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Bundaberg mayor turns against high cost of cashless welfare trial

The mayor of Bundaberg, former LNP stalwart and Queensland state minister Jack Dempsey, says his community has turned against a cashless welfare trial after learning the cost.The Wide Bay-Burnett region ofQueenslandis among Australia’s most disadvantaged. Dempsey said across the Bundaberg and Fraser

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-20 18:00:04

Greens rule out supporting tax cuts of either major party

The Greens have ruled out supporting both major parties’ planned tax cuts, accusing them of attempting to “bribe” Australian voters, by “giving away cheques like a breakfast TV show trying to increase ratings”.

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-20 18:00:03

Don't give anyone a tax cut: Greens

They are ruling out supporting all the budget’s tax relief, and say they are also opposed to the package of larger cuts the opposition has proposed, which would be confined to people in the lower and middle income ranges.

THE CONVERSATION - 2018-05-20 12:05:22

Anger at Norwegian Plan to Drill in Australian Wilderness

The Great Australian Bight is a large, open bay off the coast of southern Australia. It is home to sea lions and sharks, and is a nursery for the endangered southern right whale.

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-05-20 08:03:00

Waratahs delighted to end the Kiwi hex

“I thought the boys really started ... to work where they were short, work where we could get one up on them and our set piece was able to give the platform for our game managers to pick them off and run in some really nice tries,” he said.

REUTERS - 2018-05-20 07:02:00

International Cake Show – in pictures

Weeks and months of painstaking work go into some of the sculptural marvels.Photograph: David Kelly for the Guardian

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-20 04:39:57

NRL launches review of timekeeping after controversial Manly win

The matter was then further complicated on two counts. Firstly, the referee appeared set to resume play after Dylan Walker was sin-binned and Curtis Scott was sent off following a fight, before calling Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans back over again and sin-binning Koroisau.

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-20 04:32:46

Albanese demands explanation why Australia voted against Gaza inquiry

Protests at the Israeli-Gaza border coincided with the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images Anthony Albanese has asked the government to explain why Australia voted against a UN human rights council push to hold an independent investigation into the k

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-20 02:51:44

A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

SIMPSON, Australia — James Guy had been a dairy farmer since he was 15, and at 55, he thought he’d be preparing for retirement. Instead, he struggled to make the payments on a bank loan after the price of milk fell and never recovered.One night in November 2016, his wife, Mary, who was working part-

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-05-20 00:00:00

All care, no policy: Liberal party pretenders exposed | Greg Jericho

On the ABC, the gender gap, climate change and wage growth, the Liberals pretend to care while making sure nothing changesSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekday

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-19 21:00:38

Tax cuts to help women on lower incomes but 'taper effect' will trim gains

Scott Morrison’s budget introduces increased complexity to the system, particularly in the way the two tax offsets are layered, an analysis says. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-19 19:00:35

Rugby - Waratahs down Highlanders to snap Australia's winless streak

The Waratahs, who gave up a 29-0 lead to lose last week, initially made heavy work of it but a brace apiece from Taqele Naiyaravoro and Israel Folau along with tries from Lalakai Foketi and Curtis Rona were enough to snap the streak.

REUTERS - 2018-05-19 12:00:15

Commonwealth Bank apologises for staff manipulation of children's accounts

CBA boss Matt Comyn says the bank has 'zero-tolerance' for behaviour such as the children's accounts scam. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP Commonwealth Bank has apologised for the widespread manipulation of Dollamites accounts by its retail staff in an effort to inflate their bonuses and hit performa

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-19 06:38:25

Sportwatch: AFL, NRL, netball, Super Rugby and more!

Hi all! It’s another huge Saturday’s action ahead of us, with the non-spherical shaped ball sports again dominating. We’ve got four games of Super Rugby, including the Waratahs’ redemption mission on NZ soil against the Highlanders. There are three NRL clashes, with the Cowboys looking to continue t

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-19 06:12:41

Australia and US oppose UN move for independent inquiry into Gaza violence

Among the countries that voted, 29 were in favour, 14 abstained and only two were against the investigation People look skyward at tear gas being shot from a drone at the border fence with Israel in Gaza City, Gaza this week. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Australia has aligned with the Un

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-19 04:35:23

Australian PM to visit China to smooth trade ties

FILE PHOTO: Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) address the media following their talks in Berlin, Germany, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

REUTERS - 2018-05-19 02:34:30

'There's no excuse for wage theft': on the frontline of worker exploitation

A 58-year-old widow with a mortgage, she had been working in the hospitality industry for 20 years when her most recent employer told her and her eight co-workers, with five days’ notice, that they would be unemployed.

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-18 23:44:25

A conservative putsch is fast turning into the Liberals' Victorian problem | Katharine Murphy

It’s one of those dilemmas politicians like to call wicked problems. Politicians, at least the folks still on the planet, know that it’s important to build a political movement from the ground up, but such movements can sometimes produce outcomes that are uncomfortable for people in power.

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-18 22:37:44

Things to do in Australia instead of watching the royal wedding

This is the final weekend ofGood Beer Week, an industry showcase for brewers and a celebration of the joy that comes from making your way to the bottom of a pint glass. Whether you’re into fruity pale ale or dark and stormy stout, scraping together loose change or willing to splurge, there arestacks

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-18 22:12:16

A boil bursts: the AFL’s population of senior female​ coaches goes extinct | Samantha Lane

To break down the bones of this catastrophe: theAFLWhad eight senior coaches in its opening years. Two of them were women; revolutionary faces and names not only for the Adelaide Crows and Fremantle Dockers, but for the AFL, until a pair of rude severances last month marked a breaking point to probl

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-05-18 22:00:10