A can of bug spray and deadly spider ignite unusual biosecurity spat

The biosecurity incident has highlighted the unwitting export of potentially deadly Australian spiders, including redbacks, to places that may not be set up to deal with them. Norfolk Island is one of Australia’s most isolated outposts, and blissfully free of many dangerous and pest species that plague the mainland. Biosecurity conditions are designed to keep it that way. But Mr Edward said quarantine standards lapsed when the federal government revoked the island’s autonomy in 2015 and brought it under Commonwealth and state control. He said in the past, Norfolk Island…

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Methodical Brisbane burst Canterbury’s mini-bubble

Two minutes later, Kotoni Staggs scored the first try as a result of a wonderfully deft Jamayne Isaako offload. Crunch time: Canterbury’s Dallin Watene-Zelezniak fails to crack the Broncos’ defence.Credit:AAP Exhibit C was Brandon Wakeham’s inexplicable drop in the second half, moments after he stripped Matt Lodge of the football. In the following set, Staggs marched over for his second try. Game, set, match. Erase those mistakes and the Bulldogs almost went with the Broncos, who had to win to keep their finals hopes alive. Well, they almost went with…

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Questions linger about Mark Coyne Singapore incident

The ARLC/NRL code of conduct makes it mandatory to self-report any offence, even the prospect ofbeing charged, whether in Australia, or overseas. While the code doesn’t technically apply to commissioners, there is an expectation that directors should self-report. Coyne was arrested on June 2 under Section 6 of the Singapore Crimes Act, which refers to usingthreatening and abusive language to public officials. The former Queensland and Australianrepresentative missed scheduled ARLC meetings during the three-game State of Origin series. Coyne only pleaded guilty to the offence of using vile and disgusting…

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Peter Beattie and Todd Greenberg attended Singapore meeting days after Mark Coyne arrest

Coyne said he was unaware Beattie and Greenberg were in Singapore less than a week after he was fronted by authorities following a disagreement with a taxi driver. He was then unable to produce his passport, which he claimed was locked in his hotel safe, leading to a foul-mouthed rant for which he has apologised. Beattie and Greenberg joined other RLIF delegates to discuss the RLIF’s governance and international calendar, featuring the inaugural World Cup 9s to be played at Bankwest Stadium later this year as well as the 2021…

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Micallef gets birthday apology from ABC

Micallef’s show fell victim to an unfortunate mistake by ABC TV programmers last night, who aired the wrong episode in a “technical error”. The mistake sparked fan fury and Micallef unleashed his frustrations on Twitter. The ABC ran an apology to viewers at the bottom of the screen last night, confirming the error. But their apology continued today, conveniently on the host’s 57th birthday, when he appeared on ABC’s 7.30 alongside Leigh Sales. Sales poked fun at the popular presenter as she introduced him, ‘mistakenly’ showing look-a-likes George Clooney and…

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‘Give it to me, but not my players,’ St George Illawarra Dragons coach Paul McGregor tells fans

“Certain fans like to vent and feel frustrated about the position and performance. While I don’t agree, I understand where they are coming from.” McGregor is wearing much of the blame for the Dragons’ late-season face plant, which places them only ahead of the Bulldogs and Titans on the ladder with September looming large. He is in no danger of being sacked, having re-signed in April for a further two seasons. But the dogs are barking. Since taking over from the sacked Steve Price in May 2014, the Dragons have…

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Anthony Albanese tells MPs they are not allowed to call opponents ‘liars’

“And that when you call someone a liar flippantly you don’t really have another gear to go to after that.” Accusations of lying reached new heights during the combative election campaign, with media monitoring service Streem recording almost 50 separate occasions of the two major party leaders denigrating their opponent. Former leader Bill Shorten accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his ministers or the media of lying 23 times during the 37-day campaign. Mr Morrison branded Mr Shorten or his party as liars 25 times. That was magnified by mining magnate…

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Jaydn Su’A seeing green and red at Redfern

“Yeah, (limited minutes) definitely played a role,” Su’A said in his first interview since arriving at Redfern. “I wasn’t playing too well either so I can’t blame anyone but myself. Jaydn Su’A has headed south after a tough stint in Brisbane.Credit:AAP “A few of the other, younger boys were playing really well and my game time was getting limited. I wasn’t getting an opportunity.” When he realised his minutes would be restricted as long as he remained at Red Hill, Su’A spoke to Wayne Bennett. Bennett knew what the Samoan…

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Business calls for action as vocational education enrolments fall again

James Pearson, chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the figures showed the federal government needed to act on promised reforms and increase funding. Mr Pearson said the drop in enrolments reflected reduced funding from federal and state governments, which he said “underlines the urgency of VET reform”. Victoria experienced the largest drop, with enrolments down 8.5 per cent. NSW enrolments rose 2.5 per cent. While overall figures for the sector fell, enrolments at TAFE increased slightly, up 0.9 per cent to 576,000 from 571,000. The…

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