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9 February, 2015. 13:30 EDITORIAL | Contact Prime minister Tony Abbott has declared the Liberal leadership speculations are now over, after he survived the crucial secret ballot vote in the party room this morning. Liberal MPs voted 61 to 39 against making the leader's position vacant to contenders. Media commentators have suggested the result was set in stone after a long weekend working the phones - making...

It’s On! Betoota Advocate en-route to Canberra to cover leadership spill

6 February, 2015. 14:15 IMRAN GASHKORI | Sports Editor | Contact Prime Minister Tony Abbott will face a spill motion against his leadership early next week after West Australian Liberal MP Luke Simpkins emailed party room colleagues to announce he would push for the PM's leadership to be put to a vote. The spill motion will be seconded by MP Don Randall, with a...

Sumatran tiger escapes after truck accident in northern Tasmania

6 February, 2015. 17:21 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact A RARE SUMATRAN tiger has escaped from its transport enclosure after a truck accident in Tasmania. The truck rolled over in wet conditions about 10km south of Deloraine, in the north-central region of the island state. Residents of the sleepy hamlet in north-central Tasmania have been warned to stay indoors until the all clear is...

Chad Kroeger To Play Lead In New Nickelback-Themed “Con-Air” Musical

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact The band members of iconic Canadian rock outfit, Nickelback have today confirmed their next musical project - and it is very exciting news. Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, the production company behind the award-winning production of "Kinky Boots", announced this morning, “singer and musical actor Chad Kroeger has chosen the Broadway adaptation of the 1997 action blockbuster Con-Air to be the next musical...

NT Pilot arrested after alleged touch and go incident on Uluru

5 February, 2015. 12:06 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact A LIGHT aircraft pilot has been arrested on the tarmac at Alice Springs airport after allegedly performing a "touch and go" on the top of Uluru. The 27-year-old man from Yaraka, in central western Queensland, was granted bail by Alice Springs Magistrates Court as his legal team arrives in the red centre over the...

This Sydney Uni dropout earns $900,000 a year and he’s only 24

3 February, 2015. 13:45 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact BRAD McKinley earns $900,000 a year. He drives an Audi and eats at high-class restaurants every night of the week. He plans to semi-retire by July. He's not an executive or a CEO. Not a barrister, surgeon or an engineer. Mr McKinley, 24, imports and distributes cocaine - one of Australia's fastest growing industries. His career in...

SUPER BOWL XLIX: Thousands of Australian men pretend to enjoy American Football

2 February, 2015. 13:10 IMRAN GASHKORI | Sports Journalist | Contact #SUPERBOWLMONDAY is the hashtag littering the newsfeed of Australian social media users today, an Australian take on the annual celebrations throughout America. Pubs and living rooms across the country play host to a vast number of "sports-mad" Australian men, who have tuned into to the live broadcast of the American Football spectacular. The...

STUDY: Country Queenslanders lead state in foreign name pronunciation

1 February, 2015. 13:01 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact QUEENSLAND is the nation's self-proclaimed "smart state" - yet over 90% of Australia's "sun-kissed minority" cannot pronounce the name of their likely new premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. While the more cultured and progressive states have been battling with Polish names for decades, this is the first example of Queenslanders having to learn a...

Gold Coast family disown son after discovering his “Southern Cross” tattoo

30 January, 2015. 19:48 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact A GOLD COAST family have today publicly announced that they will no longer have anything to do with their eighteen-year-old son, after his "disgraceful display of commonness". But, what did he do? William got drunk and accidentally revealed his new "Southern Cross" tattoo to his parents. Bill and Suzie McClymont, former wine-growers from Stanthorpe, have...

Thrilla in Manila II: Mayweather agrees, only one condition

29 January, 2015. 13:10 IMRAN GASHKORI | Sports Journalist | Contact Hours after a public face-to-face meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 megafight. They met inside Pacquiao's hotel suite and "it was...

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