Australia

Firefighters who helped stop alleged Sydney stabber ‘don’t feel like heroes’

The firefighters who helped tackle the alleged Sydney stabber last week say they don’t feel like heroes. The four members of the Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Drummoyne Fire Station revealed how they stumbled upon the unfolding horror in the city last Tuesday and sprang into action. They were on their way back from two minor calls in the ...

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Sydney lord mayor calls snap Pyrmont planning review an ‘astounding betrayal of trust’

Clover Moore warns NSW planning rules at stake after Berejiklian says suburb is ‘open for business and ready to be taken to the next level’ The lord mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has warned that “the entire credibility of the planning system” in New South Wales is at stake after the premier intervened to order a speedy review of planning ...

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Sydney stabbing suspect Mert Ney ‘suffering’ in custody without medication, lawyer says

Man accused of killing Michaela Dunn and stabbing another woman needs pain relief and mental health aid, according to lawyer The lawyer for a man accused of murdering one woman and stabbing another in the Sydney CBD has again called for his client to receive pain and mental health medication, saying his previous requests fell on deaf ears. Mert Ney, ...

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Morrison: middle Australia has lost faith in public sector

Scott Morrison to map out overhaul of public service while Josh Frydenberg will promise banking changes before end of year The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking ...

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Visa character test change ‘could mean fivefold rise in deportations’

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Actto provide grounds for visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been ...

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Australia negotiating with US to boost dwindling fuel supply

Australia is in talks with the United States to buy millions of barrels of oil to boost dangerously low levels of fuel held on domestic soil. The Morrison government is negotiating with the Trump administration to access the oil from America’s own fuel reserve, as Australia hunts for a way to address dwindling local supply. Australia has enough petrol and ...

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Australia won’t host U.S. missiles, prime minister says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the United States revealed ambitions to site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. Officials from both governments held talks in Sydney over the weekend that ended with a joint statement in which the two allies pledged to strengthen opposition to Chinese ...

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Israel Folau launches court proceedings against Rugby Australia, NSW Waratahs over unfair dismissal claim

Sacked former rugby union international Israel Folau will today launch court proceedings for unfair dismissal against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs. Folau’s multi-million-dollar contract was terminated in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell. Rugby Australia said the post breached its professional players code of conduct — a decision that was upheld ...

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Labor senator urges tax on digital companies to stop them ‘pillaging’ Australian economy

Australia should tax digital companies based on their revenue and extend superannuation to all working Australians, new Labor senator Tony Sheldon has said. In an interview ahead of his first speech on Wednesday, Sheldon said he would hold technology companies including Uber, Facebook, Amazon and Google accountable for “failing our economy and democracy” and “disrupt the disrupters” by calling for ...

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US backers of rightwing Australian conference say CPAC event won’t be one-off

The powerful US backers of a conservative conference being held in Sydney next week say they are committed to making the event a “multi-year, forever-type project” aimed at galvanising the right wing of Australian politics. The organiser of the first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, says the event will “not be a one-off” and that its US backers, the ...

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