Winning middle Australia: path to a Labor victory may run through Deakin | Australia news

Three hours after the federal election was called, Bill Shorten addressed the national media from the backyard of a house in Mitcham in the dead centre of the almost-marginal electorate of Deakin in eastern Melbourne. It seemed an underwhelming place to launch a campaign that, if the polls hold true, could put Shorten in the […]

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Record demand for foodbanks as 14 million meals given away to hungry families

Record demand for foodbanks as 14 million meals given away to hungry families

Hungry families ate more than 14 million foodbank meals in the last 12 months in a grim, record year for Breadline Britain. Volunteers at Trussell Trust outlets handed out 1,583,668 emergency parcels between April 2018 and March 2019 – a devastating surge of almost a fifth compared with the previous 12 months. Heartbreakingly, more than […]

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Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli departs the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, August 3, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli moved from prison after rule breaking

The “Pharma Bro” is back in his native Brooklyn — for now. Notorious drug-company fraudster Martin Shkreli has been removed from a federal prison in New Jersey after there were claims he was running his pharmaceuticals firm while locked up with the help of a contraband cellphone. Shkreli, who had been in the low-security prison […]

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Tory Chris Davies faces being booted out of Parliament after expenses conviction

Tory Chris Davies faces being booted out of Parliament after expenses conviction

Tory MP Chris Davies faces being booted out of Parliament after a recall petition was officially launched. Mr Davies, 51, was fined £1,500 and ordered to carry out 50 hours’ community service after he admitted giving false information for his Westminster expenses. He spared jail yesterday at Southwark Crown Court – and isn’t being thrown […]

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‘Parliament free of homophobes’: GetUp drops H-bomb on Coalition | Australia news

GetUp has urged volunteers to help win “a parliament free of homophobes” in a controversial campaign message targeting Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton. The SMS message, sent on Wednesday evening, went to volunteers who took part in GetUp’s campaign to call voters and advocate a “yes’” vote in the 2017 marriage equality postal survey. “You […]

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Federal election 2019: Labor promises inquiry into water buybacks – politics live | Australia news

5.41am BST05:41 Is this what is known as economic headwinds? Shane Wright (@swrighteconomy) ANZ says today’s low CPI result … “leaves the RBA will little choice but to cut the cash rate by 25bp at its May meeting”… April 24, 2019 5.14am BST05:14 One more exchange between John Howard and journalists in Gilmore. Q: What […]

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Ann Widdecombe leaves Tories and defects to Nigel Farage's Brexit Party

Ann Widdecombe leaves Tories and defects to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

Conservative Party stalwart Ann Widdecombe has sensationally quit – to rejoin frontline politics with the Brexit Party. The 71-year-old has been a staunch Tory for 55 years – serving as Shadow Health and Home secretary. But now she has joined Nigel Farage’s fledgling party on a mandate to hurry up and get Britain out of […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Sen. Bernie Sanders gets mayoral pension while running for president

Ellis noted that Sanders is unlike most Americans, who are not eligible for a pension, much less for one when they are employed in another job full-time. Ellis said that some states ban double-dipping, and that others should. And, he added, even if Sanders is technically eligible to receive a pension, he should “make a […]

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