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Turnbull government under growing political pressure for denying a royal commission for so long

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The Turnbull government has extended its admission that it waited too long to call a banking royal commission, amid an escalating political row over the damage to customers from repeated scandals. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann acknowledged the Opinion: Electoral salvation for Turnbull may lie in policy compromiseKelly O'Dwyer interview only drew more attention to Coalition's bad call on banking royal commissionScott Morrison lashes Bill Shorten's inaction on banks

Teen girl boasted online of riding in stolen SUV police allege

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A TEENAGE girl involved in the high-speed hit-run death of a newlywed couple boasted online about riding in the stolen SUV as rap music blared in the background. The chilling footage posted by the 15-year-old to her Instagram account on Friday appeared Girl, 15, fronts court over 'hit-run' deaths of newlywedsWorkmates of Wantirna South hit-run victim grieve an 'amazing couple'Driver of stolen car crashed into newlyweds in Wantirna South, killing both

Canberra cafe owner charged with drug trafficking 'boasted' about lavish lifestyle 'incompatible' with income

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The social media lifestyle of one of five men charged over a "significant" drug trafficking operation in Canberra was "incompatible" with his reported income, police claim. Five men, including a father and son, faced a string of charges in the ACT Cafe owner and a former bikie enforcer arrested in drug raidsDrug trafficking charges laid as police seize $1.5 million in assetsSix men faced with drug trafficking charges as ACT Policing seize $1.5 million in assets

Adelaide teacher 'emotionally blackmailed' student after encouraging him to meet for sex

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A teacher at a prestigious Adelaide school encouraged a student to meet her for sex and emotionally blackmailed him into keeping their relationship secret, the District Court has heard. Bettina Schmoock, 42, was a teacher at Concordia College in Student 'grieves his adolescence' after being groomed by Adelaide teacher Bettina SchmoockSA teacher 'booked cottage for sex'Former teacher Bettina Schmoock emotionally blackmailed vulnerable student and proposed they meet for sex ...

'Zest for life': Tributes for autistic boy found dead at train station

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An autistic boy found dead at a train station in Sydney's south last night has been remembered as "a beautiful angel" and "a treasured son, grandson, brother and friend". Alex Raichman, 11, had been staying at a respite care facility for disabled Special needs group pays tribute to 11yo Sydney boy with autism killed by train after escaping from respite careTragic last hours of Sydney boy, 11, remembered as a 'sweet boy'Boy, 11, found dead at train station after running away from carer

Tasmanian Anglican Bishop confirms asset sales won't all go to victims of sex abuse

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The Anglican Church will keep three quarters of the proceeds from its property sales, in an effort to "keep the people of God doing their ministry" in Tasmanian communities. The church has plans to sell about 80 churches across the state, as well as State Government urged to join national redress scheme for abuse survivorsTasmania leads the way on redressAnglican Diocese of Tasmania to sell more than 120 properties for redress scheme

Predator gets deported for sexually assaulting, filming backpackers in Brisbane

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An Italian man who sexually assaulted female backpackers and filmed others naked in the shower in Brisbane has been sentenced to five years in jail. Alberto Dagrezio, who arrived in Queensland on a student visa, pleaded guilty in the District Court to Alberto Dagrezio will be deported back to Italy. (9NEWS)Man sexually assaulted, raped or invaded privacy of 44 women deportedItalian backpacker rapist to be deported

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