Category Archives: Australia news

Cruise ship on which big brawl broke out docks in Melbourne

It’s believed days of fighting preceded the scuffle and led to 23 members of a family being forced off

A cruise ship that had to have 23 members of an unruly family booted off after a mass brawl has docked in Melbourne.

Passengers described three days of mayhem during what was supposed to be an ideal holiday through the South Pacific.

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Australia's coalition in crisis as PM goes to war with deputy over affair

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce trade blows over Joyce’s affair with a member of his staff

A classic political sex scandal with a distinctly Australian flavour threatens to derail a near century-old coalition of the country’s leading conservative parties.

In one corner is the deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, a bush hat-wearing, celebrity dog-deporting, rural politician who’s been busted for having an affair.

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Mullet Fest: Australian town to crown 'best mullet of them all'

Kurri Kurri festival to judge entrants on hairstyle, overall presentation and stage presence

A small Australian town is laying claim to the title of being the country’s home of the mullet by hosting a festival to celebrate the hairstyle that’s all about business at the front, party at the back.

The inaugural Mullet Fest in Kurri Kurri, 150km north of Sydney, will honour the best cuts in five categories – everyday, grubby, “ranga” (red hair), women’s and junior. Entrants will be judged on haircut, overall presentation and stage presence.

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Malcolm Turnbull does the time warp with his ministerial sex ban | Gay Alcorn

The PM was right to say standards must be updated. But he used regressive language that would make any feminist wince

It is impossible to isolate Malcolm Turnbull’s declaration that from now on, ministers are banned from having sex with their staff from everything else that’s swirling around.

The irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the prime minister and the deputy prime minister and the turmoil that must cause the government.

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Australia bans ministers from having sex with staff after Barnaby Joyce scandal

Malcolm Turnbull responds to ‘shocking error of judgment’ by deputy PM, who had a relationship with a former staffer who is now pregnant

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will move to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff, in response to a scandal which has engulfed the deputy prime minister and leader of the National party, Barnaby Joyce.

Turnbull announced the ban at the end of a parliamentary week dominated by controversy over Joyce’s relationship with a former staffer, Vikki Campion, which began when Sydney’s Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph effectively confirming the end of Joyce’s 24-year marriage, and Campion’s pregnancy.

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Turnbull bans ministers from sexual relations with staff after Joyce's 'shocking error' – politics live

Prime minister announces changes to ministerial standards and says Barnaby Joyce has inflicted ‘terrible hurt and humiliation’ on his wife, children and new partner. Follow developments live

7.27am GMT

Cathy McGowan, who last week suggested a #bonkban might be needed for parliament house, has put out a statement following the prime minister’s edict:

Indi MP Cathy McGowan says a code of conduct for everyone working at Parliament could still be required #auspol

7.20am GMT

Mark Dreyfus is on ABC radio continuing the prosecution of Barnaby Joyce for “misleading” parliament.

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Children at risk of 'catastrophic' injuries at indoor trampoline parks

Injuries sustained include bone fractures, concussion and spinal and brain injuries

The number of Australian children sustaining serious injuries at indoor trampoline parks has increased as the activity grows in popularity, a new report has shown.

Researchers analysed a range of injury surveillance databases and found nearly 500 children presented to hospital emergency departments across three Australian states from 2012 to 2017 due to injuries suffered at indoor trampoline parks.

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Biohacker fights for 'cyborg rights' after implanted travel card cancelled

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow had Opal chip placed under skin of his left hand

A body-hacking scientist has said he plans to launch legal action against the New South Wales government after it cancelled a travel card he had surgically implanted in his hand.

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow – his legal name – cut out the chip of the card, had it encased in biocompatible plastic, then had a piercing expert implant it just under the skin on his left hand.

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What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift

To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear.

“The fear of not being able to navigate busy, cluttered and visually oriented environments is a major barrier to participation in normal life,” says Meere, 52, “be that going to the shops, going for a walk in the park, going to work, looking for work, or simply socialising.”

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Australian retailers resilient as they face down 'Amazon effect'

Analysts say local competitors are as profitable as before the global giant’s ‘underwhelming’ launch – but for how much longer?

Three months after the launch of Amazon in Australia, local competitors say they are still waiting for the dreaded “Amazon effect” to hit their sales.

Analysts, and some of the retailers themselves, say they are still as profitable as before Amazon’s “underwhelming” launch – for now.

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