Tasmania

SSM gets sign-off, couples can wed on January 9

SAME-SEX marriage is officially legal in Australia after the Governor-General signed off on the historic laws today. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Sir Peter Cosgrove in Canberra for the signing of the bill this morning — the last step to change Australia’s laws. “I assent to this Act … the …

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‘We’ve all developed from heterosexual couples’

The last of 125 speeches totalling 21 hours by MPs on same-sex marriage wrapped up late on Wednesday night, paving the way for a potential final vote today. MPs will be able to propose and consider amendments, before voting on the legislation itself. Tony Abbott defends his amendment In a …

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Tasmania

Grimshaw: ‘How could he do it?’

A CURRENT Affair host Tracy Grimshaw has finally lifted the lid on how Channel Nine staffers responded to news their reporter colleague Ben McCormack was a “proud paedo”. Grimshaw opened tonight’s show by addressing the elephant in the room after McCormack — a former ACA reporter — was sentenced to …

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Tasmania

Working in Oz loses its appeal

TWO countries known for crappy weather — Ireland and Iceland — have been proclaimed as being better than Australia and its sunshine when it comes to being good places to work.The World Talent Ranking 2017 report, compiled by the IMD World Competitiveness Centre, finds Australia is not as alluring as …

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Dingoes maul woman trying to save pug

AN ELDERLY woman is in hospital with serious injuries after being mauled by three vicious dogs while trying to save her own pet. The Sydney woman, 78, was attacked at her Greendale home, police said. Officers were told the woman was trying to save her pet pug who had been …

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Tasmania

Horrific end to romantic meal

IT SHOULD have been the start of a beautiful weekend for Nicholas Banfield and his girlfriend when they took to the water off Balmoral for a romantic meal. Picking up his partner from Glebe, he took the scenic voyage out to Middle Harbour — where they dined on nachos and …

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Tasmania

What Burke didn’t want to say

TRACY Grimshaw has revealed intriguing behind-the-scenes detail about her interview with scandal-hit Don Burke for Nine’s A Current Affair. The former network star agreed to last Monday’s televised chat after he was forced to deny myriad allegations of sexual harassment, indecent assault and bullying from ex-colleagues reported in an ABC/Fairfax …

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Shorten meets Chinese donor after ASIO warning

LABOR leader Bill Shorten visited Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo at his Sydney mansion, reportedly months after a warning from ASIO. Fairfax Media reports Mr Shorten and his family visited Mr Huang’s home reportedly to solicit funds for the Labor Party’s 2016 campaign ads. The revelation come with Senator Sam Dastyari …

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Joyce wins back seat in landslide

After what he called a “challenging” five weeks campaigning to retake New England, Barnaby Joyce will return to Canberra victorious. And first on his to-do list is to quiet a discordant coalition. “We’re getting the band back together,” Malcolm Turnbull said to rapturous applause at the Nationals’ election party in …

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F-35 fighter caught ‘spying’

THE marketing campaign makes it clear: The F-35 justifies its enormous cost and limited weapons load by being sneaky and enormously well informed. But its international customers probably didn’t expect this. Norwegian defence officials have caught one of their new $A120 million (less research and development costs) F-35A Lightning II …

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