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Is politics really this lonely?

Loading The first time Hanson “hit on me”, says Burston, was in the wonderfully exotic Rooty Hill RSL Club. Hanson, you’d be unsurprised to know, denies any such thing, and it appears her chief of staff was so incensed he decided to drive home the point by hitting on Burston …

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‘There are people in prison who shouldn’t be’: Lawyer slams top cop

The lawyer for a gangland getaway driver has slammed Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton on live radio for delays in disclosure of documents she said would help her client’s appeal. Faruk Orman, convicted of the murder of Victor Peirce, was one of the 20 convicted criminals who received letters from the …

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Alita: Battle Angel

Robert Rodriguez came to sudden fame when he made a movie – a properly entertaining, stylish movie – for next to nothing. In 1992, his Tex-Mex western El Mariachi showed what could be done by someone with confidence, charm, chutzpah and $US7000. Now, when every festival seems to celebrate at …

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Geary to lead Saints again in 2019 as Hannebery joins leadership group

St Kilda have decided to stick with Jarryn Geary as captain as they look to atone for a disappointing 2018, but have immediately elevated Sydney Swans’ premiership play Dan Hannebery to the leadership group. Geary, 30, has been Saints’ skipper for the past two seasons, taking over in 2017 from club …

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Mars rover Opportunity pronounced dead after 15 years of service

There was no response, only silence. “It’s going to be very sad to say goodbye,” said John Callas, the mission’s project manager. “But at the same time, we’ve got to remember this has been 15 years of incredible adventure.” The rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view …

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Bill Cosby vows ‘no remorse’, even if he sits in prison for 10 years

Loading “My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanise all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb-wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron,” Cosby later added in a statement about his prison experience so far. “I now have a temporary residence that …

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Amazon’s Alexa wants to ease your ‘cognitive overload’

The goal with Alexa to give it access to its full library any of “skills” — which are like cloud-based apps — at all times, and let it decide on its own which ones to use and when to achieve an outcome. Rohit Prasad, vice-president and head scientist, Amazon Alexa. …

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‘Deficit mentality’ has marred Closing the Gap: Morrison

“The progress may not be fast enough or far enough but it still can discourage further efforts because of that approach, so we do always need to mark what’s been accomplished.” The 11th Closing the Gap report to Parliament is expected to show that the targets set in 2008 have …

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Tools down, boots on: Carlton’s VFL recruits relishing seachange

Gibbons wasn’t drafted in 2018 despite twice winning the VFL best and fairest award, including last year, and headlining the VFL team of the year for the past three seasons. “It was pretty disappointing,” Gibbons said of last year’s snub. “You’d suppose I’d get used to it by now after …

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Cassowary mystery cracked: Nature gifts giant bird an inbuilt ‘airconditioner’

The cassowary makes a guttural rumble which is among the lowest frequency call of any bird.Credit:Alamy Now a team of Melbourne-based scientists say they have cracked the case open – and their answer could also apply to a suite of dinosaurs with similar cranial structures. Using thermal imagery they proved …

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