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Kathy Jackson admits paying ex-husband $50,000 from union slush fund

Kathy Jackson.

ANNA PATTY 5:40pm Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has admitted to using funds from a union slush fund to write her former husband a cheque for $50,000.

Voluntary Euthanasia Party's Max Bromson dies in motel room: Philip Nitschke

Max Bromson

10:56am A terminally ill South Australian man who ran for the senate for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party has taken his life in a Glenelg motel room, says campaigner Philip Nitschke.

Social media users could be charged for sharing Wikileaks story

Julian Assange

MEX COOPER 4:11pm Social media users could land themselves in legal hot water if they decide to share Wikileaks' reporting of a secret supression order made by the Victorian Supreme Court.

Brett Lee says he 'supports human rights' over bats signing furore

Barrage: Brett Lee.

LUCY CORMACK 9:52am Australian cricketing great Brett Lee has said any suggestion that he does not support human rights is "totally wrong".

WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order

Julian Assange: 'The Australian government is not just gagging the press, it is blindfolding the public.'

Philip Dorling 11:42am WikiLeaks has struck again, releasing the text of a secret court order that cannot be published in Australia.

Job seekers could be forced to turn to crime, expert warns

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Dan Harrison, Anna Patty Young job seekers denied unemployment benefits could be forced to turn to crime or sex work to survive, employment services providers have warned.

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Morrison accused of 'state sanctioned child abuse'

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SARAH WHYTE A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.

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Unemployed will 'give something back'

Paint brush dipped in green paint.

GARETH HUTCHENS The federal government has revealed details of what will constitute work-for-the-dole activities, saying the jobs will be designed to help job seekers ''give something back to the community''.

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Internet 'tax' may fund new spy laws

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GENERIC- NBN, optic fibre, optical fibre, technology, internet, high speed broadband, broadband, cable.

MATTHEW KNOTT Phone and internet customers could face a ''surveillance tax'' of up to $100 a year if the federal government implements a scheme requiring companies to store customer data for two years, the telecommunications sector warns.

Divorce doesn't always lead to fights over the spoils

Just divorced

MIKI PERKINS 12:15am Acrimony. Bitterness. Financial ruin. The assumption that couples who get divorced fight endlessly when they divide up the spoils is wrong, according to new Australian research.

Beyond Blue chairman Jeff Kennett says young people biased against indigenous Australians

Called lazy: Greg Fryer

ERYK BAGSHAW 12:14pm A new study into attitudes towards indigenous Australians shows that discrimination and racist attitudes are pervasive.

AFP issues warrants for Australian ISIL fighters Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar

ISIL fighter

Rachel Olding Federal police have issued arrest warrants for two Sydney men accused of fighting with terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

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Data retention scheme would lead to surveillance tax on consumers, say telcos

Critics of the mandatory data retention proposal say consumers will end up paying for it.

MATTHEW KNOTT A compulsory data retention scheme could cost consumers money, if the government doesn't pay for it, inquiry told.

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Latrobe Valley brown coal plant mothballed

TOM ARUP The Energy Brix brown coal power plant and briquette factory in the Latrobe Valley will be mothballed and the majority of its 37 workers made redundant.

Gina Rinehart says MRRT scrapping "isn't about making Gina richer"

Gina Rinehart’s $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in WA has reached the halfway point of construction.

Mining magnate joins with resources giants in call to drop mining tax to allow Australia to compete internationally.

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CFMEU takes complaints about leaks to police

'Gravely concerned': CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan leaving the royal commission earlier this month.

ANNA PATTY The CFMEU has requested the Australian Federal Police investigate apparent leaks about witnesses and evidence from the Trade Union Royal Commission.

Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee under fire for signing cricket bats

LUCY CORMACK Glenn McGrath has responded to a barrage of social media criticism after he and Brett Lee were dragged into a row over a deal the government made with India over 157 asylum seekers.

What happened to the fair go?

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Record numbers of Australians are sleeping rough as concerns about global inequality rise. Michael Green reports on the growing gap between rich and poor.

Bill Shorten must take on ALP's factions, Mark Latham says

Mark Latham

JAMES MASSOLA Former Labor leader Mark Latham says Bill Shorten needs to do more to take on the entrenched power of the ALP's factions.

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New rules for young job seekers an 'aberration'

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PETER MARTIN Opinion Red tape? It's only just begun. Forcing job seekers to apply for 40 jobs each per month will bombard employers with more than 1 million applications per day, every working day of every year.

Work for the dole schemes do not work: economist

Jeff Borland.

Gareth Hutchens, Anna Patty, Dan Harrison A respected workplace economist says there is no evidence ''work for the dole'' schemes work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for political rather than economic reasons.

Melbourne cinema fears Titanic will be buried in film archive 'red tape'

Leonardo DiCaprio and  Kate Winslet in <i>Titanic</i>.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN A cinema in Melbourne fears 'Leo' may have died for the last time in the format James Cameron intended after a rare print of Titanic is to be moved to the National Film and Sound Archive.

Shoppers happy to buy goods made overseas

Shoppers are happier to buy foreign-made products.

ESTHER HAN Shoppers are no more loyal to “Made in Australia” goods than they were a decade ago, but are rapidly feeling comfortable about filling their homes with foreign-made goods, especially from Germany and the US, research shows.

Some MH17 victims' remains may never be found: AFP

Brian McDonald with the Australian Federal Police during a press briefing in Donetsk.

Daniel Hatch There is a real possibility that not all the remains of MH17 disaster victims will be recovered, the Australian Federal Police confirmed yesterday.

Art dealer Peter Gant tells court of gun threat over fake painting

'It looked like a Drysdale and smelled like a Drysdale': Art dealer Peter Gant.

Anne Davies Bankrupt Melbourne art dealer Peter Gant said an irate client, Robert Ojeda, had arrived at his business premises "with his henchmen and a big gun" to demand the return of $250,000 which he had paid Mr Gant for a Russell Drysdale painting in 1988 or 1989.

Stem cell treatment warnings after Australian woman dies in Russia

Patients may be able to use their own stem cells to grown organs.

BRIDIE SMITH Authorities are warning of the risks of unproven stem cell treatments available in Australia and overseas after the death of an Australian woman in Russia.

ABC investigation reveals claims of abuse in NSW cult

Pastor Scott Williams.

Alexandra Back Self-appointed religious guru Pastor Scott Williams used the followers in his pseudo-Christian cult to run a homosexual sex ring and steal money from his followers, an ABC Four Corners investigation reveals.

Grain industry research reaps $60 million for improved crops

Grain

DARREN GRAY More than $60 million will be spent on a range of agricultural research projects over the next five years including to develop better varieties of grain that produce bigger crop yields - and hopefully better profits - for Australian farmers.