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Chinese is Australia’s second most-spoken language, census shows

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Chinese is Australia’s second most-spoken language, census shows

- Canberra: Australia’s population is approaching a tipping point, with nearly as many first- or second-generation migrants as people who are at least third-generation Australians. The 2016 census results, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday, reveal the changing impact of migration. Nearly half (49 per cent) of all Australians were either born overseas (first generation) or have at least one parent born overseas (second generation)

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Witness to bashing of anti-corruption campaigner was once a senior Zimbabwean detective

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Witness to bashing of anti-corruption campaigner was once a senior Zimbabwean detective

- The man who took Ipswich anti-corruption campaigner Jim Dodrill and his father to bushland where they were assaulted on Sunday is a former senior member of the Zimbabwean police Special Branch with experience in covert operations and intelligence. Fairfax Media has chosen not to name the man but can reveal he is a former Detective Superintendent who ran undercover agents in southern African political parties

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Tags: Ethics |  Corruption |  Anti-Corruption | 
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Australia cricket preparing for a lockout

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Australia cricket preparing for a lockout

- THAN 200 of Australia’s top cricketers face unemployment within days, with a bitter pay dispute “extremely” unlikely to be resolved by a deadline on Friday, players’ union boss Greg Dyer has said. Australia’s top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), with the current agreement set to expire on June 30

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Tags: Cricket |  Cricket Players | 
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Johnny Depp threatened with CRIMINAL investigation by Australia’s deputy PM Barnaby Joyce over claims he KNEW smuggling his pet dogs into Oz was illegal

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Johnny Depp threatened with CRIMINAL investigation by Australia’s deputy PM Barnaby Joyce over claims he KNEW smuggling his pet dogs into Oz was illegal

- JOHNNY Depp could face criminal prosecution for perjury after explosive allegations the Hollywood actor and ex-wife Amber Heard knowingly smuggling their dogs into Australia on a private jet. The long-running “War on Terrier” row reared its head again as the country’s Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce again threatened legal action against the Pirates of the Caribbean star. Depp claimed he didn’t know the dogs were brought in illegally when the couple’s fugitive status was revealed in 2015

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New Zealanders in Australia say Kiwis pay too much for food

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New Zealanders in Australia say Kiwis pay too much for food

- When Tiffany Turner first arrived in New Zealand after living in Melbourne, she was shocked at the cost of food. She said fruit and vegetables, bakery items, bread at the supermarket and things made on site seemed to be more expensive. She now spends about $220 a week on average but estimates she would be $35 better off each time if she were still in Australia

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Manny Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

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Manny Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

- BRISBANE, Australia — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao's options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement. The 11-time world champion is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday against the 29-year-old Australian, a school teacher who is in the biggest bout of his professional career

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Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future

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Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future

- Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child's future. "I always wanted a big family and I'm thrilled. But my happiness is altered by what I know is coming with climate change," she said. "I don't like to scare people but the future's not looking very good

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First-home buyers get 'window' of opportunity with Victoria, NSW to cut stamp duty

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First-home buyers get 'window' of opportunity with Victoria, NSW to cut stamp duty

- After years of double-digit house-price growth in Melbourne and Sydney — things are looking up for first home buyers. Cuts to stamp duty from July 1 in Victoria and New South Wales will help would-be buyers trying to break into the housing market, as conditions gets tougher for investors. "There is a window there for first-home buyers and not having a situation we've had in the past, a la the first-home owners scheme which did boost prices," property analyst Louis Christopher said

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Tags: Taxes |  Markets |  Consumers |  Real Estate Markets |  Taxation | 
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Minister's answer undercut by cabinet documents on Sydney-Wollongong rail tunnel

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Minister's answer undercut by cabinet documents on Sydney-Wollongong rail tunnel

- The state government has denied misleading Parliament by saying it never assessed building a tunnel on part of the Sydney-to-Wollongong rail line, despite leaks revealing a detailed report on the matter went to cabinet just over two years ago. Fairfax Media has seen a cabinet-in-confidence rail strategy showing travel times from Sydney to Wollongong would be cut by a quarter by the construction of a $2

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says on-field spats shows the Green Machine cares

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says on-field spats shows the Green Machine cares

- Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his players' on-field arguments prove how much they care about resurrecting their NRL premiership dream. The Raiders are looking to break a three-game losing streak and re-ignite their NRL finals hopes when they play the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night. The Green Machine was tipped as a premiership contender at the start of the year, but is in danger of missing the play-offs and frustrations were plain to see in a loss to Brisbane last weekend

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Teen, 18, the ringleader behind violent thefts that netted $800,000, court told

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Teen, 18, the ringleader behind violent thefts that netted $800,000, court told

- Police allege an 18-year-old is the ringleader behind a series of violent armed robberies at jewellery stores and service stations that allegedly netted a gang items worth about $800,000. Wayel Mana, who has an intellectual disability, faces more than 60 charges, including armed robbery and intentionally causing injury, over robberies across Melbourne between November last year and January, during which teenagers used tools to smash their way into businesses and terrify owners and customers

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Australian cricketers need to be prepared for unemployment as pay dispute logjam continues

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Australian cricketers need to be prepared for unemployment as pay dispute logjam continues

- Australian Cricketers' Association president Greg Dyer says that players will be jumping over the cliff together. Cricket Australia refused to comment More than 200 of Australia's top cricketers face unemployment within days, with a bitter pay dispute "extremely" unlikely to be resolved by a deadline on Friday, players' union boss Greg Dyer has said. Australia's top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), with the current agreement set to expire on June 30

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Tags: Cricket |  Cricket Players | 
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Rebel Wilson to launch fashion label for women size 16 and up

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Rebel Wilson to launch fashion label for women size 16 and up

- It's been a busy time for Rebel Wilson. Following her pay day in court in her defamation suit against glossy magazine publisher Bauer Media for a series of defamatory articles, and the release of the trailer for her new movie, the actress - and champion of the celebrity underdog - this morning announced on Twitter that she was releasing a line of plus-size fashion clothing

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Sydney man has Opal card implanted into hand to make catching public transport easier

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Sydney man has Opal card implanted into hand to make catching public transport easier

- If you have ever been caught fumbling for your Opal card at the ticket gate, a Sydney man may have found the solution. He had the chip from an Opal card inserted into his hand and is now tapping on using the technology that is implanted underneath his skin. Bio-hacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, his legal name, had the Opal near-field communication (NFC) chip cut down and encased in bio-compatible plastic, measuring 1 millimetre by 6 millimetres

Categories: Technology | 
Tags: Information Security |  Hacking |  Hackers | 
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Depp may face perjury charge in Australia over 'war on terrier'

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Depp may face perjury charge in Australia over 'war on terrier'

- SYDNEY (AFP) - Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened on Tuesday (June 27) to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the "war on terrier". The Pirates of the Caribbean star and his then-wife Amber Heard fell foul of Australia's strict quarantine laws when they failed to declare her canines Pistol and Boo on arrival in the country on a private jet in 2015

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Tags: Pets |  Pet Dogs |  Terrier | 
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Papua New Guinea votes with corruption and economic woes key

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Papua New Guinea votes with corruption and economic woes key

- CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea voters are going to the polls in elections dominated by corruption allegations hanging over their prime minister and the South Pacific island nation's deepening economic woes. Voting started Saturday and will continue until July 8 through a complex exercise safeguarded by police and soldiers in a rugged country where few roads penetrate a mountainous jungle interior, and where allegations of corruption and violence often mar elections

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Tags: Ethics |  Corruption | 
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Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith in doubt for Brisbane Broncos clash

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Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith in doubt for Brisbane Broncos clash

- Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith is in doubt to face the Broncos in Brisbane on Friday night. Storm coach Craig Bellamy was coy about the status of his skipper on Tuesday, describing his injury as "bumps and bruises" from State of Origin. Smith did not train but was named to start in the Storm's 21-man squad, but Bellamy stopped short of assuring the veteran hooker would play

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Small business ombudsman turns spotlight on fintech lenders

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Small business ombudsman turns spotlight on fintech lenders

- The small business ombudsman is looking into fintech lenders, in a bid to increase transparency in the sector. Ombudsman Kate Carnell launched a research project this week alongside industry organisation FinTech Australia and independent SME finance expert Neil Slonim from theBankDoctor.org. The project involves surveying fintech small business lenders, culminating in a report identifying industry best practice to help SMEs better understand their fintech borrowing options

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  • Modi dodges notorious Trump handshake with a hug
    Modi dodges notorious Trump handshake with a hug

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    Donald Trump greeted with hug from Narendra Modi on Indian Prime Minister's White House visit So much for handshakes. President Donald Trump found out Monday that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hugger. Mr Modi swooped in for two big bear hugs with the US President during their joint statements in the Rose Garden, wrapping his arms around Mr Trump's midsection and ending their first embrace with a lingering handshake that stretched the President's arm between their two lecterns

     

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  • Careers Australia used notorious sales broker Acquire Learning to boost taxpayer-funded student numbers
    Careers Australia used notorious sales broker Acquire Learning to boost taxpayer-funded student numbers

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    A former staff member claims fallen education giant Careers Australia aggressively targeted higher education taxpayer funding while it was already under severe financial stress. Key points: Careers Australia targeted new taxpayer funds while already under scrutiny Marginalised communities among the targets for student enrolments Rogue sales broker Acquire Learning used to boost sales The company has been plagued by accusations it made hundreds of millions of dollars from vocational education by using dubious sales tactics which pressured vulnerable students into enrolling

     

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