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Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell and Kerry Stokes last year.

Stokes family funded Robert-Smith’s defence out of shareholder 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.

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Australia rules out use of single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Australia will not be signing an agreement for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in the near future.

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

Ex-East Timor president slaps mourners, demands body of COVID-19 victim

ormer East Timorese president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao slaps a mourner at least three times outside a COVID isolation facility in Dili yesterday. 

Xanana Gusmao has defied a lockdown to rally a crowd outside an isolation facility and demand the release of the body of a man recorded as only the country’s second COVID-related death.

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.

‘Cheeky right ’til the end’: Princes Harry, William pay separate tributes to Philip

‘Cheeky right ’til the end’: Princes Harry, William pay separate tributes to Philip

William and Harry released statements about their grandfather ahead of a reunion for the feuding brothers at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

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Police officer in fatal US shooting ‘meant to use Taser but accidentally fired gun’

The death of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop sparked protests in Minneapolis in the early hours of the morning.

South Sydney poised to offer Benji Marshall season 20 if Reynolds leaves

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

Benji Marshall could surpass Cooper Cronk and finish his illustrious career as the second-most capped player behind Cameron Smith if Adam Reynolds leaves South Sydney.

‘We’re not a package deal’: Morris brothers could part ways in retirement call

‘We’re not a package deal’: Morris brothers could part ways in retirement call

Roosters twins both signed a one-year contract extension at the end of the 2020 season and are off-contract at the end of the year. 

Former Christian Lobby boss Lyle Shelton bound for NSW upper house

Christian Democratic Party founder Reverend Fred Nile will retire from NSW Parliament this year and former Australian Christian Lobby boss Lyle Shelton is slated to replace him.

Labor picks former miner in crucial NSW byelection

NSW Labor has endorsed coal miner Jeff Drayton as its candidate in the Upper Hunter byelection.

NSW Labor officials have endorsed the coalminer and union official as its candidate for the Upper Hunter byelection.

‘A market for crazy’: Turnbull serves cold fury for Murdochs

The former prime minister sat himself in front of a cool blue curtain in calming botanical print ... and set the room on fire.

Multimillion-dollar funding cuts flagged for major Sydney cultural institutions
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Multimillion-dollar funding cuts flagged for major Sydney cultural institutions

The Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Living Museums would all be hit by the budget cuts.

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’d had friends before, but it wasn’t until I met Michelle that I truly understood the importance of having someone outside your family who’s in your corner.

Technology is killing the art of the telephone conversation

Long conversations on phones fixed to the wall have gone by the wayside.

I long for the conversations I used to have which allowed nuance, laughter and the varied timbre of the human voice.

Susan Murphy
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Secrets of war

Media mogul Kerry Stokes is backing his executive, decorated former special forces soldier Ben Roberts-Smith.

‘I’m going to do everything I can to destroy them’: Secret audio revealed

Facing war crimes allegations, the decorated soldier is caught on tape being furious at his enemies, adamant he’ll win, and grateful to media mogul Kerry Stokes for his financial support.

Australia’s most decorated soldier tried to hide shameful images and apparent evidence of war crimes. Now they have been unearthed.
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Roberts-Smith, accused of intimidating witnesses, vows to ‘destroy’ enemies

Australia’s most decorated living soldier tried to hide shameful images and apparent evidence of war crimes. Now they have been unearthed.

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Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport.

India source of most quarantine cases as vaccine sees US numbers drop

New Zealand has implemented a temporary travel ban on arrivals from India until April 28 in light of rising cases acquired in India.

‘Significant challenges’ ahead for state’s vaccine rollout

More people will need to receive the Pfizer vaccine following advice from vaccine advisory group ATAGI.

NSW Health has said new advice regarding use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 50 will cause “significant challenges” for the rollout.

Final link in walkway along Sydney Harbour foreshore opens at Barangaroo

Final link in walkway along Sydney Harbour foreshore opens at Barangaroo

The 300-metre stretch of walkway finally opens the way for the public to follow the foreshore for 11km from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge.

Police open fire after car allegedly drives at them on Sydney’s north shore

Two men have been arrested after they allegedly drove a car towards police, prompting officers to fire a gun in a car park on Sydney’s north shore. 

Two men have been arrested after they allegedly drove a car towards police, prompting officers to fire a gun in a car park on Sydney’s north shore. 

Ex-councillor tells ICAC of ‘relentless’ pressure from John Sidoti

Ms Berejiklian also needs to replace John Sidoti.

A former Liberal councillor said she felt sustained pressure from Drummoyne MP John Sidoti to vote in favour of a rezoning decision that would benefit his family interests.

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Cameron Ciraldo has approached Penrith about a potential release to join Cronulla in 2022.

Ciraldo in line to join Fitzgibbon as Sharks assure Morris he’s still in ‘pole position’

Cronulla officials insist a decision on the coaching role hasn’t been made, but Penrith are preparing for life without Cameron Ciraldo.

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

South Sydney poised to offer Benji Marshall season 20 if Reynolds leaves

Benji Marshall could surpass Cooper Cronk and finish his illustrious career as the second-most capped player behind Cameron Smith if Adam Reynolds leaves South Sydney.

The Morris brothers both signed a one-year contract extension at the end of the 2020 season and are off-contract at the end of the year. 

‘We’re not a package deal’: Morris brothers could part ways in retirement call

The Roosters twins both signed one-year contract extensions at the end of the 2020 season and are off-contract at the end of the year. 

Cool those heels ... Melbourne gun No. 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Bellamy apologises to Papenhuyzen after declaring Tedesco the NRL’s best fullback

Ryan Papenhuyzen has revealed Craig Bellamy rang him after a press conference last week, fearing he had offended his star fullback. 

Suliasi Vunivalu is set to make his Queensland Reds debut on Friday night.

‘I really wanted support’: Vunivalu grateful for Thorn’s backing after rocky start in rugby

The high profile cross-code star had an embarrassing start to his rugby career and he is desperate to win back respect on the field.

Mitchell Starc is likely to line up as part of an all-NSW attack in the first Test.

‘A massive game’: Nevill returns as Test stars named in NSW squad for Shield final

NSW has named a star-studded bowling line up which includes Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Sean Abbott. 

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