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15 November 2017 9:25 AM Tony Birch wins the Patrick Award

When Tony Birch talks about the honour of being named the winner of this year's Patrick White Literary Award, he doesn't immediately dwell on the Australian Nobel laureate's novels. Instead he talks of how White spoke out about the things that were politically important to him: "I admired the fact that as a writer in his older age he protested against 15

6 November 2017 3:11 AM Rugby League World Cup: England's Jermain McGillvary charged over alleged bite to Lebanon skipper Robbie Farah

England winger Jermaine McGillvary faces being rubbed out of the Rugby League World Cup after being ordered to front a judiciary hearing on Wednesday night to face biting allegations. McGillvary will appear via a video link from England camp in Perth after being charged with contrary conduct for allegedly biting Lebanon skipper Robbie Farah. Fiji demolish 7

6 November 2017 2:01 AM Rugby League World Cup 2017: Possible quarter-finals scenarios

Fiji demolish Wales in Townsville, while Papua New Guinea score an exciting win against Ireland in Port Moresby. Ireland's Michael McIlorum scored a try in the 36-12 win over Italy during the World Cup Rugby League game and Tonga put on a demolishing display over Scotland. The Kiwis coach is still yet to have a conversation with the Cowboys wrecking 12

4 November 2017 11:09 AM Rugby League World Cup 2017: Rampant New Zealand score 14 tries to thump Scotland

AUCKLAND: Halfback Shaun Johnson scored 22 points to become New Zealand's all-time highest points-scorer in the Kiwis' 74-6 obliteration of Scotland in the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday. Having drawn last year's Four Nations clash with the Bravehearts, David Kidwell's troops hit the ground running in Christchurch and were near untouchable 12

3 November 2017 3:25 AM Markets Live: ASX hits year's high

Chocolate makers' dependence on hazelnuts from a single major producer, Turkey, has sent Italy's food giant Ferrero searching for new suppliers to satisfy consumer cravings. Its search has taken it from eastern Canada and Chile to south-western NSW. The farmer recruitment efforts of Ferrero, one of the world's biggest hazelnut buyers for its Nutella 41

29 October 2017 1:47 PM Andrea Dovizioso wins Malaysian Moto GP

SEPANG, Malaysia — Andrea Dovizioso won Sunday’s Malaysian MotoGP to keep alive his slim chance of winning his first world championship and ensuring this year’s title race will come down to the last round of the year. The Italian won his sixth race this season to narrow the gap to championship leader Marc Marquez to 21 points with only the Valencia Grand 20

29 October 2017 5:05 AM Rugby league World Cup 2017: Live coverage of Sunday’s clashes

WEEK one of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup will come to a close today with three cracking matches to play out. Ireland have thumped Italy 36-12 in a boilover in Cairns with Scotland to clash with Tonga from 5:15pm. In Canberra France and Lebanon are locking horns. These might not be the top tier nations but make no mistake: There will be plenty of NRL talent 26

20 October 2017 1:54 PM Brexit: Warm words but no trade deal as EU leaders shun Theresa May's summit plea

EU leaders have shunned Theresa May's summit plea to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal but sweetened the pill for the fragile British Prime Minister with warm words and a gesture toward future talks. Ms May asked the other 27 over dinner in Brussels on Thursday to help her quell calls in Britain for her to walk out of deadlocked talks on a divorce settlement 17

19 October 2017 7:45 PM Holden closure: How car manufacturing changed Australia forever

Don Loffler has written many histories of various Holden cars, so it's only fitting his own family history was shaped by one of the lion-badged vehicles. "When I was a boy with our old 1928 Chev, we were really confined to South Australia. One hundred miles, or 160 kilometres in that car was a really big trip," he said. "But when we finally got our 1948 Holden 27

19 October 2017 4:08 PM Sanctions kick Kim’s free footballs plan into touch

They have failed to prevent him from building intercontinental ballistic missiles, testing nuclear weapons, or spitting in the eye of Donald Trump, but international sanctions have at least foiled one of the dastardly schemes of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un – to give free footballs to North Korean schoolchildren. According to the Japanese newspaper 16