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11 January 2018 5:01 AM Focus on new police helicopter as Coroner hands down fatal pursuit findings

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has confirmed discussions are still under way with regard to acquiring a new state-of-the-art police helicopter. It comes as the WA Coroner handed down findings this week in the cases of six people who died in police pursuits. State Coroner Ros Fogliani recommended in her findings the Police Airwing be "allocated greater 15

11 January 2018 3:06 AM My name is Jimi review: Torres Strait Island tale keeps the culture alive

So says Jimi​ Bani​ in this warm-hearted piece in which we are welcomed into his ancestral home in the Torres Strait, where we meet his family, share their stories and challenges. Bani is not just the charismatic main actor in this piece. He is a custodian of his culture and soon to be the ninth chief of the Wagadagam​ clan on remote Mabuiag​ Island 10

26 December 2017 6:43 AM 2017 Ashes MCG Test: Day 1 live from Melbourne

Essentially Australia have the slight upper hand in what has been a fairly dour and even opening day of the Boxing Day Test. Undoubtedly the highlight was the dramatic 41st over, bowled by English debutant Tom Curran. He looked to have taken his maiden Test wicket when he managed to get David Warner, on 99, to misjudge one and spoon a catch to mid-wicket 47

15 December 2017 5:46 AM Simon Lethlean deserves a second chance, say Saints

St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis says the Saints are totally comfortable hiring axed AFL football operations boss Simon Lethlean because he had taken enough ownership of his misdemeanours to convince the club that he deserved a second chance. Lethlean will become the Saints' general manager of football following a restructure sparked by former chief operating 59

15 December 2017 3:00 AM Firefighters' union fails to block bullying report

A report into bullying, sexism and harassment in Victoria's fire services can be released after a bid to block it failed in the Supreme Court. The challenge by the United Firefighters' Union was rejected on Friday but the long-awaited report is unlikely to be made public this year. The Andrews government asked the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human 55

13 December 2017 5:20 AM ABC to launch new rural affairs program, three years after axing Bush Telegraph

The ABC is launching a new country-wide rural affairs program three years after axing Radio National's Bush Telegraph. The new radio show is expected to hit the airwaves on January 22. Like its national predecessor, it will provide in-depth news and analysis of issues important to rural and regional Australians. The show is tentatively titled The Dirt and is set to be hosted 72 1

13 December 2017 3:55 AM Watchdog clears police over Premier's wife Catherine Andrews' car crash case

Victoria's corruption watchdog has found Victoria Police did nothing improper in their investigation of two police officers' handling of a serious car crash involving Premier Daniel Andrews, his wife and a teenage boy on a bicycle. The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday cleared police of any wrongdoing in their internal investigation 67

6 December 2017 6:33 AM Facebook reveals the most talked-about topics in Australia for 2017

International Women's Day, the Melbourne Cup and our nation's same-sex marriage decision were on the minds of Australian Facebook users in 2017, the social media site reports. Facebook's Year in Review data has revealed these topics were among the most talked about by the site's 15 million Australian users this year. International Women's Day came first 72

6 December 2017 6:33 AM Ashes 2017/18: Australia finish off England, take 2-0 lead as Hazlewood stars

An inspired and express Josh Hazlewood has led the way for Australia as England were ruthlessly dispatched on the fifth afternoon of the day-night Test to give Steve Smith's men a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series. The second Test had been in the balance when play resumed at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, with England captain Joe Root still in the middle and his side having 65 1

2 December 2017 2:47 AM Watchdog investigates AirAsia flight that turned left instead of right

Australia's air safety watchdog is investigating an AirAsia flight that turned left instead of right as it took off from Perth airport, a move it says was "contrary to standard instrument departure." The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Friday that an Indonesian AirAsia A320 was flying from Perth to Bali on November 24 when it was observed 56