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Bees swarm rescuers after fatal lorry crash in Australia

Australian rescuers have recounted wading through bees after a lorry carrying millions of the insects overturned, killing a man and trapping another. The driver died in the crash early on 13 December near Albany, Western Australia, while his passenger suffered serious injuries. About 200 beehives were disturbed when the lorry rolled, authorities said. The first responders endured a difficult effort ...

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Akubra girl Dolly's bullying suicide shocks Australia

A 14-year-old girl who as a child was the face of iconic Australian outback hat firm Akubra has taken her own life over online bullying, say her family. In a Facebook post, the father of Amy “Dolly” Everett called for more awareness of bullying so his daughter’s life “will not be wasted”. Akubra also expressed its condolences, issuing a call ...

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Deadly irukandji jellyfish 'drifting south towards Gold Coast' as sea temperatures rise

Queensland Expert warns Queensland’s tourism industry could face future collapse after stinger found at Fraser Island and a boy stung on sunshine coast <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> A marine stinger warning sign is seen at a beach in Townsville in far-north Queensland. Experts warn venomous irukandji jellyfish are drifting south. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP Queensland Deadly irukandji jellyfish ‘drifting south ...

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Sugar tax: why health experts want it but politicians and industry are resisting

Health The Australian Medical Association has kicked off debate again, but how does a sugar tax operate? And do they even work? <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> A sugar tax in Mexico has lead to a steep decline in sugary-drink purchases. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Health Sugar tax: why health experts want it but politicians and industry are resisting The Australian ...

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Coalition accuses WA of having a 'whinge' over funding pledge for remote housing

Indigenous Australians WA housing minister says Turnbull government turning its back on Indigenous Australians as Scullion urges state to match $1bn NT investment <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Federal minister for Indigenous affairs Nigel Scullion has called on Western Australia’s government to ‘show me the money’ and invest in remote housing. Photograph: Lucy Hughes Jones/AAP Indigenous Australians Coalition accuses WA ...

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Union denounces outsourcing of home affairs department call centre

Australian trade unions Public Sector Union says deal with Datacom puts sensitive personal information at risk, reduces transparency and will degrade the quality of service <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> A decision to outsource a government call centre from has provoked a furious response from the Public Sector Union. Photograph: Ace Stock Limited/Alamy Australian trade unions Union denounces outsourcing of ...

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George Pell accuser dies before cardinal faces child sexual abuse committal hearing

George Pell Damian Dignan alleged Pell sexually assaulted him while he was a student in Ballarat East, which Pell denies <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Cardinal George Pell attends court hearing ahead of historical child abuse committal hearing Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images George Pell George Pell accuser dies before cardinal faces child sexual abuse committal hearing Damian Dignan alleged Pell ...

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NSW transport minister apologises to Sydney train commuters for network 'mess' – video

Play Video 1:26 Andrew Constance apologises to passengers and admits the train network has been a ‘mess’ the past two days. Constance says he has asked transport officials to provide a report on the network chaos. Damage to rail infrastructure caused by lightning strikes combined with a lack of available staff led to major delays on multiple train lines in ...

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Eight people accused of doping horses before races in Victoria

Horse racing Trainers and employees linked to industry heavyweight Aquanita accused of administering sodium bicarbonate to horses <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Use of sodium bicarbonate or other alkalising agents, above a certain level which a horse can consume in food, is forbidden under Australian rules of racing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Horse racing Eight people accused of doping horses ...

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George Pell's lawyers given ABC interviews in relation to child sexual abuse allegations

George Pell Cardinal’s lawyers tell court hard drive containing footage and transcripts was handed over in response to subpoena <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Cardinal George Pell has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to defend himself against multiple historical sex offence charges in Australia. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP George Pell George Pell’s lawyers given ABC interviews in relation ...

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