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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 House 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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Is milk good for me, or should I ditch it?

By: Veronique Chachay, The University of Queensland and Marina Reeves, The University of Queensland Decades of public health messages have encouraged us to drink milk to strengthen our bones and reduce the risk of fractures as we age. But dairy products have recently come under fire – and not just from paleo dieters and animal welfare supporters. Researchers have linked high ...

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Mauboy apologises for Cup anthem no-show

Jessica Mauboy has apologised for not singing the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup, but still hasn’t explained her absence. The pop diva took to Twitter late on Wednesday to say she was sorry. “I was really looking forward to it and of all the days for things to go wrong, unfortunately this was the one,” she wrote. “I am ...

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Record 218,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean in October: UN

More than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October — a monthly record and nearly the same number of crossings for all of 2014, the United Nations said Monday. “Last month was a record month for arrivals,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told AFP, pointing out that “arrivals in October parallelled the entire 2014.” In ...

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Liberal MP slams Hizb ut-Tahrir stance on National Anthem

Liberal MP Craig Kelly has taken to social media to criticise religious group Hizb ut-Tahrir for reportedly preaching that Muslim children should not be forced to sing the national anthem. In a Facebook post published on Federal Member for Hughes’ page this morning, he wrote: “IF YOU DON’T SHARE THOSE VALUES, DONT EXPECT TO ENJOY THE PRIVILEGES OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP.So Hizb ...

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Cheika named Rugby World Coach of Year

Michael Cheika has been recognised for his rapid transformation of the Wallabies with the World Rugby Coach of the Year Award. Cheika received a rousing ovation when he collected the honour at the World Rugby Awards dinner in London on Sunday in the wake of the Rugby World Cup. Cheika took over the Wallabies’ reins less than a year out ...

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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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Despite disputes key players meet on Syria

The main backers of Syria’s warring factions, including for the first time Iran, have gathered for talks billed as a last chance to pull the country back from destruction. US officials have played down the chances of an early agreement in Vienna on forming a transitional government to pave the way for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s exit. But, if Secretary ...

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El Masri’s lawyer call wife ‘compulsive liar’

Former Bulldogs star Hazem El Masri has pleaded not guilty to two charges relating to the domestic assault of his wife, with his lawyer saying the victim is a “compulsive liar”. The 39-year-old appeared before Bankstown Local Court on Thursday, after being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault following an incident on Monday night. The “hysterical and false” accusations ...

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