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Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Meet Australian jockey Zac Purton and the Aussies racing to riches in Hong Kong

Zac Purton is possibly the best jockey in the world, and one of Australia’s top sporting exports. But most Aussies wouldn’t even know his name. He dropped out of school to chase his dream and is now a millionaire sportsman and investor. → Read More

BoJo's had a week of lows and blows — where does Britain go now?

The British PM lost his Government majority, control of Parliament and his MP brother announced he would resign. And there are more Brexit challenges yet to come, with a bill to prevent October's no-deal exit expected to get royal assent on Monday. → Read More

Could the Brexit brawl see Boris Johnson become Britain's shortest-serving prime minister?

He's barely had time to unpack at 10 Downing Street, but a vote in Britain's Parliament tonight could lead to Boris Johnson calling a snap general election he may very well lose. → Read More

Hurricane Dorian is moving slowly — but that only makes it more destructive

Hurricane Dorian is crawling through The Bahamas at speeds as slow as 7 kilometres per hour, but this storm is the second-most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, and its pace only makes it more destructive. → Read More

When G7 leaders can't even agree on a communique, we have a problem

The absence of an official statement from G7 leaders to highlight the outcomes of the meeting in France is perhaps the biggest statement of all, writes political reporter Dan Conifer. → Read More

They lurk in the sky before dive-bombing at 200kph — and could be a big threat to our troops

Troops on the battlefield could soon face a new threat — swarms of autonomous kamikaze drones loaded with explosives, according to a leading Australian military thinker. → Read More

New Liberal senator adds support to Indigenous voice to Parliament

Andrew Bragg uses his first speech in the Senate to break cover and to call for a voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the constitution. → Read More

'Good faith' needed in lead up to Indigenous referendum: Liberal MP

Some members of the Coalition have dismissed the idea of enshrining an Indigenous voice in the Parliament in the form of an advisory body, but Federal Liberal MP John Alexander says people need to listen and engage in good faith in the lead up to the referendum. → Read More

The tough challenge to change the constitution to recognise Indigenous Australians

The Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt wants to hold a referendum within three years. But what does it take to deliver that? → Read More

Peter Dutton says he 'does not know' if refugees charged with serious crimes brought to Australia under medevac bill

The Home Affairs Minister says just over 30 people have been brought to Australia and he does not know whether any of them have been charged with serious offences, four months after the Government warned the bill would bring a flood of immediate transfers including paedophiles, rapists or murderers. → Read More

Clare O'Neil drops out of race to be Labor deputy leader

The Shadow Financial Services Minister makes way for factional colleague Richard Marles, meaning both the leader and deputy leader positions in the Labor party will almost certainly be held by men. → Read More

How the federal election will change the taxes you pay

From personal income tax cuts to proposed changes to superannuation franking credits and negative gearing, the outcome of the federal election will affect how much people pay in taxes. → Read More

FOI document reveals Morrison considered changes to negative gearing

Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed interest in overhauling housing tax concessions, including negative gearing, just days into his time as treasurer, according to official documents. → Read More

Labor to run Grindr ads against Liberal candidate who linked same-sex marriage to paedophilia

Gurpal Singh, who campaigned against same-sex marriage in 2017 and has apologised for comments he made linking gay relationships to paedophilia, will be the target of negative ads on the dating app Grindr and Instagram. → Read More

Liberal candidate who linked same-sex marriage to paedophilia won't be disendorsed

Scott Morrison says Gurpal Singh, who campaigned against same-sex marriage ahead of the plebiscite in 2017 and linked gay relationships to paedophilia, will not be dumped by the Liberal Party. → Read More

Liberal election candidate facing more questions over anti-Muslim posts

An embattled Liberal election candidate is facing more questions about her social media activity after further anti-Muslim posts bearing her name emerged. → Read More

Liberal candidate launching police investigation over posts appearing to show anti-Muslim comments

Jessica Whelan, the Liberal candidate for Lyons, is accused of saying feminists supporting sharia law should have their genitals mutilated and that Muslims should be banned from Australia. → Read More

QLD senator Ian Macdonald breaks ranks from LNP in bid to save seat

Relegated to an unwinnable fourth spot on the LNP's Senate ticket, Ian Macdonald sends out thousands of letters and emails to Queensland residents urging them to vote for him, rather than his party, to try to save his political career. → Read More

Dozens of Centrelink clients' details published online

A Commonwealth-funded work-for-the-dole provider uploads lists of people who were required to attend client meetings to a public Facebook page, in a move that has shocked a union official, but the Government says the provider met its privacy responsibilities. → Read More

Coalition candidate Gerard Rennick floats 12 per cent company tax rate, suggests early education a conspiracy

The Coalition usually wins at least three senate spots in Queensland, meaning Mr Rennick has a good chance of entering Parliament from July. → Read More