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MP cleared of calling opponent’s family ‘murderers’

Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk has won a defamation case against a former council candidate who claimed she urged people not to vote for him because his family were “murderers and drug dealers.” In September 2012, real estate agent and Independent candidate Rabie Chehade, claimed that the Miss Mihailuk pointed at a sign showing his name and photo and said in ...

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Weather Playlist

When you can experience four seasons in a day, you need a playlist that will get you through rain, hail or shine. There’s nothing worse than listening to upbeat music when you’re soaked to the skin and in need of a warm shower, or listening to Gary Jules’ ‘Mad World’ when the weather is warm. The following songs will get ...

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India heatwave deaths top 1700

Hospitals in India are battling to treat victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed more than 1700 lives in just over a week – the highest number recorded in two decades. Hundreds of mainly poor people die at the height of summer every year in India, but this year’s figures are already the highest since 1995, when official data ...

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Backing Multicultural Small Businesses

Minister for Small Business John Barilaro is encouraging the Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese small business communities to meet with recently recruited multicultural business advisors in Fairfield, Merrylands and Cabramatta. On board the Small Biz Bus in June will be four dedicated business advisors to support small business owners with frontline services that helps their businesses grow and develop. “The ...

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Depp dogs saga could deter stars: Doohan

Film stars like Johnny Depp will be less likely to come to Australia after the saga surrounding the actor’s dogs, his friend Mick Doohan has warned. The five-time motorcycle racing world champion said although he thinks Depp found the ordeal “quite humorous”, he was surprised about the media attention over smuggling in his pooches Pistol and Boo. The so-called “war ...

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Film legend Omar Sharif has been diagnosed with an illness

Egyptian-born film legend Omar Sharif, star of such classics as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965), is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his agent has said. The agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed news first reported by the Spanish daily El Mundo, which cited the 83-year-old actor’s son Tarek. Kenis gave no further details in an email to AFP. Known for ...

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10 Ways You Can Help Nepal After the Deadly Earthquake

Want to help Nepal? Then do one or more of the following things: Donate to a major charity Companies like (but not limited to) World Vision, Oxfam and the Red Cross are on the ground in Nepal helping with relief efforts. Whichever is your preference, giving money to charities who have specific operations on the ground will be one of ...

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Q & A with Jason Clare MP

Q & A with Jason Clare MP Shadow Minister for Communications and Member for Blaxland Jason Clare sits down for a Q&A session with Naomi Tsvirko, answering questions about metadata retention legislation, the proposed budget, media representation of western Sydney and the future of the Australian Labor Party.   ON METADATA RETENTION LEGISLATION NAOMI TSVIRKO: Once the metadata retention bill ...

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Depp unofficial face of Aust biosecurity

Hollywood star Johnny Depp has unwittingly become the face of a campaign telling the world not to mess with Australia’s hard-line biosecurity regime. That’s how the federal government is promoting its “war on terrier” after winning Australia widespread international attention for telling Depp’s dogs to “bugger off” back to the United States or be put down. “There’s a lot of ...

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Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

Amid a bitter public fight with Israel’s government, President Barack Obama has donned a yarmulke and pitched his nuclear deal with Iran and the case for a Palestinian state directly to US Jews. Visiting Washington’s conservative Adas Israel synagogue on Friday, Obama embarked on a Hebrew-sprinkled charm offensive which stressed that US-Israeli relations encompass more than just official links with ...

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