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Australia have suffered a devastating blow ahead next week’s Ashes series with the news that key bowler Ryan Harris has been forced to retire through injury.
Harris, 35, was ruled out of the Australians’ final warm-up match against Essex on Wednesday after suffering what team management termed …Australia
The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat …Agriculture
The chair of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is worried there will not be enough time for all victims to tell their story, despite a two-year extension to the inquiry.
Justice Peter McClellan says the royal commission has already held more than 3,600 private …Child Abuse
Former Health Services Union head Kathy Jackson says she has no intention of going to court to face a multimillion dollar lawsuit, despite a judge ordering the trial to go ahead.
The former national secretary is being sued by the union for more than $2.5 million over claims she used $660,000 of …Law
The Australian arts sector held a crisis meeting in Sydney on Thursday night. More than 120 arts leaders from around the country attended to discuss what to do about one of the gravest threats to Australian culture in decades. Meanwhile, I received an email from a commissioning producer at a …News (Australia)
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris' battered right knee has finally given out on him, ending his days in the baggy green less than a week before the first Test of the Ashes series he had hoped would be the capstone on his international career.
In a grievous blow to Australia's plans for …Australian Cricket
The Australia and Lancashire all-rounder James Faulkner has admitted making “an error of judgment” after being charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester police. Faulkner, 25, has been released on bail and faces a court hearing in Manchester on 21 July.
Cricket Australia, which has also …Australia
Two years after the most infamous punch in cricketing history David Warner has finally lifted the lid on his run-in with England’s Joe Root in Birmingham’s Walkabout bar.
Despite expressing regret Warner has never before spoken in detail about his clash with Root which occurred in the early hours of …News (Australia)
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not planning any further action in relation to the ABC's Q&A program. AAP/Stefan PostlesThe ABC’s Q&A …Malcolm Turnbull
Australia is a big blank map, and the whole people is constantly sitting over it like a committee, trying to work out the ways to fill it in.
“We acknowledge that right now the world is going through its greatest period of humanitarian need seen since the second world war. There are more …Factchecking
Under wraps with my annual winter cold much of this week, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the Q&A/Zaky Mallah affair. I’ve read the angry …
Joe Hockey's successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in …Defamation
Politicians and diplomats love free trade agreements; but the often secretive Investor-State dispute clauses bother the public. AAP/Dan …Free Trade Agreement
Many children are raised by and form strong parental attachments with adults they're not genetically related to. MjZ Photography/Flickr, CC …Conception
Mandatory reporting of family violence on a woman's behalf threatens dignity and takes away her power. Andreas Levers/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAAt first …News (Australia)
Dean’s Blue Hole Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer
Why this is the Geocache of the Week:
The Geocache …Geocaching
The World Medical Association has condemned new secrecy laws in Australian detention centres, and called on the prime minister, Tony Abbott, to amend the new laws to allow medical staff to speak out about the healthcare of asylum seekers.
On Wednesday, more than 40 doctors, nurses, teachers and …Health Care (Australia)
Does Tony Abbott know that on current form he’s drifting into being Australia’s version of George W. Bush? That bomber jacket, the boxer’s gait, the “God bless” the border force, the cartoonish projections of Australia’s (real and complex) national security threat that somehow increase the sense of …Tony Abbott
New South Wales Labor whip Noreen Hay has stepped down from the position as police carry out an investigation into possible electoral fraud.
Australian federal police raided the member for Wollongong’s electoral office on Wednesday, nearly seven months after receiving a referral from the Australian …Fraud
Australian federal police have raided the electoral office of the NSW Labor MP for Wollongong, Noreen Hay.
An AFP spokesman confirmed officers searched a Wollongong property on Wednesday after receiving a referral from the Australian Electoral Commission relating to alleged electoral fraud.
One man in his 60s is taken to hospital and a man aged in his 40s is arrested after the match in Basildon
A cricket match had to be abandoned after players ended up in a fight.
The punch-up involved a player from each side in the fourth XI encounter.
A man in his 60s was taken to hospital and a man …Codes of Conduct
A POPULAR walking trail in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park has been re-opened after major work.Walking
Tasmania’s WHA draft plan rejected by World Heritage Committee
THE Tasmanian Government will continue its push to …Australia
Last summer I had an idea. Get a group of reviewers together and make a coin. It had been many years since reviewers and volunteers had their own …Coin Collecting
The conscription ballot was conducted via a lottery, which was supposed to be unbiased towards any particular date. Jeremy Brooks/Flickr, CC …Asia
Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates are concerned that the Border Force Act will have a 'chilling effect' on whistleblowers working in detention …News (Australia)