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Bureau of Meteorology will only use male names for cyclones this season as “they want people to respect them”, study finds.

11 December, 2014. 11:30 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected] People don’t take cyclones and tropical lows as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, says the Bureau of Meteorology. Female-named systems have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the UBIMET Severe Weather Report 2014-15 concludes. Researchers at...

“Pingers, broken dicks and benders” – 10 moments that prove Australian cricket is the loosest game on Earth

11 February, 2016. 15:45 IMRAN GASHKORI | Sports Journalist | Contact Over the winter, the nation divides itself up in to the three football codes. Some minority communities follow soccer - but like most self-respecting Australians, we do not fully acknowledge it as a sport. It's not until the glorious summer - when men, women and children from all walks of Australian life unite...

Abbott memoir leaked as publishing giant comes under fire

                                9 December, 2014. 10:58 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected] BOOK PUBLISHER PENGUIN Group has been forced to apologise after the upcoming memoir from PM Tony Abbott was leaked to the media. Penguin believes that the material was released by a disgruntled former employee. Pictures of what appear to be all or most of the wildly anticipated Tony Abbott memoir, How To Win...

Richard Di Natale Calls For Australia-Wide Ban On Pharrell Williams

3 June, 2016. 12:14 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT It's been almost two years since its release, but as Pharrell Williams’ impossibly catchy party song ‘Happy’ continues to fly off the shelves of digital music stores, a growing chorus of child development experts are warning that it may in fact be doing our kids harm. The popularity of the controversial tune, which...

ARU appoints Good Charlotte to combat NZ Haka in 2015 Rugby World Cup

Imran Gashkori | Sports Journalist | [email protected] 4 December, 2014. 10:30 Australian Rugby Union have today come out swinging with a new campaign to help the population get behind the Wallabies in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The announcement shows the ARUs enlistment of ‘New Australians’, brothers Benji and Joel Madden, to headline the campaign with a rework of ‘I still call Australia Home’. Critics...

NSW Government Gives Green Light To Marijuana-Inhaling Rooms

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected] CITY OF SYDNEY council has controversially voted in favour of making the King's Cross marijuana inhaling room permanent from next year. The motion was passed by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, saying that marijuana addicts need a safe place to consume their cannabis. In May 2001 the first inhaling room opened its doors for a trial period of 18 months. The...

National Party Says Farmers Are Struggling Because Their Bloody Kids Don’t Visit For Xmas

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact THOUSANDS OF YOUNG country men and women are avoiding the trip home for the holidays this year, says a study commissioned by the National Party of Australia. This time of year is traditionally quite busy for many farmers around the country, especially grain-growers and sheep graziers. Yet many sons and daughters from farms and stations around...

“Get that s**t off the air!” – ABC to axe local TV current affairs programs

29 November, 2014. 12:24 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected] THE ABC IS planning to cancel local current affairs programs in the coming weeks after it's content offended Malcolm Turnbull. First on the chopping block are local and international current affairs shows, such as local editions of 7.30 and world news program Foreign Correspondent. When veteran ABC broadcaster, Quentin Dempster, says "bye-bye" in...

Proposed Catholic Youth Centre in Lakemba sparks outrage in community

24 February, 2014. 15:48 ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact AUSTRALIANS HAVE FLOCKED to the streets of Lakemba to protest after the City of Canterbury Council approved plans to build a Catholic Young Men's Society club in the predominantly Islamic suburb. There were ugly scenes outside the council offices before the meeting with more than a dozen police officers on hand...

Minority groups demand – “It’s time for a flag that nobody wants to burn”

November 17, 2014 CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | [email protected] YESTERDAY'S dramatic display of flag burning in Brisbane's CBD by Aboriginal activists has once again sparked a debate usually reserved for Australia Day: IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG? Referred to by yesterdays protestors as the 'Australian Rag', the current flag appears to be as unpopular as ever - with both religious and Aboriginal rights...

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