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United Australia Party candidate in custody over 13 charges

A United Australia Party candidate has been remanded in police custody, leading the party to consider whether he should be stood down. Ingram Spencer, who is running for the seat of Higgins in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and did not apply for bail. Victoria Police said they charged a 38-year-old Malvern man with 12

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Subscriber feels let down by the system after vicious beating

A subscriber who was brutally assaulted and attacked by a neighbour in his unit complex  a number of years ago has spoken out about his dissatisfaction in the way the incident was handled still with no court outcome.  Our subscriber aged in his 60’s was punched, struck and belted with his own walking stick in the totally unprovoked vicious attack

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ATSB releases preliminary report from on-going firebombing helicopter accident investigation  

The ATSB has released a preliminary report from its on-going investigation into a fatal accident involving a UH-1H helicopter during firebombing operations north of Launceston, Tasmania on 14 February 2022. The crew of an air attack helicopter that was monitoring the Labrina fireground had tasked the UH-1H, registered VH-UHX (UHX), to conduct a water drop on a small hot-spot, the

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Ukrainian ballistic missiles intercepted – Russia 

Russia’s Defense Ministry says Kiev forces fired a barrage of missiles, including ballistic Tochka-U rockets, at the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed on Thursday that Ukrainian forces fired more than a dozen missiles overnight at the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, which was seized by Russian troops in early March. The ministry said in

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EU to comply with Russia’s payment terms

Gas distributors in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia reportedly plan to open ruble accounts Some of Europe’s largest energy firms are planning to use a new payment system for Russian gas supplies demanded by the Kremlin, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Sources told the newspaper that gas distributors in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia aim to open ruble accounts

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Couple gaoled over large operation

STATE OF TASMANIA v T  and S 27 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE T  and S , you plead guilty to dealing in proceeds of crime and trafficking in a controlled substance. You are both originally from New Zealand and have been together for 16 years. You moved to Queensland in about 2016. In early 2021 you were recruited

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460,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled to fix a potentially fatal safety issue. 

Toyota announced that it is recalling about 460,000 vehicles from the 2020 through 2022 model years, including the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime, and Venza SUVs, the Toyota Sienna minivan, the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan, the Lexus LS500h sedan, and the Lexus LX600, NX350h, and NX450h+ SUVs. Because of a problem with the vehicles’ software, their electronic stability

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Deves to visit SJM 

“I appreciate your kind offer to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum, to learn more about the tragedy of Holocaust and its aftermath…” Warringah Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has accepted an invitation to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum next month. Deves caused a stir earlier this month when social media posts surfaced in which she likened her lobbying to stop transgender

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Tame talks women, politics and family with Albanese 

Grace Tame has revealed senior Labor frontbencher Penny Wong sounded her out about politics, in an interview the former Australian of the Year did with Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese for a women’s lifestyle magazine. In the InStyle interview, conducted in early March and published on Thursday, Albanese and Tame talk about the strong women in their lives, constitutional recognition for Indigenous people

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Role of ex-cop Gary Jubelin questioned in malicious prosecution case 

Police investigating the abduction of William Tyrrell pursued unrelated historical sexual assault claims against former suspect Bill Spedding because they received a tip-off about it, not because they had “actively unearthed” the information to “get” him, a court has been told. Bill Spedding, 70, was initially a prime suspect in William’s disappearance because he worked on a broken washing machine

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