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Bodies of up to five people including children found in Perth home

Man in his 20s in police custody after giving information that led to tragic discovery Police in Western Australia are at the scene of what they describe as a tragic incident at a home in the Perth suburb of Bedford. In a statement, police media said that late on Sunday morning a man in his 20s went to a regional WA police station and provided information which caused police to go to a home on Coode Street. Attending police discovered the deceased bodies of several people including children believed to…

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Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore

There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting Theres no question that Australia is a far more racist country than its political class like to admit. No amount of spin should be capable of disorientating hard facts sufficiently to obfuscate that reality. Yet incredibly I still receive abusive mail ridiculing me for jumping at shadows, protesting it just aint so. I understand how a certain amount of privilege in life provides a buffer to the kinds of racialised discrimination, prejudice and hate speech that…

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Mad Max: Fury Road voted greatest Australian film this century by critics

Top 25 movies also include Animal Kingdom, Samson and Delilah, and Chopper Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 feminist reincarnation of the Australian classic film that catapulted a young Mel Gibson to fame, has been named the greatest Australian film of the 21st century so far. Fifty-one working Australian film critics voted to find the top 25 films of this century BBCs 2016 project to name the 100 greatest films of all time, in which critics surveyed 177 film critics from 36 countries. The top films also included 2010s Animal…

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Death in the sun: Australia’s 88-day law leaves backpackers exploited and exposed

The 2017 death of Olivier Caramin joins a growing list of problems backpackers can face in rural jobs, including rape, harassment and underpayment Martin Hand knew something was wrong as he watched a fellow backpacker stagger down the road in the searing heat of a Queensland summer. Hand, a British traveller, had been picking pumpkins on a farm near Ayr, a small country town 10km (6 miles) from the coast, along with other young backpackers including a 27-year-old Belgian, Olivier Max Caramin. The day was hot the temperature had reached…

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Cancer: ‘If exercise was a pill it would be prescribed to every patient’

Leading Australian researchers back world-first campaign for activity to be part of any treatment Exercise should be prescribed to all cancer patients, and not to do so would be harmful, some of Australias leading experts on cancer have warned. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia has launched Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The lead author, Prof Prue Cormie from the Australian Catholic University, said the statement was based on indisputable evidence. Really we are at the stage where the science is telling…

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Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on Monday, authors led by associate professor Daniel OBrien from Barwon Health said incidents of Buruli ulcer were on the rise but researchers were baffled as to…

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Paul McCartney tickets bought for homeless given to Salvation Army leader’s daughter

Major Brendan Nottle defends actions over Melbourne donation but says: We get it wrong sometimes The leader of the Salvation Army in Australia has defended his organisations actions after his daughter was given donated Paul McCartney concert tickets that were supposed to be for homeless people. The seven tickets were initially he told 3AW on Thursday. The manager did the ring-around of other homeless people and volunteer staff and wasnt able to move them because it was so late. He said his daughter had accepted the tickets under the premise…

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‘The difficulty is the point’: teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in Ive recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer questions about aspects of literature, such as free indirect speech or genre. They also had to write an essay of 1,000 words, on the work of Helen Garner, Christos Tsiolkas, Judith Wright, Jack Davis or Tim Winton. My students are, for…

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Magpie edges out white ibis and kookaburra as Australian bird of the year

Top three birds all backed by more than 10,000 votes in Guardian Australia and BirdLife Australia poll that attracted 150,000 votes The Australian magpie has been crowned Australian bird of the year for 2017, upsetting the early favourite, the white ibis, and winning 13.3% of the vote. The magpie received 19,926 votes, followed by the Australian white ibis with 19,083 votes and the laughing kookaburra with 10,953 votes. They were the only three species to win more than 10,000 votes, to the chagrin of fairywren supporters who feel the chubby…

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South Australia turns on Tesla’s 100MW battery: ‘History in the making’

Jay Weatherill marks the official launch as Elon Musk delivers on his promise to complete project within 100 days The worlds largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South Australia promising to usher in a revolution in how electricity is produced and stored. Tesla boss Elon Musk has after blackouts last year that critics of the states Labor government

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Monetising millennials: what the corporate world thinks it knows about young people

At Sydneys Millennial 20/20 conference the wifi password is SmashedAvo and the attitude is predatory infantilisation Before the opening keynote of the Millennial 20/20 Sydney conference, a man strides up, folds me into a boardroom-firm handshake and gazes deeply into my eyes. His impeccably tailored business shirt, open to the third button, and swept-back blond hair make him look like a more handsome version of the Trump sons, maybe a second cousin. But our meeting is an error; I inadvertently sat in one of the conferences many designated networking spaces,…

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‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final

US rapper performs Same Love after a week of controversy in Australia due to his support for marriage equality The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final. The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows previously described Same Love as a song that deals with equal rights, human rights for LGBTI people. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are…

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Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at the presidential palace in Manila, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop raised the issue of human rights only in passing, Duterte said. Mostly they have considerably toned down in…

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Marriage equality: UN criticises Australia for refusing same-sex divorce

United Nations says Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who marry legally overseas from getting divorced violates human rights Australian laws stopping same-sex couples who married overseas from getting divorced violate international human rights obligations, the United Nations has found. The UN human rights committee (UNHRC) ruled an Australian woman, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, has been denied equal protection of the law because Australia does not allow her to end her legal, Canadian same-sex marriage. The UNHRC ruling determined that: In the absence of more convincing explanations from the state party,…

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Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to historical sexual abuse offences

Australias most senior Catholic cleric appears at Melbourne magistrates court for first hearing Cardinal George Pell has appeared in the Melbourne magistrates court charged with multiple historical sexual abuse offences. Seated behind his lawyer, Robert Richter, QC, dressed in a simple black suit and clerical collar, Pell did not speak throughout the six-minute filing hearing. Richter said that while Pell was not required to enter a plea unless and until the matter was committed for trial, he would, because of the media and public interest in the case, indicate a…

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