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Willem Dafoe plays a contract killer in John Wick

Andrew Purcell 11:45pm Willem Dafoe is at it again, playing a hired assassin in his latest film, John Wick.

True story grabs actor's attention and promises the same for viewers

From left, Freddie Fox, Dominic West and Joseph Gilgun in Pride

STEPHANIE BUNBURY 11:45pm A film about a little-known chapter in Britain's Thatcher era has audiences crying and cheering in equal measure.

Canadian shooting an example of Australian security agencies' 'worst nightmare'

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TOM ALLARD The rampage of a gunman through Canada's Parliament on Thursday, just two days after a hit-and-run that killed a soldier in Quebec, has presented Australian security agencies with chilling real-life examples of their "worst nightmare" – do-it-yourself jihadism.

Canberra's Big Brother evictee still smelling the roses

Good-bye: Gungahlin real estate agent Jason Roses was evicted from the Big Brother house on Wednesday.

MEREDITH CLISBY 8:30pm Canberra's Jason Roses may have been evicted from the Big Brother house but he's still dancing.

Tim Wheatley performs at The Front in Lyneham

To entertain: Tim Wheatley will perform at The Front on Saturday.

8:00pm On The Road with Tim Wheatley

Union royal commission to set up taskforce to probe crime

Senator Brandis said commissioner Dyson Heydon (pictured) requested the extension.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and James Massola 8:00pm A multi-state taskforce to investigate suspected ties between organised crime and union officials is to be established.

Fairfax Media scores 17 Walkley nominations

Fairfax journalists Ruth Pollard, Adele Ferguson and Lindsay Murdoch.

7:46pm Fairfax Media has been nominated for 16 of the most prestigious awards in Australian journalism.

Clean energy jobs and investments are at risk, says industry group

Moving out: NSW could miss out on billions of dollars of investment in clean energy.

Peter Hannam, Mark Kenny 6:55pm NSW stands to lose as much as $2.5 billion in investment in 10 approved wind farms that won't proceed if the federal government achieves its goal of slashing the renewable energy target, an industry group said.

Contract murder of Robert Ellis cost wife $15,000: police

Killed in Bali: Robert Kelvin Ellis, pictured with his wife Julaikah Noor Aini, was found with his throat slashed.

MICHAEL BACHELARD 8:37pm Two housemaids and another man, Andreanus Ongo, the boyfriend of one of the maids, are in custody for the murder, which was alleged to have taken place in the kitchen of the luxury villa the couple shared.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks of Canada as 'family' after attacks

AFP Officer at Parliament house.

DAVID WROE 6:11pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australians and Canadians to be "family" facing a common danger as federal Parliament stepped up security on Thursday in the wake of the attack in Ottawa.

Low oxygen supply may have killed dozens of Yerrabi Pond fish

One of the cod that was found dead at the lake.

4:35pm Water samples tested in Sydney have returned readings within normal ranges, ruling out fish virus as the cause of fish deaths at Yerrabi Pond. 

Long Tan warrior's medals presented to Australian War Memorial

Long Tan veteran: Retired Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith has given his medals to the Australian War Memorial.

DAVID ELLERY 6:15pm Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith's 20 medals and awards have been added to the memorial collection.

'We're alive': Sydney father and daughter missing after Nepal blizzard phone home

Phoned home: Sophie Wilde and her father Simon Wilde.

MEGAN LEVY 1:29pm A Sydney father and daughter who were feared missing after a deadly snowstorm and avalanche in Nepal have phoned home to say they are safe and well.

Renewable energy stall costs first job losses as 100 cut in Victoria

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PETER HANNAM 12:48pm A Victorian manufacturer has become the first employer to cut jobs after the Abbott government revealed its plans to slice the renewable energy target by as much as 40 per cent.

Melbourne festival review: celebrated guitarist makes glorious return

Virtuoso: Pat Metheny.

Jessica Nicholas 12:59pm In the hands of Unity Group, quivering guitar and gleeful synthesiser create a joyful fusion.

Search for MH370: Alert to Indonesia to be on lookout for floating wreckage

Indonesian Air Force personnel search for MH370 in March: Australian search authories have alerted Indonesia that wreckage may wash up along its shores.

MELANIE KEMBREY 2:55pm Indonesians have been warned that wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may wash-up on the country's coastline.

Art installation designer conjures smells of the past

INSTALLATION ART: Scent design at the Design Academy Eindhoven

Dan Rule 11:25am Graduate, chemist and artists' talents combine in an interesting installation at this year’s Dutch Design Week.

Defence chief flags longer training job in Iraq

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

DAVID WROE 10:08am Australia's Defence Chief Mark Binskin says international forces may have to undertake a longer-term role training Iraqi forces beyond the immediate job of stopping the Islamic State.

China's Communist Party weighs boosting rule of law

Law review: China is considering increasing the power of the rule of law.

Calum MacLeod 11:17am Announcements expected on Thursday at the end of the closed-door session that began Monday should reveal how much legal reform is acceptable to the party leadership under President Xi Jinping.

Doctor who helped tell world of Ethiopian famine calls for action on Ebola

Tony Atkins at the Berwick Healthcare clinic

DANIEL FLITTON 10:52am It was television news that changed the world, forced wealthy Western audiences in their living rooms to confront pitiful, starving African children and drove Irish rocker Bob Geldof on a quest to end poverty.

Australia must tread warily against Islamic State

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12:00am When western governments consider actions beyond air strikes, military advice and humanitarian aid, the bar must be set very high indeed.

Misquoting Gough Whitlam a life sentence

Remembered: Former prime minister Gough Whitlam in 2002.

Peter George 12:00am Gough Whitlam forgave Malcolm Fraser in later years. But did he forgive this newspaper reporter?

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Whitlam eyed our conscience, not our wallet

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek lead ALP Members, Senators and staff to lay a wreath for former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the steps of Old Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

Race Mathews 12:02am The great man rekindled hope for a generation that the Labor Party was electable.

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Melbourne's KISA phone keeps it simple always

Simple: KISA developers say even the most basic smartphones are still too complicated.

KATIE CINCOTTA 11:45pm Melbourne company KISA has developed a phone that makes and takes calls – how retro. No touchscreen, no texting, no camera, no social media and no complicated set-up.

Vicki Dunne broadcasts Legislative Assembly public image revamp

Speaker Vicki Dunne.

TOM MCILROY 11:45pm Canberra's Speaker has advised that the broadcasting and publishing of images from the public gallery will be allowed.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Soldiers' smokes were the pancea of all ills

Help her fill a pipe: World War I tobacco fund plea.

IAN WARDEN 11:45pm John McCormack, the Irish tenor, has donated a million cigarettes to the Great War troops, Ian Warden writes.

Immigration, Customs plan cull of bosses for merged entity

Thinning the ranks: Senior management jobs in the Customs Service and the Immigration Department are are to be cut.

NOEL TOWELL 11:30pm Senior executives to be shown the door after a "Transition Process".

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Government denies asking Diggers to take pay cut

PAY ROW: While the armed forces work, their pay rates are being decided.

NOEL TOWELL 11:30pm The controversy over the pay and conditions of Australia's 57,000 sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel that has been raging for two weeks, continues.

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick wins 2014 Women of Influence award

Sex Discrimination Commisioner Elizabeth Broderick.

Claire Stewart 10:30pm All nine judges for the 100 Women of Influence awards voted Elizabeth Broderick not only winner of the Diversity category but also 2014's overall winner.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick chosen as 2014 Woman of Influence

Leading influence: Elizabeth Broderick is the 2014 Woman of Influence, in recognition of her far-reaching work as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

Claire Stewart 10:30pm Judges recognise Elizabeth Broderick's dedication to ensuring women have the opportunity to more flexibly balance paid work and unpaid caring.