Authorities admit mistakes over Hakeem

Australia’s security chiefs have admitted making mistakes in relation to refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who languished for months in a Thai prison. Mr al-Araibi, a permanent resident of Australia, was arrested in Bangkok in November after Bahraini officials pursued him over vandalism charges. The 25-year-old returned to Melbourne last week after Thailand decided to drop […]

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Aged-care providers to appear at inquiry

Dementia Australia chief executive Maree McCabe will call for mandatory dementia education for aged-care workers in her appearance at the royal commission into the sector in Adelaide. Ms McCabe, who will appear before the inquiry on Tuesday, says with more than 50 per cent of people in residential aged-care living with a dementia diagnosis, it […]

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China rejects Australian hacking claims

China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s political parties, warning “irresponsible” and “baseless” speculation will heighten tensions. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed on Monday cyber experts believe a state actor was responsible for the attack, which also targeted the networks of federal parliament, but didn’t say which […]

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Qld floodwaters recede to show devastation

Queensland’s inland sea of floodwater is slowly receding as the graziers and farmers take stock of the massive scale of devastation. Conservative estimates reveal more than 500,000 cattle have died, along with 30,000 sheep. The cost to the cattle industry alone is expected to exceed $1 billion. Alongside the cattle industry, the Insurance Council of […]

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PM Morrison’s control of parliament tested

Scott Morrison’s control of parliament will be tested again when Labor pushes for stronger legal protections for small businesses, as well as a crack down on payday lenders and rent-to-buy schemes. The coalition government suffered an embarrassing loss last week over asylum seeker medical transfers, and history could be repeated when federal parliament returns on […]

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Festival leaders meet on licensing regime

More than 30 festival organisers are meeting at NSW parliament to discuss the government’s proposed licensing regime, with one attendee claiming the scheme “comes across as a form of punishment”. Industry leaders attending Monday morning’s meeting include representatives from the cancelled Psyfari and Mountain Sounds music festivals. “This meeting is a chance for our voices […]

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Labor to offer bursaries for best teachers

A Labor government will offer Australia’s “best and brightest” tax-free bursaries of $40,000 to become teachers. Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek will announce the plan on Monday, with the bursaries to be worth $10,000 over four years, to lift the school system. “If you were dux of your school, won a university medal or are […]

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