Last Updated: August 29, 2015

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Still time to amend China deal

FEDERAL Labor claims the free trade agreement with China can be amended without causing upset.

Carving out a legacy

Carving out a legacy

THE legacy of Jerapit’s most celebrated son, Sir Robert Menzies, has been immortalised.

Farmers take unions to task

Farmers take unions to task

UNIONS are holding Australia to ransom by campaigning against the free trade deal with China, the NFF says.

Don’t kill China deal: Hawke

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke addresses the Griffith Asia Institute lunch where he talked about China and Federal Oppositio...

BOB Hawke has warned Labor and the trade unions not to oppose the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Farmers take unions to task

New UDV President. Adam Jenkins

FARMERS are warning the unions to get out of the way of Australia’s free trade agreement with China.

Victoria trumps sunshine state

Victoria is now the 2ND best state for International Tourists

VICTORIA has overtaken Queensland as Australia’s second-most popular state among international tourists.

El Nino cycle not all doom

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A STRONG El Nino weather pattern isn’t all doom for Australian farmers, according to climate experts.

No vote can mean a no vote

A RULE ­allowing councillors to avoid voting could be skewing the ­results of contentious decisions.

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Double-barrel bunny attack

Rabbitshoot

A FRENCH strain of the ­lethal calicivirus has been discovered in an infected rabbit near Canberra.

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Rosedale caves in to man demand

NEWS: Man Cave Market Rosedale

WHAT started as an idea to showcase men’s hobbies has spiralled into a flourishing industry.

Historic line to be reopened

Maryborough rail inspection

THE historic Maryborough to Ararat railway line is being reactivated, after being closed a decade ago.

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Celebrities’ favourite Melbourne haunts

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HAPPY birthday Melbourne! As our city turns 180, local movers and shakers share the best places to celebrate. Plus, tomorrow’s highlights

Backlash puts stop to visa crackdown

Protest

AN OPERATION allowing random visa checks on Melbourne’s streets has been dumped after protesters blocked the city and launched a social media backlash.

‘Phallic symbols’, cancer exploitation among complaints

Donna Bauer urging people not to ignore cancer symptoms

A FORMER Victorian MP who lost her seat at last year’s state election has accused unionists of exploiting her battle with bowel cancer.

Smokers to cough up extra $3

Drinker/smoker

SMOKERS are set to pay up to $3.05 more to puff on a pack of cigarettes, with a tobacco tax rise from Tuesday likely to push the price of a single cigarette past $1 for more brands.

A jetset expert at spending the green

Senate Committee

HIGH-profile Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has claimed almost $1 million on travel entitlements, with trips including visits to refugee camps.

Chewbacca for sale, wife made me do it

Chewbacca for sale, wife made me do it

AAAAARGGGGGGH. In a galaxy not so far, far away, one Star Wars fan has faced a tough ultimatum - Chewbacca or marriage mayhem?

Drunk teen driver on suspended licence writes off car

Blakehurst Serious Car Crash

A DRUNK teenage driver on a suspended sentence is lucky to be alive after ploughing a Mercedes Benz into a construction site in the city’s south early this morning.

Abbott: ’Obviously it was a mistake’

Protest

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed criticism of a major visa crackdown operation planned for Melbourne’s CBD over the weekend, blaming it on “a poorly worded press release”.

’The best and worst day of our lives’

’The best and worst day of our lives’

ELLE and Anthony Watmough have been dealt another heartbreaking blow in their pregnancy struggle, with the news their unborn baby girl has a rare and potentially fatal condition.

Sydney’s gluttons for punishment

Vanessa Wowchuk attempting to eat the Killa Beef Burger at the Killa Burger Grill in Carramar, southwestern Sydney.

NOODLE bowls the size of kiddie pools, slabs of beef big enough to turn even the most ardent meat-lover vegetarian and enough saturated fat to fill a deep fryer — when it comes to food, Sydney loves a challenge.

‘I’m having triplets ... so I can’t have sex’

Cover of Kidspot

IN her second column documenting her pregnancy with three children on board - and being a mother to a 16-month-old - Lanai Scarr reports on her latest advice from the doctor.

State to take babies from addicted mums

State to take babies from addicted mums

EXCLUSIVE: BABIES will be taken away at birth from drug-addicted or abused mothers who refuse to seek help, under new state laws.

Premier’s bold move for ice addicts

Two charged, $27m drugs, $4.3m cash seized – NSWPF Organised Crime Squad, AFP and Australian Crime Commission

UPDATE: The Queensland Government will consider a new tactic in order to fight back against the devastating ice epidemic. But the opposition says Labor has it all wrong.

Two dead in devastating house fire

Two dead in devastating house fire

UPDATE: Two people have died in a devastating house fire west of Brisbane overnight. (Picture: ABC)

Jayde accused’s car caught on camera

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CCTV footage has allegedly captured the car of Gatton schoolgirl Jayde Kendall’s accused killer not far from where her body was found. See video

Pink Palace sons win a bigger slice

NEWS - BCM - 7/3/2013 - Cindy Fleming and her husband Michael are selling the Pink Palace, St Lucia - Photo Steve Pohlner

SHE’S the late socialite who lived in one of Brisbane’s best-known party houses. Now her sons have won a bigger share of her estate after an ugly battle with their stepfather.

Road warriors: Call me a cab or an Uber?

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AS CONTROVERSIAL ride share service Uber admits it is dumping some drivers to maintain standards, we pit it head-to-head with the taxi industry.

School friend accused of murder

School friend accused of murder

A SCHOOL friend of teenager Jayde Kendall has been charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse after the devastating discovery of her body in a rain-soaked paddock.

Coles goes down, down over stale food on shelves

COLES has been fined for having “significantly stale” food for sale at an SA supermarket — the first food standards breach in its 82-year history.

Coopers defends Halal accreditation

COOPERS has been accused of “supporting terrorism” and “lowering yourself to a minority” because the company has Halal accreditation for its malt extract products.

SA's most notorious unsolved crimes

THESE are some of the crimes and mysteries that have baffled South Australia for decades. From missing children to murders and bombings - here's the list.

Our most dangerous suburbs

ADELAIDE'S northern suburbs are the state's assault hotspot as an exclusive analysis of Australia's crime data show the scourge of violence spreading further.

Crimes that horrified South Australia

FROM bodies in barrels, to kidnappings in the Outback and sex in the suburbs, these are 21 of the worst crimes ever committed in South Australia.

The A-Z history of Adelaide's suburbs

BLACK Forest was named after a haunt frequented by bush rangers, Hope Valley because a store burnt down and Rosewater for a swamp. Here's the history of our suburbs.

Waterspout spotted off Fremantle

Waterspout spotted off Fremantle

UPDATE: State Emergency Service volunteers are responding to wind damage in Bunbury and a waterspout was been spotted off the Fremantle coast.

Fire suspect in bizarre court act

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UPDATE: A 43-YEAR-OLD Perth man accused of dousing three children with petrol and setting at least one alight has made a bizarre appearance in court.

Canning candidate may be unable to vote

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THE Liberal Party’s candidate for Canning, Andrew Hastie, has come under scrutiny by the Australian Electoral Commission’s integrity unit.

P-plater clocked at 226km/h on freeway

P-plater clocked at 226km/h on freeway

UPDATE: A P-PLATE driver clocked at 226km/h has lost his high-powered car for 28 days — but a former police officer believes penalties should go futher.

A bird’s eye view of Elizabeth Quay

A bird’s eye view of Elizabeth Quay

DAYS after the Elizabeth Quay inlet was connected to the Swan River, new drone footage reveals how the multi-million dollar development is taking shape.

Pizza driver jailed for sex with young teen

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A PIZZA delivery driver who had a sexual relationship with a fellow female employee 14 years his junior has been jailed for 12 months.

Wild, woolly weather to continue

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SOUTHERN Tasmanians can expect wild and woolly weather conditions to continue for the rest of the weekend.

School report jargon a ‘turn-off’

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TEACHERS have been urged to write school reports in plain English so the assessments do not confuse parents.

Road, weather warnings statewide

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TASMANIA Police has issued a number of warnings regarding hazardous driving conditions. Road users at Midway Point are being warned of water over the causeway.

University welcomes the world

Welcome Home Week

ALUMNI from around the world are gathering to help UTas celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Could this be TV face of Tassie?

Could this be TV face of Tassie?

FOOTAGE of a curious young wombat could be the start of a BBC documentary about Tasmanian wildlife.

Flak over ambo communications failure

Ambulance Press Conference

THE head of Ambulance Tasmania was kept in the dark for nearly six hours about a catastrophic power failure in the service’s communications centre.

Raids bring massages to an unhappy ending

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POLICE and Australian Border Protection Force officers have raided 19 massage parlours across the Darwin and Palmerston area following an investigation indicating some were operating as illegal brothels.

Bailed on fake nurse charges but in NT desert

Bailed on fake nurse charges but in NT desert

A DARWIN man accused of posing as a nurse in Far North Queensland is back in custody after he was found wandering in the Territory desert.

Rabbitohs off the hook as drug ‘ring’ explained

Suspected Rebels bikie and "Poogitive" Anthony David Orrell walks from the Supreme Court

THE Rabbitohs NRL team will not be subpoenaed to give evidence in Darwin after an ice addict admitted unlawfully possessing – and then losing – one of its 2014 premiership rings.

7RAR our most skilled

Mil Skills

AFTER six days of sweat, dust and little sleep 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment has emerged as the winner of the 1st Brigade military skills competition in Darwin yesterday

What a balls up! Where are our male strippers?

Stripper Shortage

TERRITORY women are suffering from a sustained male stripper drought in Darwin

Pair arrested over alleged abduction

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TERRITORY Police have arrested two men in relation to the alleged abduction of three German backpackers earlier this week.

Can you help little Angus?

Can you help little Angus?

GEELONG preschooler Angus Taylor doesn’t know he has stage four cancer — just that his little legs hurt and doctors are trying to make them feel better.

Meth mum’s inside view on ice economy

Meth mum’s inside view on ice economy

KADER Sakir didn’t care if a gun was pointed in her face. Didn’t care if she lived or died. And didn’t care if she hurt people.

Wheels set in motion for Smithfield bypass

Heavy overnight rain in the Cairns region has caused flooding, cutting roads and causing traffic chaos. South bound traffic ...

PLANS for a critical motoring artery through the booming Northern Beaches are gaining momentum.

Car hits cane train

Sugar cane train safety

A CAR has collided with a cane train in Brandon, northwest of Ayr.

MP airs roo kill plan

Jumping For Joy

KANGAROOS would be hunted and killed by recreational shooters under a plan by a Victorian MP.

Fevola flies Pigeon coop

EJ Whitten Legends Game

YARRAWONGA president and co-coach pay tribute to Brendan Fevola, who will leave club at season’s end.

Lamb loot the toast of August

corowa prime lamb and sheep sale

A LATE winter buying spree for lamb has pushed Victorian values up by $40-plus for some weights.

New 9RX most expensive JD ever

New 9RX most expensive JD ever

THE new 9RX quad track crop monster is the most expensive tractor John Deere has produced.

The woman from way out nowhere

EAST GIPPSLAND: Judy Edwards at Tubbut

JUDY Edwards has been known to camp out in a paddock at night with a shotgun by her side.

El Nino cycle not all doom

Generic Cracked dry earth , mud, dirt, in a empty dry dam floor also with a dried jaw bone from a skull , on a drought declar...

A STRONG El Nino weather pattern isn’t all doom for Australian farmers, according to climate experts.