• 'Disappointed' ADM says it will accept Govt decision MP3

    ADM's vice-president, Victoria Podesta, says the company is disappointed by the Federal Government's decision to block its takeover of GrainCorp, but will not make any moves to challenge it. The company also says it's still considering whether to take up the Government's invitation for it to buy up to 24.9 per cent of GrainCorp.

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  • Hockey rejects ADM takeover of Graincorp MP3

    The Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has ruled that ADM's $3.4 billion takeover bid for Graincorp is not in the national interest, because it could damage confidence in foreign investment in Australia. The Nationals and farmers are welcoming the decision, but the Opposition has labelled Mr Hockey as 'weak'.

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  • Travellers warned to check the fine print of insurance policies MP3

    Travellers are being urged to make sure they have travel insurance before they head overseas after a spike in the number of Australians needing medical assistance while abroad. However, they're also being warned to check the fine print of any policies, with horror stories from travellers who found out they weren't properly covered.

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  • Berlusconi backers slam senate sacking MP3

    Italy's three-time former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has retreated to his villa near Milan after being expelled from the Italian Senate following his conviction for tax fraud. He's described it as a day of mourning for democracy, while his eldest daughter Marina says the country should be ashamed. Mr Berlusconi remains one of Italy's richest men.

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  • Major development in WA abduction cold case MP3

    In a major development, WA police have begun searching a remote property as part of a 14-year-old cold case investigation involving a missing teenager. Seventeen-year-old Hayley Dodd is believed to have been abducted from the roadside near Badgingarra in 1999. Police admit they've struggled with the case since then, but are hopeful their new line of inquiry could lead to a breakthrough.

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  • Aspirin may prevent certain cancers, mental decline MP3

    New research indicates that a daily dose of Aspirin for people more than 70 years of age may help prevent gastro intestinal cancers and dementia. The researchers are also trying to establish if the benefits of a daily dosage outweigh the risks.

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  • Mexico deports teen drug cartel hitman back to US MP3

    Mexican authorities have deported a 17-year-old drug cartel hitman back to the US. The American citizen had served three years in jail for murder, kidnapping and trafficking cocaine. Mexican officials say they can't guarantee he's been rehabilitated, while juvenile justice workers on the US side say they fear for his safety.

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  • Thai protests continue as military stands by MP3

    There are fears that another military coup is looming in Thailand. Anti-government protesters have been occupying key ministerial buildings in the capital Bangkok, as well as provincial government offices. Their aim is to bring down the government led by Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who's now living in exile. Opponents of the Shinawatra family seem to be goading the mili...

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  • Victoria's Premier confirms he advised maverick MP how to overhaul abortion laws MP3

    Victoria's Premier, Denis Napthine, has confirmed he did write to the Independent MP Geoff Shaw detailing how to overhaul the state's abortion laws. However, the Premier says it was a routine pro forma letter, and one of several he's signed on behalf of other MPs - including the Greens.

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  • Vic police ban public presentations after use of crime scene photo MP3

    Victoria Police have banned all public presentations by police officers after a senior detective used a crime scene photograph of Jill Meagher's body at a fundraiser event. Homicide Detective Ron Iddles has publically explained what happened, and the event organiser says the issue has been blown out of context. Victoria's Police Command has issued an apology, despite Jill Meagher's family saying it wasn't offended.

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  • Business investment turnaround may sideline Reserve Bank MP3

    A rise in spending plans for services businesses may remove the need for further official interest rate cuts, as existing low rates and a weaker dollar boost business confidence to invest. After a dire investment report in June, the latest September quarter ABS capex report shows services businesses planning to spend more this year than last, and a reduction in the size of spending cuts planned by mining and manufact...

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  • Foreign Minister stands by her comments on China's new defence zone MP3

    The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, says she stands by her comment that China's declaration of an expanded air defence zone in the East China Sea earlier this week is 'irresponsible'. China says the Minister's remark could damage the relationship between China and Australia.

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  • Hockey calls for debate on Qantas ownership MP3

    The Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, says taxpayers need to have a debate about increasing foreign ownership of Qantas, or pay the price through greater financial support from the Government. Joe Hockey says it's clear the current regulations no longer work for Qantas, and the public has to decide if it still wants a national carrier.

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  • More chaotic scenes in Victorian parliament MP3

    Yesterday's chaotic scenes in Victoria's lower house resulted in the Napthine Government securing a slim majority, for the time being. The Premier, Denis Napthine, has hit out at the Labor Party, calling the members sexist bullies, while the ousting of two senior Labor MPs when the key Independent Geoff Shaw was out of the chamber has prompted questions over whether a secret Liberal party deal was done to secure the ...

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  • Pope's open letter condemns worship of money MP3

    Pope Francis has condemned the worship of money in a strongly worded document setting out his leadership platform. The Pope has urged politicians to attack the root causes of inequality by providing work, health care and education to all citizens. He's also written that he's open to suggestions about how his own role could change as part of a renewal of the Catholic Church.

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  • Scotland moots move to independence MP3

    In a long-awaited white paper, the Scottish government has set out what it calls its 'mission statement' for an independent nation ahead of a referendum on the issue next year. The Scottish National Party says an independent Scotland would keep the pound as its currency and would remain in the European Union, but would get rid of nuclear weapons and unpopular welfare measures. But some analysts say the 650-page docum...

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  • Kerry revealed as key player in Iran nuclear deal MP3

    It's been revealed that much of the credit for the preliminary nuclear deal brokered with Iran is owed to John Kerry, and work that he did as a US senator while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. The US State Department has confirmed Mr Kerry opened a secret bilateral back channel to Iran through Oman.

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  • UN slams detention facilities for asylum seekers MP3

    The Federal Government says it's making progress in improving facilities for asylum seekers sent to Nauru and Papua New Guinea. However, a report from the United Nations' refugee agency has found the two detention centres are still failing international standards.

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  • Doubts over reliability of Anglican Church's National Register MP3

    Evidence has emerged about the flaws in the Anglican Church's national register of clergy who are the subject of abuse allegations or convictions. The Royal Commission is in the final stages of examining the Grafton Diocese's handling of claims from abuse survivors from the North Coast Children's Home. The diocese says it's re-opening all the files to make sure victims are adequately compensated. However, the Commiss...

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  • Govt withdraws funding for peak alcohol, drug treatment body MP3

    The nation's peak body representing the alcohol and drug treatment sector has been forced to close, with the Federal Government's decision to withdraw funding immediately. The board of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia last night decided to place the Council into voluntary administration after receiving advice that the government would discontinue its funding of the organsiation due to budgetary constr...

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