Last Updated: February 01, 2015

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Currency boost for exporters

THE Australian dollar has fallen below US80 cents for the first time in five and a half years.

Ministers target raw milk

Ministers target raw milk

A NATIONAL approach is “urgently” required to prevent the consumption of raw cow’s milk.

Difficult choice - move or perish

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A Northern Territory station boss charged over the deaths of about 50 cattle was faced with a difficult choice, a court heard.

Embattled PM in Colac

PM Abbott at Bulla Dairy Foods

TONY Abbott spruiks benefits of a China free-trade deal for Colac amid speculation over his future.

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Giant coalmine approved for NSW

Miners at work doing samples on a Shenshua site at Curlewis, near Gunnedah, North West New South Wales. Shenhua is vowing not...

A HUGE coalmine will be built next to some of the most productive farmland in NSW.

Green light for hemp growth

pic of rockliff and hemp grower

TASMANIA’S  upbeat industrial hemp growers should learn today if they can start to plant the crop as a food product.

Sounds like a bad turn

Sounds like a bad turn

A NEW study has found links between wind farm infrasound and possible health concerns in Australia.

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Rail plan’s critical junction

A MAJOR “shovel-ready” rural freight rail project hangs in the balance.

Maeve’s ticket to rural medicine

Rural Scholarship Profile

MEDICAL student Maeve ­Barlow says a scholarship opened doors for her that she didn’t know were possible.

Home school stats refuted

Home school stats refuted

DEPUTY Premier James Merlino has refuted claims thousands of children are being illegally home schooled in Victoria.

Sabotage at CSG site

Sabotage at CSG site

AN ALLEGEDLY sabotaged gas valve at a fracking site in the Kimberley has been removed for analysis.

‘It’s hard telling friends that I have a baby’

Naomi Dartnell & daughter Delilah

A UNIVERSITY student who gave birth to a healthy little girl is suing a medical centre over claims doctors failed to diagnose the pregnancy.

Cash found in jackets donated to charity

Sean Shanks puts a bag of clothes in a Charity bin in Wyong , Westfield has banned clothing bins for charities like st vince...

A GENEROUS donor may have given away more than they bargained for after thousands of dollars were found hidden in clothing given away for charity.

Motorcyclist dies after crash at roadwork site

Siege in Garfield. Paramedics treat the man in the back of an ambulance before taking him away. Picture: Hamilton Fiona

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after he crashed into a temporary fence at a roadwork site in Warragul overnight.

Violent criminals let back onto streets

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SUSPECTED violent criminals are being let back on the streets and are committing serious crimes, prompting calls for bail law reform.

No Joker, he’s our very own Batman

Batman

MELBOURNE now has its very own Dark Knight protecting its streets and keeping citizens safe at night - self-confessed Batman fanatic Ken Harris.

Putting off test nearly cost me my life

Eugene Arocca

PROMINENT sports administrator Eugene Arocca has made an impassioned plea for people over 50 to have a bowel cancer screening test, revealing he was diagnosed with the disease.

Wheeler in coma after scooter crash

Glenn Wheeler at the Official launch of Australia Day celebrations at Luna Park

TV and radio presenter Glenn Wheeler faces a ‘long road to recovery’ after he was knocked off his scooter by a Mitsubishi wagon on the way to work.

Galaxy Poll: Liberals facing historic loss

PM Abbott at Bulla Dairy Foods

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott would lead the Liberal Party to a historic defeat that would deliver a primary vote of just 36 per cent and terminate the careers of over 40 Coalition MPs if an election was held today.

The refugee, his guard, their baby

The refugee, his guard, their baby

IT WAS a forbidden love that bloomed between an asylum seeker and the woman meant to guard him - with the illicit love affair leading to the birth of their baby boy.

A damaged car, not drugs, led to killing

Picnic Point Body

THE 20-year-old found burnt and dumped in a suitcase at a Western Sydney reserve was not killed over a drug debt as initially thought, police claim.

Manu bans food critics from restaurants

Le Grand Cirque opening.

MY Kitchen Rules judge and chef Manu Feildel has declared a life ban on professional restaurant critics, saying they will never again be allowed to eat in any of his future restaurants.

Woman reveals ‘one boob’ distress

Woman reveals ‘one boob’ distress

COMETIC surgeons made the decision to finish breast implant patient Amy Rickhuss’ operation even after she went into cardiac arrest yesterday.

Horror call from scene of road crash

Rear view of man talking on red mobile telephone smart phone.

IT’S a phone call no one ever wants to make — a man has called 000 from the scene of a horror crash south of Queensland, as he desperately tried to save another person’s life.

Witnesses hear fatal lightning strike

Witnesses hear fatal lightning strike

WITNESSES have told of hearing the lightning strike that shattered a family with two young children.

Boy found alone at shopping centre

Boy found alone at shopping centre

POLICE have made contact with the family of a young boy found alone at an inner Brisbane shopping centre.

Work-related injury? Pull the other one

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HE CLAIMED compensation for a hernia caused by lifting a patient at work. But what he told his doctor was a different story.

Twice-bitten farmer keeps his head

Twice-bitten farmer keeps his head

A FARMER did all the right things to survive after being bitten twice by a highly venomous snake on his property.

Annastacia reveals her private heartache

Q Weekend Magazine 24/06/2014 Annastacia Palaszczuk. picture: Russell Shakespeare Picture: Kelly David

WHILE Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says her total focus is on becoming the state’s next premier, there is one big regret in her life.

‘Toxic Tony’ blamed for Libs’ narrow win

‘Toxic Tony’ blamed for Libs’ narrow Davenport win

OPPOSITION Leader Steven Marshall has refused to explicitly endorse Prime Minister Tony Abbott as he claims the party’s narrow Davenport by-election win is a “great result”.

Speeding fines hit SA drivers the hardest

SA Police officer Constable Rachel Sarvas from the Port Adelaide police traffic enforcement section uses a speed radar gun o...

SOUTH Australian drivers pay higher fines than their interstate counterparts for almost all speeding offences, a Sunday Mailanalysis can reveal.

Roads blocked by house fire at North Adelaide

House fire North Adelaide

IMAGES: North Adelaide residents were evacuated after a serious fire broke out in a Finniss St house. SEE THE VIDEO

‘No vaccine, no school’ plan mooted

‘No vaccine, no school’ plan mooted

UNVACCINATED children should be segregated in facilities funded by their parents to protect the community from “unacceptable” health risks, one of the state’s leading scientists says. TAKE OUR POLL

Hungry Jack’s worker got $500 sick pay after falling into boiling vat

hungry jacks burns victim

FAST-food worker Dylan Robeson was paid just $500 in sick leave for horrific burns suffered after he slipped and fell into a vat of cooking oil while working for Hungry Jack’s more than two years ago.

Don’t mess with these deadly ants

Don’t mess with these deadly ants

THIS is the angry little ant that’s putting up to two South Australians a week into hospital emergency rooms, some with potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.

Crews stretched battling three blazes

Waroona Fire

WAROONA residents will soon be allowed to return to their properties as the fire threat eases. The bushfire is one of three serious blazes that exhausted firefighters are battling south of Perth.

Son reported family’s murder ‘calmly’

Son reported family’s murder ‘calmly’

THE son of a former Perth couple killed in their home in South Africa has described how he and his family were “attacked by a guy with an axe”.

Mother, daughter relive siege ordeal

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THEY would never leave each other. That was the solemn bond formed between Louisa and Robin Hope when they stared death in the face during the Lindt Cafe siege.

MKR star storms out of TV gathering

Channel Seven launch

AS far as celebrity dummy spits go, Pete Evans’ Friday night meltdown takes the cake.

Dads must read to kids — experts

DISNEY BOOKS

DADS must read to their kids to tackle struggling literacy results, experts have warned. | Start collecting your Disney storybooks and CDs

Homes, vehicles destroyed in Waroona fire

Waroona Fire

AT least one home and numerous vehicles have been destroyed by an intense bushfire which continues to threaten the town of Waroona and is still burning out of control. Firefighters have battled for nearly 48 hours to save the town. Picture: Alf Sorbello | Gallery: Firefront

Huon barge plan shunted

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THE Huon Valley Council has rejected a proposal to allow for up to 500,000 tonnes of woodchips to be transported by barge on the Huon River.

$2m pledge to upgrade bus mall

$2m pledge to upgrade bus mall

HOBART City Council is close to implementing changes to the city’s bus mall and the Sandy Bay retail precinct.

Fracking in Tasmania under fire

Fracking in Tasmania under fire

CONCERNS have been raised by a variety of sectors, from Forestry Tasmania to winemakers, over fracking in Tasmania.

Patient care at risk, say nurses

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NURSES have lodged a formal complaint against the removal of all ward clerks from the RHH on weekends and after-hours.

Call’s out for kettlebell swingers

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MORE than 400 people will be swinging their arms until they’re about to fall off this weekend.

Support for our young ‘is dire’

Building the Hobart Magistrates Court in Liverpool Street

THE state’s public youth mental health system is chronically underfunded, one of the state’s top psych­iatrists has told a coroner’s inquest.

Would you like friesss with that?

Snake in car

A SNAKE that wanted a naughty fast-food feed has been caught in the act.

“They can rot in hell”

“They can rot in hell”

THE grieving father who lost his son to synthetic drugs says Bali 9 drug smugglers, Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, “can rot in hell” for all he cares.

Facebook fights bring back the biff

Facebook fights bring back the biff

A Northern Territory Facebook page featuring bare knuckle street fights that started as a “joke” amongst mates has quickly gained thousands of likes.

Wild girls brawl in the mall

Todd art installation

A SENIOR police officer has described CCTV footage of an attack on two girls by a group of four other teenage girls as one of the worst she has ever seen.

Litchfield ‘dictatorship’

Litchfield council

LITCHFIELD is now a “dictatorship”, according to one of the shire’s suspended councillors.

“Nobody wants to go to Darwin”

“Nobody wants to go to Darwin”

NT CHIEF Minister Adam Giles has slammed ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s comments as “a typical Canberra-centric view of the world”.

Cyclist dies during Cadel’s race

Heart attack strikes People’s Ride

A CYCLIST died on the way to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack during the People’s Ride of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Accused kidnapper makes millions

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HE’S on bail for his alleged role in an international kidnapping, but life is looking up for Tony Smith whose family home has sold for millions.

Pirate film hopes scuttled for Far North

Actor Johnny Depp in scene from film 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.

THE Far North’s dream of hosting the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie looks to have suffered a watery demise.

Nightmare on Timana St

Bad neighbours

A KIRWAN neighbourhood is under siege with unruly public housing tenants who threaten residents, brawl in the street, and damage cars.

Raw milk advocates rally

Raw Milk Drink In

PEOPLE who give family members raw milk to drink will face fines of up to $60,000 from tomorrow.

Rhiann makes dad proud

Rhiann makes dad proud

RHIANN O’Donnell has been a fixture around the Mildura West Cricket Club since an early age.

Green light for hemp growth

pic of rockliff and hemp grower

TASMANIA’S  upbeat industrial hemp growers should learn today if they can start to plant the crop as a food product.

Hands-free without a hitch

Hands-free without a hitch

JOHN Deere’s fully automated three-point linkage connection system has earned it a SIMA Innovation Award.

Twins all fired up

 Twin sisters Sally and Kerry Reiners 22yrs have been abseling out of hovering helicopters as part of DSE rappellers training...

GROWING up on a farm in Corryong, twins Kerryanne and Sally Reiners lived a girl’s own adventure.