Embattled speaker Kezia Purick received ‘favourable treatment’ because of links to Chief Minister’s mum, MLA claims

Embattled speaker Kezia Purick received ‘favourable treatment’ because of links to Chief Minister’s mum, MLA claims

Posted December 01, 2018 10:36:47 Photo: MLA Robyn Lambley said Michael Gunner did not sack the speaker because his mum is employed by her. (ABC News: James Purtill) Independent Alice Springs MLA Robyn Lambley has accused Chief Minister Michael Gunner of failing to disclose that his mother works for Speaker …

Shane Mumford AFL comeback, Giants to sign Mumford in supplemental selection period

Shane Mumford AFL comeback, Giants to sign Mumford in supplemental selection period

Shane Mumford is officially a Greater Western Sydney player again but coach Leon Cameron has admitted his gamble to return to the AFL is no guarantee to succeed. The 32-year-old rejoined the Giants as a rookie on Saturday under the AFL’s new pre-season supplementary rules after a year out of …

Think you can’t sing? This Port Macquarie choir wants to prove you wrong

Think you can’t sing? This Port Macquarie choir wants to prove you wrong

Posted December 01, 2018 09:44:49 Related Story: Regional Pub Choir proves its success away from city Related Story: Pub choir raises the bar for wannabe singers Anyone can sing — that’s the philosophy behind a singing event in regional New South Wales. “If you can sing in the shower you …

Christmas tree farmers battle dry conditions to provide festive cheer

Christmas tree farmers battle dry conditions to provide festive cheer

Posted December 01, 2018 09:58:30 Finding the perfect Christmas tree might on the cards for some families this weekend, but spare a thought for growers who have been battling to keep their crops — and Christmas hopes — alive. Key points: Dry conditions forced growers to hand water Christmas trees …

Taxi drivers in outback NT’s Gove Peninsula accused of ripping off vulnerable people

Taxi drivers in outback NT’s Gove Peninsula accused of ripping off vulnerable people

Posted December 01, 2018 09:42:12 Photo: Aboriginal people rest in the shade beside the Gove taxi rank. (ABC News: Matt Garrick) Accusations of misconduct have been levelled against the taxi industry in a remote Northern Territory town, including credit cards being “held hostage” and a driver selling a pack of …

Ukraine bans Russian men 16 to 60 travelling to country over fears of ‘private armies’

Ukraine bans Russian men 16 to 60 travelling to country over fears of ‘private armies’

Posted December 01, 2018 08:19:55 Ukrainian officials have banned Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country over fears they could form “private armies”. Key points: Ban is in response to heightening tensions between the neighbours It follows Russian border guards opening fire on …

Earthquakes in Alaska buckle roads and trigger tsunami warning

Earthquakes in Alaska buckle roads and trigger tsunami warning

Posted December 01, 2018 08:42:31 Photo: A section of road in Anchorage collapsed during the earthquakes, trapping a car. (AP: Dan Joling) Back-to-back earthquakes measuring magnitude-7 and 5.8 have rocked buildings and shattered roads in Alaska, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for residents …

Free press backwater: how to change the defamation laws that stifle Australian journalism | Law

Geoffrey Rush would have zero chance of securing a successful libel verdict if he sued in the United States over the “inappropriate behaviour” story. The same would apply to the cricketer Chris Gayle and the actor Craig McLachlan. The first amendment combined with the supreme court’s 1964 landmark case of …

China’s 40 years of economic reform that opened the country up and turned it into a superpower – China power

China’s 40 years of economic reform that opened the country up and turned it into a superpower – China power

Posted December 01, 2018 06:11:23 When Hua Dong first heard punk rock in the early 90s, he was listening to a damaged CD he bought cheaply from a Chinese black market — likely salvaged from a pile of foreign plastic trash. Key points: Deng Xiaoping introduced the concept of the …

Tasmania’s east coast isn’t officially in drought, but farmers say the dry weather ‘speaks for itself’

Tasmania’s east coast isn’t officially in drought, but farmers say the dry weather ‘speaks for itself’

Posted December 01, 2018 08:23:14 Photo: Like many others on Tasmania’s east coast, David Amos has seen dry weather persist. (ABC News: Declan Gooch) David Amos has been checking the rain gauge on his property at Cranbrook, on Tasmania’s east coast, for about 50 years. Rain records for the property …