Bill Shorten’s ambitions, from Beaconsfield to The Lodge

The rockfall was Anzac Day, 2006. May 9 is the day when, astoundingly, Webb and Russell were finally rescued. It was the biggest news story in Australia, and one of the biggest in the world. Bill Shorten talks to media outside the Beaconsfield mine in 2006.Credit:Trevor Collens Bill Shorten would be swept up in it, too, giving many Australians their first view of the man who 13 years later is on the cusp of becoming Australia’s 31st prime minister. Shorten was in another hemisphere, on a union delegation trip to…

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ScoMo: Election win was ‘like walking on a razor blade’

The Prime Minister said snatching victory from the jaws of defeat was “like walking the edge of a razor blade”, but his team worked hard for it. “There was a clear path to us being able to win this election,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray. “It was a very narrow one. “It was a bit like walking along the edge of a razor blade for eight months, but it required the discipline of the whole team.” The Liberal leader, who looks set to win at least 77 seats…

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Graham Annesley issues warning over slow tactics as penalties surge

“That is a worry,” Annesley said of the statistics. “We’re aware of it and we are telling clubs publicly that this is an unacceptable approach to this area of the game. It will continue to result in more penalties and we will see, no doubt if this trend continues, more players going to the sin bin. Loading “This is now what we want. This is not what we set out to do. I hope that by bringing this into the public domain today we’ll see a similar adjustment by players and…

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Morrison calls for more civil debate after ‘nasty’ campaign

Loading The recent incident in which a One Nation van was set alight in Tasmania, was “not Australian”, Mr Morrison said. Mr Morrison’s win, which comes on the back of his almost solo campaign, has been described as a chance for the Prime Minister to establish a new agenda for the government. But the Prime Minister said he valued stability and sketched out a vision of centrist politics. “My style of leadership to keep people better is not to run off to the left and run off to the right…

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St George Illawarra Dragons still to apply for salary cap relief to replace Jack de Belin

The Dragons still have two roster spots to fill before June 30. Loading They resisted formalising any application for salary cap relief until de Belin had exhausted his legal avenues challenging the NRL’s policy, hopeful he would be able to return before their deflating loss to the Knights in Mudgee. Dragons coach Paul McGregor hinted at changes after Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga embarrassed the Red V. It’s understood Dufty is one player under pressure despite in the past month logging two try-of-the-season contenders, a scintillating solo effort against the…

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One change would have fixed the Game of Thrones finale

Still here? OK then, let’s get stuck in. This really is your last chance.Source:Foxtel The finale was fine. Not terrible. Not fabulous. Just fine. In truth, it turned a bit limp from the moment Daenerys died onwards. I was strongly reminded of the final Lord of the Rings film, which has about seven different endings, each less interesting than the last. And that feels like a fitting comparison, given how great an influence Tolkien’s work had on series author George R.R. Martin. There are all sorts of interesting parallels between…

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Salim to leave prison — but legal woes aren’t over

The former Auburn deputy mayor, who shot to infamy after his garish wedding, bizarre media appearances and frequent brushes with the law, is scheduled to be released from Cooma Correctional Centre on Tuesday. Mehajer, who once went on national television to declare his desire to become prime minister, was found guilty in April 2018 of being part of a 2012 electoral fraud plot that helped put him on Auburn City Council. Salim Mehajer will walk free from prison, but his legal woes are not over as he is due back…

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Reformed Ferguson ramps up Blues sales pitch

“Well see what happens, but if it’s got anything to do with my past and stuff, hopefully they’ve forgiven me for that,” said Ferguson, in reference to his afternoon spent at a Lennox Head pub just five days out from Origin III in 2017. “The whole issue of trusting me in camp with drinking, that’s fine because I don’t drink through the year. I did it last year as well. It’s easy [to give up]. Loading “That whole equation [of getting into trouble on the drink] is gone. It will…

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Hospital rakes in $7m in parking fees

It is one of Australia’s newest hospitals, having opened at the end of 2017, and in just 12 months it has raked in millions of dollars from patents and visitors paying for parking. The hospital collected more than $3.6 million in revenue just from visitors, according to 7 News. When the cost of staff parking was added in, the revenue added up to more than $7 million. Unlike other hospitals that offer the first two hours of parking free, the Royal Adelaide Hospital charges visitors as soon as they enter…

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Best of cartoons, May 21, 2019

Best of cartoons, May 21, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 10 Images Our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. May 20, 2019 — 8.36pm 1/10 Matt Golding 2/10 John Shakespeare 3/10 John Shakespeare 4/10 Matt Golding 5/10 Matt Golding 6/10 Matt Golding 7/10 Matt Golding 8/10 Andrew Dyson 9/10 Dionne Gain 10/10 Cathy Wilcox Politics

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