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Canadian Melina Roberge 'sorry' for role in Australian cruise ship drug scheme

A Canadian woman was recruited by her "sugar daddy" to make a drug smuggling trip look like a holiday, she told an Australian court. Melina Roberge, 24, refused to name the man in court, saying she feared for the safety of her family back home, Australian media reported. Roberge is one of three Canadians who has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle cocaine on a ship into Australia. She and Andr ....

Rebel Wilson: Australia media firms fail in defamation case bid

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has accused Australian media firms of "colluding" with a magazine publisher in their bid to contest a record defamation payout.The Australian actress was awarded A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) last year, after arguing that articles by Bauer Media had portrayed her as a serial liar.Bauer is appealing against the sum, Australia's largest defamation payout.A bid by six Aust ....

CCC report attacks WA Police for 'oppressive' tasering of motorist in Fremantle

Disturbing new footage has emerged of a man being tasered by WA Police after being pulled over for a random breath test, with the state's corruption watchdog finding the actions of the officer involved were "unreasonable and oppressive".The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) report found the officer involved acted unlawfully and committed serious misconduct in his actions, which cul ....

Helicopter crash off Whitsundays leaves two dead, one seriously injured

Two people have died after a helicopter crashed on a remote Barrier Reef pontoon off the Whitsunday islands in North Queensland, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says.It is understood there were five people aboard the helicopter when it crashed at the Hardy Reef pontoon.The ATSB said one other person was seriously injured and two people suffered minor injuries in the accident.Emer ....

Australia's MCG bans parking over security concerns

Australia's largest stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), will ban cars from parking at the venue for big events under a new security plan.The decision is designed to reduce the likelihood of a vehicle attack that could target a crowd, the stadium's board said.Two such incidents took place in Melbourne last year, killing a total of seven people. Similar incidents have caused horror ....

National Geographic: 'Our coverage was racist'

US magazine National Geographic says its past coverage of people around the world was racist.It ignored non-white Americans and showed different groups as exotic or savage, propagating "every type of cliché", editor Susan Goldberg said.The magazine's April edition is dedicated to race and it has asked a historian to look at past issues.It decided to re-examine its coverage to mark 50 years si ....

Tooth of ancient megashark stolen in Australia

A tooth that belonged to an ancient giant shark has been stolen from a World Heritage Site in Australia, authorities have said.The 8cm (3in) tooth went missing from an undisclosed location in a remote national park in Western Australia.The fossil came from the Megalodon species, a giant predator that is believed to have died out about 2.6 million years ago.Authorities suspect the tooth was deliber ....

Barnaby Joyce labels report of 10 complaints 'patently absurd'

The president of the West Australian Nationals Party was warned by a state politician there could be an "avalanche of allegations" relating to "10 complaints" against former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, ranging from "inappropriate behaviour" to "more serious allegations".
Details of the claim are included in an internal Nationals document obtained by the ABC.When it was first publ ....

Russian spy Sergei Skripal: How nerve agents can destroy the body in minutes

UK police today announced they believe a nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter.Nerve agents have been used in chemical warfare since WWII and have been linked to a number of high-profile assassinations, including in the case of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un's exiled half brother last year, who died 20 minutes after being given a highly to ....

Crown Casino in Melbourne evacuated as man with backpack 'acting erratically' is arrested

A man with a backpack has been arrested after reports he was acting "erratically" at Melbourne's Crown Casino, which forced an evacuation of the venue's first floor, police have said.Speaking outside the venue, Acting Commander David Clayton from Victoria Police said officers were called there about 3:30pm."They were called there in relation to a male with a backpack acting erratically," he sa ....

Michaelia Cash forced to withdraw threat to reveal rumours about women in Shorten's office

Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash has been forced to withdraw her threat to name "every young woman" in Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's office about whom, she claims, "rumours abound".
Senator Cash made the threat during a tense Senate Estimates hearing in which Labor senator Doug Cameron repeatedly asked the Minister about her newly hired chief of staff and that person's employment record. ....

Jacinda Ardern 'creepy' 60 Minutes interview sparks anger

An Australia TV interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in which she was called "attractive" has been widely criticised as "creepy".In an interview on current affairs show 60 Minutes, veteran reporter Charles Wooley said he was "smitten" by the PM.He also asked Ms Ardern, who recently announced she is pregnant, when her baby was conceived.60 Minutes later defended itself, sayi ....

Michael McCormack: Ex-journalist becomes Australia deputy PM

A former regional newspaper editor, Michael McCormack, has been chosen as Australia's new deputy prime minister.He replaces Barnaby Joyce as leader of the Nationals, the governing coalition's junior partner.Mr Joyce resigned on Friday over his affair with a former staffer, after holding the post for two years.Mr McCormack, a relatively unknown conservative, has attracted criticism for a column ....

Qantas Airways sees record half year profits

Australia's national flag carrier, Qantas Airways, has posted record profits for the six months to December.The firm, which has been through a major restructuring in recent years, booked underlying profits of 976m Australian dollars (£547.m; $761.48m).Three years ago, the flying kangaroo, as the airline is affectionately known, posted record losses.Its turnaround to profit is seen as one of t ....

Israel foiled 'plane terror plot' in Australia

Israel helped avert an alleged terror plot in Australia to bring down a plane last year, both nations have confirmed.Last July, Australian police charged two brothers over an alleged plan to blow up an Etihad Airways flight travelling from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.In a speech in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu credited his nation's intelligence agencies with preventing "an u ....

Paddy Moriarty's Irish family comes forward as NT police request DNA tests to confirm link

Northern Territory Police believe they have made a breakthrough in locating the family of missing Irish-born man Paddy Moriarty, as locals raise concerns his house is being damaged by scavengers.Mr Moriarty disappeared on December 16 last year from the Pink Panther Hotel in the remote town of Larrimah, about six hours south of Darwin.Police are treating it as a suspicious missing persons cas ....

As Malcolm Turnbull takes to the air, Tony Abbott jumps on the airwaves to criticise policy

Within hours of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaving for the United States, his predecessor was openly criticising government policy and casting doubt on re-election.
The former prime minister's proposal to drastically cut Australia's migration intake by 80,000 places was publicly shut down by Cabinet ministers Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison today, who said it would be a $4-5 billion hi ....

Australian tax staff told to report 'long lunch' colleagues

Australian public servants have been told to anonymously report their colleagues if they are wasting time at work or spending too long at lunch.The Australian Taxation Office sent out a memo to 20,000 staff in December urging them to be aware of workmates' behaviours, local media reported.It encouraged staff to report things like inaccurate timesheets or those who read the newspaper for to ....