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Bondi surf club is victim of Labor class war, says MP

The iconic Sydney neighbourhood of Bondi prospered when its MP, Malcolm Turnbull, was a member of the federal government. Among other things, it was allocated a $1.7m (£830,000) grant to upgrade its surf lifesaving club, one of the oldest in the world.

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Conductor admits £4.3m tax fraud on phantom musical instruments

Saturday, 24 May 2008

A British conductor who admitted making fraudulent tax refund claims against millions of dollars' worth of musical instruments is awaiting sentence in a New Zealand prison cell.

Police seize 'child porn' art from Sydney gallery

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Is it art or pornography to exhibit photographs of naked 12- and 13- year-old girls? That perennial debate was reignited in Australia yesterday, where police swooped on a Sydney gallery displaying works by the internationally renowned artist Bill Henson.

Goat racers of the outback ride again

Sunday, 18 May 2008

What is it about John de Groot and goats? Why should a probate lawyer in Brisbane want to open the world's first goat museum?

Driving Miss Ada

Saturday, 17 May 2008

One winter's day in 1930, an elderly woman approached Charlie Heard, a taxi driver, as he waited for a fare in Geelong, a country town west of Melbourne. Was he interested in a "long fare", she asked him. "Yes," he replied, thinking she meant Melbourne. Ada Beal told him: "I want to go to Darwin and back."

Driver didn't give a XXXX for child

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

An Australian driver who secured a carton of beer in his car with a seat belt but left a five-year-old child unrestrained has been fined £355.

Uluru tourists return 'cursed' souvenirs

Monday, 12 May 2008

Hundreds of tourists who have taken home a chunk of Australia's best-known landmark, the towering monolith called Uluru, have returned their illicit souvenirs, with some claiming to have been struck by bad luck as a result of the theft.

Dingo fence has damaged sacred sites, say Aborigines

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Construction of a controversial dingo fence around resort areas on Fraser Island, one of Australia's leading tourist destinations, is to continue despite objections from Aboriginal traditional owners.

Australian clergy curse Ramsay's profanity

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

The Most Rev Philip Wilson, Archbishop of Adelaide, has declared that he lives his life by a simple and humble motto adapted from Psalm 115.1 – Non nobis domine or "not to us, oh Lord, not to us". This week, the leading Catholic clergyman was involved in special pleading of a more secular kind when his church invoked the might of the Australian Senate to step in to spare Australia the four-letter tirades of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Sinking without trace: Australia's climate change victims

Monday, 5 May 2008

Ron and Maria Passi, who operate Murray Island's only taxi, were out driving the night the king tide struck. Neighbours flagged them down, asking for help, and so it was not until some time later that they saw their own grandchildren standing in the road. "They were shouting 'Granddad, stop the car, the water is coming in the house'," says Ron. "I just slammed on the brakes."

Five killed as Sydney boats collide

Thursday, 1 May 2008

An overloaded cabin cruiser on a night-time joyride in Sydney's famous harbour collided with a fishing trawler, killing five young people and injuring nine.

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