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Baird warns upper house to pass power bill

NSW Premier Mike Baird has put opposition parties on notice that he expects them to honour his mandate to partially privatise the state’s electricity assets. Mr Baird wants to introduce into parliament as soon as possible the legislation to lease 49 per cent of the NSW electricity network for 99 years for about $13 billion, helping create a $20 billion ...

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Middle East prepares for meltdown as Sunni states bomb Yemen

Afshin Shahi, University of Bradford Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and known to have more weapons than citizens, has been a security nightmare for some time – but its recent downturn has finally spurred its neighbours to military action. An unprecedented coalition of Sunni states has lined up to preserve what they consider as the legitimate Yemeni ...

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Labor claims renewal in election defeat

Luke Foley has lauded NSW Labor’s renewal and claimed the party is once again a credible opposition following Saturday’s election result. Speaking to party faithful in Sydney’s inner west, Mr Foley said he expected the defeated Labor party to finish with a number of seats in the mid-30s after winning only 20 at the 2011 poll. “We’ve gone from a ...

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Baird claims NSW victory

A triumphant Mike Baird claims he’s been handed a mandate for his controversial power sell-off plan after being comfortably returned as NSW premier. Mr Baird confirmed his status as the Liberal Party’s golden boy by securing the coalition a second term in government despite the Labor reclaiming lost ground. “We sought a mandate to make NSW great and tonight the ...

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Bob Carr: “It’s time we recognise the Palestinian state”

  Bob Carr, former New South Wales Premier (1996-2006) and former Australian Foreign Minister (2012-2013) has had his fair share of time in the political limelight, but his latest role advocating for the recognition of a Palestinian state is arguably his most controversial. While some say Bob Carr is moving with the times, others claim Bob Carr, who launched Labor ...

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Australian Box Office: The top 10 film for the weekend of March 19-22

Sci-fi sequel Insurgent took hold of the Australian box office over the weekend. Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, the sequel to Divergent, grossed $4.12 million for its opening weekend. Kids film Home, featuring the voices of Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Rihanna and Steve Martin was second with $2.8 million, according to figures released by the Motion Picture ...

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Weekend wrap up: Harmony Day on Display

Harmony Day is a day where people from different backgrounds unite within their communities to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and the sense of belonging that comes with being a multicultural society. Several community events took place around the nation and El Telegraph Weekend was on location to report on the community events that took place in Sydney’s culturally diverse St. ...

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NRL refs told to let game flow

NRL referees have come under fire after failing to let the action flow in Canterbury’s 16-12 win over Manly at Brookvale Oval on Friday night. Manly players remonstrated on-field and premiership-winning coach and commentator Phil Gould likened the officiating to that of under-6s game after the Sea Eagles were repeatedly called back to play the ball for walking off the mark. The ...

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Cancer fears in France over implants

France’s national cancer institute says there is a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 cases of the rare disease – anaplastic large cell lymphoma – since 2011, linked to the silicone breast implant. Given the rarity of the cases, the ...

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NSW Election 2015: Reverend Fred Nile responds to the critics

Rev. Fred Nile has been in parliament for over 34 years, and as leader of the Christian Democratic party he says he is often misquoted and misunderstood. Whilst on the campaign trail, Rev. Nile spoke exclusively to El Telegraph Weekend about what his party stands for and what he thinks is the right political direction for Australia. “I have often ...

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