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Bennelong By-Election
Posted By: Charles @ 3 minutes ago in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Bennelong by-election: John Alexander’s win marred by bizarre joke about disabled people

News Corp and AAP Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:44PM

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and newly elected Liberal member for Bennelong John Alexander celebrate at the by-election night party at the West Ryde Leagues Club in Sydney.

John Alexander has emerged from the citizenship drama to claim back to the seat of Bennelong for the Liberal Party.

The Turnbull government has retained its one-seat majority after John Alexander won back the Sydney seat of Bennelong, despite a swing against him following a bitterly fought campaign.

But Alexander shocked with ... [more]
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Two dead, nearly 20 injured after balcony collapse
Posted By: Flin @ 23 minutes ago in Breaking News
Two dead, nearly 20 injured after balcony collapse in Doncaster East
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Two people have died and 17 others were injured after a balcony collapsed in Doncaster East in Melbourne's north-east last night.

Emergency services were called to a house on Balinga Court in Doncaster East at about 10:30pm following reports of the collapse.

A 59-year-old woman died at the scene and a 37-year-old woman died in hospital this morning.

Seventeen other people were also taken to hospital with various injuries.

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he ABC understands more than 30 people were attending a Tupperware Christmas party at the house, and it is believed they were trying to take a photo at the ti ... [more]
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"The West Australian"'s Car of the Year
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 05:16 pm in " Car News & Reviews"
Kia Stinger voted The West Australian’s Car of the Year

Sam Jeremic Saturday, 16 December 2017 2:00AM

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There was a time not too long ago when Korean cars were seen in a decidedly negative light: cheap, unsafe, unreliable and undesirable.

But how things have changed.

Both Kia and Hyundai are in the top 10 selling brands in the country so far this year.

The Hyundai i30 is one of the biggest-selling vehicles in the land, with this year’s all-new version universally praised, while the Kia Stinger was so good we’ve named it The West Australian’s Car of the Year.

Perceptions of the brands changed over the past 20 or so years, with ... [more]
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New ferries for Tas.
Posted By: Bear @ Yesterday at 02:01 pm in TAS
Spirit of Tasmania orders ‘substantially’ larger ferries.

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Spirit of Tasmania is replacing its fleet with larger vessels.

TT-Line Company, operators of Australia’s Spirit of Tasmania ferries, will order two newbuild purpose-built ropax to replace its existing fleet by 2021.

Its chairman Mike Grainger said the company had assessed vessel types and fleet configurations over the past few years to determine the most appropriate vessel to operate daily crossings on the Bass Strait.

He said “We looked at capacity, customer expectations, operating speed, seakeeping properties for Bass Strait, capital and operating costs and operational efficiency.”

The company has seen continued growth in passenger numbers over the past few years and ... [more]
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Education WA style
Posted By: lee @ Dec 14 2017, 11:56 AM in WA
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Educators knew more cuts to public schools and support services were inevitable.

But the scale of the $64 million in savings announced yesterday has taken many by surprise.

The question is whether Education Minister Sue Ellery has simply chosen some low-hanging fruit to please the bean counters and get them off her back, or has she picked programs in need of trimming?

There is no doubt that many of the services under the axe are hugely important to the people directly affected. Services such as all five Schools of the Air, seen as vital by parents already battling tough conditions in the outback.

While the minister denies country students have been targeted, the State’s most isolated students will be among those worst affected, wit ... [more]
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Massive scrub python blocks Queensland road
Posted By: scepo @ Dec 12 2017, 04:39 PM in QLD
Massive scrub python blocks Queensland road, finds fame on QPS Facebook page



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Boss, we’re going to need a bigger ladder 🐍🐍🐍
During a night patrol near Wujul Wujul officers had to wait for this scrub python to cross the road https://goo.gl/kc9ZG3



A scrub python so long it blocked the road and the path of two Queensland police officers has found fame on social media.

A photograph of the massive amethystine python, discovered during a night ... [more]
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Turnbull criticised for being condescending on Q&A
Posted By: Bear @ Dec 12 2017, 02:46 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticised for being condescending on Q&A.

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MALCOLM Turnbull’s appearance on Q&A last night has backfired badly, with the prime minister accused of bullying and patronising members of the audience.

Mr Turnbull was once beloved for his leather-jacket clad appearances on the panel show and was expected to breeze through the evening after delivering same-sex marriage, but the Prime Minister was surprisingly combative with questioners and even sighed loudly at one member of the public.

The first of a number of heated exchanges began with host Virginia Trioli, after she asked him about the leaking of Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s conversations with wealthy Chinese donor Huang Xiangmo.

Trioli asked the PM if he was concerned about the lea ... [more]
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Sam Dastyari resigns from Parliament,
Posted By: Michael.W @ Dec 12 2017, 11:00 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Sam Dastyari resigns from Parliament, says he is 'detracting from Labor's mission' amid questions over Chinese links


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Labor senator Sam Dastyari has said he will not return to the Senate next year, amid questions over his links to China.

"Today, after much reflection, I've decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is to not return to the Senate in 2018," he told reporters at a media conference in Sydney today.

"I've been guided by my Labor values, which tell me that I should leave if my ongoing presence detracts from the pursuit of Labor's mission.
"It is evident to me we are at that point, so I will spare the party any further distraction."

Senator Dast ... [more]
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New York Bomb Attack
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 12 2017, 09:56 AM in North America
New York City blast: Bomb detonated in subway station, injuring three, bomber in custody

Sarah Blake and Lena Bell in New York
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 5:25AM


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Alleged bomber Akayed Ullah is taken to hospital after he attempted to detonate a device in a New York subway station. Picture: Supplied.

ONE of Manhattan’s busiest commuter hubs was hit by a suspected terror attack, when a bomb was ignited on a subway platform at the Port Authority Bus Terminal duri ... [more]
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Bullying. A Young Victim Speaks
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 11 2017, 06:18 PM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
This video brought a tear to my eye. The young lad expresses the torment he suffers so well. His mother posted this on facebook and he has received lots of supportive responses as you will see at the end of the clip.


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Digging up the dead proposed in rent-a-plot scheme
Posted By: Bear @ Dec 11 2017, 12:09 PM in NSW
Digging up the dead proposed in rent-a-plot scheme for NSW cemeteries.

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Bodies could be dug up after 25 years of being buried. Source: 7 News

With Sydney running out of room to bury its dead there's one idea to make your final resting place not so final.

New NSW government plans could see graves dug up after 25 years.

It's all because NSW cemeteries are running out of space and for remains to remain in the ground for longer could cost thousands of dollars more.

Instead of being buried in one spot forever, the Berejiklian government is looking at plans to allow just a lease of the space.

"It gives you the choice of saying I'm happy to be bu ... [more]
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Fake Restaurant Ranked # 1
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 10 2017, 06:40 PM in FAKE NEWS
London’s top restaurant The Shed at Dulwich has one problem: it’s a TripAdvisor fake

Eli Rosenberg
Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:20AM


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Arty-looking dishes were made of household products like bleach tablets and shaving cream.

London’s top restaurant The Shed at Dulwich has one problem: it’s a TripAdvisor fake.

It was a unique restaurant in London and certainly the hardest to get into. And it beat out thousands of upscale restaurants in the city to earn the top ranking on the popular review site TripAdvisor for a time, drawing a flood of interest.
There was just one small problem: It didn’t exist.

The restaurant was just a list ... [more]
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A Presitigious Award
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 10 2017, 08:04 AM in "Burning Questions"
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What particular Award have the following all received?

Indira Gandhi

Mother Teresa

Nelson Mandela

Ravi Shankar

Sachin Tendulkar

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Yiannopoulos to be Billed for Police Presence
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 9 2017, 04:49 PM in Australian National News
Yiannopoulos to be billed for police presence

Published: 4:56 am, Thursday, 7 December 2017

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Controversial British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be asked to cough up at least $50,000 to cover the heavy police presence at his Melbourne event.

Hundreds of police were sent in to control up to 500 left-wing and up to 50 right-wing activists who clashed violently outside Yiannopoulos' Kensington event on Monday night.

Five officers were pelted with bottles and rocks and two protesters, one from each side, were arrested.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said ... [more]
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Bitcoins Explained (Sort Of)
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 9 2017, 09:42 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Bitcoin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Bitcoin is a digital and global money system (currency). It allows people to send or receive money across the internet, even to someone they don't know or don't trust. Money can be exchanged without being linked to a real identity. The mathematical field of cryptography is the basis for Bitcoin's security.

A Bitcoin address, or simply address, is an identifier of 26-35 alphanumeric characters, beginning with the number 1 or 3, that represents a possible destination for a bitcoin payment. Addresses can be generated at no cost by any user of Bitcoin. For example, using Bitcoin Core, one can click "New Address" ... [more]
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Christmas decorations reinstated.
Posted By: Bear @ Dec 9 2017, 07:44 AM in TAS
Christmas decorations reinstated after Service Tasmania backflip.

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Premier Will Hodgman said he didn't know who was behind the Christmas ban.

An order to cancel Christmas at Tasmania's public service has been reversed by the State Government after a public outcry.

Service Tasmania staff were told this week not to recognise Christmas in their offices in any way, and were forced to remove decorations and told not to wear anything festive.

It is unclear why the order was made but the tinsel is going back up after a subsequent memo giving the all-clear to decorate offices.

Outraged listeners called ABC Radio Hobart to vent their fury over the original decision.

One woman went as far as to ... [more]
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Racism. It Stops With Whites - Australian Ad.
Posted By: Bear @ Dec 8 2017, 06:42 PM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
Racism. It Stops With Whites - Australian Ad Campaign.



I feel very sorry for the next generations, what I took for granted ( 'for granted' as in the way it once was http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/wink.gif ) is slowly being washed away by PC insanity... http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif ... [more]
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How to prevent people hugging you.
Posted By: Flin @ Dec 8 2017, 11:44 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
How to prevent people hugging you

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Pollies Celebrate SSM
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 8 2017, 08:39 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Go and get married, PM celebrates gay win

Jennifer Rajca
Friday, 8 December 2017 6:12AM


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Same-sex marriage is now legal after the governor-general signed a bill that parliament passed.

Same-sex couples will be able to marry from early January after the governor-general signed-off new marriage equality laws.

Sir Peter Cosgrove gave the laws royal assent on Friday morning when he was visited by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis in Canberra.

"It is now part of Australian law," an elated Mr Turnbull said.

Earlier th ... [more]
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Companies Which Pay No Tax Revealed
Posted By: Charles @ Dec 8 2017, 08:11 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Report reveals which big companies pay no tax

Shane Wright, Economics Editor
Friday, 8 December 2017 4:30AM


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One-third of Australia’s biggest companies have failed to pay any tax but there are signs tech companies are finally coughing up some of their profits to the local community.

A report from the Australian Taxation Office revealed that in the 2015-16 financial year companies from Walt Disney to Chevron failed to pay tax despite making, in some cases, billions of dollars.

The big four banks were the nation’s biggest taxpayers.

The Commonwealth was the biggest taxpayer, paying $3.3 billion on total income of $ ... [more]
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