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Abortion and euthanasia reforms threatened by new religious candidates, Fiona Patten says

Abortion and euthanasia reforms threatened by new religious candidates, Fiona Patten says

Liberal MP Cathrine Burnett-Wake will lose her Eastern Victoria upper house seat after being toppled at a recent preselection vote by religious conservative Renee Heath. Loading “[It’s] dangerous to assume that our abortion laws will never change and that there will not be other pushes for change that creates further harm,” Burnett-Wake said during debate …

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‘Mayhem’ after huge explosion at south-western Sydney council depot

A 41-year-old man is in a serious condition after a “massive” oil tank explosion left him seriously burnt while working at a council depot in Sydney’s south-west. Witness Joel Finlay said he heard the explosion just after 11am and turned around to find “mayhem” before a man ran out of the Narellan building on Millwood …

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Catholic claims he’s been wrongly charged over Blockade Australia protest

The first moment Father Peter Murnane knew he was wanted by police was when two officers turned up on his doorstep. Key points: Members of a group called Blockade Australia are facing possible jail time under tough new anti-protest laws 82-year-old Catholic priest Peter Murnane has been charged over the June protests, but he says …

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Governor-General David Hurley declines to comment further on Scott Morrison's secret ministerial self-appointments

Governor-General David Hurley declines to comment further on Scott Morrison’s secret ministerial self-appointments

The Governor-General is standing firm on his actions around Scott Morrison’s appointment to five additional portfolios, declining to comment on whether or not he expected it to be made public. Key points: The Governor-General says he acted in line with his responsibilities Retired General David Hurley says he’s content with allowing inquiries to continue Prime …

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Gingin District High School fire: Students evacuated after blaze breaks out in classroom

Gingin District High School fire: Students evacuated after blaze breaks out in classroom

Students have been evacuated after a fire broke out in classrooms at a high school in Gingin. Nineteen fire appliances carrying volunteer and career firefighters have been tasked with extinguishing the fire, at Gingin District High School on Daw Street. Crews were called to the fire about 12.20pm. It was contained and under control by …

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Australia’s Anglican Church splits over same-sex marriage, conservatives form new diocese

Australia’s Anglican Church has split, with a conservative group of bishops opposed to same-sex marriage forming a breakaway diocese — but progressives argue they are “entirely faithful to scripture”. Key points: Tasmanian bishop Richard Condie said the new diocese would be a “safe place for Anglicans” who “can no longer sit under the authority of …

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Mother of hairdresser killed in Sydney gangland shooting tells of final phone call hours before hit

Mother of hairdresser killed in Sydney gangland shooting tells of final phone call hours before hit

“Mama I’m with a client. I’ll finish the client and call you.” This was the last thing hairdresser Amneh “Amy” al-Hazouri would ever say to her mother before being fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Sydney’s south-west on Saturday night. The promised call never came. Instead it was the phone of …

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Midwife speaks at inquest into young mum’s death

It was immediately clear to a midwife that Annie Moylan had more than gastro when the pregnant mum was rushed from one Melbourne hospital to another. The lawyer and pregnant mother-of-one had taken herself to Holmesglen Private Hospital’s emergency department with severe gastro symptoms on August 14, 2017. At 2.12am the next day she delivered …

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Scientists are trying to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger.  So when did the last one die and what about all those sightings?

Scientists are trying to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger. So when did the last one die and what about all those sightings?

“This is gonna be the Aussie version of finding big foot,” a user commented on a YouTube video from 2016 named Thylacine Sighting SA. It has more than 700,000 views. The video was posted by the president of the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia (TAGOA) Neil Waters, whose work centers around reporting sightings of the …

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Education Department shuts down parents' claims kids are vaping in class, on school bus

Education Department shuts down parents’ claims kids are vaping in class, on school bus

The Education Department has shut down claims from parents in regional WA who say children are vaping in class and on the school bus. Key points: Western Australia’s Education Department has shut down claims from parents who say children are vaping in class and on the school bus A parent says her 12-year-old son was …

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