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Fire Destroys Bronte Park Lodge
Posted By: Charles @ Yesterday at 12:36 pm in TAS
Tasmania's historic Bronte Park Lodge destroyed by fire, guests and staff safe

A historic chalet built in the 1940s for Tasmania's hydro electric scheme has been gutted by fire.

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Photo: Bronte Park was established to service Tasmania's hydro electric project in the 1940s. (Supplied: Bronte Park Village)

The blaze took hold in several buildings at the Bronte Park Lodge and chalet about 8.00am Friday, with Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) despatching six tankers to the hotel, about 110 kilometres from Hobart, in the central highlands.

"Guests and staff have evacuated and are all accounted for," the TFS said.

Shane Hedger, from the Bronte Park store, sa ... [more]
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The Dutch to make Britain's post-Brexit passports[
Posted By: Flin @ Yesterday at 10:40 am in Europe
Franco-Dutch firm reportedly set to make Britain's post-Brexit passports
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The blue British passports to be used after Brexit, hailed as an expression of "independence and sovereignty", will be made by a Franco-Dutch firm, according to the boss of the English company which lost the contract to produce them.

The news has produced awkward headlines for Prime Minister Theresa May, who announced in December that Britain, which adopted burgundy passports in 1988 in line with EU recommendations, would switch back to the "iconic" dark blue it had used for decades.

British passports are currently made by De La Rue, which despite its French name is a British company that prints them in northern England.

But the company's chief executive said it lost ... [more]
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Round 1 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 21 2018, 09:04 AM in Australian Football League
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We've already begun our NFL tipping for 2018 and already seen some upsets. We may well see the same in the AFL, particularly in the early rounds as sides develop their game plans.

Thursday March 22:

Richmond v Carlton: The reigning Premiers take on a Blues outfit that will be missing Bryce Gibbs (now at Adelaide) and with a question mark over key player Matthew Kreuzer. I can't see an upset here. RICHMOND

Friday March 23:

Essendon v Adelaide: The Bombers are on the rise but the Crows have one of the strongest lists in the AFL. It will be close but I'm tipping ADELAIDE

Saturday March 24:

St Kilda v Brisbane: Both teams will be looking to improve on their 2017 performance. The home gro ... [more]
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Round 3 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 21 2018, 08:28 AM in Australian Rugby League
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Another tough week for tipping looking at the fixtures. There's bound to be a few more upsets.

Thursday March 22:

STORM v Cowboys

Friday March 23:

BULLDOGS v Panthers

Tigers v BRONCOS

Saturday March 24:

Raiders v WARRIORS

Rabbitohs v SEA EAGLES

EELS v Sharks

Subday March 25:

Titans v DRAGONS

ROOSTERS v Knights

Good luck all!
... [more]
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Libs Crank Up Heat on ALP Tax Credit Refunds
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 20 2018, 01:10 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Liberals crank up heat on tax credit refunds with data on those hardest hit

EXCLUSIVE, Sarah Martin, Federal Political Editor | The West Australian
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 2:00AM

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The Federal Government will release figures today showing more than half of the 100,000 West Australians set to lose money under Labor’s new tax policy are on taxable incomes of less than $18,200, as the major parties continue to spar over who will be hardest hit by the crackdown.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will release the breakdown of income data for those affected in WA as he heats up the campaign against Opposition Leader Bill S ... [more]
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Greens Slam ALP Deal for Catholic Schools
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 20 2018, 12:56 PM in Other Political News
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young slams Labor’s ‘special deal’ of $250m to Catholic schools

Sarah Martin | The West Australian
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 8:16AM

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Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.Picture: AAP

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has hit out at the Labor Party for offering a “special deal” of $250m to Catholic schools during the Batman by-election campaign, describing the unwinding of needs-based funding as “appalling”.

After restarting the school funding wars by offering a deal to the Catholic sector during the Batman by-elect ... [more]
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Salim Mehajer declared bankrupt by court
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 20 2018, 10:47 AM in Breaking News
Salim Mehajer declared bankrupt by court
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CONTROVERSIAL Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer has been declared bankrupt by a Federal Circuit Court judge.

On Tuesday, Judge Justin Smith rejected his lawyer’s argument that the bankruptcy notice was invalid.

The order means the estate of the former Auburn deputy mayor will be managed by a trustee who will take control of his property and financial affairs and deal with his creditors.

- More to come

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Self-driving car kills woman
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 20 2018, 08:27 AM in " Car News & Reviews"
Uber suspends autonomous vehicles after self-driving car kills woman
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A woman crossing a street was killed by an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday, leading the ride services company to suspend its autonomous vehicle program across the US and Canada.

The accident in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are being tested around the globe, and could derail efforts to fast-track the introduction of the new technology.

The vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which occurred overnight Sunday to Monday, Tempe police said.

The vehicle was travelling northbound ... when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from wes ... [more]
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Meninga Calls for Life Ban for Rocial Abuse
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 19 2018, 02:43 PM in Australian Rugby League
Greg Inglis abuse enrages Mal Meninga, who calls for life ban for perpetrator

By Jodan Perry

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Photo: Mal Meninga says the alleged incident shows racial vilification has not yet gone from rugby league. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy, file photo)

Australian Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says the fan who allegedly racially abused South Sydney centre Greg Inglis during Saturday's match against Penrith should be banned for life.

Inglis left the field to undertake a head injury assessment during the Rabbitohs' 18-14 loss at Penrith Stadium.

He was booed as he made his way to the bench, with one fan allegedly calling him a 'black dog'.

The Panthers yesterday issued ... [more]
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Batman Result a Blow to Greens
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 19 2018, 02:30 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Batman by-election: Labor's victory is a big step backwards for the Greens and Di Natale

By state political reporter Richard Willingham

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Photo: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten declared Ms Kearney "the hero of Batman''. (AAP: David Crosling)

To loud cheers and renditions of the union anthem Solidarity Forever, a grinning Opposition Leader Bill Shorten welcomed his victorious by-election candidate Ged Kearney as "the hero of Batman".

This was a big win for Labor.

A morale boosting victory heading into a federal election in the next 12 months in a seat the Greens have been threatening, and promising, to win for years.

As big a win for the ALP this was a savage loss for the Greens.

Th ... [more]
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Bushfire Survivors Huddled on Beach
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 19 2018, 02:16 PM in NSW
Tathra bushfire survivors huddled on beach as 'cyclonic' winds fanned destructive blaze

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Photo: Juvette Jory, Jerome Jory and Jason Davis try to escape the blaze that consumed dozens of houses in Tathra yesterday. (Supplied: Steve Jory)

Steve Jory made it back to his home in Tathra, on the New South Wales south coast, in time to pick up his children and a few of the mementoes they had packed.

It was Sunday afternoon and a massive fire had just taken hold of the bush behind his house.

Steve grabbed a couple of fume masks he had, especially for his son Jerome, who has some respiratory problems.

"Then we went straight down to the beach, but even then the smoke, the wind, the heat, the sand blowing was unbeliev ... [more]
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Missing Flight MH 370
Posted By: Michael.W @ Mar 19 2018, 08:16 AM in Asia / Pacific
Missing Flight MH 370
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Doomed Flight MH370 has been 'found' on Google Earth, according to an Australian.

Australian Peter McMahon, a mechanical engineer, says he has worked in crash investigations for 25 years and has now discovered the lost plane
The flight, carrying 239 people, vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

A massive search operation by China, Australia and Malaysia, costing £115m, came to an end in January 2017 without success.
But Peter McMahon, 64, insists he has found the plane.

He has pored through NASA and Google Maps images since the plane disappeared four years ago and believes the plane is 10 miles south of Round Island, a small islet north ... [more]
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Homelessness on the rise.
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 18 2018, 10:14 AM in TAS
Homelessness at Hobart showgrounds overwhelming show society president.

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Scott Gadd says the number of homeless people at the showgrounds is overwhelming.

ABC News: Emily Street

The man who has been dealing with an influx of homeless families at the Hobart showgrounds has had enough, and says the situation cannot continue.

More than 20 people are now sleeping in tents and caravans at the showgrounds because they can't find housing.

Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania president Scott Gadd says the more attention there is on the showgrounds, the more people turn up.

"Every time we seem to move somebody onto a better situation, more come through the gate," Mr Gadd said.

He says one woman with a broken arm and broken neck arr ... [more]
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Migrants Stem Population Decline in Rural Areas
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 18 2018, 10:08 AM in Australian National News
Migrants and refugees stem population decline in regional areas

ABC Rural
By Sarina Locke and Lily Hoffmann

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Photo: A refugee of civil war, Leonard Nyandwi has moved his family to Hamilton, Victoria, to work as a joiner and grow his own food. (Lily Hoffmann, ABC Rural)

Since escaping war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Leonard Nyandwi has found refuge on the farmland around Hamilton in western Victoria, a place famous for its wool.

He spent 14 years in a refugee camp in Tanzania before being resettled in Melbourne in 2010, but only now can he feel at home in the open spaces, not producing wool, but simply growing his own food.

Mr Nyandwi represents a significa ... [more]
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Sharia in Aceh, Indonesia
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 18 2018, 09:49 AM in Asia / Pacific
Sharia in Aceh: Patrolling the streets of Indonesia's most conservative province

Correspondents Report
By Anne Barker

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Photo: Sharia police roam the street looking for criminal activity. (ABC News: Phil Hemingway)

"Your jeans are too tight. And you should be wearing a longer blouse."

It sounded like something my mother would say when I was a teenager, telling me how I should or shouldn't dress.

But those were the words of a police officer in Aceh, Indonesia's most conservative province.

Aceh is the only province that has introduced Sharia law, under a special agreement struck with Indonesia more than a decade ago, to end the long-runnin ... [more]
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Animal Logic
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 18 2018, 09:09 AM in "Burning Questions"
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This is the penultimate question for this series of Burning Questions and I'm offering 3 points for a correct solution and 1 point for those who "almost" solve this logic puzzle.

Several of Ms. Carroll's students (Erica, Linda, Oliver and Sam) each gave an oral presentation today on different wild animals (antelopes, giraffes, monkeys and tigers). Match each student to their animal and grade (A, A-,B+,C+), and determine the length of each presentation (2, 3, 4 and 5 minutes).

1. The student who gave the presentation on tigers was either the student who spoke for 5 minutes or the presenter who got the A-.

2. Neither the presenter who gave the presentation on tigers nor the student who gave the presentation on antelopes was Sam.

3. Neither the presenter who got the A ... [more]
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SA election: Liberals claim victory
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 18 2018, 07:19 AM in SA
SA election: Liberals claim victory as Labor's Jay Weatherill concedes
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Steven Marshall and Liberal deputy Vickie Chapman at the Liberal victory party.

Liberal leader Steven Marshall has declared a "new dawn" in South Australia after claiming victory in the SA election, with his party poised to form government for the first time in 16 years.

Mr Marshall arrived to a rock star's welcome at the Liberal election function, walking to the stage to the sound of The Killers song The Man.

"A massive thank you to the people of South Australia who have put their trust, their faith in me and the Liberal team for a new dawn, a new dawn for South Australia," he told cheering supporters a ... [more]
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Ski Lift Accident
Posted By: Flin @ Mar 17 2018, 08:47 AM in Interesting/Amusing Youtubes & Videos
This looks like a skiers worse dream.

... [more]
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CEO pay packets reaching pre-GFC levels of $5m
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:16 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
CEO pay packets reaching pre-GFC levels of $5m.

The average top chief executive in Australia is earning $5.2 million, a figure not seen since before the global financial crisis. It comes as wage growth remains stagnant for most workers.

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Wayne Swan said the report showed 'gross distortions in CEO pay relative to average worker earnings'. Photo ABC News: Matt Roberts.

A new report that analyses data from Australia's top 100 companies shows that the average chief executive pay dropped from $5.5 million before the GFC to $4.7 million in 2011. But it has steadily crept back to $5.2 million.

Australia's highest reported CEO salar ... [more]
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Morrison - 1100 jobs a day?
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 16 2018, 08:08 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories

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2017 was the best year for jobs growth ever and that growth is continuing into this year with the number of jobs in Australia increasing for the 16th straight month in January – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth ever.

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment increased by 16,000 to a record high of 12,453,500.

The Turnbull Government has put in place the right policy settings and this is now paying off with our economy creating, on average, around 1,100 new jobs a day.

Part-time employment rose by 65,900 over the month, to a record high, of 3,992,600, and is now 110,100 (or ... [more]
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Dutton Offers Help to White South African Farmers
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 06:03 PM in Other Political News
Peter Dutton wants Australia to help white South African farmers who he says are facing violence, land seizures

By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin and Africa correspondent Sally Sara

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Photo: Peter Dutton says people need help from a "civilised country like ours". (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has said.

Mr Dutton has ordered his department to investigate how to bring the farmers, who he says are facing "horrific circumstances" of land seizures and violence, to Australia.

He said he had watched television footage and read ... [more]
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Businessman May Have Aboriginal Status Revoked
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 05:43 PM in ACT & NT
NT businessman awarded Indigenous grant worth more than $400,000 may have Aboriginal status revoked

By Christopher Walsh

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Photo: Allan Lodge has had his Aboriginal status questioned. (Facebook: Allan Lodge)

A Darwin businessman who used a "confirmation of Aboriginality" certificate to obtain a $407,000 Indigenous grant, has had the document called into question by the Aboriginal corporation that awarded it.

Allan Lodge, 48, was certified in November 2015 as being Aboriginal under the previous board and CEO of the NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation.

Chair Eileen Cummings said the current board of directors last night determined that Mr Lod ... [more]
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Round 2 Fixtures and Tips
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 15 2018, 05:22 PM in Australian Rugby League
Running a bit late today. Thursday's fixtures catch me napping at times!

Thursday March 15:

Sharks v Dragons WIN

Friday March 16:

Roosters v Bulldogs WIN

Broncos v Cowboys LOSS

Saturday March 17:

Warriors v Titans WIN

Panthers v Rabbitohs WIN

Storm v Tigers LOSS

Sunday March 18:

Sea Eagles v Eels WIN

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ALP Targets Retiree Shareholders
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 03:43 PM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Labor's plan to abolish cash refunds reopens debate about retirees' wealth

By political correspondent Louise Yaxley

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Photo: Frustrated retirees have strong concerns over Labor's proposal to scrap cash refunds for some shareholders. (Julian May:

Labor's plan to abolish cash refunds for some shareholders has reopened the debate about how much government support retirees deserve.

The ALP announced on Tuesday that if a person is not eligible to pay any tax then they should no longer be able to convert excess credits into a cash refund from the tax office.

That inspired frustrated retirees to contact the ABC about their concerns over the pol ... [more]
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Stephen Hawking Dies Aged 76
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 03:24 PM in Breaking News
Stephen Hawking dies aged 76, family says

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Photo: Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy. (Angela Micu)

Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, British media is reporting his family as saying.

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning (local time), according to a statement from his family.

"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side — and supported him — throughout his life," the statement said.

His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said they were deeply saddened by their father's passing.

"He was a grea ... [more]
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Windows vs Ford
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 14 2018, 11:35 AM in Science & Technology
Windows vs. Ford.

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For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX) : Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1.... For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........twice a day.

2.... Every time they repainted the lines in the road ... [more]
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"I Wouldn't Have a Bloody Clue" - Beattie
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 13 2018, 05:31 PM in Australian Rugby League
ARL Commission boss Peter Beattie sorry for failing to name Cronulla Sharks

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The Cronulla Sharks must be wondering what they have to do to get recognised in rugby league's halls of power.

New ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie was last night unable to name the Cronulla NRL side in an interview with commentator Phil Gould.

It was reminiscent of an infamous incident in which Beattie's predecessor John Grant misnamed the "Cronulla Hawks" during a Kangaroos team announcement.

Beattie, a former Queensland premier and self-described lifelong rugby league fan, apologised for the gaffe, putting it down to a case of nerves.

It will no doubt lead to some awkward moments for Beattie, who replaced Grant last m ... [more]
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'We've done an abysmal job'
Posted By: Bear @ Mar 13 2018, 05:20 PM in Australian National News
'We've done an abysmal job': Australia is struggling to handle its swelling population.

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Australia is growing fast. In one year we added nearly 400,000 people to our population. That is like adding a city the size of Canberra.

But, of course, we are not building new cities. Most of those new residents are swelling the populations of our four major cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Between 2006 and 2016 Melbourne has added close to 1 million people. Sydney was not far behind adding 800,000.

In the same period, Brisbane and Perth grew by almost half a million.

The pressure points are plain to see — from congestion on the roads and rail networks, to the struggle to keep up with demand for schools and hospitals.

Back in 199 ... [more]
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Housing Demands Swallowing Farms
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 13 2018, 09:24 AM in NSW
Sydney's housing demand is swallowing farms on the harbour city's fringes

By Philippa McDonald

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Photo: The amount of homegrown produce Sydney eats is set to plummet. (ABC News: Philippa McDonald)

Relentless urban sprawl in the harbour city is swallowing farms on the city's fringes so quickly produce from the Sydney Basin will be almost non-existent within 15 years.

Farms in the Sydney Basin currently produce 20 per cent of the city's food needs, however, researchers at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are forecasting that number to fall sharply.

Laura Wynne, a senior research consultant at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, said the fi ... [more]
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Former Union Boss Faces 62 Charges
Posted By: Charles @ Mar 12 2018, 04:09 PM in CRIME -
Former union boss allegedly spent $440,000 on corporate credit card, court told

By Kathleen Calderwood

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Photo: Derrick Belan has pleaded not guilty to misusing his corporate credit card. (AAP: Dean Lewins)

A former union official accused of racking up $440,000 in personal expenses on his corporate credit card used it to pay for cars, household items and accommodation, a court has been told.

Derrick Belan, who was the National Union of Workers' (NUW) New South Wales secretary, is facing 62 charges.

It is alleged he made false invoices and fraudulent electronic transfers, and misused his corporate credit card between 2011 and 2015.

Dozens of invoice ... [more]
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