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18 January 2018 2:18 AM ABS will make 150 staff redundant before June 2019 in 17 per cent staff cut

The Bureau of Statistics will make 150 staff redundant as it reduces its workforce by 17 per cent over the next two years in the latest in a series of cuts to hit the agency. As it shrinks by at least 400 public servants before June 2019, the agency has admitted it won't find all of its cuts through staff attrition alone and will have to let go of office-based 6

17 January 2018 10:12 PM Russia probe: Bannon avoids grand jury after deal with Mueller

Washington: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has done a deal with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will see him avoid appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. But the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mueller offered Bannon the option of being interviewed by his investigators 5 1

11 January 2018 10:23 PM Wanted man cut from wall after he disappears during toilet visit

Police have had to cut a man out of a wall to arrest him after he was seen entering a bathroom and never came out. Staff at an apartment building on Elizabeth Street in the CBD watched the strange scene unfold from about 3am on Thursday when the 31-year-old homeless man entered a bathroom in the foyer. Three hours later he had still not emerged. At 6am staff 6

11 January 2018 6:55 AM Man jailed for drunken Queen Street Mall rape

A man who raped a drunk woman on the verge of passing out in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall has been sentenced to five months behind bars. Mohamed Husein Mohamud was interrupted by police after he was caught on the city council's CCTV digitally penetrating the 18-year-old on a bench in August 2015. The Brisbane District Court heard Mohamud joined the woman 13

9 January 2018 9:17 AM Racing Victoria charges may spell end for stable staff

The sheer arrogance – to treat a horse on race day, metres away from officialdom in the stall normally used to collect drug samples – beggars belief. The investigation that followed the detection of Lovani's treatment uncovered a vast and intricate web of alleged corruption and raceday treatments dating back nearly 10 years. Now Racing Victoria stewards 14

9 January 2018 4:41 AM 50-year-old prison officer stabbed in the face with a pen

A 50-year-old prison officer is recovering after she was stabbed in the face by an inmate at Hakea Prison on Sunday afternoon. 9 News Perth said the prison officer was walking from the gym to an outdoor recreation area when she was attacked by the male inmate. In what is believed to be an unprovoked and unplanned attack, it's understood the male inmate 13

8 January 2018 8:26 AM 'Absolutely disgusted': op shop thefts anger residents

Angry discussions were sparked on a community Facebook group after a picture of clothes scattered on the floor in front of the Good Sammy Mandurah drop-off bins was posted by an outraged resident. Karla Ann Armstrong had posted the pictures on Mandurah Q and A on Sunday morning with the caption, "I am absolutely disgusted !!!!!! How can people be this lazy." Good Samaritan 15

8 January 2018 6:05 AM Ashes 2017-18: England captain Joe Root unable to finish Ashes Test after hospital admission

Joe Root may very well be the first England captain to be asleep while an Australian skipper has lifted an Ashes trophy. After an unpleasant and sleepless night of vomiting and diarrhoea, Root's absence from the post match presentation on the turf of the SCG characterised England's horror series that went from bad to worse. Water works: Hydration was all-important 15

7 January 2018 9:44 PM Republicans defend Donald Trump's mental stability as Stephen Bannon issues apology

Washington: Republicans and Trump allies rushed to defend US President Donald Trump's mental stability on Sunday, as former White House aide Stephen Bannon issued an apology for his role in the furore that's followed the release of a controversial new book. Bannon provided a statement to the political website Axios expressing "regret" for comments attributed 18

7 January 2018 1:14 PM ACT politicians commandeer 30 spots in Canberra Theatre carpark while new building underway

The ACT government has blocked off 30 spots in the Canberra Theatre carpark for politicians and a handful of senior staff while the carpark closer to the Legislative Assembly building is closed. The London Circuit short-stay carpark closes on Monday for the construction of a new office block to house 1700 public servants. The $300 million, five-storey 16