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Olympian Michael Diamond's gun convictions overturned

An Australian judge has quashed three firearms convictions against two-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond.The convictions in May had effectively ended the trap shooter's career.The charges related to the alleged improper storage of a gun and rounds in Diamond's car. A judge acquitted him after questioning the legality of a police search.Diamond, 45, is now eligible to reapply for his fire ....

Las Vegas shooting: Bump stocks, used by shooter Stephen Paddock, are selling out in American gun stores

For more than a year, the Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville had no requests for a bump stock — an accessory that transforms a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon capable of firing hundreds of rounds a minute.But following Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the shop fielded several calls from customers asking about the product.The store's owner, Kellie Weeks, said several distributors were o ....

Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's girlfriend arrives in US

The girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock has arrived in the United States, where she is wanted for questioning.Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines, was met by federal agents when she landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, US media report.Reports said Paddock transferred US$100,000 (£75,400) to her in the Philippines before Sunday's shooting.He killed 58 concert-goers and injured ....

Sydney and Melbourne could face 50C days 'within decades'

Australia's two biggest cities could swelter through 50C (122F) days within a few decades, a study has found.Sydney and Melbourne are likely to endure such summers even if global warming is contained to the Paris accord limit of a 2C rise above pre-industrial levels, scientists said.Limiting warming to below that would make 50C days less likely, they said.Sydney reached a record 45.8C in 2013 whil ....

Australia same-sex marriage: 'Majority' quick to return survey

More than half of eligible Australians have already voted in a non-binding survey on legalising same-sex marriage.The nation began voting on 12 September on whether to change its law to allow same-sex couples to wed. The survey will finish on 7 November.If a majority of Australians support same-sex marriage, PM Malcolm Turnbull has promised that parliament will debate amending the Marria ....

MH370's enduring mystery 'almost inconceivable', report says

Australian investigators have delivered their final report into missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, saying it is "almost inconceivable" the aircraft has not been found.MH370 disappeared in 2014 while flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board.The search for the jet, also involving Malaysia and China, was called off in January after 1,046 days.Australian searchers said they "dee ....

Manus Island: Refugee held by Australia found dead

A Sri Lankan refugee who was being detained by Australia in Papua New Guinea has been found dead.The Tamil man, 32, died in a suspected suicide after receiving treatment for mental illness, refugee advocates said.Australia controversially holds refugees and asylum seekers who arrive by boat in centres on PNG's Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru.Nine detainees have died since 2013 - inclu ....

Las Vegas shooting: 20 dead, scores injured in mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival on Las Vegas' famous entertainment strip.Police have locked down parts of the Strip after a high-powered weapon was fired at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.Sherriff Joseph Lombardo said officers located the gunman on the 32nd floor of th ....

Gas export controls on hold as Government strikes deal with suppliers

Australia's largest gas companies have assured the Federal Government they will increase supply to the eastern states next year, potentially avoiding an energy crisis and export restrictions.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with the heads of Santos, Shell and Origin this morning, repeating his threat to cap their exports unless they directed more gas to the local market.The meeting came after t ....

Why marriage equality is union business

In the lead up to and following the announcement of the plebiscite, now survey, on changing the Marriage Act, unions have played a prominent role in promoting and resourcing the Yes campaign.Senior union officials have been speakers at rallies, there have been large union contingents at protest marches and unions — especially peak bodies such as Victorian Trades Hall Council and the Austral ....

Bali volcano: Are flights cancelled? Are tourists in danger? What about travel insurance?

Bali's Mount Agung is on the verge of erupting.And when volcanoes erupt in one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations, it normally means the travel plans for thousands of Aussies are thrown into chaos.So if you've got a ticket to head to Bali in the next few weeks, what should you do? And will your travel insurance cover you if Mount Agung does erupt?Major airlines haven't cancell ....

India v Australia: Hosts top one-day rankings after completing series win

Third one-day international, IndoreAustralia 293-6 (50 overs): Finch 124, Smith 63, Bumrah 2-52India 294-5 (47.5 overs): H Pandya 78, Rohit 71, Cummins 2-54India won by five wicketsScorecardIndia have moved to the top of the ICC one-day rankings after completing a series win against Australia with two games to spare.Aaron Finch hit 124 from 125 balls for Australia in their 293-6 in Indor ....

SSM argument shows our political debate is captured by the fringe

I must admit Tony Abbott does not ordinarily put me in mind of French philosophers, but the former prime minister's slightly swollen lip, the product of an alleged headbutt from Astro 'Funknukl' Labe, a 38-year-old DJ wearing a "Yes" badge, has had me dusting off the books.Consider the words of Raymond Aron:"Lucidity demands effort: passion automatically goes at a gallop."The same-sex marriage deb ....