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RAF Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers
Posted By: Charles @ Today at 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 @ Yesterday at 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 @ Yesterday at 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 @ Yesterday at 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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4WD & SUV Road Hogs
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 7 2018, 02:50 PM in " Car News & Reviews"
Why are 4WD and SUV drivers so arrogant?

Neale Prior
Friday, 5 January 2018 7:43AM

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There must be something about the apparent safety, visibility and grunt of a big sports utility vehicle that makes some drivers no longer give a flying fig about those around them.

I’ve done more than my usual share of driving in recent weeks and found it disturbing just how many bad drivers are out there in big, white four-wheel-drives and SUVs.

My recent holidays have been littered with experiences of men and women in these vehicles hogging the road and terrorising other motorists on highways, freeways and urban streets.

All the sedans the Prior famil ... [more]
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Next Number
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 7 2018, 08:06 AM in "Burning Questions"
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Can you find the next number in this series?

1, 3, 8, 19, 42, 89, 184, ? ... [more]
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Bail Granted After Attack on Police
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 6 2018, 08:56 AM in CRIME -
Children's Court needs to explain why teen granted bail over alleged police attack, Minister says

Posted January 06, 2018 08:23:36

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Photo: Lisa Neville said the Children's Court needed to justify their decision to the public. (ABC News)

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has criticised a Children's Court over its decision to grant bail to a teenager who allegedly assaulted a police officer.

The 17-year-old was on parole at the time of the alleged attack at Highpoint Shopping Centre, in Melbourne's west, on Boxing Day.

Ms Neville said the courts should have listened to police on the matter.

"They opposed strongly this person getting bai ... [more]
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Council Promotes Race in Toxic Waters
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 6 2018, 08:46 AM in QLD
Oakey residents urged to race rafts in contaminated creek by Toowoomba Council

By Isobel Roe
Posted January 06, 2018 09:15:09

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Photo: Locals take part in the 2013 Oakey Creek Cup Raft Race. (Facebook: Oakey Community Services)

Residents of a Queensland town at the centre of a toxic groundwater scandal are being encouraged to take part in a council-run 'raft race' in its most contaminated waterway, despite health warnings to avoid it.

The Australia Day community event being run by the Toowoomba Regional Council includes the 'Oakey Creek Cup' — in which residents build their own raft and race it in a section of the creek which has recorded toxic foam l ... [more]
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Deporting Criminals
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 5 2018, 09:25 AM in CRIME -
Is it really so difficult to deport criminal non-citizens? Experts say it's actually easy

Michael Koziol

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had broad powers to set aside AAT decisions.

Amid the soul-searching about Sudanese gangs and organised crime, many commentators and observers have been left scratching their heads about why it seems to so hard to deport criminal non-citizens.

A narrative has formed in which the courts and crafty lawyers regularly stymie the efforts of the federal government and police to rid the streets of thugs.

Three such cases have recently come to light. One inv ... [more]
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Medicinal cannabis exports get green light
Posted By: Flin @ Jan 4 2018, 10:15 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Medicinal cannabis exports get green light
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Australia's budding medicinal cannabis sector is set for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market to grow.

"By helping the domestic manufacturers to expand, this, in turn, helps to ensure an ongoing supply of medicinal cannabis products here in Australia," Mr Hunt said in a statement.

He hopes Australia can be the world's top supplier of medicinal cannabis.

The export permit will be done by regulation.

The federal government in 2016 legalised patient access to Australian-grown and manufactured medicinal cannabis, subject to ... [more]
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BIG Spenders at again!
Posted By: Bear @ Jan 3 2018, 03:35 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Turnbull Government MPs rack up $350,000 air taxi bill for flights with empty seats.

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The most expensive empty flight cost taxpayers $21,620, when a VIP jet was called from Canberra to Perth to pick up West Australian MPs including Mathias Cormann.

January 2, 2018 8:00pm

TAXPAYERS have coughed up about $350,000 in just six months to send empty VIP jets across the country to ferry around government ministers.




The Herald ... [more]
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‘Don’t call them gangs’ | Police.
Posted By: Bear @ Jan 2 2018, 04:31 PM in VIC
African gang crime 'out of control' in Melbourne: Greg Hunt.

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Cars were damaged when an Airbnb property was trashed in Werribee last month.

By Brad Ryan

Updated about 10 hours ago

The comments from Mr Hunt and Mr Turnbull follow several recent headline-grabbing crimes blamed on groups of young African men, including the trashing of an Airbnb property in Werribee and the repeated destruction of a community centre in Tarneit.

In both cases, walls were scrawled with the letters "MTS", which are understood to stand for a western suburbs-based group, "Menace to Society".

A spate of jewellery store robberies in 2016 and 2017, many carried out by groups of men described as being of Afri ... [more]
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"Tin Dunny" an Insult to Memorial
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 2 2018, 08:04 AM in WA
‘Tin dunny’ an insult to Geraldton memorial site

Kim Macdonald
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 4:30AM

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Bob Trotter says the council’s design is insensitive to the Geraldton site’s purpose.Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

A navy veteran involved in the HMAS Sydney II memorial in Geraldton has described the local council’s proposal to construct a “tin dunny” at the site as “shameful”.

Retired commodore Bob Trotter said the City of Greater Geraldton had breached its own policy, which he drafted in 2013, which requires additions to the site to be sympathetic with the existing design.

Mr Trotter said the council proposal for a $400,000 four-stall standard toilet block was o ... [more]
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Random Acts of Kindness
Posted By: Charles @ Jan 2 2018, 07:49 AM in Good News Stories
Tough year inspires random acts of kindness

Exclusive, Kate Emery
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 4:30AM

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Naomi with the random acts of kindness cards she has been distributing around Perth.Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Perth woman Naomi has never met the stranger she inspired to take a homeless man out for Christmas lunch.

Nor does she know the shop owner who helped a customer plant a rose in memory of his late wife, although she was also indirectly responsible for the kind act.

Naomi, who did not want her surname published, spent the last six weeks of last year anonymously distributing “Christmas kindness cards” encouraging people ... [more]
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fireworks catches fire off Terrigal beach[/r]
Posted By: Flin @ Jan 1 2018, 06:40 AM in Breaking News
Two injured, thousands evacuated after barge carrying fireworks catches fire off Terrigal beach
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Two men have been injured and thousands have been forced to evacuate after a barge caught fire during a New Year's Eve fireworks display at Terrigal Beach, on the New South Wales central coast.

Police say two men operating the fireworks suffered minor injuries when the barge caught fire about 9:00pm, sending a large amount of fireworks into the air all at once.

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The fire brigade heads to Terrigal beach, on NSW central coast, after a barge caught on fire.

Footage on social media sh ... [more]
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Proposed MH370 Memorial Criticised
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 31 2017, 01:44 PM in Australian National News
MH370: Danica Weeks wants WA and Federal governments to abandon Perth memorial plan

Peter Law
Sunday, 31 December 2017 4:00AM

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Danica Weeks. The six-month anniversary of the day MH370 disappeared. Picture : Ian Munro The West Australian 03/09/2014

THE wife of Perth man Paul Weeks, who was on-board missing flight MH370, is pleading for the WA and Federal governments to abandon a “distasteful” plan to build a memorial in Perth to the lost passengers.

Danica Weeks said she was told by email on December 22 — the day of Paul’s 42nd birthday — about the decision to install the national monument on the banks of the Swan River at Elizabeth Qu ... [more]
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