Business

Australia a US aircraft carrier: Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called Australia “a Pacific theatre aircraft carrier for the United States” in an appearance before the Cambridge University debating society in the UK. Speaking by video link on Wednesday night from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s been holed up since 2012, he took a swipe at Western media control, saying the press served ...

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Teens pose security threat: government

Children as young as 14 could pose a significant threat to Australia’s national security, Attorney-General George Brandis has told parliament as he introduced a fifth tranche of anti-terrorism legislation. Senator Brandis said it was important that law enforcement was well equipped to stop terror attacks. “This is the case even where the threats are posed by people under the age ...

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PM meets with Prince Charles

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with Prince Charles in Canberra. Mr Turnbull, an avowed republican, hosted His Royal Highness and wounded veterans and their families at Government HouseĀ on Wednesday. Meanwhile the Prince of Wales’ wife, Camilla, was taken around the grounds of the Yarralumla residence by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove’s wife for some kangaroo spotting. Charles later met with federal ...

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China ends one-child policy: state media

China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy, with the official Xinhua news agency saying that all couples would be allowed two children. It cited a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party after a four-day meeting in Beijing to chart the course of the world’s second-largest economy over the next five years. China is “abandoning its decades-long ...

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Local Business: Roseland Jeweller celebrates 50 years

Roselands Centre Jewellers invited locals to a ‘sparkling journey’ on Tuesday night. Launching the latest Swarovski collection on the store’s 50th birthday, the jeweller’s also celebrated 120 years of Swarovski Innovation. Loyal customers swarmed around the elegant jewels on show, purchasing their favourite pieces and adding others to their christmas shopping list. Shop attendants were please with the turn out ...

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Brown visa decision after 28 days: Dutton

US rapper Chris Brown has 28 days to show why he should be allowed into Australia. The 26-year-old singer, who is due to arrive for a series of concerts in December, has been issued with a formal notice from Australian officials stating they intend to refuse his visa on character grounds. The R&B star was convicted in 2009 of assaulting ...

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Domestic violence national shame: PM

Violence against women is one of Australia’s great shames, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. The prime minister has unveiled a $100 million package to tackle the issue, including measures to better train frontline officers and funding for 20,000 mobile phones for at-risk women. “Violence against women is one of the great shames of Australia. It is a national disgrace,” he ...

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Facebook working on ‘dislike’ button

Facebook, pressed for years by users to add a `dislike’ button, has announced it is working on the feature. “We’ve finally heard you,” CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a public town hall meeting in Facebook’s hometown of Menlo Park, California on Tuesday. A question submitted online by a user asked the oft-repeated question of why there were no buttons ...

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Australia to take 12,000 Syrians

Australia will boost its refugee and humanitarian intake by 12,000 permanent places and provide more than $40 million for United Nations efforts to deal with the Syrian crisis. It’s also understood the green light has been given to RAAF bombers entering Syrian airspace to hit Islamic State targets. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce the cabinet decision, endorsed ...

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Tributes pour in for Virginia reporter and cameraman killed on-air

Two journalists were shot and killed in Moneta, Virginia today while conducting a live news segment, their station has confirmed. WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed in an attack at Bridgewater Plaza during a live interview that has also left one injured. The incident occurred around 6:45am, during the channel’s morning broadcast. It is ...

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