NSW stamp duty nets $13.8 billion — and some are calling for reform of the tax

NSW stamp duty nets $13.8 billion — and some are calling for reform of the tax

Posted June 18, 2018 08:05:17 Photo: Five suburbs across Sydney contribute more than $1 billion in stamp duty (ABC News: Nour Haydar) Despised by property buyers, it is the New South Wales Government’s most lucrative source of revenue. Last financial year, stamp duties and land taxes, levied on home-buyers and …

ACT, NSW crews get Beard industrial fire under control overnight

ACT, NSW crews get Beard industrial fire under control overnight

Posted June 18, 2018 07:36:19 Photo: Crews from ACT and New South Wales attended the fire on Sunday night. (Supplied: ACT ESA) An industrial fire that burned about 1,000 square metres in the ACT suburb of Beard overnight is under control, with air-quality tests to continue through the day. Fire …

RSPCA, farm lobby furious over political delay in live export abuse penalties – ABC Rural

RSPCA, farm lobby furious over political delay in live export abuse penalties – ABC Rural

Animal welfare and farm lobby groups are infuriated that political delays are preventing tougher penalties for live exporters who break animal welfare laws. There is bipartisan support for the Federal Government’s proposed crackdown — including jail time and millions of dollars in fines — on live exporters responsible for sheep …

Amazon’s facial recognition technology is being used to identify celebrities. Could it soon spot you? – Science News

Amazon’s facial recognition technology is being used to identify celebrities. Could it soon spot you? – Science News

Hundreds of years of technological innovation and here we are: a machine that can tell a Witherspoon from a Kidman. Both the New York Times and Sky News in the UK used Amazon’s machine-learning platform to identify guests at the Royal wedding in May, but for some, this clever deployment …

Morning mail: ‘Large-scale’ military drills in South Korea to be suspended | Australia news

Good morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 18 June. Top stories South Korea and the US are expected to announce the suspension of “large-scale” military drills next week, with the provision that they will restart if North Korea fails to keep its …

TAFE fees scrapped for some apprentices to help combat the NSW skills shortage

TAFE fees scrapped for some apprentices to help combat the NSW skills shortage

Posted June 18, 2018 06:31:31 In an attempt to get more people into trades, the NSW Government has announced it will scrap the TAFE fees for 100,000 apprentices. In tomorrow’s state budget the government will allocate $285 million for the scheme and it will take on the cost of courses …

Fake scotch and tequila are being sold in liquor stores, and you don’t need to look far to find it

Fake scotch and tequila are being sold in liquor stores, and you don’t need to look far to find it

Updated June 18, 2018 06:02:32 Photo: The spirits are widespread on Australia’s east coast. (ABC News) Australian bottle shops are doing a roaring trade in fake imported spirits, leaving consumers short-changed and, in some cases, potentially putting drinkers at risk. Key points: Fake scotch and tequila are being sold in …

Dreamworld fatal accident: Coronial inquest into deaths on rapids ride begins

Dreamworld fatal accident: Coronial inquest into deaths on rapids ride begins

Updated June 18, 2018 05:47:19 Fifteen seconds after a large water pump feeding Dreamworld’s usually tame Thunder River Rapids ride failed, four people were dead. Two years on, their families are a step closer to getting answers about what went so horribly wrong. Today a coronial inquest will begin at …

Aquarius migrant ship arrives in Spain after rough week at sea

Aquarius migrant ship arrives in Spain after rough week at sea

Posted June 18, 2018 05:57:36 Photo: A man waves as he disembarks the Aquarius in Valencia after a gruelling week on the sea. (Supplied: SOS Mediteranee) A migrant rescue boat turned away by Italy and Malta has arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a gruelling voyage which has …

World Cup: Socceroos’ and Wallabies’ ‘gallant’ performances? Fetch me a bucket – FIFA World Cup – Russia 2018

World Cup: Socceroos’ and Wallabies’ ‘gallant’ performances? Fetch me a bucket – FIFA World Cup – Russia 2018

Posted June 18, 2018 05:11:25 Photo: Many Socceroos fans would have had their sleep disrupted by thoughts of what could’ve been. (Reuters: Sergio Perez) Gallant, adjective: (of a person or their behaviour) brave; heroic. Synonyms: brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, bold, plucky, daring, fearless, intrepid, heroic, lionhearted, stout-hearted, doughty, mettlesome, great-spirited. …