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Power storage projects get taxpayer cash

As the Turnbull government emphasises the need for more stability in the electricity grid, taxpayer funds have been given to two new storage projects. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has given $54 million for a large-scale solar project in north Queensland that is expected to lead to a pumped-hydro storage …

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Defer big business tax cuts: Xenophon

Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon has delivered a double blow to the Turnbull government. Not only has his Senate team rejected the government’s omnibus bill which ties an overhaul of childcare subsidies to a raft of welfare cuts, it’s not budging on tax cuts for big business. The Xenophon team would …

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Vic victims’ families denied compensation

Victoria’s government is blocking the release of crucial documents families of murder victims need for compensation claims, their lawyer says. Ten families are chasing the state government for compensation after their loved ones were murdered or sexually assaulted by offenders who were on parole. Shine Lawyers’ Paula Shelton says parolees’ …

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Man charged over bushfires in WA’s south

A 44-year-old man who allegedly lit a string of fires as he drove hundreds of kilometres through three regions in Western Australia’s south has been charged by police. The fires were sparked along Albany Highway from Dwellingup in the Peel region to Kojonup in the Great Southern region last Wednesday …

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Four now charged with lighting NSW fires

A 12-year-old boy is accused of lighting a fire in the central west of NSW during a time of “catastrophic” fire danger. NSW Police say the boy was charged on Monday with lighting a grass fire in Orange that damaged about 100 already-wrecked cars on Saturday. A nearby animal shelter …

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NT govt to introduce abortion bill

New laws to decriminalise medical abortions will be introduced to the Northern Territory parliament this week. Using the RU486 pregnancy termination pill is still a crime in the NT and abortions can currently only be performed surgically in a hospital. “Northern Territory women should have the same access to termination …

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SA firms bring energy concerns to Canberra

South Australian businesspeople have met with Malcolm Turnbull to express their concerns over a “perfect storm” of unreliable and costly energy hitting their state. A 12-strong delegation – the Committee for Adelaide – spoke with the prime minister, Treasurer Scott Morrison and SA senator Nick Xenophon in Parliament House on …

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Australian preachers targeted by IS

Three prominent Australian Islamic scholars have been named as “apostates” in a new video by Islamic State. The Sydney Morning Herald reports youth leader Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, NSW Police Force chaplain Sheikh Ahmed Abdo and the Grand Mufti of Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed are mentioned in a new propaganda video …

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Italian ship docks on day of love

They consider themselves among the world’s greatest lovers and up to 200 Italian sailors have just arrived in Sydney on Valentine’s Day. The Italian FREMM-class frigate Carabiniere docked at Garden Island on Tuesday morning and will spend a week in the harbour city during a month-long visit to Australia. It’s …

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Millennials urged to cook for good health

Australia’s younger generation of foodies need to get out of the cafe and back in the kitchen if they want to keep their weight in check. A survey commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia has found the nation’s cafe culture is entrenched in young adults. Three quarters of those …

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