Archbishop says prison preferable to complying with child abuse confession law | World news

Archbishop says prison preferable to complying with child abuse confession law | World news

Melbourne’s Catholic archbishop insists three years jail is preferable to breaking the seal of confession and reporting child sexual abuse to authorities. Priests will risk prison if they don’t report child abuse revealed to them during the sacrament of confession, under new laws introduced in Victoria on Wednesday. The bill, introduced into state parliament would […]

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Murray-Darling Basin: water ministers agree to independent umpire to police plan | Australia news

Murray-Darling Basin: water ministers agree to independent umpire to police plan | Australia news

Water ministers have unanimously agreed to an independent umpire to police the Murray Darling Basin plan. The federal water minister, David Littleproud, sought approval for a Murray-Darling Basin inspector general to be established when he met water ministers from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT for talks on Sunday afternoon. “The […]

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show cancelled for first time in 23 years

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cancelled for first time in 23 years

Victoria’s Secret has dominated the fashion show world since it launched its iconic catwalk displays in 1995. However, the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled for 2019 and isn’t set to return until 2020. VS Angel Shanina Shaik, who has walked in the show seven times since 2011, revealed the news to The […]

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Jeff Kennett accuses Victorian MP who kicked in hotel door of misusing mental health | Australia news

Jeff Kennett accuses Victorian MP who kicked in hotel door of misusing mental health | Australia news

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has accused a state Labor backbencher who kicked in a door at a Canberra hotel of misusing mental health as a reason for poor behaviour. Will Fowles smashed a door at the Abode hotel during a confrontation with staff over his luggage on Thursday morning. Police have questioned the MP […]

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Independent Oliver Yates to challenge Liberals' Chinese election signs | Australia news

Independent Oliver Yates to challenge Liberals’ Chinese election signs | Australia news

Independent candidate Oliver Yates has confirmed he will challenge Liberal party Chinese language signs, designed to resemble Australian Electoral Commission material, in the court of disputed returns. Yates – who unsuccessfully contested the seat of Kooyong against treasurer Josh Frydenberg – told Guardian Australia he will lodge a challenge before the 40-day deadline after the […]

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Michael Danby charged taxpayers to pay staffer 'after-hours' consultancy fees | Australia news

Michael Danby charged taxpayers to pay staffer ‘after-hours’ consultancy fees | Australia news

Former Labor MP Michael Danby charged taxpayers thousands of dollars to pay one of his staffers consultancy fees to provide an after-hours “communications service” that included writing an anti-Greens opinion piece. Invoice documents from Danby’s office, released through freedom of information law, show he contracted a firm named Developer Approvals Australia for a range of […]

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Victoria's plea for help fixing buildings with flammable cladding rejected by federal Coalition | Australia news

Victoria’s plea for help fixing buildings with flammable cladding rejected by federal Coalition | Australia news

The federal Coalition has rejected a call from the Victorian Labor government for $300m to help rectify buildings with flammable cladding. On Tuesday the Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced a $600m fund to pay for rectification of 500 buildings identified by an audit, and called on the federal government for “a proper partnership … beyond […]

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John Setka: Albanese plan to expel union boss next week delayed after court ruling | Australia news

John Setka: Albanese plan to expel union boss next week delayed after court ruling | Australia news

Anthony Albanese’s vow to expel John Setka from the ALP next week is in tatters, after lawyers agreed the party’s national executive would not move against the union boss until after a supreme court decision was handed down. Setka, the Victorian state secretary of the CFMMEU, is challenging the legality of a push to expel […]

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Free kick for Fitzroy's youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay | Football

Free kick for Fitzroy’s youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay | Football

Growing up in the high-rise commission flats of Melbourne’s inner north, one thing was certain for Abdul Abdurahman. Despite being a football devotee since grade six, he knew there was no way he could join a club. “I tried out for a team and as soon as they asked for the registration I walked away,” […]

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Coalition uses Setka scandal to revive laws allowing deregistration of ‘rogue’ unions | Australia news

Scott Morrison’s government is reigniting its campaign to bring back legislation enabling it to deregister unions, using the controversy surrounding Victorian CFMMEU boss John Setka as a launch pad. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review last week, Christian Porter, who has responsibility for industrial relations in Morrison’s new cabinet, said he believed the […]

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