Most people transferred under medevac law now living in community detention

None of the 180 asylum seekers transferred under the contentious medevac legislation are currently being treated in a hospital, with the majority now living in community detention in Australia. As the Morrison government steps up its attempts to scrap the laws, which give doctors more say in emergency medical transfers of offshore asylum seekers to Australia, new figures released by the Home Affairs Department show 418 valid applications for treatment have been lodged by asylum seekers held offshore. Scott Morrison is prepared ‘to play hardball’ attempting to repeal the medevac…

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Parramatta re-sign Dylan Brown on three-year $2.1m deal

Brown made his way through the Parramatta Eels Elite Junior Pathways system before turning out for the club’s under-20s side in 2017. Brown made his first-grade debut in the opening round of the 2019 season, but was sidelined for three months with a back injury after round three. Returning in round 15, the rookie made his nameas one of the most promising halves in the game, striking up a formidable combination with back-rower Shaun Lane on Parramatta’s left edge during his debut season. In February, the New Zealand Warriors faced…

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Channing Tatum takes a dig at Christopher Pyne’s accent on The Project

Appearing on the show to discuss his Magic Mike Live Australian tour announcement, the 21 Jump Street star was left confused by Pyne’s comment that Waleed Aly could “still get a guernsey” to appear in the show, misunderstanding the colloquial phrase completely. RELATED: Channing Tatum announces Australian Magic Mike Live tour RELATED: The Project descended into chaos tonight after Tommy dropped a dirty joke “Are any of the stars Australians?,” Pyne asked of the all-male strip show cast coming to Australia next May. “I think we have out of 15…

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Australian politicians plan to visit ailing Wikilieaks founder Julian Assange in British jail

Some federal parliamentarians plan to travel to Britain to visit jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who the organisation’s editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, says is in poor health and “losing weight rapidly”. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who co-chairs a group of parliamentarians working to bring Mr Assange home, said the MPs hoped to meet with Mr Assange, his legal team and British parliamentarians during the trip early next year. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says there is growing parliamentary interest in Julian Assange’s plight.Credit:AAP Mr Assange is being held in a high-security London…

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Diabetic amputee Kenny Bontz battles cancer and painkiller addiction to play in Australian All Abilities Championship

Today the tattooed, mohawk-sporting, sweet-talking American from New Jersey is standing at the top of the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. He has a tee behind his left ear. To understand how he got here, you have to go back to under-7s soccer training. Loading Bontz was diagnosed as a diabetic aged 11. By 19, he was told he had cancer in his tibia. He had chemotherapy and a donated cadaver bone placed in his lower left leg. He tried to lead a normal life and agreed to coach a…

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‘I lied the whole time’: Ian McKellen

“There was a period in my life when I lied the whole time, every single day,” he told news.com.au ahead of the worldwide premiere of The Good Liar in London. “I hated it and I hate it now,” he said. The 80-year-old actor, known for his iconic roles in The Lord of the Rings and X-Men, spent almost 50 years of his life having to hide his sexuality before finally coming out to the public in 1988. “I was required to (lie) by the law because I was gay and…

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Parramatta re-sign Dylan Brown on three-year $2.1m deal

Brown made his way through the Parramatta Eels Elite Junior Pathways system before turning out for the club’s under-20s side in 2017. Brown made his first-grade debut in the opening round of the 2019 season, but was sidelined for three months with a back injury after round three. Returning in round 15, the rookie made his nameas one of the most promising halves in the game, striking up a formidable combination with back-rower Shaun Lane on Parramatta’s left edge during his debut season. In February, the New Zealand Warriors faced…

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Thousands fast-track private mental health treatment after insurance reforms

More than 380,000 young people aged between 18 and 29 also received discounts of up to 10 per cent on their premiums under the second phase of the reforms put in place in April, aimed at halting the exodus of young Australians from private health insurance in what has been dubbed an industry “death spiral”. Loading While the government is expected to seize on the figures as evidence its reforms are working, insurers are calling for further changes as the trend of young people exiting the system continues – with…

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Neil Craig joins Gold Coast Suns as part-time consultant

They appear finally to have gotten their man in Craig, who has spent 22 seasons in various roles at AFL clubs Adelaide, Melbourne, Essendon and Carlton. “Neil will have a very specific scope of responsibility and work closely with Stuey and the coaching group on how they collaborate, reflect and teach,” Suns football general manager Jon Haines said. Craig will remain involved with the England rugby union team but believes he has much to offer the Suns, particularly after his recent World Cup stint where Jones’ team finished runners-up. “I…

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Three huge names announced for Survivor: All Stars 2020 in new promo

Set to air early next year, the hugely popular reality show will feature a handful of fan favourites battling it out for Sole Survivor, with three new stars announced today. Olympic swimming legend and Season 3 winner Shane Gould, who at 63 was the oldest contestant to ever win Australian Survivor, will join the 2020 cast. Gould took home the crown in 2018. Picture: Mathew Farrell.Source:News Corp Australia Joining her will be her former tribe mate and Olympic freestyle skier, Lydia Lassila, who was touted as one of the game’s…

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