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Council employee cops it over Christmas tree
Posted By: Bear @ 19 minutes ago in TAS
Tasmanian council employee cops it over Christmas tree vandalism Facebook tirade.

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Christmas tree flattened by vandals in Huonville. It is the second time the Huonville Christmas tree has been damaged.

A Tasmanian rural council has "counselled a staff member" over language used in a public Facebook post on the council page following the destruction by vandals of a Christmas tree.

On Monday, the Huon Valley Council Facebook page said the tree, which stood on the side of the road in Huonville, 38 kilometres south of Hobart, was knocked over as part of number of incidents over the weekend.

A lawnmower was set alight in a public toilet, while an oven put out as a free pickup for someone in need, was taken to a nearby skate park and also set on fire.
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Palaszczuk Unhappy as MP Embraces Hansen
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 04:25 pm in Australian - Latest Political Stories
ALP MP under fire for meeting with Hanson

Updated: 4:22 pm, Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk won't rule out disendorsing Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller after the rogue backbencher met with Pauline Hanson on the campaign trail.

Senator Hanson's 'Battler Bus' stopped off for a pre-arranged visit at a pre- polling both Ms Miller was campaigning at on Tuesday, undermining Labor's campaign against One Nation.

Ms Miller embraced the One Nation leader and Ipswich candidate Malcolm Roberts and presented Senator Hanson with a set of booties and a beanie for her newborn ... [more]
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Schoolies' Dangerous Behaviour
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 12:16 pm in QLD
Schoolies Gold Coast: High-rise balcony climbing stunt condemned by police

Claire Armstrong, Courier Mail
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 7:50AM

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Schoolies at Focus apartments were seen hanging over the edge of the balcony.Picture: News Corp

Foolhardy Schoolies risk life and limb with dangerous alcohol-fuelled antics as their week-long party continues on the Gold Coast.

Paramedics treated more than 150 school leavers for conditions including serious intoxication, drug side effects and accidental injuries during the first weekend of celebrations at Surfers Paradise.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said it had so far treated twice as many female patients th ... [more]
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The Tesla Semi electric truck exceeds the hype
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 07:20 am in " Car News & Reviews"
The Tesla Semi electric truck exceeds the hype
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The much-awaited reveal of the Tesla Semi electric truck took place in Hawthorne, California, in typical Elon Musk style. Speculation prior to the presentation was substantially exceeded with its claimed range well beyond the 300 miles (500 km) expected and acceleration figures that place the unladen tractor unit in sports car territory.

After the two Tesla 18-wheel Semis swung into position, Elon Musk stepped out of the high-roof model to begin his presentation. The first statistic presented was the Semi's acceleration to 60 mph (97km/h) from standstill which, he said it does in 5.0 seconds when empty. That is sports car territory. Perhaps even more impressive was the claim of reaching 60 mph fully laden to the maximum permissible total ... [more]
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Manson dies aged 83.
Posted By: Bear @ Nov 20 2017, 05:37 PM in North America
Charles Manson, mastermind of murderous cult, dies aged 83.

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Manson encouraged his followers to kill nine people in the Los Angeles area in 1969.

Charles Manson, the US cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Los Angeles by his "family" of young followers in the late 1960s, has died aged 83.

The California Department of Corrections, where Manson had been held since 1989, said he died of natural causes on Sunday night (local time).

The killings committed by Manson's followers horrified the world and revealed a violent underbelly of a counterculture that preached peace and love.

Investigators learned Manson sent a group of disaffected young followers to commit murder as part of a twisted, quasi-religious belief that it ... [more]
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Paedophile spared jail.
Posted By: Bear @ Nov 20 2017, 10:59 AM in Breaking News
Paedophile, 55, who raped girls as young as eight at his church is spared jail - because he didn't have sex education lessons, struggles to sleep and has high cholesterol.

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A paedophile who was facing 54 years in prison for raping two young girls he met at church has been spared jail time by NSW District Court Judge John North (pictured)

09:50 AEDT, 20 November 2017

A Dubbo paedophile who was facing 54 years in prison has been spared jail time.
District Court Judge John North noted his lack of sex education and health issues.
The 55-year-old man pleaded guilty this year to 10 counts of historic sex crimes.
The abuse involved two girls, aged eight and 10, and occurred from 1980 to 1987.

... [more]
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Asbestos Detection in Imported Cars Costly
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 20 2017, 07:56 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Asbestos detection can be costly for imported car owners

Alex Forrest
Sunday, 19 November 2017 2:17PM

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The dismantling of some imported classic cars, including Ford Mustangs, for asbestos testing has cost some enthusiasts significant sums.

Until the discovery it was deadly, asbestos use in Australia was one of the highest per capita in the world.

As well as its use as a building material, in piping and for insulation, it was also a very good friction material for brakes and clutches.

When the use of chrysotile asbestos was banned on December 31, 2003, dodgy stories ensued, such as certain enthusiasts stockpiling asbestos brake pads and clutch linings ... [more]
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Mehajer arrested- alleged AVO breac
Posted By: Flin @ Nov 20 2017, 06:54 AM in Australian National News
Salim Mehajer arrested after second Sydney car crash, alleged AVO breach as well as dangerous driving.
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Salim Mehajer, the former deputy mayor of Sydney's Auburn Council, is being questioned by NSW police after a car crash in Sydney's south.

It is understood the 31-year-old businessman was involved in a crash at Kingsgrove in the city's south overnight.

He was being questioned at Campsie Police Station over an alleged breach of an apprehended violence order (AVO).

The controversial businessman was recently involved in another car crash, on his way to a court appearance, which sparked a police investigation.

Mr Mehajer is estranged from his wife, whom he married in a lavish wedding that ... [more]
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Shorten Skips Qld ALP Launch
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 19 2017, 04:10 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Shorten attends Keneally's campaign launch
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Updated: 4:08 pm, Sunday, 19 November 2017

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The opposition leader has defended attending Kristina Keneally's campaign launch in Sydney instead of the Queensland ALP launch.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten kicked off Kristina Keneally's by-election campaign for the Sydney seat of Bennelong, telling members Labor has 27 days to win over 9000 voters.

Hundreds ... [more]
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FDNC Diners
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 19 2017, 08:48 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Five FDNC members (Alicia, Bear, Flin, Lee and Scepo) managed to meet up. During the week they agreed to go out together to eat 5 evening meals on Monday through Friday.

Each member served as the host at a restaurant (Chinese, French, Italian, Seafood and Steakhouse) of their choice on a different night.

Use the clues below to determine which member hosted the group each night and what food they selected.

1. Lee was not the Friday host.

2. Flin hosted the group on Wednesday

3. The group ate at a Chinese restaurant on Friday

4. Bear volunteered to be the first host.

5. Alicia selected a steakhouse the night before our diners visited a French restaurant.

6. The seafood restaurant is closed on Mondays
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Chickens boiled alive.
Posted By: Bear @ Nov 17 2017, 05:21 AM in Breaking News
Chickens boiled alive at Star Poultry Supply abattoir in Melbourne, secret footage reveals.

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A Melbourne abattoir has been allowed to continue operating despite being investigated for possible animal cruelty, after secretly recorded footage showed it boiling chickens alive in its slaughter process.

7.30 has obtained footage of hens being boiled alive at the Star Poultry Supply slaughterhouse in the suburb of Keysborough.

The video was secretly recorded earlier this year by animal rights campaigner Tamara Kenneally and a group of friends.

The abattoir slaughters egg-laying hens that are considered "spent" when they are 18 months old.

Industry regulations require chickens to be stunned and then immediately killed by a slit to the throat.

Th ... [more]
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Retirees' Car-Buying Guide
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 15 2017, 05:09 PM in " Car News & Reviews"
Grey for go: Retirees’ car-buying guide

Stephen Williams
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 7:00AM

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Baby SUVs, such as the Suzuki S-Cross, are low-priced, practical and cheap to run.

I was reminded, recently, that my passably fit 63-year-old body was no longer as flexible as it once was.

The memory jog came during week-long testing of a low-slung two-seat sports car.

Onlookers had drooled over the gorgeous looker but — I’m a bit ashamed to admit — I was relieved when it was time to give it back.

Getting in and out pinpointed every potential twinge while minimal rear visibility tested my creaky neck.

Fortunately, there are many high-tech ... [more]
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Possible Coup in Zimbabwe
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 15 2017, 02:32 PM in Africa
Coup fears in Zimbabwe as explosions rock Harare

Associated Press
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 8:32AM

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Zimbabwe's Army Commander, Constantino Chiwenga addresses a press conference in Harare.Picture: AP

At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe’s capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over 93-year- old President Robert Mugabe’s possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of “treasonable conduct.”

The Associated Press saw armed soldiers assaulting passers-by in the early morning hours in Harare, as well as soldiers l ... [more]
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WA's Oldest Dairy Bought by China
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 14 2017, 04:46 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
WA’s oldest dairy Brownes now in Chinese hands

Ben Harvey
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 9:40AM

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WA’s oldest dairy, Brownes, has been bought by China.

Brownes’ managing director Tony Girgis told staff this morning that the 130-year-old dairy’s current owner, private equity player Archer Capital, had sold the business to a consortium led by Chinese dairy giant Shanghai Ground Food Tech.

Mr Girgis will remain at the company, which employs about 280 people and is WA’s biggest producer of milk and cream and second-biggest producer of yoghurt.

Brownes said the deal “will see Brownes remain an integral part of the WA dairy industry for generations to ... [more]
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Kristina Keneally to Contest Bennelong
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 14 2017, 12:30 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Keneally to run in Bennelong by-election

Updated: 11:12 am, Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally will stand as the Labor candidate in the Bennelong by-election.

The Sky News host appeared alongside Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in the Sydney electorate to announce the move on Tuesday.

Former Bennelong MP John Alexander sparked the by-election when he resigned after finding out he was a dual citizen.

Ms Keneally told reporters she was not running because Mr Alexander was a dual citizen, but because the Coalition government has hurt the electorate.

'This is an opportu ... [more]
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Court Rules
Posted By: Michael.W @ Nov 14 2017, 12:23 PM in CRIME -
Salim Mehajer fined after pleading guilty to electoral funding offence

Christopher Pearce Salim Mehajer, who was not in court on Tuesday, entered a plea of guilty to failing to disclose his political donations by the due date.

Salim Mehajer has been hit with a fine and a legal bill after pleading guilty to failing to disclose his political donations while he was deputy mayor of the now-defunct Auburn Council.

Lawyers for the colourful property developer had indicated earlier this year that Mr Mehajer intended to fight the charges but the Local Court heard on Tuesday that he had entered a plea of guilty in writing.

Mr Mehajer sent an email at 8.54am ahead of the 9.30am sentencing hearing, the court heard.

Sophie Callan, the barrister for the NSW Electoral Commission, told the court the state's ... [more]
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Amputee wins case against Federal Government f
Posted By: Flin @ Nov 14 2017, 09:27 AM in Justice & Injustice
Amputee Doug Stubbs wins case against Federal Government for his right to disability pension
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AN AMPUTEE told by the Federal Government that losing his right arm and suffering a brain injury was a “moderate impairment’’ and he should get a job has won a two-year battle for a disability pension.

Doug Stubbs, from Collingwood Park southwest of Brisbane, lost his dominant arm and suffered horrific injuries when he had a stroke while riding his motorbike and crashed into a truck in 2015.

With mounting bills and facing a series of surgical and specialist procedures, he applied for a disability pension.

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Doug Stubbs lost ... [more]
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School Programme That Teaches Kids About Gay Sex.
Posted By: Bear @ Nov 12 2017, 02:20 PM in VIC
Milo Yiannopoulos SLAMS Victoria’s School Programme That Teaches Kids About Gay Sex.

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Milo Yiannopoulos has slammed an Australian school programme that teaches youngsters about gay sex.

Sex education in Victoria’s primary schools came under fire this week after it emerged that students in grade 2 and 3 are being shown pictures of genitalia – and those in grade 4 are being taught about same-sex couples.

It prompted Yiannopoulos to claim that, although he is in a ‘happy gay marriage’, it shouldn’t be ‘pushed down the throats of young children.’

Yiannopoulos – who resigned from US news website Breitbart in February when a ... [more]
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8yo Girl Critical After Crashing Her Drag Racer
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 12 2017, 09:06 AM in WA
Eight-year-old girl fights for life after crash at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana

Saturday, 11 November 2017 6:28PM
1:33 | 7 News

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Drag racing fanatics have defended their high-octane sport after an eight-year-old girl was critically injured when the machine she was driving crashed today at the Perth Motorplex at Kwinana.

It is believed the girl, whose name has not been released, lost control of the dragster just before 2pm and slammed into a wall near an exit gate.
The impact was so great she had to be revived at the crash scene by paramedics who were on duty at the event.

An ambulance spokesman said she was taken to Rockingham Hospital before being transfer ... [more]
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Father Murders "Miracle Baby"
Posted By: Charles @ Nov 12 2017, 08:58 AM in CRIME -
Family rally for grieving Brookdale mum after husband Arron Colin Martin charged with murdering their six-month-old baby

Saturday, 11 November 2017 7:23PM

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A Perth infant allegedly murdered by her own father was a "miracle baby" and the love of her mother’s life after it had taken her years to fall pregnant, according to a close friend.

Now the baby’s heartbroken mother, Nicole Gorman, is grappling with the unthinkable -- her six-month-old’s life cut short and her daughter’s father behind bars charged with her murder.

Police allege Arron Colin Martin, 35, murdered his baby daughter, Isabella Sully Jean, at the family’s home in Brookdale on Thursday night. Mr Martin has been remande ... [more]
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Council employee cops it over Christmas tree by Bear
Schoolies' Dangerous Behaviour by Phillip J.
The Tesla Semi electric truck exceeds the hype by Bear
PM Keeps a Promise and Australia says "Yes" by Michael.W
Palaszczuk Unhappy as MP Embraces Hansen by Flin
Mehajer arrested- alleged AVO breac by Phillip J.
Amputee wins case against Federal Government f by charka
Manson dies aged 83. by charka
Paedophile spared jail. by Phillip J.
Asbestos Detection in Imported Cars Costly by Bear

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