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‘I take full responsibility’: George Calombaris apologises for wage scandal

Former MasterChef judge George Calombaris told the ABC he takes full responsibility for underpaying his workers by almost $8 million. [Read entire story]

Peter Dutton releases one page report after $5 million review of Home Affairs mega department

The government says no comprehensive report was produced after a $5 million strategic review into the Home Affairs mega department. [Read entire story]


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Facebook to pay record $5 billion U.S. fine over privacy violations; critics call it a bargain

Facebook Inc will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said [Read entire story]

Surging chip stocks send Nasdaq to record high

The Nasdaq hit a record high on Wednesday and the S&P 500 was close behind as reassuring comments from Texas Instruments about global chip demand blunted the impact of weak earnings reports from Boeing and Caterpillar. [Read entire story]

Aston Martin shares dive as uncertainty grips

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Nissan to slash 10,000 jobs globally as sales slow

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Australia’s next fighter aircraft doesn’t come with enough spare parts

Australia is committed to buying 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, but officials from the US Government Accountability Office warn there may not be enough spare parts to go around, meaning the jets often can't leave the [Read entire story]

Polish magazine distributes ‘LGBT-free zone’ stickers as tensions rise between left and right

The Gazeta Polska included the stickers inside its weekly edition amid rising tensions between LGBT activists and a conservative Christian movement supported by the country's right-wing ruling party. [Read entire story]

Inside the Women for Trump kickoff, where the President appears to have no problems

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Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber charged with murder

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Free Double Passes to Early Screenings of ‘Danger Close’ @ Student Edge via weticketit

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Samsonite OctoLite Spinner 81/75/55 cm $214/$199/$149 +10% off instore/ C&C /+ Delivery @ Peter’s of Kensington

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Anzac Memorial

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A Horse With No Name

Emerald Imaging Photography has added a photo to the pool: A Horse With No Name America On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand [Read entire story]

‘Enigmatic’ skull shows modern humans were in Eurasia earlier than previously thought

Early modern humans had made their way as far north as Greece 210,000 years ago, earlier than previously thought. [Read entire story]

Booksmart queers the high school comedy but sells its teen heroines short

This feel-good comedy about bookish best friends who break loose retools the genre for a contemporary audience — but ultimately, and ironically, plays it pretty safe. [Read entire story]

Sydney Thredbo ❄🏂⛷⛄ weekend skiing snowboarding 2days trips

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ACT Excerpt from the 2019 July Market report

Properties are recording premium prices, but buyers are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach while the political waves settle [Read entire story]

NSW Excerpt from the 2019 July Market report

Decreasing demand and increasing supply are pushing up vacancies in Sydney, but it is still the most expensive rental market [Read entire story]

Demand for Aston Martin’s first SUV will outstrip supply

Aston Martin won’t chase volume with DBX; Rapide limo won’t be replacedRead the full story at [Read entire story]

Tobacco smokers may have reduced neuroimmune function compared to nonsmokers –

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Ancient history of Neandertals in Europe – Mirage News

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What are the benefits of better quality fuel?

Car companies are demanding lower-sulphur, more refined petrol and diesel fuel in Australia... but why?Read the full story at [Read entire story]

What foreign direct investment figures (don’t) tell us about Brexit

Is foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK falling or rising? Is there a Brexit effect or not?  [Read entire story]

Row between EU and Switzerland hits tipping point – and what UK can learn

If you want to buy or sell shares in famous Swiss companies such as Nestle, Zurich Insurance, UBS or Novartis from next week, your task is about to become a lot more complicated. [Read entire story]

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, sending residents fleeing

Potentially hundreds of residents in a remote part of Papua New Guinea's New Britain are fleeing from their villages after one of the country's most active volcanoes erupted into life. [Read entire story]

New Israel Folau campaign by Australian Christian Lobby raises more than $2 million

The ACL relaunched a campaign for the former Wallabies star on Tuesday and and donations continue to come in. [Read entire story]


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The Torrents

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Stand Atlantic & Alex Lahey collab for Pride Month re-release of ‘Skinny Dipping’

Stand Atlantic’s ‘Skinny Dipping’ was a huge single for the Aussie trio in 2018, and now the band have re-released it with the legend that is Alex Lahey. The re-work features Lahey’s recognisable vocals, and has been [Read entire story]

Watch Lizzo crush her MTV Movie & TV Awards performance

Lizzo was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards in Santa Monica this week. The singer, rapper and flutist performed her hit ‘Juice’, the lead single from recent album Cuz I Love You. It [Read entire story]

Mortgage arrears soar to 2010 levels — RBA

The Reserve Bank reports that numbers have climbed back to 2010 highs, but are still well beneath those recorded in 1990s recession [Read entire story]

Property prices dip across all capital cities

Data from ABS showed that all capital cities recorded falls in residential property prices in the March quarter [Read entire story]