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Updated: 11 min 21 sec ago

Sugar has its tobacco moment as voters call for new tax

12 min 27 sec ago
When the tobacco question was asked two years ago a massive 70 per cent of Coalition voters wanted higher taxes on it along with 67 per cent of Labor voters. What has sugar done to get lumped in with perhaps the most despised legal substance on the planet? Nothing it hasn't been doing for decades. It is just that it is doing more of it and we are learning more about what it is.
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WBBL: Sydney Thunder sign England World Cup winner Fran Wilson

13 min 44 sec ago
Fran Wilson has joined the Sydney Thunder as a replacement player for Indian superstar Harmanpreet Kaur.
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Carlton recruit Matthew Kennedy aims for round-one selection against Richmond

17 min 40 sec ago
On a burning hot day when the Blues were put through their paces, the lure of a round-one debut helped recruit Matthew Kennedy get through another demanding session.
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'They wouldn't build it in Toorak': Toxic waste plant upsets residents

19 min 44 sec ago
A toxic waste plant, located just 950 metres from homes in Melbourne's south-west homes, is expected to start operating as early as March.
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World Cup makes New Zealand Kiwis' Canberra Raiders better

20 min 34 sec ago
It wasn't the World Cup campaign New Zealand wanted, but two Kiwis think it will help their games go to another level.
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Woman tells court she was bashed in her home by a policeman in 1996

21 min 47 sec ago
Corinna Horvath has told a court of the 1996 night she was allegedly assaulted by policeman David Jenkin during a raid on her home.
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Some people collect parking fines, this man collects parking meters

23 min 16 sec ago
If you turn up to the Gladstone Park retiree's house, there's a good chance he'll ask you to feed the meter.
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Dr. Demento, comedy song hero & unsung punk rock legend, given due on new album

25 min 31 sec ago
Artists ranging from William Shatner to "Weird Al" Yankovic have recordings on this double album.
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Australian Open 2018: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's comeback five-set win against Denis Shapovalov

30 min 40 sec ago
Tour veteran and 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won a gripping five-set encounter against emerging Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena.
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'I just felt ripped off' - consumer rage at junk insurance

35 min 22 sec ago
Buying a car is an emotional time and customers report feeling pressured to buy something they didn't need.
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A-League: Sydney FC's Seb Ryall leaves club, will take time out from game

37 min 22 sec ago
Long-time Sydney FC defender Seb Ryall has left the A-League club with immediate effect.
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Defeated Australian wildcard Olivia Rogowska vows to bounce back

37 min 29 sec ago
Olivia Rogowska says that she will use the disappointment of her loss to 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk to motivate her in 2018
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Australian Open 2018: Caroline Wozniacki comes from the clouds to beat Croatian Jana Fett

37 min 33 sec ago
World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki has pulled off a stunning comeback to keep her Australian Open campaign alive, storming home to defeat little-known Croatian Jana Fett.
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John Barrowman review: Man of many talents dazzles in first Australian show

42 min 37 sec ago
From his roles as Dr Who's Captain Jack and Marvel's Malcolm Merlyn to his musical theatre career and beyond, Barrowman has wide appeal.
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Never forget Canberra's baptism by fire

49 min 11 sec ago
While it is never possible to be totally ready for a catastrophe of the magnitude endured by the ACT 15 years ago we can only hope this city is now significantly more fire ready than it was on that day.
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Truth about NBN is that Australians do not want to pay for internet speed they do not need

49 min 48 sec ago
Arguments that Australians are being "left behind" unless they have access to 100Mbps do not gel with what most Australians are using their internet connection for. For a family watching high-definition Netflix on one or two TVs while the kids are online at the same time, 25Mbps appears to offer the right amount of bandwidth at an affordable price point.
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Queensland Rail releases disturbing footage of near misses at train stations

53 min 42 sec ago
CCTV footage of a woman rushing to catch her train and a car slamming through a boom gate have been released as Queensland Rail pleads with people to stay safe.
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Melbourne Boomers to lift the tempo in must-win grand final game two against Townsville Fire

53 min 44 sec ago
Melbourne Boomers will be fighting to keep their title hopes alive when they host Townsville Fire in game two of the WNBL grand final series on Thursday night. A loss will see the Fire claim the title.
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Where Queenslanders are struggling to pay their rent

55 min 34 sec ago
Cost is not the only factor affecting rental vulnerability, and a new heat map reveals a "regionalisation of disadvantage".
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Two senior Ipswich City Council officers resign amid CCC charges

58 min 10 sec ago
Suspended Ipswich City Council chief executive Jim Lindsay and chief operating officer of works, parks and recreation Craig Maudsley resigned on Wednesday.
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