as rescuers work to evacuate survivors

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Heavy rains over the past week in Kerala has triggered flooding, landslides and building collapses, with the latest floods in Kerala killing 324 people in what has been a particularly deadly monsoon season in India.

Malcolm Turnbull dumps plan to legislate Paris emissions targets

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Malcolm Turnbull capitulates to rebels in the Coalition party room, dumping a plan to embed 26-28 per cent emissions reduction targets in Commonwealth legislation.

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Opinion: The great Australian dream is from another era


The problem with housing system today will not be addressed by the restriction of foreign investors, although that is a debate we should have. The problem is the housing system itself, writes Dallas Rogers.


Former cricket legend Imran Khan confirmed as new Pakistan PM


Politicians in Pakistan's Lower House of Parliament elect former cricket legend Imran Khan as the country's new Prime Minister, paving the way for him to form a coalition government.


Turnbull's Cabinet ministers reject Dutton leadership speculation

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Senior members of the Coalition are trying to hose down talk of a challenge to Malcolm Turnbull's leadership sparked by concern over power prices.


Man who kicked girlfriend to death says he was too drunk to remember why

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A man who stomped his former girlfriend to death at the back of a Broome shopping centre last year is found guilty of murder.


Pilot dies in waterbombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast

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A waterbombing helicopter crash on the NSW south coast claims the life of experienced pilot Allan Tull, as emergency services continue to battle large bushfires in the region.

Experts are warning of a porn webcam scam straight out of Black Mirror


If you get an email claiming your webcam has been hacked to record you watching pornography, you should disregard it immediately, experts warn.


Gun law changes in Tasmania dropped following community backlash


An election promise to change Tasmania's gun laws has been abandoned, with the Liberal Government acknowledging the community's "deeply held concerns" over safety and confidence in the law

Health Department staff caught in bribe scandal received $600,000 in payouts

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Three senior WA Health bureaucrats involved in a decade-long corruption scandal that saw them receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel, lavish meals and cash walked away with six-figure payouts from the department, the State…

Meet the women of war proving the sky is the limit


Pilot Officer Katherine Mitchell is one of 40 female pilots serving in the Air Force and says she faces many challenges in her role, but being a woman is not one of them.


Richard Roxburgh on politics, satire and the final season of Rake


Richard Roxburgh reprises his role as shambolic barrister-turned-senator Cleaver Greene in hit comedy Rake. But how does he satirise what many think is already a circus?


Opinion: Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

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We make more than 200 food decisions a day, most of them automatic or habitual, so it's possibly not surprising that the key to staying a healthy weight is to reinforce healthy habits, writes Gina Cleo.


'If you don't act, the possibility is death': How a community is keeping 6yo Katie alive


If it weren't for extensive adaptations of Port Fairy's kindergarten and Catholic school, mainstream education would be a deathtrap for Katie Keane.

In your 20s and struggling to find work? You're not alone


With less entry level jobs, more competition and first impressions as important as ever — two young and enthusiastic job seekers share their challenges while searching for meaningful full-time employment.

Google tracked you even if you told it not to. Here's how to stop it

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The search giant has changed a help paged that described how its Location History setting works after an investigation found some Google apps tracked users even if they had turned it off.


Opinion: Malcolm Turnbull's NEG remains in snake-infested territory

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The Prime Minister is not "in crisis", but things are quite a serious mess as those who hate him, plus others who don't, sharpen their attack in another round of the climate wars, writes Michelle Grattan.


Ex-White House aide says she was offered $15,000-a-month to speak 'positively' about Trump

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Omarosa Manigault Newman releases another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House.

Thursday, Aug 16

Will you fly too close to the sun in this week's news quiz?


Nick Kyrgios forgot to pack something pretty important in his tennis bag, a country banned foreigners from buying property, and Melbourne lost its title as most liveable city.

The moment Aretha sat at the piano, it was clear the 'Queen of Soul' was born

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It was January 1967 and those in the room knew they were seeing something special. And Aretha Franklin didn't disappoint, going on to be the black American female singer who would take soul music into the pop charts, writes Mark Bannerman.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

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Franklin, known for her powerful voice and for many hits, including Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, dies aged 76.

'A piece of our heart has remained under the rubble': Tributes for bridge victims

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Families with children on their way to holidays, some young French revellers heading to a music festival, Albanian migrant workers completing their next cleaning job and a Chilean couple who sought haven from the Pinochet regime are among…

Wednesday, Aug 15

Husband of Dreamworld victim fears safety 'hasn't changed'

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The husband of Dreamworld victim Cindy Low fears safety at the theme park "hasn't changed too much" since the 2016 disaster claimed the lives of four people.

Furious ministers blame road operator for bridge collapse as death toll hits 39

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Italian rescuers continue the search for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage in Genoa, as the death toll from the bridge collapse rises to 39 and the Prime Minister declares a state of emergency.

Anning's call for Muslim migration ban sets up Katter-Hanson battleground

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Bob Katter takes advantage of a divisive and widely condemned speech by his party's senator Fraser Anning to extend his political battle against Pauline Hanson's One Nation, but other parties unite in their condemnation of the "racist"…

Conditions ease but NSW bushfire still burns out of control

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A bushfire near Bega scorches more than 2,000 hectares, triggering an emergency alert in the afternoon, with crews remaining on high alert into the evening.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Anning's 'final solution' comment a 'shocking insult' to Holocaust survivors

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Katter's Australian Party senator Fraser Anning remains unapologetic for a speech widely condemned by both sides of the political divide and which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described as "helping the terrorists".

More than two dozen dead in Italian bridge collapse

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A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapses in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, killing at least 26 people as vehicles plunged 45 metres into an industrial zone below.

CSIRO feared reef foundation could 'burn through millions of dollars'

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The head of the CSIRO warned in internal emails that the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was in danger of spending "millions in overheads" after it received a controversial $444 million grant from the Federal Government.

Turnbull secures partyroom approval for NEG but Coalition MPs might cross the floor

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Tony Abbott, George Christensen, Eric Abetz and several other Government MPs indicate they may cross the floor to vote against the National Energy Guarantee despite the majority of the Coalition party room endorsing it.

Monday, Aug 13

Here's how the Government wants to access messaging apps to stop crime

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New laws will be unveiled today aimed at helping the nation's spy agencies and police monitor and prevent criminal activity through phones and the internet.

The man who started the ABC's press gallery — and how the newspapers tried to stop him

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Warren Denning blazed a trail for the ABC when he established its Canberra parliamentary bureau in 1939, but he wasn't popular with newspaper proprietors, writes Laurie Oakes.

Widow expected more than $200,000 when her husband died, she got $25

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When Kim Garbutt's estranged husband, Craig, died in 2008, his family expected to receive more than $208,000 in death benefits associated with his super fund. Thirteen days later Ms Garbutt received a cheque from AMP for $25.09.

The skills you need to boost before your child starts school

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Good spatial reasoning skills are linked to good maths skills. In fact, children's early maths skills are a better predictor of their later school success than either early reading or social-emotional skills. Here's how you improve them,…

Sunday, Aug 12

When football gives Alex Johnson lemons … it just keeps giving him even more lemons

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Johnson's return from five separate knee injuries over six years to play for the Sydney Swans was the feel good story of the AFL season — but it lasted less than five quarters, Richard Hinds writes.

New forensic report raises questions about conviction of serial-killer mother

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Convicted of killing her four children, Australia's worst female serial killer, Kathleen Folbigg, speaks for the first time exclusively to Australian Story, as her legal team fights for a judicial review of her case. A fresh forensic…

'Fly baby girl, fly!': NASA spacecraft on its way to 'touch the sun'

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A NASA spacecraft rockets towards the sun on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.

Teens racking up thousands in debt while parents unaware

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Hundreds of Australian teenagers are racking up expenses online without their parents' permission, in some cases leaving families on the hook for bills worth thousands of dollars, a new survey finds.