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ACT News

Lazarus enters challenging arena

11:26pm In Year 10, Glenn Lazarus was told he’d amount to nothing.

Victoria

Victoria Police to ramp up ice tests for drivers

BEAU DONELLY 11:12pm Police will drug test 100,000 drivers for methamphetamine over the next 12 months as authorities attempt to tackle the ice epidemic gripping Victoria.

Political News

Australia delivers military stores as UN gives support

10:53pm Australia has made its first delivery of "military stores" in northern Iraq, Defence announced on Tuesday night.

League News

Why Stephen Dank is still the most important player in ASADA scandal

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ROY MASTERS 10:00pm Stephen Dank, the most reviled man in football’s supplements saga, has suddenly become the most significant.

League News

Retiring prop Brett White to bid farewell ''a happy footballer''

Brett White reflects on a stellar career ahead of his final match for the Raiders on Saturday.

JON TUXWORTH 10:00pm Canberra Raiders prop Brett White will farewell the game a "happy footballer" in the knowledge egos have been replaced by a team-first culture he is convinced will lead the club back to its glory...

League News

NRL concedes wrestling tactics to stay

Ben Barba of the Broncos winces in pain as he is tackled against the Dragons.

ADRIAN PROSZENKO 10:00pm It’s the scourge of the game, the biggest turnoff for fans, players and coaches alike. But the NRL admits it is all but powerless to stamp wrestling out of rugby league.

Health

Australian health care: where do we stand internationally?

STEPHEN DUCKETT With all the talk about our health system being unsustainable, how do we perform against our peers?

Diet & Fitness

Watching action movies makes you eat more

JOHN VON RADOWITZ 'We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too.'

League News

Knights table offer to keep band of brothers

ADRIAN PROSZENKO Newcastle has moved to ward off the poachers by tabling lucrative offers to retain Sione, Chanel and Pat Mata'utia until the end of 2018.

League News

League finals: Topping the ladder or dropping to 10th ... what are the odds?

MICHAEL CHAMMAS There's plenty to play for as teams with final aspirations go into the last round.

Victoria

Case studies: After the Hazelwood mine fire

LARISSA NICHOLSON Brian Bosel left Morwell when fire first hit the Hazelwood mine.

Technology News

FBI joins manhunt for hackers who leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities

Victim: Jennifer Lawrence.

HANNAH FRANICS, PATRICK BEGLEY The leaking of a trove of nude images of celebrities, including those of beloved actress Jennifer Lawrence, has triggered a manhunt for the culprits, with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation...

ACT News

Mr Fluffy campaigner Brianna Heseltine could stand for ALP

Brianna Heseltine, with her baby Marcus, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly with fellow Mr Fluffy home owners, family, and friends.

TOM MCILROY Canberra asbestos campaigner Brianna Heseltine has joined the Labor Party and could contest the 2016 ACT election.

ACT News

Opening of Tone, Colour and Space art festival

About Town: Scenes from the official opening of Tone, Colour and Space at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Horseracing

Sprinter ready for McEwen Stakes

A pleasing gallop has trainer Mick Price convinced Lankan Rupee can continue his winning ways in the McEwen Stakes.

Victoria

Elderly pedestrian struck by car

BEAU DONELLY An elderly man has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a reversing car in the CBD on Tuesday.

AFL News

Lumumba not retired, not quitting

Heritier Lumumba is still happy to be a Pie.

MICHAEL GLEESON Chatter about walk-outs at Collingwood swept the Twittersphere on Tuesday.

League News

Issac Luke cleared to play for Souths by NRL judiciary

Cleared: Issac Luke will line up for Souths against the Roosters on Thursday night.

DOMINIC BOSSI South Sydney Rabbitohs star Issac Luke is free to play against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday after being cleared of a grade one dangerous contact charge in an emotional judicial hearing.

AFL News

Finals pressure always finds out the faint-hearted

Secret Footballer

THE SECRET FOOTBALLER My first finals campaign almost never happened. In the final home-and-away game of that season,

Political Opinion

Superannuation: The Coalition helps the workers

Peter Martin

PETER MARTIN We've dodged a bullet. Had compulsory super contributions climbed as legislated Australian workers would have lost 0.5 per cent of wages from their next increase, 0.

Theatre

Malthouse pushes the boundaries

CAMERON WOODHEAD The 2015 season will mark a change in approach and embrace creative renewal.

ACT News

Tone, Colour and Space

Linzie Nardi?of Gungahlin and Rachel Rooney of?Chisholm.

Crowds gathered at the Tugerranong Arts Centre for the Tone, Colour and Space exhibition by Lake Tuggeranong College Students.

Soccer

Qatar to be based in Canberra during 2015 Asian Cup

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CHRIS WILSON The 2011 Asian Cup’s host nation Qatar will base itself in Canberra in the lead-up to next year's tournament in Australia.

Queensland

Inquest to consider day care baby monitors

A coronial inquest into the death of a five month old infant will hear expert opinion about whether electronic baby monitors should be mandated in day care facilities.

AFL News

North Melbourne push for Bulldog Higgins

North Melbourne is interested in free-agent Bulldog Shaun Higgins.

JAKE NIALL North Melbourne is a serious contender to snare free-agent Bulldog Shaun Higgins, as the Roos continue their aggressive push into the free agency market.

NSW

NSW Ambulance apologises to family who drove sick baby to hospital

ALEXANDRA BACK NSW Ambulance has apologised to a mother and father who were forced to drive their sick two-month-old baby to a Sydney hospital when there were no ambulances available.

Victoria

Child drowns in Melbourne house

BEAU DONELLY A young child has drowned at a house in Melbourne's north-west.

Victoria

Darebin council overlooks concerns over chief executive Rasiah Dev to boost rich pay packet

CLAY LUCAS An inner-city council has boosted its chief executive's pay to almost $400,000 a year, despite a leaked internal report saying the council's customer service "lacks functional effectiveness".

League News

Jamal Idris v Konrad Hurrell: the elephant and the rhinoceros

On the rampage ... Jamal Idris takes on the Bulldogs defence.

MICHAEL CHAMMAS It's the battle between the elephant and the rhinoceros - that's how Jamal Idris eloquently puts it.

Victoria

Apology allows Geoff Shaw circus to survive another day

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw says sorry (Thumbnail)

JOSH GORDON It was perfunctory and business-like, but in the end Geoff Shaw probably did the bare minimum required of him to ensure his survival for the eight sitting days remaining before the November 29...

Video World News

Australian dies in Bolivian bus crash

MELANIE KEMBREY Vision has emerged of a Bolivian tour bus crash that left 10 people dead, including 25-year-old Australian Kurt Steel.

NSW

Chris Hartcher tells ICAC he was 'not aware' his office passed on illegal donations from Nathan Tinkler's company

Chris Hartcher leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption after giving evidence.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN, KATE MCCLYMONT There was a rare outbreak of political bipartisanship at a corruption inquiry as senior state Labor and Liberal figures were forced to deny improper dealings with a company linked to embattled coal...

Environment

Rethink on Barrier Reef offshore dumping proposal

TOM ARUP Approval to dump millions of tonnes of dredging sludge on land, rather than in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, will be sought by the companies wanting to expand a coal port next to the world...

AFL News

Blood profiling shows benefits of home training for Magpies

Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren.

JON PIERIK Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren has revealed blood profiling of his players during the heat of a Melbourne summer found training at home provided similar results to the more expensive option...

Cartoons

Cartoons for Wednesday September 3

Our cartoonists' unique view of the world.

AFL News

Twenty years on, exciting finals series looms

Nathan Buckley of Collingwood tackled by Peter Matera of West Coast in a qualifying final in 1994.

MATT MURNANE The four finals that lie ahead this weekend have the potential to match 1994 for suspense and drama.

Political Opinion

Tony Abbott bullish as mining tax demise gives Coalition a much-needed boost

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MICHAEL GORDON Tony Abbott has been able to tick off a key pre-election promise, just in time to buoy his backbench on the eve of the government's first anniversary of taking power.

AFL

Tyson Goldsack close to re-signing with Collingwood

Tyson Goldsack is close to re-signing at Collingwood.

Political News

Mining tax repealed after deal struck with Palmer

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

LISA COX, JAMES MASSOLA, GARETH HUTCHENS The Abbott government has finally delivered on a key election promise and repealed the mining tax after striking a compromise with the Palmer United Party, but at a $6.

Fashion

Curvy models at Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week

Aussie retailer TS14 celebrated average sized women by showing curvy models at Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week.

Political News

Palmer demanding concessions over TPVs

SARAH WHYTE AND MICHAEL GORDON Clive Palmer has signalled he will support restoring temporary protection visas only if the Abbott government removes asylum seeker children from Christmas Island and Nauru.

Cricket

Clarke won't keep selection concerns to himself

Clarke

CHLOE SALTAU Hamstrung Australian captain Michael Clarke has refused Darren Lehmann's request to keep his concerns about selection private and declared he has no intention of quitting one-day cricket after the...

Victoria

Donations by developers should not be banned in Victoria, says Planning Minister Matthew Guy

Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

CLAY LUCAS Donations by developers should not be banned in Victoria, Planning Minister Matthew Guy says, arguing that following New South Wales' lead to ban them would "criminalise one part of the business...

AFL News

New faces aplenty in All-Australian shortlist

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis is in the mix for selection.

JESSE HOGAN More than half of the 40 players shortlisted for this year's All-Australian team are in contention to make the final cut for the first time.

Consumer Security

Nude photos leak: how safe are you in the cloud?

HANNAH FRANCIS Security experts have cast doubt on the safety of the cloud as a place to store digital files in the wake of hundreds of nude and semi-nude female celebrity photographs being leaked online.

National

Gates to Canberra's best gardens to stay open despite closure of Open Gardens Australia

VANESSA LAM Canberra’s spring open gardens program will go ahead despite the closure of Open Gardens Australia next year.

Political News

Turkey urges Australia to stop outflow of jihadists

Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra, Reha Keskintepe.

DAVID WROE Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra blasts as "unfair" international calls to tighten the country's border with Syria to stem the flow of foreign jihadists.

Union News

Confusion over James O'Connor's plans despite Queensland Reds deal

Runaway success; James O'Connor scores a try for Toulon on the weekend.

RUPERT GUINNESS The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.

AFL News

Is this year's Rising Star crop the most even ever?

No one at the Brisbane Lions thinks Lewis Taylor's season has as been bettered.

EMMA QUAYLE There are few more subjective awards than the Rising Star.

Business

Super funds warn future rises in peril

MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Australia's $1.85 trillion superannuation industry has decried the government's surprise decision to again delay an increase in the super guarantee.

National

No certainty in election promises and unprofitable taxes

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JACQUELINE MALEY It was the tax that dared not speak its name, mostly because, well, it didn't actually raise any real money.

NSW

CFMEU instructed staff to delete emails, royal commission hears

Kylie Wray, who directed staff to delete the emails.

ANNA PATTY The construction workers union directed all staff and officials to clean out their emails despite being issued with an order to produce electronic documents to the royal commission into union...

Video Behind the Scenes

Would you open $180,000 worth of wine?

That's the question a local wine collector has asked himself about his three bottles of 1951 Grange.

ACT News

Drugs and weapons seized in Canberra raids

BEN WESTCOTT A 24-year-old man was arrested and drugs and weapons seized in a series of raids across the ACT on Friday.

Victoria

Money launderers jailed over $900,000 crooked cash scheme

A man and woman involved in a money laundering scheme have been jailed.

ADAM COOPER A Finnish national and a Chinese man have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in an international money laundering scheme in which almost $900,000 was seized in Melbourne.

Victoria

Hazelwood fire cost more than $100 million

Morwell smoke troubles.

DARREN GRAY The cost of the devastating Hazelwood coalmine fire has been estimated at more than $100 million, a cost borne by Victorian taxpayers, the local community and the owner and operator of the mine, GDF...

World

The Facekini

The bizarre face mask craze is the latest in fashion on the beaches of China.

Queensland

Robert John Fardon arrested after alleged bail breach

Rapist Robert Fardon

CAMERON ATFIELD Notorious sex predator back behind bars seven months after release.

Victoria

Morwell should have been evacuated a week earlier: report

LARISSA NICHOLSON Victoria's chief health officer should have told vulnerable people in Morwell to relocate more than a week earlier than she did, as fire raged in the nearby Hazlewood coal mine, according to a report.

Video Federal Politics

Palmer deal dominates question time

PUP deal dominates question time (Thumbnail)

The government taunts Labor during an impassioned question time on Tuesday after striking a deal with Palmer United to abolish the mining tax and delay superannuation increases.

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