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Woolworths profits from pokies

Australia’s fresh food people are on their way to becoming one of the world’s largest pokies operators. Woolworths runs 11,700 pokies machines across Australia, which is more than the ‘big six’ casinos in Las Vegas combined.

Wills and Kate expecting

St James's Palace has announced that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first baby

PM prepares for Parliamentary ambush

With the last sitting of Parliament for the year fast approaching, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop has promised to keep the heat on the Prime Minister over her alleged participation in the fraudulent misuse of Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) funds 17 years ago.

Rudd v Turnbull

On ABC TV’s panel program Q&A on Monday night, former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull strutted their stuff. During the one-hour television show they both answered wide-ranging questions on the economy, the revision of GST, climate change, productivity, industrial relations and education. They didn’t just answer these questions – they answered them well, displaying a formidable depth of knowledge and ability to present complex information in brief, comprehensible responses. The audience clearly enjoyed this power duo’s song and dance routine, which called forth a final question from Mr. Saeed Fassaie, quoted here in full:

Denied the right to die

Since having a stroke in 2005, Tony Nicklinson has suffered from locked-in syndrome, a condition whereby he is unable to speak or move below the neck, but his mind is fully active and responsive. Mr Nicklinson communicates by blinking and requires constant care. While the condition is not terminal, Tony Nicklinson believes he has no quality of life.

Government backflip on asylum policy

Following an independent report on asylum seekers, produced by an expert panel, the Government has decided to adopt all 22 recommendations, and will today aim to reintroduce its migration bill to Parliament.

Big four banks lose customers

Borrowers are voting with their feet and taking their business elsewhere. Figures from the Bureau of Statistics show that 35 per cent of all home loans taken out in 2011-12 were for refinancing and that the smaller banks won 24 per cent of the growth in home loans.

81 with a bullet

81 year old John Gilbert Gordon of Brisbane was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars last week after sending death threats and explosive packages to a number of high profile political leaders including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

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Is sorry enough?

Since when did firing and posing with guns become a good way to let off steam? What is the attraction of being in charge of and firing a weapon which could easily kill someone? And why, when there have been so many gun-related tragedies in the US, is it still possible to do so?

Decriminalisation of drugs in Australia

A think tank called Australia21 released a report on illicit drugs in Australia earlier this week. The group is comprised of former health ministers, high ranking law enforcement officers and premiers, including Senator Bob Carr.

Breastfeeding photos banned from Facebook

At least 375 Facebook users have had their Facebook accounts temporarily deactivated for uploading breastfeeding photos to their accounts. These photos were reported to Facebook by one or more of the user’s friends.

Call to cut rates

Today the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will meet for the first time this year. One of the decisions it is tasked with is to set the official cash rate. This should determine the rate which banks charge customers for lending money on credit cards, mortgages and personal loans.

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