Vegan activists fined over standoff

Melissa Donald, Jessica Lunardon, Scott Miller, Marilyn Orr, Melanie Hinkseman, Miranda Webster, Lyndal Carmichael and Amie Joseph-Hall, today pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to trespass after they entered the Carey Bros Abattoir, near Warwick, after midnight, wearing camouflage on April 8. Anti-meat activists in two-hour stand-off at abattoir What caused the rise in vegan activism “The activists entered past a no unauthorised entry sign… they said that they would leave peacefully if he (owner) supplied three sheep to them, at that time they did not supply any money,…

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Daniher ruled out for the rest of the season in huge blow to Bombers

Key forward Joe Daniher will miss the rest of the season due to ongoing oestitis pubis problems, with surgery the most likely outcome. Essendon and Daniher made a joint decision to sideline the 25-year-old after symptoms returned in recent weeks, with an operation to be confirmed after further consultation with specialists. Daniher has played just four games this season after making a shock return on Good Friday against Essendon having missed most of 2018. His absence will be a devastating blow to the club who are desperate to qualify for…

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Body-in-the-laundry killer jailed

A Wollongong man who killed a pensioner and dropped his body from a second-storey window inside a surfboard bag, then planned to kill a witness with a heroin overdose, has received been sentenced to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 years. Mark Kenneth Jenkin, 47, was found guilty of manslaughter in June after carrying out at least two violent assaults on Mark Dower, 56, at a housing commission in Mangerton in 2015. Jenkin, who bashing the man so severely a tooth was found in his stomach,…

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Wells set to play, De Goey in doubt

The Pies are poised to make two changes at selection on Thursday night, with Tom Langdon (knee) and Travis Varcoe (suspension) to be replaced by Wells and Madgen. Wells, 34, hasn’t played at senior level since round 12 last year when he succumbed to an ankle injury. The Pies’ oldest player had a delayed start to the season and spent several weeks in the VFL building match fitness. Madgen, who played a handful of games last year, will help fill the defensive void left by Darcy Moore (ankle) who along…

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Josh Frydenberg to take on trade war concerns

Mr Mnuchin told a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday that US companies should be able to source some of their supplies from elsewhere to keep costs down, but he appeared to caution against any hope for a swift resolution to the trade conflict. Loading The Treasury Secretary told the committee that Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were likely to meet at the G20 leadership summit in Osaka in the final week of June, but he appeared to be more negative about the prospect of an agreement…

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Who are the current AFL premiership favourites?

This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Caroline Wilson, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson debate whether it is Collingwood or Geelong who can claim outright favouritism for the premiership at this stage of the season. And it’s not just the Pies and the Cats in the conversation. Richmond are winning without some big names, West Coast only have three losses so far this season and they aren’t yet at their best, and GWS have the chance to prove themselves on the big stage of the MCG this weekend. Also…

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‘Covered in blood’: Man stabbed to death

Police arrested two men late last night and are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the death of the man at his home in Campbellfield, in Melbourne’s north. Emergency services were called to the Augusta Ave home just after 9pm yesterday to reports the man had been stabbed. On arrival, they found a man in his 50s with injuries to his chest. Despite the best efforts from emergency services, he was unable to be saved and died inside the home. A neighbour spoke about the horrific crime scene last night,…

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Fury over Labor leadership ‘stitch-up’

Rising star Jim Chalmers is the only other Labor figure seriously considering running against Mr Albanese. However it’s understood he is being told to back off by one of the country’s top union officials, who has warned there will be massive backlash within the ALP if Mr Chalmers runs. Angry Labor MPs in Victoria are urging Mr Chalmers to run, even though his chances of winning are very low, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. They have reportedly warned that the party would face “six years in opposition” under Mr Albanese…

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Mother and toddler plunged to death in her ‘favourite place’

The bodies of Tanja Ludwig, 33, and her two-year-old daughter Tilly were recovered from the base of the cliff below Robertson Lookout at Mt Keira near Wollongong on Tuesday afternoon. The tragic discovery came after emergency services were called to the site following reports of a concern for welfare. It’s believed Ms Ludwig, originally from Germany, plunged to her death in dense bushland with the child in her arms. Wollongong police have launched an investigation and are treating the deaths as a murder suicide. A report will be prepared for…

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How will the government negotiate a majority in the Senate?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size The re-elected Morrison government’s legislative fortunes may hang on a final undecided Senate seat in Queensland. On current counting, the Coalition can rely on having 34 seats in the 76-seat upper house. It might win 35 – there is a fair prospect it will get one additional seat in the Sunshine State. But it will still need 39 seats to get laws passed – 39 being the magic number for a majority in the upper house. At most, it will end up…

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