James Hird confesses he had reached ‘breaking point’

James Hird reached breaking point when he took an overdose of sleeping pills, saying he was in deep clinical depression. The former Essendon star AFL player and coach has commented publicly for the first time since he was taken to hospital in January. Hird spent five weeks in a mental health facility and he said it was life-changing. “Everyone has ...

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Aussie man’s petrol bill row with Thrifty employee goes viral

Sometimes you need to take a stand, even if it’s only about a $10 bill. And your case can be helped significantly by having your mobile phone with you to film it. Those are the lessons Melbourne man Adam Falzon says he’s learned after his argument with a Thrifty employee over a rental truck petrol bill went viral this week. ...

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Tabcorp hit with $45m fine for anti-laundering breaches

Regulators say the gambling company breached the Act 108 times over five years.Picture: Getty Images An Australian court has fined gambling company Tabcorp a record $45 million for failing to comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing obligations. The Federal Court on Thursday approved a settlement reached between the Sydney-based company and regulator AUSTRAC after finding Tabcorp breached Australia’s Anti-Money ...

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Mark McGowan promises to work with top cop O’Callaghan

New WA Premier Mark McGowan says he will be “very professional” with the state’s long-serving police commissioner, despite a colleague threatening to replace him before Labor won the election. Police Minister Michelle Roberts, who held the portfolio from 2001-2005 in the Gallop government, warned Karl O’Callaghan in February last year his time would be up after he said changes to ...

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Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade hopeful former captain Gary Ablett can return to fitness, top form

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade is hopeful it might be a case of addition by subtraction when it comes to fallen superstar Gary Ablett. That is – Ablett minus the captaincy equals a return to fitness and top form for the dual-Brownlow medallist. “I think it’s helped Gary,” Eade said after Ablett stepped down from the role in November to ...

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$600 fine for school-zone speeder also caught on phone

The excuse for what police described as the car “weaving everywhere” was: “I was just changing the music”.Picture: WA Police Not content with just speeding through a Perth school zone at 15km/h over the limit, one unlucky driver was also caught using their mobile phone. According to a Twitter post from WA Police, the double whammy has cost that driver ...

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Think you had it bad with puddles in winter? Try waves of snow

Many of us will have stood a little close to the road during winter and copped a spray from a passing car speeding through a puddle. If you’re especially unlucky, you might have been drenched by a passing bus. But that’s nothing compared with the fate of these New York train passengers as the Amtrak train arrived at the Rhinecliff ...

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Police hunt for Hocking hit-and-run driver

The ute crashed into two stationary vehicles that had stopped behind a school bus.Picture: Kalgoorlie Miner Drivers of two cars travelling behind a school bus were lucky to escape serious injury when a black Mitsubishi Triton ute crashed into their vehicles. Police are now searching for the driver of the ute who fled the scene. Police traffic officers are calling ...

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Bali travellers warned after surge in measles in WA

People travelling to Bali are being urged to check they are vaccinated against measles.Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto West Australians heading to Bali are being urged to make sure they have been vaccinated against measles, following a recent surge of cases contracted on the island. WA Health Department medical epidemiologist Gary Dowse said measles infection had been confirmed in four adults, who ...

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US slowdown data ‘noise’ gives investors pause

US Fed chair Janet Yellen still expects further improvement in the labour market.Picture: AP The Australian sharemarket reversed a knee-jerk rally after the US Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected but failed to boost growth optimism. The S&P/ASX 200 index jumped 0.5 per cent at the open following the 0.8 per cent bounce in US stocks last night. But ...

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