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Rebel Wilson deserved right to reply before liar accusations published, court told

Actor’s barrister says Bauer had a campaign to ‘take down’ Wilson and attempted to ‘neutralise’ her responses
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Rebel Wilson deserved the right of reply before a magazine painted her as a serial liar, and an apology after the articles went to print, a Melbourne court has been told.

The Hollywood star sat through day two of a court of appeal hearing on Thursday as the publisher of Woman’s Day challenged supreme court of Victoria orders it must pay her $4.5m for defamation.

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Researchers create super sponge that mops up oil spills

Australian scientists say new polymer can remove crude oil and diesel from seawater
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Oil spills could be soaked up by a new floating substance that combines waste from the petroleum industry and cooking oil, according to new research led by South Australia’s Flinders University.

The new polymer, made from sulphur and canola cooking oil, acted like a sponge to remove crude oil and diesel from seawater, according to a new study published in the Advanced Sustainable Systems journal. The polymer can be squeezed to remove the oil and then reused.

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My town is so green there's no plastic, so why is my tree covered in it? | Brigid Delaney's diary

When my editor asked me to live without plastic, I knew it would be easy. Except for the mystery of my tree

Last week my mum was driving me from the coast up to my house, to stay for a couple of days, when I decided to ask her something that had been perplexing me.

“Mum, why did you wrap the tree in my backyard in plastic?”

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Israel Folau's anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players

All Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%” opposition to comments on homosexuality made by the Australian rugby star Israel Folau in a series of tweets supporting “diverse” sexual orientations.

The 42-Test New Zealand rugby star added his voice to a growing list of high-profile figures inside the game condemning Folau’s comments, including World Cup referee Nigel Owens, Super Rugby player Brad Weber, Wallaby Nic White and Welsh great Gareth Thomas.

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Rodrigo Duterte says he personally ordered arrest of Australian nun

Philippine president tells soldiers he had Sister Patricia Fox, 71, detained after she insulted him

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The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has said that he personally ordered the detention of an Australian Catholic nun, warning that any foreign critics of his government face deportation.

Sister Patricia Fox, 71, a longtime resident of the Philippines, was detained by the immigration bureau on Monday on suspicion of engaging in political activities. She was released without charges the next day.

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Great Barrier Reef: 30% of coral died in 'catastrophic' 2016 heatwave

Report chronicles ‘mass mortality’, the extent and severity of which has shocked scientists
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Scientists have chronicled the “mass mortality” of corals on the Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that says 30% of the reef’s corals died in a catastrophic nine-month marine heatwave.

The study, published in Nature and led by Prof Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, examined the link between the level of heat exposure, subsequent coral bleaching and ultimately coral death.

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Mad Max: will courtroom feuding put the brakes on a Fury Road sequel?

George Miller’s dystopian romp left audiences desperate for more. Yet even in a world teeming with unwanted follow-ups, we may not get it

George Lucas once argued that The Phantom Menace was the Star Wars movie he would have made back in the 1970s, had special effects technology been sufficiently advanced. With Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller took that concept – the turbo charged, high-end revamp – and managed to get it out of first gear.

Where The Phantom Menace had only the most ardent of Star Wars acolytes begging for more, few movies of recent years have left audiences wanting a sequel like Fury Road did, with its haul of $379m (£267m) at the global box office and six gongs at the Oscars. Miller has been happy to allow rumours to proliferate of at least two more episodes set in postapocalyptic Australia, not least the tantalising prospect of a Furiosa spin-off starring Charlize Theron as the one-armed feminist totem. But we have heard very little – beyond occasional rumblings about battles between Miller’s production company and Warner Bros studio over profits from the film – about when we might actually get to see them.

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Australia doesn’t exist! And other bizarre geographic conspiracies that won’t go away

A theory denying the existence of the country is gaining ground. But the suggestion that countries and cities are mere figments of our imagination is a meme that dates back to the birth of the web

Australia doesn’t exist. The signs were there the whole time: in what country is the only thing more poisonous than the snakes the spiders? How did we ever believe that kangaroos were a thing?

This discovery, believed by some to be a joke or a conspiracy theory, has been circulating on social media in recent weeks after being formulated on Reddit in early 2017. Except it turns out not to be the only theory of its kind: through the years, online sleuths have found that all sorts of places don’t exist.

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Australia’s real leadership failures are in politics, not cricket | Van Badham

Where’s the national outrage over a terrified boy being abandoned to violent despair by our political leaders?

Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has been caught on video shoving some yellow sticky tape into his underpants. Fortunately – or unfortunately – there was a cricket match in play at the time.

The image of him shoving sticky tape into his underpants was broadcast live to the crowd at the Newlands ground in South Africa, and they booed.

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My 17-hour Qantas odyssey in kangaroo pyjamas

The airline has made history with its first non-stop flight from Australia to the UK. Here’s what it was like to be on board

This is the story of a flight. But it starts with a few caveats. Firstly, it is not a normal flight – the passengers are not your average travellers as they include ministers, CEOs and more journalists than politicians would normally be comfortable sharing a small space with.

Secondly, it is not your average payload – the luggage includes cameras, tripods and special pyjamas – and it is a history-making flight. The first to connect Australia and the UK, non-stop. And, thirdly, your Guardian correspondent doesn’t normally fly business class – so this is a dose of unreality.

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