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NRL Grand Final
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 10:13 am in Australian Rugby League
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Grand Final



Lots of luck ! ... [more]
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At 101, farmer Max Hockey 'still runs the show' on
Posted By: scepo @ Yesterday at 09:44 am in Good News Stories
At 101, farmer Max Hockey 'still runs the show' on his Central Queensland cattle operation

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Photo: Max Hockey left school at 15 to join his father in the family's sawmilling business. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)

The average age of the Australian farmer is 56 — much older than the 39-year-old average Australian worker.

But a Central Queensland farmer, who is still working and expanding his cattle operation at 101 years of age, may have put a wrinkle in the statistics.

Max Hockey said there was no secret to his good innings.

"It's the luck of the draw — I have never been crook, never been sic ... [more]
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Govt to Form National Space Agency
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 09:32 am in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Government to create Australian space agency

Updated: 7:34 am, Monday, 25 September 2017

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Australia will join the growing global space industry after the Turnbull government committed to the creation of a national space agency.

The announcement comes after calls from the International Astronautical Federation, which is holding is annual conference in South Australia, and Adelaide-born astronaut Andy Thomas for Australia to join the industry.

'The global space industry is growing rapidly and it's crucial that Australia is part of this growth,' ... [more]
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Commonwealth Bank axes ATM withdrawal fee
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 24 2017, 11:29 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Commonwealth Bank axes ATM withdrawal fee
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"As Australia's largest bank, with one of the largest branch and ATM networks, we think this change will benefit many Australians and hopefully demonstrate our willingness to listen and act on customer feedback."

Reserve Bank of Australia data shows Australians made more than 250 million ATM withdrawals from banks other than their own last year.

CBA will ditch the $2 withdrawal fee for customers of other banks at its 3400 CommBank-branded ATMs. Bankwest ATMs and customers using overseas cards will still attract a fee.

The other major banks are yet to respond to the latest move by CBA.

ATM withdrawals have been steadily declinin ... [more]
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What/Who is It
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 24 2017, 10:35 AM in "Burning Questions"
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I have another photo from Bali as the basis for this week's question.

I want to know who/what is the statue of and where did I see it. To help with the latter I am providing you with a multiple choice option. (only one stab at the multiple choice part!)

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The statue was seen at the entrance to a:

a Museum

b Balinese house

c Temple

d Public garden

e Hotel
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Paedophilia, the curse that stalks Pilbara.
Posted By: Bear @ Sep 24 2017, 09:42 AM in WA
Paedophilia, the curse that stalks Pilbara town of Roebourne.

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Roebourne teenagers overlook their town from Mount Welcome. Picture: Colin Murty.

From the hill overlooking Yindjibarndi-Ngarluma country, the West Australian town of Roebourne looks orderly, even tranquil. How is it possible that a place with a turfed school oval, neat rows of houses and a historic main street with handsome stone buildings could be a den of pedophiles?

By June this year, 36 men were charged with 300 child sex off­ences. More shocking, there were 184 victims, more than the number of children who turn up most days at Roebourne school, where attendance among the 200 enrolled pupils is running at just under 69 per cent.

The roughly 1200 residents of Roebourne, 1000 of them Aboriginal, have been ... [more]
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10,000 Evacuated - Volcano Threat.
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 23 2017, 02:55 PM in Asia / Pacific
Indonesian authorities raise alert level for Mount Agung volcano to highest level

Staff writers, AP
Saturday, 23 September 2017 7:54AM

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Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali to the highest level.

Some 10,000 villagers have already left their homes around the mountain, while more than 200,000 have received warnings.

It was the third time in little more than a week that the alert level has been raised.

This time it is rated as a Category 4 - meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent.

It’s the first time in 54 years such an alarm has been raised.

The Volcano Observatory ... [more]
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Pauline Hanson hits shooting range f
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 23 2017, 07:42 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
‘Make my day’: Pauline Hanson hits shooting range for One Nation
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PAULINE Hanson will be more than just politically armed and dangerous soon after hitting a shooting range to get her gun licence.

The One Nation leader has jokingly compared herself to ‘Dirty Harry’ in a video released to promote One Nation’s new gun policy.

“Don’t mess with me — just make my day if you want to have a go,” she says, pointing to bullet holes in her target.

Senator Hanson described the visit to the shooting range, where she practised with a glock and a ‘Dirty Harry’-style gun, as “the best day I’ve had for about 20 years”.

“I’ve been promising myself for a long time, I want to get my gun licence,” she said.
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Kia Stinger
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 22 2017, 08:46 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Tested: the Korean car that wants to take on the Holden Commodore V8, the new Kia Stinger
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The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to Holden Commodore V8 fans.

MEET the Korean car that wants to fill the void left by the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore.

The Kia Stinger is designed to appeal to revheads who prefer rear-wheel-drive performance sedans.

Instead of a V8, however, the Stinger has a choice of a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder or twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6. With 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque the V6 has less grunt than that of a Holden Commodore V8 (304kW/570Nm) but weighs almost as much (1780kg versus 1800kg).

However, the Kia has an eight-speed auto versus the Holden’s six-sp ... [more]
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Preliminary Finals
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 22 2017, 08:31 AM in Australian Rugby League
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Preliminary Finals

Storm vs Broncos

Roosters vs Cowboys

Good Luck.
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Tony Abbott 'headbutted'
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 22 2017, 08:07 AM in Australian National News
Tony Abbott 'headbutted' by man wearing 'Vote Yes' badge
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Tony Abbott with anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Hobart, September 21, 2017

Tony Abbott has said he was attacked by a same-sex marriage campaigner in Hobart, who the former prime minister said headbutted him after asking to shake his hand.
Key points:

Tony Abbott said his injuries were minor
Mr Abbott says a person wearing a Vote Yes badge was behind the incident
Pro-same-sex marriage campaigners and Bill Shorten have condemned the violence

Mr Abbott, who has been campaigning for the No vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey, was in Tasmania to attend a Young Liberal cocktail party on ... [more]
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Posted By: Bear @ Sep 21 2017, 07:41 PM in Australian Business & Financial News

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Big W has plenty of names for their trees ... but none of them are Christmas.

The traditional style of tree is now called a “Grand Pine Tree” and the snow-covered version has been labelled the “White Forest Tree” despite being surrounded by seasonal decorations.

When The Daily Telegraph visited the Campsie store yesterday, there was no reference to Christmas trees among a plethora of trees on offer.

On Big W’s Facebook page, many vowed to boycott the business.

Bernie Cee said he was “disgusted”. “Are you serious? Lucky I buy mine from Kmart,” he wrote. “That’s a disgrace and I’m offended that I am not allowed to celebrate and enjoy C ... [more]
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AFL Backs SSM "Yes"
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 21 2017, 09:50 AM in Australian Football League
AFL shows same sex marriage support

Published: 9:35 pm, Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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The AFL has put the writing on the wall in support of same-sex marriage, with a change to its logo at the game's Melbourne's headquarters.

It comes as Carlton declines to endorse the 'yes' campaign out of respect for 'personal choice'.

This puts the club at odds with the AFL's new 'yes' logo in Docklands after chief executive Gillon McLachlan said it was important the organisation make a 'strong statement' on the issue.

'This is an issue that means a l ... [more]
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Chamber of Commerce Want Shopping on Christmas Day
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 21 2017, 09:14 AM in WA
WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants Christmas Day shopping, longer Boxing Day hours

Dylan Caporn
Thursday, 21 September 2017 4:30AM

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The State’s peak business lobby group wants extended Christmas shopping hours — and be able to open on Christmas Day — sparking a furious response from the retail union.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA wants businesses to be able to open from 8am to 9pm on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and 6am on New Year’s Day.

CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott said in a letter to the Commerce Department in May that such a move would allow business owners to open their doors during “peak business trading periods”.more]
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Giant Snail to Eat Crown of Thorns
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 09:06 AM in Environmental Issues
Giant sea snails could solve Great Barrier Reef problem

Newscorp wires
Monday, 18 September 2017 8:43PM

Releasing giant triton sea snails on the Great Barrier Reef would not lead to a cane toad-like population explosion because scientific controls are tighter than they were 150 years ago, according to a top researcher.

The Federal Government is investigating a breeding program for the triton which eats and repels the crown-of-thorns starfish — a potential game changer in protecting the Reef from one of its biggest dangers.

Australian Institute of Marine Science research manager David Souter said any release would be under the most controlled circumstan ... [more]
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Cars Abandoned at Perth Airport
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 19 2017, 08:34 AM in WA
Backpackers blamed for abandoned Perth Airport cars

Nick Butterly
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 4:30AM

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Deb Blaskett with some of the abandoned cars at Perth Airport.Picture: The West Australian

Lazy backpackers are again being blamed for abandoning big numbers of old cars at Perth Airport, with more than 100 vehicles dumped over the past year.

The airport has warned it would move to seize dozens of cars unless owners came forward within a few days to reclaim their vehicle.

Some have suggested the cars could have been left behind by workers heading back east with the end of the mining boom, but Perth Airport says most were probably left by backpackers w ... [more]
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Tasmania Pioneers Rock Lobster Farming
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 17 2017, 10:20 AM in TAS
World-first rock lobster farming deal

Updated: 8:25 am, Sunday, 17 September 2017

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The world's first commercial rock lobster hatchery will be built in Tasmania after a local company backed a major breakthrough made by Hobart researchers.

Cultivation of the species in commercial quantities has previously been impossible due to their long and complex life cycle.

'There's never been a way to have sustainable rock lobster culture,' Professor Greg Smith from the University of Tasmania told Sky News Australia.

'In the past people have used antibiotics to get of the bacterial diseases, as we know that's not a sustainable thing to do ... [more]
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What and Why?
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 17 2017, 08:55 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Back to our regular Sunday posting. Three points up for grabs here.

What is this (below) and what is the cause of its appearance?

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Seven arrested after deadly school blaze
Posted By: Flin @ Sep 17 2017, 07:22 AM in Asia / Pacific
Seven arrested after deadly school blaze
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Seven boys have been arrested in connection with a deadly fire that killed 23 people in the sleeping quarters of an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, police chief Amar Singh confirmed.

"I can assure you the case is solved with the arrest of seven of them," Singh said, adding that the suspects were aged between 11 and 18.

The arrests were made based on CCTV footage that had been provided to the police. Two gas cannisters found on the second floor, where the fire broke out, were also used in the investigation.

None of the boys were pupils at the school. "After taking urine tests, six of them tested positive for marijuana," Singh said.

He added that it looked as though the fire had been started d ... [more]
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Council Candidate Wants to Ban Public Housing
Posted By: Charles @ Sep 16 2017, 10:12 AM in WA
Mosman Park council hopeful Andrew Wilson promises to ban public housing if elected

Natalie Richards
Friday, 15 September 2017 1:31PM

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Town of Mosman Park council nominee has blamed break-ins and anti-social behaviour on public housing residents and pledged to move them to Fremantle if elected.

Andrew Wilson, who is running for council in the affluent western suburb in next month’s local government elections, denies his stance is elitist and insists it stems from locals feeling unsafe around their public housing neighbours.

In a video on his Facebook page, Mr Wilson is seen pointing out the close proximity of public housing on Wellington St ... [more]
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