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Qld brace for heatwave to hit fire zones

Firefighters are bracing for heatwave conditions across Queensland's fire zones, sending temperatures and the danger level soaring.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Legal clouds brew over 'robo-debt' system

The federal government is backing away from the controversial Centrelink "robo-debt" scheme as legal questions remain over the welfare recovery program.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Lam urges safe end to Hong Kong stand-off

Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam says she hopes a stand-off between police and hold-out anti-government protesters can be resolved with police told to handle the process humanely.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Inquiry hears 5G network health concerns

The rollout of the 5G tech on water towers could lead to faecal contamination of water as "critters" invaded the towers, federal parliamentarians have been told.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Nationals defend controversial jobs scheme

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has defended a controversial regional jobs fund that handed out cash to projects against the advice of department officials.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

CommInsure to refund $12m over phone sales

CommInsure has pleaded guilty to 87 counts of unlawfully selling life insurance policies in unsolicited phonecalls, marking the first criminal conviction against a major bank since the financial services royal commission.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script',...

Gender pay gap remains 'disappointing'

New pay data for the private sector has been dubbed "disappointing" by the director of Australia's gender equality watchdog.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Medicare fraud bill would make 'honey pot'

Putting Australian's personal information all under Medicare's roof could create a "honey pot" for hackers, experts warn.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

New, old drugs may fight heart disease

Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

US has highest rate of child detention: UN

The United States has the world's highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study says.Twitter (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script',...