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7 February 2018 1:54 AM Primary school principal wants parents to let their kids off the leash

Primary school principal Tim Berryman knew he'd succeeded when two of his students walked to the bakery by themselves. The siblings, aged six and eight, left home early one morning and returned with a loaf of bread. This show of independence came a day after the Fitzroy Community School principal delivered a speech urging parents to be brave and give their 50 1

23 December 2017 1:48 PM Christmas Day admissions to Canberra hospitals reach six-year high

More people are spending their Christmas Day in Canberra's emergency departments, with patient numbers rising to their highest levels since 2011. Figures from ACT Health show there's been a 14 per cent increase in the number of admissions to emergency rooms at both Canberra and Calvary hospitals on Christmas Day in the past five years alone. Last year there 74

19 October 2017 4:32 AM Westpac to refund 200,000 customers after failing to pass on $65m in discounts

Westpac is the latest bank to roll out a red-faced mea culpa to its customers, admitting it will have to refund $65 million for discounts it failed to pass on. The error affects about 200,000 accounts of Australia's second-biggest bank's 13-million-strong customer base. Westpac said it would provide refunds to affected customers holding "packaged" accounts 119

19 October 2017 1:41 AM More thunderstorm asthma victims named at inquiry, as relatives ask 'why'

We didn't know their names until now. One was a young car salesman, another a part-time seamstress, a third was a painter. On Thursday, a coronial hearing into Melbourne's unprecedented "asthma cluster" disaster revealed the identities of all 10 victims, including four who had not been publicly named. The coronial investigation is set to probe what was known 97

18 October 2017 10:14 PM US First Lady Melania Trump accused of ‘using a body double’ in public appearances

CONSPIRACY theorists have accused the First Lady of employing a body double in an unusual appearance at a White House press conference. The Sun reports that social media users went into a frenzy after they questioned the First Lady’s appearance in footage from Friday of her standing beside her husband Donald Trump as he addressed the media about hurricane 76

12 October 2017 9:39 PM Donald Trump says Puerto Rico cannot rely on hurricane help 'forever'

Donald Trump has warned hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico that the United States Government cannot keep sending help "forever" and suggested the US territory was to blame for its financial struggles. His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks 55

8 October 2017 2:18 AM End of the world: Tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes 'for SEVEN years' start October 15

DOOMSDAY theorist Dave Meade believes seven years of tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes will bring about the end of the world. Mr Meade believes that our planet will eventually be destroyed by the natural disasters which he says will start from October 15. The doomsday researcher cited other sources as he claimed we are in for a horrific "seven year tribulation" 95

7 October 2017 12:28 AM French tourist films himself atop active volcano Mount Agung in Bali

A Frenchman has earned the ire of Indonesian authorities by filming himself perched on the edge of the crater of Bali's active volcano Mount Agung. Karl Kaddouri, who lives in Bali, posted a video to social media of himself standing on the edge of the smoking crater on Thursday morning, saying it was a way of getting out of his "comfort zone". The National 42

5 October 2017 9:46 AM Messages to be sent to landlines and mobile phones to avert terror attacks

AUSTRALIANS in the vicinity of a terror attack or other security incident will receive targeted voice and text messages to help keep them out of harm’s way, under a new national plan. State and territory leaders on Thursday agreed with a Turnbull Government proposal to expand the use of the emergency alert system used for fires and floods. Warning messages 53

27 September 2017 1:24 AM Food aid and face masks dispatched to Bali as 75,000 flee volcano

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 - a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry. Increasingly frequent tremors show the molten magma is still rising towards the surface, with the mountain entering a "critical phase", said the national 115