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8 September 2017 11:06 AM Vale Connie Johnson: 'You made us all kinder'

One of the last times I saw Connie Johnson was on a bitterly cold July evening in the Kaleen community hall when, although desperately sick, she wanted to say goodbye and thank you to the volunteers from Love Your Sister who had made the Big Heart Project such a success. This was not a media event but a private, warm hug from the woman who had created 18

31 August 2017 4:08 AM Fiona Richardson remembered as principled, passionate politician at state memorial

A treasured friend, a determined advocate, a formidable political operator and proud mother and partner is how Australia's first minister for the prevention of family violence has been remembered. Held at Northcote's Regal Ballroom, the venue that launched her 2014 defence of her seat, the room was packed beyond capacity by her family, friends, Labor 19

29 August 2017 1:14 AM Ausgrid’s GIS staff object to training overseas replacements

Ausgrid supplies electricity services to 1.6 million customers across the Sydney Central Coast, Hunter Region and Newcastle areas of New South Wales. Forty percent of GIS jobs will be sent offshore following the privatisation of Ausgrid in 2016. And adding insult to injury, remaining workers have been given orders to travel to India where they will train 18

28 August 2017 7:42 AM Asylum lawyers 'un-Australian': Dutton

Asylum seekers are terrified they will soon be deported after receiving medical care, as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton blasts the "un-Australian" lawyers trying to keep them in the country. The minister is stripping at least 60 asylum seekers of their $200-a-fortnight welfare payments and government-supported housing because their medical treatment 14

19 August 2017 7:35 AM What latest stunning win over Rafael Nadal means for Nick Kyrgios

JUST when a frustrating 2017 campaign looked to be petering out, Nick Kyrgios’ season has taken a stunning turn following his latest win over Rafael Nadal. Here’s what the victory means for the 22-year-old — and how it presents some huge opportunities in the coming days, and at the US Open starting later this month. LIVE stream the US Open on ESPN with the Foxtel 20

17 August 2017 10:16 AM Fiona Nash tells Senate she may be British citizen, will not stand aside as deputy Nationals leader

Senator Nash said she had sought advice of the UK Home Office on her citizenship status after Mr Joyce's statement on Monday. "By Monday evening, I was advised that a caseworker at the UK Home Office was of the view that, on the basis of the limited facts that I had provided, I was a British citizen by descent through my Scottish-born father," she said. Senator 31

11 August 2017 9:30 AM Force cut from Super Rugby: Coverage of ARU press conference

THE Western Force are set to take the Australian Rugby Union to court after being axed from the Super Rugby competition. The ARU won their arbitration hearing against RugbyWA on Friday, and immediately announced they will be axing the Force. But the saga isn’t about to end, with RugbyWA releasing a statement saying they will consider bringing urgent 40

11 August 2017 6:21 AM Western Force culled from Super Rugby competition

UPDATE: IN a dramatic day for Australian rugby, Western Force have been axed from the Super Rugby competition and ARU chief Bill Pulver has announced he will quit. At a press conference in Sydney on Friday evening, Pulver confirmed he will leave his role as soon as a replacement can be found. Force players and officials reacted angrily to the news they will be cut and have vowed 35

9 August 2017 7:21 PM Dubai police set “zero hour” to make arrests involving Ibrahim family figures

DUBAI police have revealed how they set a “zero hour” together with police in NSW and the Netherlands for the arrest of five of Sydney’s most notorious figures after they stepped ashore from a luxury cruiser. The men spent Monday afternoon cruising the crystal waters of the Persian Gulf, ­unaware that Dubai anti-narcotics officers and the Australian 43

3 August 2017 5:30 AM Australian unions pledge support for ‘democratically elected’ socialist Venezuelan dictatorship

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela1:52 The US has hit the Venezuelan president with sanctions after the election to rewrite the constitution. TWO of Australia’s major trade unions have pledged their support and “resolute solidarity” with the murderous socialist dictatorship of Venezuela. At a July 26 meeting of the Victorian branch of the Construction 32