• Deposit levy would break no-tax vow: ALP

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the upcoming budget will contain some tough measures with one tipped to be a tax on bank deposits which will raise about $500 million a year. The Australian Financial Review reported on Saturday the government would go ahead with the bank deposits insurance levy, initially proposed by Labor in 2013, to raise revenue and as an alternative to requiring banks to hold extra capital as insurance against collapse. Under Labor, this was set at 0.05 per cent on deposits up to $250,000, starting in 2016.

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  • Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters on Thursday.

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  • Waratahs beat Blues in Super Rugby

    Bernard Foley has booted the NSW Waratahs back into Super Rugby's top six on a night of comedy and melodrama at Allianz Stadium. Two second-half penalty goals from Foley and a late try to replacement Peter Betham saved the Waratahs' blushes in a drab 23-11 victory over the winless and last-placed Blues. Disgruntled fans jeered and booed Peyper after the South African spent the last five minutes of the first half relentlessly re-setting scrums as the Waratahs camped themselves on the Blues line.

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  • Emerging world: Heading for contagious credit crisis?

    Major emerging markets (EMs) like Brazil and Russia could be at risk of a widespread credit crisis-that could impact the world's financial markets, experts warn. ING Investment Management warned in March that banks and companies in some emerging markets could topple if their currencies remained under pressure and capital outflows continue. "This pressure threatens to bring the fundamentally weakest countries into deep economic and political trouble," said M.J. Bakkum, senior emerging markets strategist at ING, in a research note.

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  • Was Zayn Malik Fired From One Direction?

    In case you've been hiding under a rock, boy bander Zayn Malik has left a trail of devastation globally after his shock(ish) departure from the world's biggest boy band, One Direction. Radar Online are reporting that it was in fact Zayn's 'drug and alcohol use' that really got him booted from the band. A (totally reliable) source from the band's 'upper middle management' told the site, "Zayn's alcohol and drug use became a huge problem," and when he was given an ultimatum to sober up or leave the band, he chose to leave.

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  • Man stabs wife to death while their seven kids are home: Police

    A man stabbed his wife to death after he slapped one of their seven children for playing video games and she confronted him about it, police said. Goodyear police said the children witnessed at least part of the attack, and a 14-year-old daughter called 911 to frantically plead for help. The document identified the husband as 37-year-old John Leo Davis and the wife as Michele Davis.

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  • Unhappy customers want compensation

    Vodafone customers in Kununurra say they are disappointed with the company's reluctance to offer compensation after the local network dropped out of service for almost a week. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Vodafone confirmed the disruption was caused by a "fibre cable break from our third party transmission provider". It is understood the cable is owned and managed by Telstra but used by Vodafone through a backhaul agreement to provide services to their customers in the regional area.

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  • Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

    Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes. The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia.

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  • Ben Stiller: 'Joan Rivers Hated Me 'Til She Died'

    Ben Stiller learns the reason behind his long-standing feud with Joan RIvers. Joan Rivers was never shy about her dislike for Ben Stiller, but the Zoolander 2 star says he never understood the late comedienne's beef - until Howard Stern and his team enlightened him this week. "She says you ignored her on the red carpet," Robin Quivers, Stern's longtime co-host, exclaimed after Stern brought up the seemingly one-sided feud.

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  • No murder charge for woman accused of cutting baby from womb

    A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors won't bring the charge in the baby's death. Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes.

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  • Chris Bath: 'One in six will have one...'

    When Nathan Jones contacted me about his fiancee Kylie Newlove and told me they were fundraising to get her to America to try the treatment so she could be a hands on mum again, we tagged along for the ride. Nathan was forced to stop work to become her carer, so getting to America to try Etanercept was a tough ask, but they were set on getting there.

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  • Million Dollar Minute awards the biggest cash prize in Australian TV history

    Andrew Skarbek made Australian television history this afternoon by winning an eye-popping $1,016,000 on Channel 7’s hit quiz show Million Dollar Minute. The nail-biting final question that determined Andrew’s life changing cash windfall was: “The Burke and Wills expedition left Melbourne in which year?”. $1,016,000 is the biggest cash prize ever awarded in the history of Australian television.

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  • Bruce Jenner in tears after will bombshell

    Bruce Jenner was left in tears when Kris Jenner told him he was no longer the executor of her will. The 65-year-old star is seen getting teary in a clip from an upcoming episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' as his ex-wife reveals she has put her eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian, 35, in charge of her affairs should anything happen to her. Speaking on Sunday's (29.03.15) 'KUWTK' episode, Kris says: "For my entire marriage with Bruce he has always been listed as the executor on my living will.

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  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits, Labor accuses Tony Abbott of backflipping on election promise

    The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget.

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  • Bonds Reveal Their Baby Of The Year

    Poppy H, the winner of the Bonds Baby Search. Photo: SuppliedMeet Poppy from the Northern Territory – she has just taken out the hotly-contested Bonds Baby Search for 2015.Alongside Poppy, 18 other young Aussies (aged from 0-6 months to 3 years) were

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  • Inner city apartment oversupply: Is it time to get nervous?

    Boy are the inner city apartment markets of Sydney and Melbourne behaving differently. Looking back a few years, following their post Global Financial Crisis downturn, the inner city apartment markets of both Sydney and Melbourne boomed, in part due to investor demand and in part helped by low stock levels. While limited new apartment stock was built in Sydney, Melbourne now has a significant inner city apartment market oversupply which is likely to cloud its market for a number of years yet.

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  • Four dead in WA road carnage

    Crashes in Chidlow and Greenwood claimed the lives of two motorcycle riders while two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured in an early morning crash on Kwinana Freeway. A motorcyclist has died after Mitchell Fwy crash. At about 9am, a 23-year-old male motorcyclist from Wooroloo was killed when his Yamaha and a Toyota Hilux collided near the intersection of Elliot and Mathieson roads in Chidlow, 50km east of Perth.

    The West Australian
  • 'Pimping out my girlfriend': Web fitness gurus locked in legal battle

    An Adelaide fitness guru says he makes thousands of dollars every month ‘pimping out’ his internet celebrity girlfriend on YouTube, a court has heard. The comments come from Harley Johnstone’s book Carb the F… Up: Follow Your Heart with No F…s Given, which has been tendered in court as evidence as part of an escalating legal battle between two Adelaide-based online fitness gurus, The Advertiser reports. “Yep, easy money isn’t it just for doing videos on health, sharks, bike stuff and pimping out my girlfriend ... hey, sex sells and so does the fear of sharks,” Johnstone wrote.

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  • Girl sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3am slushie

    A four-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3am and hopped a bus in Philadelphia, United States, in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie". The bus driver is a father of three.

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  • We want to finish Taj: Oswals

    Pankaj and Radhika Oswal say they hope to return to Perth and finish their Indian palace-style home in Peppermint Grove. A day after the Shire of Peppermint Grove pushed ahead with plans to demolish the building known as Taj-on-Swan, Mrs Oswal's lawyer Rebekah Giles said she would resist the move. The Oswals have lived overseas since the high-profile collapse of Mr Oswal's ammonia empire in 2010.

    The West Australian