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Instagram Discovers Esperance
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 03:27 pm in WA
Instagram discovers Esperance: Social media delivers a tourism boom to remote WA town

By Christien de Garis

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Photo: The sun sets over the beach at Esperance on WA's south coast. (Instagram: Jaimen Hudson)

For years Esperance on Western Australia's south coast has laid claim to being the home of the world's best beaches.

Now finally, thanks to the quest for that perfect social media photograph, the world has uncovered Australia's best kept secret.

"It's just like nothing I've seen before," photographer and tourism operator Jaimen Hudson said of the crowds flocking to the remote town 10 hours drive from Perth.

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High Court Citizenship Hearing
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 09:12 am in Australian - Latest Political Stories
David Feeney still can't find paperwork to prove he renounced British citizenship

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Photo: David Feeney's lawyer told the court the renunciation "was not registered" by the relevant authorities. (ABC News)

Labor backbencher David Feeney has told the High Court he does not yet have any paperwork to prove he revoked his British citizenship before he was elected to Parliament.

Mr Feeney and his colleague Katy Gallagher, an ACT senator, have both been referred to the High Court to determine their eligibility over dual citizenship concerns.

Their cases were heard for the first time at a preliminary directions hearing this morning in Brisbane.

Section 44 of the constitution prohibits dual citizens from servin ... [more]
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The Pub Where You BYO Beer
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 08:54 am in Good News Stories
Small-town pub where you bring your own beer brings locals together, helps widower meet new people

ABC Mid North Coast
By Gabrielle Lyons

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Photo: Gus Williams says his name is well-known for always keeping the beers cold and ready. (ABC Mid North Coast: Gabrielle Lyons)

For the 250 residents of Warrell Creek, the closest pub is 15 minutes' drive away in Macksville, and the bottle shop is a further 20 minutes south.

So Gus Williams, 72, decided to open a tavern in his front yard to quench the thirst of locals in the New South Wales mid-north coast town.

Gus's tavern, nestled on the side of the Pacific Highway between the road and the train line, spills out f ... [more]
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Australia Post's 2018 "Australian Legends"
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 19 2018, 04:18 PM in Entertainment

Stamp of approval

Friday, January 19th, 2018 9:37am
By Taylah Strano

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Australian TV personalities have had their legacy stamped into Australian history with new postage stamps.

Five of our most loved television folk have been honoured in Australia Post's 2018 Legends Awards to celebrate their contributions to the country's entertainment industry.

Denise Drysdale, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Ray Martin AM, Bert Newton AM MBE and Daryl Somers OAM each have their image featured on new postage stamps, forming past of this years 'Legends of Entertainment' stamp series.

Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO, Christine Holgate, said all of the award recipi ... [more]
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Japan Could Conduct Military Exercises in Darwin
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 19 2018, 10:16 AM in Breaking News
Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin, 76 years since World War II bombing

Staff writers, AAP
Thursday, 18 January 2018 9:12AM

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Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin later this year — almost 76 years after Japan’s air force bombed the city in World War II.

The historic move could come as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe look to tighten military ties between Canberra and Tokyo under the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear program.

The exercises will be a topic of discussion between Mr Turnbull and Prime Minister Abe, afte ... [more]
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Spotify Bans Bernardi's Playlist
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 19 2018, 09:57 AM in Other Political News
Spotify bans Cory Bernardi’s Australia Day playlist

Nick Evans, AAP
Friday, 19 January 2018 7:22AM

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Conservative senator Cory Bernardi has criticised music-streaming site Spotify for canning his political party’s Australia Day playlist after heavy criticism from the artists on the list.

The Australian Conservatives’ Twitter account decried the deletion of the list as censorship, posting a copy of an automated email from Spotify which said the playlist had been removed after complaints it violated the site’s guidelines and contained inappropriate and offensive content.

“Music for everyone — unless you’re a conservative,” the acco ... [more]
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"Australia Day Should Clebrate Diversity" - Elder
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 19 2018, 09:22 AM in Australian National News
Elder says Australia Day an opportunity to celebrate diversity

Kate Emery
Friday, 19 January 2018 4:30AM

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Noongar elder Robert Isaacs is calling on Aboriginal people to use Australia Day as an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural diversity and their place in it.

Dr Isaacs said he hoped Aboriginal Australians in particular would “fly your flags” and “wear your pride on your sleeve” on January 26.

But he said Australia Day celebrations should acknowledge traditional owners, Aboriginal culture and the past.

Calling for an end to the “divisive” debate over whether the date should be changed, Dr Isaacs also reiterated ... [more]
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Danny Green Comments on Mundine's Outburst
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 19 2018, 09:06 AM in Other Sports
Danny Green says long-time rival Anthony Mundine plays race card for own gain with comments about Jeff Horn

Liam Croy
Friday, 19 January 2018 4:30AM

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Danny Green weigh in session with Anthony Mundine at Adelaide Oval ahead of their fight tomorrow. Picture: Ian Munro The West Australian. 28/02/17

WA boxing champion Danny Green has accused bitter rival Anthony Mundine of deliberately inflaming racial tensions for financial gain, arguing he would have been “run out of the country” for making the sorts of claims Mundine had levelled at him.

Responding to Mundine’s complaints that Green and Jeff Horn got more attention because of their white s ... [more]
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Hobart DJ Astro Labe admits headbutting Tony Abbot
Posted By: Michael.W @ Jan 18 2018, 12:26 PM in Justice & Injustice
Tasmanian DJ Astro Labe has pleaded guilty to causing harm to a Commonwealth public official.

The 38-year-old admitted head butting former prime minister Tony Abbott on September 21 last year.

The court heard Mr Labe followed Mr Abbott for 250m before deliberately head
butting him.

Magistrate Michael Daly questioned Mr Labe's assertion that it was a "spontaneous" act, as the court heard he joked about headbutting Mr Abbott earlier in day.

Mr Labe was initially charged with common assault after the incident on Hobart's waterfront but the charge was upgraded to causing harm to a Commonwealth public official.

If the federal charge was heard in the Supreme Court Mr Labe could have faced up to 10 years in jail but it was agreed the case would be heard in the Magistrates Court, where the maximum penalty is two years' jail and a $25,000 fine.

Mr Labe will be sentenced in Marc ... [more]
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Victims need to be a priority.
Posted By: Bear @ Jan 18 2018, 12:02 PM in TAS
Victims need to be a priority, says Police Association President.

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More policemen, police out of courts, and essential equipment such as police dogs and cameras are things that the Police Association of Tasmania is hoping are high on the list of party leaders for the upcoming election. However, their number one priority is emphasis on victims, and what more can be done to support victims of crime. President of the Police Association of Tasmania, Pat Allen, talks to Brian Carlton about this issue, and other matters of law and order.

Follow the link to hear the full interview with Pat Allen.

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Mundine Taunts Horn Over Skin Colour
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 17 2018, 02:32 PM in Other Sports
Jeff Horn popular ‘because he is a white boy’, says Anthony Mundine

Vince Rugari
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 9:39AM

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Former world champion Anthony Mundine has slammed fellow Australian boxer Jeff Horn, saying the Queenslander only gets attention because of his skin colour.

Mundine was hoping to fight Horn this year before the 29-year-old elected to head to the United States for his next bout.

"He's only the flavour of the month because he is a white boy, just like Danny Green was the white boy," Mundine told News Corp Australia.

"You've just got to look at society -- whites get privileges.

"I don' ... [more]
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Posted By: Charles @ Jan 17 2018, 02:19 PM in Social Issues
Why courage costs a lot but is always worth it

Gemma Tognini
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:30AM

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Intent without substance is like wind without a sail. Ineffective.Picture: Don Lindsay

I want to share a story about my great-grandmother, Antonia Tognini. It’s a story about the kind of courage which, when I think about it, is extraordinary, yet for so many like her at the time, pretty common.

I only heard this story for the first time a few days ago and it feels pretty timely, to be honest.

I had been thinking a lot about what courage looks like for women these days, what kind of message we’re sending to the next generations of young gi ... [more]
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RAF Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 16 2018, 09:59 AM in Breaking News
Royal Air Force scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near UK air space

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Britain's Royal Air Force has scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near UK airspace, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.

The RAF confirmed a "quick reaction alert," deploying Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland as two Tupolev TU-160 Blackjack bombers approached Britain.

"The Russian aircraft were initially monitored by a variety of friendly nation fighters and subsequently intercepted by the RAF in the North Sea," the air force said.

"At no point did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign UK airspace."

Two Belgian F-16 jets from a base at Florennes were als ... [more]
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Abundant Water on Mars
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 15 2018, 09:07 AM in Science & Technology
Mars: Huge water ice reserves found on Red Planet suggest potential for human colonisation

By Nick Grimm

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An aerial view of an ice deposit discovered on Mars, marked in blue.
Photo: The ice discovery could also provide a frozen record of Mars' changing climate over millennia. (Supplied: NASA)

The discovery of a mountain of frozen water lying just under the surface of Mars has been hailed by scientists as game-changer for exploration of the Red Planet.

The abundant supply of ice could help sustain a human colony, and may even be an indicator of alien life.

"This is a really exciting discovery," said Simon George, a professor of organic chemistry at Mac ... [more]
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Redneck Revolt - The Left's Call to Arms
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 15 2018, 08:49 AM in North America
Antifa: The hard left's call to arms

Foreign Correspondent
By North America correspondent Stephanie March

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Photo: The Silver Valley chapter of Redneck Revolt in North Carolina is one of more than 30 nation-wide. (ABC News: John Mees)

As the sun sets over rural North Carolina, Dwayne Dixon peers through black-rimmed glasses down the barrel of an AK-47.

Abandoned cars and rusted-out trailers dot the overgrown property; cows graze in a nearby paddock under the gathering shadow of pine-clad hills.

Softly-spoken and slight of build, Mr Dixon is a vegan who spends his days lecturing in anthropology at a local university.

Today he's preparing for the moment ... [more]
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Schools Too Focused on Uni Qualification
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 15 2018, 08:27 AM in Education
Schools ‘too focused’ on getting students to universities

Daniel Mercer
Monday, 15 January 2018 4:30AM

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One of WA’s biggest builders has complained about teachers “cooking the brains” of some high school students and leaving them ill-equipped for the working world.

Gerry Hanssen, the founder and managing director of construction firm Hanssen, said the education system was too focused on sending children to university when many students “want to work with their hands”.

Mr Hanssen recently gave testimony to a parliamentary inquiry into WorkSafe in which he said he preferred to take 15-year-olds as apprentices because they were more “recep ... [more]
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Smoke Plume Blankets Perth
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 14 2018, 04:33 PM in WA
Smoke plume from hills fire blankets Perth

By James Carmody

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Up to 150 Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters along with volunteer bushfire brigades are working to control a blaze in Mundaring in the Perth Hills.

The fire was reported around 8:30am Sunday morning and water-bombing aircraft were called immediately to help, with some residential properties in the area increasing the urgency to get it under control.

The fire is burning about 12 kilometres south east of Mundaring and started near the intersection of Gorrie Road and Chamber Road, moving in a westerly direction.

Emergency services said the fire was out of control and unpredi ... [more]
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Govt. To Recover Wrong Centrelink Payments
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 14 2018, 04:18 PM in Other Political News
Federal Government push to recover wrong Centrelink payouts

Phoebe Wearne
Saturday, 13 January 2018 2:00PM

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Human Services Minister Michael Keenan has vowed to expand the Federal Government’s data-matching program to claw back billions of taxpayer dollars incorrectly paid to welfare recipients through fraud or error.

Federal Labor yesterday seized on figures showing the Department of Human Services overpaid $2.84 billion in income support last financial year to criticise the Government’s “incompetent” management of Centrelink.

The department overpaid 2.4 million people an average of $1174 each during the year.

But less tha ... [more]
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8 From '17
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 14 2018, 08:20 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Plenty of points up for grabs this week. We have 8 questions based on events from 2017. See if you can answer without Mr Google. To help in this regard they are multiple choice questions.

Same–sex marriage became legal in Australia after a postal survey. What percentage of eligible Australians participated in the survey?
a 80.8%
b 85%
c 79.5%
d 61.6%

Gunman Stephen Paddock committed the deadliest mass shooting in US history when he killed 58 and injured nearly 500 at a concert in Las Vegas. After the attack, why did people line up for six hours?
a To leave Las Vegas
b To donate food
c To get a refund
d To donate blood

The creators of which TV show told the ABC that Donald Trump is too hard to satirise?
a ... [more]
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Alleged Sexism & Union Cronyism in WA Fire Service
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 13 2018, 11:26 AM in WA
WA’s first female fire superintendent quits amid claims of sexism and cronyism

Daniel Emerson
Saturday, 13 January 2018 4:30AM

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Amanda Williamson in Australian Army uniform.

A State Government investigation has been launched into why WA’s first female Department of Fire and Emergency Services superintendent quit after 18 months amid claims of sexism and union cronyism blighting the key agency.

Australian Army Lt-Col. Amanda Williamson, now a reservist, was recruited from the NSW State Emergency Service to become the only woman among 23 DFES superintendents, but handed in her notice in November the day after a public address from new Commiss ... [more]
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BJ King Wants Margaret Court Arena Renamed
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 13 2018, 11:05 AM in Other Sports
Australian Open 2018: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed

Ben McKay
Friday, 12 January 2018 2:25PM

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Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King has called for a renaming of Margaret Court Arena due to the Australian legend's divisive views on sexuality.

King has returned to Melbourne for the first time in eight years, and has been named by Tennis Australia as the Australian Open woman of the year on the 50th anniversary of her first title in Australia.

King said she originally lobbied for Court to be honoured by tournament organisers but she could no could longer support the showcourt bearing her friend's name because of her vie ... [more]
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A Victim of Cyber Bullying
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 12 2018, 09:30 AM in Social Issues
Dolly Everett: 'Heartbroken' Malcolm Turnbull joins bullying debate in wake of 14-year-old girl's suicide

By Isobel Roe and staff

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The suicide of teenage "outback girl" Amy 'Dolly' Everett has struck a chord with strangers around the country, with people from truckies to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying much more work is needed to prevent cyberbullying.

The 14-year-old from a well-known Northern Territory cattle family took her own life last week after being targeted by bullies online, her grieving parents Tick and Kate Everett said.

An image of Dolly as a child, smiling in an Akubra ha ... [more]
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Ecuador Grants Assange Citizenship
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 12 2018, 09:08 AM in Breaking News
Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship to provide 'another layer of protection'

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Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London, officials have announced.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Mr Assange's request for naturalisation in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012.

"What naturalisation does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection," Ms Espinosa said.

Ecuador gave Mr Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extraditio ... [more]
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Crooked coffin switch scam.
Posted By: Flin @ Jan 11 2018, 09:01 AM in QLD
Family devastated after grandmother's top-of-the-range coffin swapped for pine box
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Police are investigating after a grandmother's $1,700 oak coffin was switched to a pine box for cremation, after a funeral service in central Queensland.

Janice Valigura, 74, died on New Year's Eve and was farewelled at a funeral service in Rockhampton on Monday.

Her family had bought a top-of-the-range silky oak casket as part of the funeral package.

Ms Valigura's son Mick said they were told there would be a delay in moving the body from the church to the crematorium.

But when the family arrived at the crematorium one of the mourners noticed the casket had been swapped for a $70 pine box.

Mr Valigura said the family was devastated but the underta ... [more]
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Labor Split Over GST Reform
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 10 2018, 03:09 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Labor split over need for GST reform as South Australian, Tasmanian elections loom

Sarah Martin, Federal Political Editor
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 4:30AM

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Labor has split over the need for GST reform, with the WA Government calling for “swift action” from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the Federal Opposition ramps up its campaign against change.

Sparking a brawl between the States ahead of the South Australian and Tasmanian elections, acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said the delay to the Productivity Commission’s GST review proved the Federal Government was planning cuts in other States.

“That’s because every State and ... [more]
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Oprah for president?
Posted By: Flin @ Jan 9 2018, 07:09 AM in North America
Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech
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Oprah Winfrey's long-time partner says the TV superstar would "absolutely" run for president after her Golden Globes speech ignited social media and erupted in calls for Oprah2020.

Her stirring speech as she accepted annual Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award was praised for being an inspirational, non-partisan, positive address in praise of women who have shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. ... [more]
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England Skipper Hospitalised
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 8 2018, 09:30 AM in Other Sports
England skipper Joe Root hospitalised with severe dehydration

Tim Williams
Monday, 8 January 2018 6:46AM

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England’s faint hopes of escaping the fifth Ashes Test with a draw are in tatters after captain Joe Root was admitted to hospital this morning with severe dehydration.

Root is not out on 42 and holds the key to the tourist’s slim hopes of survival at the Sydney Cricket Ground, however his place on day five is now in doubt should he not recover in time to take his place alongside Jonny Bairstow.

An English spokesman confirmed the news that Root is currently being treated for exhaustion after battling through 45 ... [more]
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Solar May Overwhelm WA Elictricity Grid
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 8 2018, 09:18 AM in WA
Solar may overwhelm WA electricity grid, warns Australian Energy Market Operator

Daniel Mercer
Monday, 8 January 2018 4:30AM

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Power supplies from WA’s rapidly growing number of solar panels risk overwhelming the State’s biggest grid within years unless measures are put in place to better handle uptake of the technology, a leading energy expert says.

Cameron Parrotte, the head of strategy and innovation at the Australian Energy Market Operator, said that even though about one in four households now had solar panels on their roof, the amount of additional solar capacity was running at a staggering 35 per cent a year.

Solar now represents the ... [more]
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Perks for Pollies
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 8 2018, 09:08 AM in Other Political News
Corporate hospitality worth $30,000 lavished on WA’s Federal politicians

Nick Evans
Monday, 8 January 2018 4:30AM

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WA's Federal politicians have been lavished with tickets to the Wiggles, Bruce Springsteen and the AFL grand final.Picture: AFL Media/Daniel Wilkins/The Wiggles

Tickets to the Wiggles, Bruce Springsteen, the AFL grand final and the Rio Olympics are included in tens of thousands of dollars worth of corporate hospitality lavished on WA's Federal politicians.

Newly promoted Human Services Minister Michael Keenan and his wife Georgina accepted tickets to a plethora of concert events, courtesy of building giant BGC Reside ... [more]
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A fool and his lack of money
Posted By: Flin @ Jan 8 2018, 06:55 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Payday lenders ask customers to share myGov and banking passwords, putting them at risk
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Payday lenders are asking applicants to share their myGov login details, as well as their internet banking password — posing a security risk, according to some experts.

It also violates the government website's terms of use.

As spotted by Twitter user Daniel Rose, the pawnbroker and loan provider Cash Converters requires people receiving Centrelink benefits to provide their myGov access details as part of its online approval process.
External Link: Daniel Rose tweets about Cash Converters' loan application process

A Cash Converters spokesperson said the company gets data from myGov, the government's tax, health and entitlements portal, via a platform provided by the ... [more]
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