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  • After Shock Win, Morrison in Race to Shore Up Australia Economy
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    After Shock Win, Morrison in Race to Shore Up Australia Economy

    Just hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the biggest come-from-behind win in decades, his Liberal-National coalition said it aimed to deliver tax relief for about half of Australia’s 25 million people when parliament reconvenes, perhaps as soon as next month. “That is our priority piece of legislation,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters. Morrison’s pitch for economic stability was at the heart of his coalition’s successful bid for a third term in office, as he urged voters to reject the most progressive agenda in decades from the opposition Labor party.

  • Beautiful! Drone footage captures school of stingrays swimming off coast of Australia
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    Beautiful! Drone footage captures school of stingrays swimming off coast of Australia

    Amazing drone footage has captured a beautiful view of a school of stingrays swimming off the coast of Australia. Drone Shark App, which provides drone footage for surfers and shark alerts for beach-goer protection, captured the incredible footage on Thursday.

  • Australians Steve Smith and David Warner ready for World Cup reception, says Justin Langer
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    Australians Steve Smith and David Warner ready for World Cup reception, says Justin Langer

    Australia coach Justin Langer says Steve Smith and David Warner are prepared for a hostile reception at the World Cup Steve Smith and David Warner will be ready to "face the fire" at next month's World Cup, says Australia coach Justin Langer. Former skipper Smith and Warner are part of Australia's squad for the World Cup and the Ashes after returning to the international fold following the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in 2018. Speaking for the first time since his squad arrived in England ahead of an action-packed summer of cricket, Langer admits he is thrilled to be able to call upon Smith and Warner. "It's really nice to have them back," Langer said. "They've had 12 months to

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    Report: LaMelo Ball likely headed to China or Australia

    LaMelo Ball, the youngest of the three basketball-playing Ball brothers, likely will play professionally in China or Australia before entering his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. The elder Ball took sons LaMelo and LiAngelo to play in Lithuania, and they also played in the Junior Basketball Association.

  • Eurovision 2019: Behind-the-scenes video shows Australia's performers being wheeled onstage
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    Eurovision 2019: Behind-the-scenes video shows Australia's performers being wheeled onstage

    An intriguing behind-the-scenes video has revealed how Australia‘s performers manage to get onstage for their Eurovision performance.Kate Miller-Heidke is representing the country with the song “Zero Gravity”, which she sings (as was the case during the semi-finals and in rehearsal) along with two other performers, all perched on vertiginous stilts.As shown in the video shot by The Independent‘s Eurovision correspondent Rob Holley, Miller-Heidke and the other artists got wheeled onto the stage, having already climbed on top of their respective platforms.They are then free to sing without any additional complications.Australia’s entry has crept up the favourites list, helped by the spectacular stage show performed by Miller-Heidke in a full ball gown atop her moving pole.The show of European unity brings together acts from 41 countries, including some with little geographical connection to Europe, such as Australia.The Eurovision finale is taking place this Saturday, 18 May in Tel Aviv.The final round’s winner is influenced by TV viewers casting votes via text message.Additional reporting by agencies

  • Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory
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    Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

    SYDNEY (AP) � A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed Sunday to get straight back to work after a shock general election victory by his conservative administration that has left a bewildered nation wondering how it didn't see it coming. The opposition Labor Party, meanwhile, began another bout of post-election soul searching while starting the task of finding a new leader, after Bill Shorten stepped down following an emphatic defeat Saturday in a poll many had seen as unlosable for his party. Center-left Labor, which has governed Australia for only 38 of its 118 years as a federation, was rated an overwhelming favorite, both in opinion polls and with odds-makers, to topple the conservative Liberal-National coalition government after its six years in power. Instead, Morrison � who became prime minister only last August when a contentious internal party vote dumped Malcolm Turnbull as its leader � swept the coalition to victory with what is likely to be an increased representation.

  • Home and Away's Brody and Ziggy to clash again
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    Home and Away's Brody and Ziggy to clash again

    Before they're parted for good.

  • Refugee footballer votes after getting Australian citizenship
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    Refugee footballer votes after getting Australian citizenship

    A refugee footballer who was detained in Thailand and threatened with extradition to Bahrain said he "feels great" after voting in Australia's election Saturday. Hakeem al-Araibi, who became an Australian at a ceremony in Melbourne in March, shot to international fame when he was arrested during his honeymoon last year for alleged offences in Bahrain linked to the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Amid a worldwide outcry, Al-Araibi -- who was granted refugee status and residency in Australia in 2017 after fleeing Bahrain -- was eventually allowed to return to Melbourne, where he plays semi-professional football.

  • Reuters

    Report: LaMelo Ball likely headed to China or Australia

    LaMelo Ball, the youngest of the three basketball-playing Ball brothers, likely will play professionally in China or Australia before entering his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. The elder Ball took sons LaMelo and LiAngelo to play in Lithuania, and they also played in the Junior Basketball Association.

  • Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Israel's controversial Eurovision
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    Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Israel's controversial Eurovision

    Holland, Sweden and Australia are the bookmakers' favourites going into Saturday's Eurovision song contest finals, as last year's winner and current host Israel battles to emerge with the biggest brand boost. Parties are set to take place in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Haifa in northern Israel -- home to a significant Arab population -- and London and Dublin. Anti-occupation NGO Breaking the Silence erected a billboard in Israel with the slogan "Dare to Dream of Freedom," playing on the 2019 contest's slogan "Dare to Dream".

  • Australia's conservative government on course for 'miracle' election victory
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    Australia's conservative government on course for 'miracle' election victory

    "I have always believed in miracles," Morrison told cheering supporters at Sydney's Wentworth Hotel, where the government holds its official election night function. Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first." The conservative government has won or is leading in 72 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, with just over two-thirds of votes counted. This included a devastating result in the coal-rich state of Queensland, which backed the Pentecostal church-going prime minister by defying expectations and delivering several marginal seats to his government.

  • Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory
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    Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

    SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked "all Australians" for returning his conservative coalition to power in a shock general election result, and has vowed to get straight back to work. While the opposition center-left Labor Party had been tipped to win — both in opinion polls and with odds-makers — the coalition has romped to victory, most likely with an increased representation. Speaking after a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump on Sunday morning, 51-year-old Morrison says he's thankful to live in "the greatest country in the world," and thankful to Australians for reelecting him. He says he'll start forming his new government on Monday. Labor meanwhile

  • Miracle win offers Australian PM authority and government stability
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    Miracle win offers Australian PM authority and government stability

    By winning what was seen as an unwinnable election, the unexpected leader has cemented his authority over the Liberal Party, giving him the muscle to end a decade of instability that has seen a revolving door of prime ministers. It was a stunning personal victory for Morrison, who largely flew solo during campaign as senior ministers stayed close to home to defend seats thought to be at risk. There will be much written about this in the years to come," Haydon Manning, a professor of political science at Flinders University, told Reuters.

  • Climate sceptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election
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    Climate sceptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

    Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, infamous for once calling the science behind climate change "crap", has become the first big scalp in the country's elections Saturday. Abbott, who was prime minister from 2013 to 2015, was one of the most vocal climate sceptics in parliament and had held his seat of Warringah in Sydney's northern suburbs for a quarter of a century.

  • Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory
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    Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, embraces his daughters Lily, right, and Abbey, after his opponent concedes defeat in the federal election in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Australia's ruling conservative coalition, lead by Morrison, won a surprise victory in the country's general election, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second left, arrives on stage to speak to party supporters flanked by his wife, Jenny, left, and daughters Lily, and Abbey, right, after his opponent concedes