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Defence to investigate hazing acts on navy vessel HMAS Ballarat

David Wroe A navy frigate used to intercept and rescue asylum-seeker vessels to Australia's north is at the centre of a military investigation into bizarre hazing rituals carried out on young sailors.

Gillard still in demand on Ballarat's walk of fame

David Ellery The good burghers of Ballarat hope that now Kevin Rudd has given Julia Gillard some unstructured time she will be able to visit to unveil her statue on the Prime Ministers Walk.

The Bankstown to Ballarat Bash

Participants in the 2013 Bankstown to Ballarat Bash gather at Greenacre before their 10 day journey travelling over 4,000 kms  ending up in Ballarat
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Thursday August 22 2013

Participants in the 2013 Bankstown to Ballarat Bash gather at Greenacre before their 10 day journey travelling over 4,000 kms ending up in Ballarat.

Blaze near Ballarat destroys homes

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat.

Nino Bucci and Bridie Smith Homes near Ballarat were destroyed and seven people treated in hospital after an out-of-control grass fire swept through Snake Valley on Tuesday night

University of Ballarat podcast

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Special Promotion: The University of Ballarat brought Telstra on board to do an ICT assessment across both the staff and student bodies at the university.

'Had a gutful': Ballarat man faces death in Bali

Karlis Salna A Victorian man who has been detained in Bali allegedly carrying a large quantity of drugs could face the death penalty.

Technically, the kids are all right

Eliza Gregurke.

Andrew Masterson Cyber bullying, update-addiction, sexting - everything unpleasant about social media, from one perspective, is the fault of the Grateful Dead.

A force to be reckoned with

John Silvester There is a union that even the right-wingers seem to love. It doesn't strike, only veers left at traffic lights, and the only green cause it embraces is drinking beer on St Patrick's Day.

Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley warns of challenges from expanding region

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David Wroe Australia's military is facing greater challenges to keep ahead of expanding powers in the neighbourhood as it tries to protect trade routes vital to the lifeblood of the economy, Chief of the...

Navy's hazing accused to avoid court martial

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David Wroe Navy sailors accused of sexually assaulting their comrades in hazing rituals aboard HMAS Ballarat will avoid court martial after the military prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence against...

Is 'Pell Pot' the Pope's perfect prefect?

Rick Feneley, Nick Miller and Leesha McKenny Is George Pell the right candidate to be God's banker?

Australian of the Year: Adam Goodes mixes sorrow with celebration on Australia Day

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Stephanie Wood and Tim Elliott He has been crowned Australian of the Year. But for Adam Goodes, Australia Day is a time of mourning: ''It's a very sad day for a lot of our mob.''

Obesity problem most acute in rural areas

Fight against flab.

Dan Harrison Health Correspondent People in some rural areas of NSW are three times as likely to be obese as residents of Sydney's north shore, according to data to be released on Thursday.

Navy to investigate hazing ritual claims

David Wroe Vice-Admiral praises sailor who reported alleged bastardisation on HMAS Ballarat.

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

HMAS Ballarat.

Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...

Asylum seeker stand-off delays navy sex assault investigation

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David Wroe Military police have been delayed in starting an investigation into possible sexual assaults among navy sailors because the ship involved is helping in the asylum-seeker stand-off with Indonesia.

An ACT of love as gay couple begin their 'great journey' in marriage

Ivan Hinton and Chris Teoh

Tony Wright ''Ladies and gentlemen,'' announced wedding celebrant Roger Munson, ''I have the great privilege of introducing to you Chris and Ivan, husband and husband.''

Writing on wall for pencil and paper electoral rolls

Voting goes online.

Leanne Nicholson Over the decades little has changed at polling centres on election day.

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Annie King: more than a footnote in the mystery of Burke and Wills expedition

Dan Harrison A visiting British lord found he had much in common with an extended family of Aborigines from central Australia.

The hard word on the street

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Charity fund-raisers are a common public sight but a backlash against unscrupulous methods has led to stricter regulation in Britain. Should it happen here? Julia May reports.

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