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Neo-Nazis go bush: Grampians gathering highlights rise of Australia’s far right

Alleged members of a far-right extremist group seen at Halls Gap and the Grampians.

The first thing hiker Nathaniel Maxwell noticed as he trudged towards an ancient rock cavern in the Grampians National Park last Saturday was the sound of dozens of voices singing Waltzing Matilda.

‘Bad theology kills’: Senior cleric returns honour over Margaret Court decision

Reverend Alistair Macrae is returning his award has Officer of Order of Australia.

The Reverend Alistair Macrae, a former president of the Uniting Church in Australia, has joined a growing list of Australia Day honours recipients to reject their awards.

They’re ace: Australian Open serves up a record number of ball kids

It’s ‘crazy and surreal’ seeing top tennis players up close, says Maddie Higgins, who with sister Lucy will be a 2021 Australian Open ball kid.

Malka Leifer (right) appears in a Jerusalem court in February 2018.
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Government-funded chaplaincy organisation will offer services to Malka Leifer

The organisation’s involvement has caused ruptures in Melbourne’s Jewish community, with some members suggesting the group should not support the alleged paedophile.

Glory days ... Former Wallabies captain John Eales raises The William Webb Ellis Trophy after the 1999 World Cup.

‘We don’t want volcano vomit yellow’: Greats to decide colour of Wallabies jersey

Eight iconic Wallabies jerseys will be whittled down to one as Australia’s who’s who of rugby decide what colour the national jersey should be from now on.

New movie is an irresistible story, made better by Tom Hanks’ mastery

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in a scene from News of the World.

Directed by Paul Greengrass (the Bourne films, Captain Phillips), News of the World reworks themes from a classic John Wayne movie.

CBD basement restaurant Izakaya Den is back with a new chef and snacks

Ex-Ezard chef Jarrod di Blasi reckons he ate at the Japanese restaurant 150 times before coming on as an employee.

Consider creating a “capsule wardrobe,” a well-curated collection of the basics you wear regularly, in which each piece works with every other piece.

How to shop smarter and build a wardrobe you’ll feel good about

Most people wear the same two dozen items regularly, and they rarely touch the rest. Follow these tips for a more sustainable – and organised closet.

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Medical staff work in the negative-pressure isolation ward in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan.

Virus victim’s relative wants to meet WHO experts in Wuhan

Despite pressure not to speak out, Zhang has been organising relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday said her government could approve a COVID-19 vaccine this week.

‘Urgent testing’ under way in NZ after more post-quarantine cases found

The New Zealand Ministry of Health is carrying out “urgent testing” after two more people tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving hotel quarantine.

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The Murray River.

‘Hidden dangers’: Murray remains nation’s deadliest river

The river claims the lives of about two Victorians on average each year; a 35-year-old man became the latest drowning victim on Tuesday while swimming near Cobram.

Woman viewed compensation as ‘hush money’ for 1985 rape, court told

Craig Minogue is accused of abducting and raping two young women in the 1980s.

A woman abducted off a Melbourne street and raped 35 years ago told a friend police didn’t want to prioritise her case and that she considered compensation she later received as “hush money”, a court has heard.

Animal rights group raise concerns over Grampians dingo plan

The proposal to re-introduce dingoes into the Grampians National Park has been fiercely opposed by local farmers.

A proposal to reintroduce dingoes into the Grampians has divided public opinion, with an animal rights group warning the native predators would be at risk of being poisoned or shot.

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Margaret Court gong was aimed at ‘gender gap’

Margaret Court at the Australian Open in 2017.

Margaret Court was given the highest civilian honour to address a gender disparity created five years ago when Rod Laver became the first tennis player to be made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

How an AFLW skipper turned farming rouseabout during lockdown

Emma Kearney.

Emma Kearney used hay bales to practise marking, the beams in the shearing shed to do chin-ups and pull-ups, while the sheep tracks in the paddocks became running circuits.

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John Millman thinks the courts at Melbourne Park will play differently this year.

Why John Millman wanted to be put back into hotel quarantine

Millman has already done two weeks of hotel quarantine, but that didn’t stop him trying to do it again, partly because he thinks conditions at Melbourne Park will be very different this year.

Australia’s players are slated next month to tour South Africa, which is struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus.

South Africa tour still up in the air despite naming of Test squad

Weary Test stars face at least another month in a bubble in South Africa but would do so at a resort marketed as a “haven of peace and tranquillity”.

Rafael Nadal has put public health before personal grievance and supported Australia’s hotel quarantine protocols.

Nadal calls for players to keep ‘wider perspective’ as stars ready for quarantine exit

As the Australian Open’s quarantine program prepares to release its first members onto Melbourne’s streets on Thursday night, two of the biggest names in tennis have backed the nation’s strict measures.

Cricket Australia has strongly endorsed Tim Paine as captain of the men’s Test side.

‘Unfairly criticised’: Selectors back Paine for South Africa tour

Australian selector delivers broadside to captain’s critics and says Tim Paine’s position was ‘never in question’

Two AFL players have now been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

AFL brain disease cases ‘tip of the iceberg’: US expert

An American pioneer in CTE research says changes have to be made at all levels of the game if the problem is to be contained.

Denis Pagan and Kevin Sheedy will coach the city and country jockey teams respectively at Friday’s Rapid Racing meeting at Flemington.

Sheedy to turn to Lloyd to knock off Pagan’s star line-up

Champion AFL coaches Kevin Sheedy and Denis Pagan will renew the rivalry when they coach the country and city teams, respectively, at Friday’s Rapid Racing meeting.

Glory days ... Former Wallabies captain John Eales raises The William Webb Ellis Trophy after the 1999 World Cup.

‘We don’t want yellow’: Greats to pick jersey colour

Eight iconic Wallabies jerseys will be whittled down to one as who’s who of rugby decide what colour national jersey should be from now on.

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