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Clive Palmer media adviser Andrew Crook charged over alleged kidnap of National Australia Bank executive — Updated December 19, 2014 11:19:42 Clive Palmer's media adviser and confidant Andrew Crook has been detained by Queensland Police as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a National Australia Bank executive on an Indonesian island.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @abcnews: Clive Palmer's media adviser Andrew Crook and former detective Mick Featherstone formally arrested, police say

Dec 18, 2014

Breaking. other man arrested is Michael Featherston, former Gold Coast Detective turned PI…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @markwillacy: Fmr Qld detective detained, along with Clive Palmer's media advisor, over bizarre kidnap plot allegations…

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Lebanon braces for growing Islamic State threat — Islamic State attacks on Lebanon have got Lebanese citizens arming themselves and the Shiite militia Hezbollah bolstering forces near the Syrian border.

MPs' former lives: The quirky backgrounds of Australia's federal politicians — Updated December 19, 2014 16:00:24 Federal politicians are returning to their electorates for the Christmas break, but not before revealing some unexpected quirks to political correspondent Louise Yaxley. MP Russell Broadbent spent 20 years performing with his show band the Trutones before making the transition from the stage to the Parliament in 1990.

Sydney siege: Katrina Dawson Foundation to raise funds for women's education — The family of Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson says a new charity will honour her memory by supporting education opportunities for women.
Dec 20, 2014

Sydney siege: Katrina Dawson Foundation to raise funds for women's education…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BradRy: #Sydneysiege victim Katrina Dawson's family set up a charity in her memory + to support women's education

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BradRy: #Sydneysiege victim Katrina Dawson's family has set up a charity to honour her memory and support women's education…

Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Cairns home — Updated December 20, 2014 09:48:43 The 37-year-old mother of the children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested for murder. Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the mother was lucid and awake and speaking with police. The bodies of eight children were found following a multiple stabbing on Friday morning.

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Australia v India: Australia wins second Test at the Gabba by four wickets on day four, scoring 6 for 130 after dismissing India for 224

Dec 20, 2014

RT @abcgrandstand: Australia has taken a 2-0 lead in the series after clinching a four-wicket win over India at the Gabba: #AUSvIND

More than 35,000 minors wed in Morocco last year, numbers risen in last decade: report — Posted December 20, 2014 14:21:26 More than 35,000 marriages involving minors took place in Morocco last year, according to a report on sexual violence against children in the North African country.
Dec 20, 2014

More than 35,000 marriages involving minors took place in Morocco last year: report @AFP…

Study finds government guarantees lead banks to taking more risks with lending — Posted December 20, 2014 12:01:39 The global financial crisis prompted governments around the world to guarantee their country's banks to protect against collapse. But a new study of more than 2,200 banks around the world showed that rather than prompt lending, government guarantees encouraged banks to take more risks.

Stella Young, disability advocate, farewelled at Melbourne memorial service — Updated December 19, 2014 12:35:49 The life of disability advocate Stella Young has been celebrated at a memorial service at Melbourne's Town Hall today. Young died unexpectedly earlier this month at the age of 32.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @natashamitchell: Every pollie should watch the memorial for #stellayoung.Every parent, teacher, employer too. Everyone >…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @abcnewsMelb: We're closing down our live blog of the #StellaYoung memorial. Thanks for following. Full wrap of the event here:

The failure of farm-to-table dining — Chef Dan Barber, of celebrated restaurant Blue Hill, was a keen proponent of farm-to-table dining. However, in researching his book The Third Plate, he realised the shortcomings of the movement. As Michael Mackenzie writes, Barber is now very frank about the future of food.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @RadioNational: What’s on the third plate? Chef @danbarber on the failure of farm-to-table dining. #abcrn

Fears foreign aid cuts will hurt the world's most vulnerable women — Posted December 20, 2014 06:25:43 Foreign aid cuts spark fears Australia will return to "truck and chuck" operations to the detriment of women who live in some of the world's worst hotspots for physical and sexual abuse.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @abcnews: Fears foreign aid cuts will hurt world's most vulnerable women

Native advertising and the question of business models — If you think things can't get much worse for traditional media and journalists, think again, according to Bob Garfield who reports on the media for NPR. He also says journalism is being poorly compensated and giving away far too much of it's slowly built trust trust by running more and more paid content.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @kylaslaven: In the future there may be no class of decently paid full time journalists. It just won't exist. Media Report #abcrn…

In photos: what Christmas looks like in Queensland — Updated December 19, 2014 16:00:24 From the bustling shops of Brisbane to surfing Santas on the Gold Coast and mangoes bursting from trees in the tropics, Queensland is a colourful place to be at Christmas time. Brisbane's CBD is a hive of activity at this time of year with shoppers racing from one store to another buying last minute gifts.

Aboriginal woman in prison 'made to go without medication for days' — Updated December 19, 2014 20:55:21 A Perth Aboriginal woman sent to prison for unpaid fines says she was treated like a dangerous criminal and became very sick when forced to go without her blood pressure medication for three days.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @GeorgeNewhouse: Another Aboriginal woman in WA jail for unpaid fines is denied medication

Jindabyne celebrates 50th anniversary of the opening of the new township — Updated December 19, 2014 06:37:07 Jindabyne in New South Wales is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the new town centre after the old site was flooded as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The new site was opened in 1964 and the old site was flooded as part of the hydro scheme to become Lake Jindabyne in 1967.

Queensland Labor candidate for Lytton Daniel Cheverton quits, citing alcohol 'issues' — Updated December 19, 2014 10:45:10 Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked the party executive to dump its candidate for the Brisbane seat of Lytton after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour. A female colleague accused Daniel Cheverton of acting towards her in an inappropriate manner during drinks after a campaign training session in June.

As it happened: Stella Young memorial honours life of writer, comedian and disability activist — Updated December 19, 2014 10:35:45 The life of prominent disability activist, writer and comedian Stella Young will be honoured at a memorial service in Melbourne. Young, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily, died earlier this month at the age of 32.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @abcnewsMelb: Follow our live coverage as the life of activist and comedian #StellaYoung is honoured at a service in Melbourne