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Stokes funded Ben Roberts-Smith’s defence out of public company funds

Stokes funded Ben Roberts-Smith’s defence out of public company funds

Seven West Media lent $1.87 million to help finance Ben Robert-Smith’s legal expenses, which included the cost of hiring top barristers for the war crimes inquiry and a defamation case.

Before Seven, BRS set his sights even higher

Forget Married At First Sight. The most notable commitment ceremony in town is the very public one between Seven media mogul Kerry Stokes and Ben Roberts-Smith.

Brisbane temperature to drop to 14 degrees

An urban planning expert says cities will need to plan for a digital future beyond the effects of the pandemic

Parts of the south-east will be in for another cold morning on Tuesday, however temperatures are expected to rise towards the end of the week.

Menulog’s move to employ couriers ups pressure on gig economy

Critics of the independent contractor model that dominates the gig economy latched onto Menulog’s move, saying it showed any company could employ its workers directly.

Rick Maddison was shot dead by police after a 20-hour siege.

‘When I become big news’: Gunman’s warning before killing Queensland cop

Day one of the coronial inquest into Senior Constable Brett Forte’s death highlighted his killer’s spiralling mental state and police failures.

Australia will not be signing an agreement for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in the near future.
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No Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for Australia as sector calls for compensation scheme

Australia will not buy the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because it is a similar type to the AstraZeneca one being manufactured locally.

Vaccine delay casts doubt over Qantas’ international restart plans

The airline may have to change its strategy again as delays to the COVID vaccination program threaten to leave Australia’s international border closed beyond October.

Warning over political donors as minister rejects claim he favoured gas

Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor.

An anti-corruption advocate is warning political donations are undermining public confidence in plans for a gas-fired economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Aged care sector calls for uncapped home care packages, more staff funding

Two coalitions of aged care peak groupshave released their formal responses to the royal commission, urging the government to commit to a total overhaul of the system.

Queensland MP Andrew Laming.

Party officials block Andrew Laming’s preselection bid

An LNP source says the executive team voted unanimously to block Andrew Laming’s preselection.

Even a low-quality kidney transplant better for patients than dialysis

New analysis of kidney transplants has found accepting even a lower-quality kidney is better in the long run than remaining on dialysis.

Research suggests patients are better off accepting a low quality kidney transplant rather than remaining on dialysis and waiting for a better quality one.

Brisbane VR training company scores Biden-backed US contract

Next World founder and CEO Michael O’Reilly.

Next World offers VR training modules, which is exactly what the US is calling for as it ramps up its Build It Back Better program.

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Royal family

Tensions remain as Harry returns for Philip’s funeral

The Duke of Sussex’s return to fold for final farewell to Prince Philip offers a chance for reconciliation after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

Camilla Tominey

Why an intense female friendship was my first true love

Judith Lucy went to an 
all-girls school and then majored in theatre arts at university, which was also dominated by female students.

I fell in love with my new best friend, Michelle, at 14. It was all-consuming. We would give each other cards and poems and go on “dates”.

Bill Bailey is ‘qualified’ to pit Aussies and Kiwis against each other

The British comedian has visited Australia and New Zealand for the past 25 years. It will come in handy for his latest TV role: determining which is the superior nation.

Model and influencer Elias Chigros has signed on to star in Byron Baes.

Paradise lost: Why I’m leaving Byron Bay, just when Netflix is moving in

The new reality show Byron Baes has only confirmed my decision to move is the right one.

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Queensland

Transdev’s new E-Bus took to the streets of Brisbane on Monday

‘The future, now’: Solar-powered bus takes first passengers

An electric bus powered with 100 per cent solar energy carried its first regular passengers on Monday as it entered service in TransLink’s fleet.

Brisbane company wins European approval for rapid COVID-19 tests

AnteoTech chief executive Derek Thomson.

A Brisbane-based firm has won approval from European regulators to sell its 15-minute COVID-19 rapid test.

Fireworks launched at police helicopter hovering over Gold Coast hoons

Police have charged five people and issued 79 tickets in relation to a hooning incident at Pimpama on the Gold Coast on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Pics from Operation Tango supplied on Monday, April 12 by the Queensland Police Service.

One driver was recorded by PolAir doing 200km/hr, while another was charged for possessing fireworks that were allegedly fired at the police helicopter.

Six teenagers charged after high-end cars were stolen on Gold Coast

Police said investigators found jobs offered to the migrants “did not exist as advertised, if at all”.

Six teenagers, one as young as 13, have been charged with multiple offences after three high-end cars were stolen on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

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Man taken into custody after Brisbane bayside lockdown

Police seized cash, two firearms and three luxury vehicles from a Bundall home over the past five months.

The man had been in a Capalaba home refusing to get out for hours while police tried to negotiate with him.

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Benji Marshall has impressed the Rabbitohs on and off the field.

South Sydney poised to offer Marshall season 20 if Reynolds leaves

Benji Marshall could finish his career as the second-most capped player.

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Big-game players and acres of self-belief: Why the Reds are the real deal

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First Japanese man to win a major becomes a national heroy.

Sam Walker during his Roosters debut against the Warriors.
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Roosters set to hand whiz-kid Walker long-term deal

The Roosters were keen to extend the contract of Sam Walker before a ball had even been kicked this year.

Kate Roffey poses for a photo in her role with Wyndham Council.

Equality key to Roffey’s Melbourne presidency

Club’s first female president wants her reign to be about advancing the role women play in Aussie rules.

The Tigers go through the motions after another Cowboys try at Leichhardt Oval.
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NRL 2021

Coach to wield axe after boos in Tommy tribute

A furious Michael Maguire has expressed his “hurt” at his side being booed by Wests Tigers supporters.

Sam Kerr couldn’t lift Australia to victory.

‘I don’t think we were very good’: Kerr’s verdict after Matildas drubbing

Australia’s defeat to Germany was a learning experience, says new coach Tony Gustavsson.

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