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Australia’s Ryan Harris announces shock retirement due to knee injury

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

Government to beef up ACCC to assist farmers

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

Royal commission running out of time to hear child sex abuse victims

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

Kathy Jackson says she will refuse to appear in court to face HSU civil case

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

George Brandis and the arts funding crisis: one hell of a one-man show

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)

Injury forces Ryan Harris to retire

Australia news

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

Lancashire and Australia’s James Faulkner charged with drink-driving

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

David Warner lifts lid on Walkabout bar run-in with Joe Root

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)

Geocaching: high-tech hide-and-seek

Geocaching

Turnbull not planning further action on ABC's Q&A

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

Northern development plan shows Australia's fraught vision of our tropics

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.

Written …

Australia

FactCheck: is this the greatest period of humanitarian need since WWII?

“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

Making sense of Zaky Mallah

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 …

Hockey v Fairfax should start the debate on defamation law reform

Joe Hockey's successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in …

Defamation

We've agreed to Investor-State dispute clauses before – it's all in the wording

Politicians and diplomats love free trade agreements; but the often secretive Investor-State dispute clauses bother the public. AAP/Dan …

Free Trade Agreement

Secrets and lies: why donor-conceived children need to know their origins

Many children are raised by and form strong parental attachments with adults they're not genetically related to. MjZ Photography/Flickr, CC …

Conception

Family violence victims need support, not mandatory reporting

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)

Deep Blue Something (GC43K9C) — Geocache of the Week

Dean’s Blue Hole Photo by geocacher wiggerl der Bayer

Geocache Name:

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/4.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

The Geocache …

Geocaching

Australian detention centre secrecy laws condemned by world medical body

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)

Tony Abbott is firmly in 'Dubya' mould but the Liberal party is open to change

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

Labor whip Noreen Hay stands aside as electoral fraud allegations investigated

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

Tsunamis: how a new discovery could reduce future devastation – video

Tsunamis

Truffles: Australia could be world's biggest producer in a decade – video

News (Australia)

Federal police raid office of NSW Labor MP Noreen Hay

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.

The …

Policing

Punch-up stops play! Cricket match abandoned as players knock each other for 6

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

Glasshouse Mountains walking track re-opened after 16 months

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

National News

Tasmania’s WHA draft plan rejected by World Heritage Committee

From: Mercury

11:21AM

THE Tasmanian Government will continue its push to

Australia

Volunteer Coins 2015

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 numbers reveal the government didn't 'play god' with the Vietnam draft

The conscription ballot was conducted via a lottery, which was supposed to be unbiased towards any particular date. Jeremy Brooks/Flickr, CC …

Asia

Border Force Act entrenches secrecy around Australia's asylum seeker regime

Lawyers and asylum seeker advocates are concerned that the Border Force Act will have a 'chilling effect' on whistleblowers working in detention …

News (Australia)