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Demons diehard travels around nation to hit Perth for AFL grand final

Phillip de Winter and wife Chloe are heading to the AFL grand final in Perth.

Phillip de Winter has travelled countless kilometres and woken at all hours to watch his beloved Demons over the years, and has found a way to get to Perth in time for Saturday’s decider.

The Dee-fensive odd couple and Lever’s bid for grand final redemption

The last time Jake Lever played in a grand final, he was a star defender in a team that won the minor premiership and thrashed Geelong in a preliminary final. This is one man’s shot at redemption.

Not so mad Max: How Gawn went from footy nobody to standout team captain

Max Gawn made a false start to his AFL career, but towers over the game and stands to lift Melbourne’s first premiership cup for 57 years.

From the popping crease to the defence: a Bulldog’s grand final journey via cricket

Western Bulldogs defender Alex Keath, and when he signed to play cricket for Victoria.

Cricket did not quite work out for Alex Keath, but he says lots of fielding kept his footy instincts sharp. Now he’s about to play in an AFL grand final.

Explaining the magic and the madness of Luke Beveridge

Whether this pugnacious, emotional yet calm, bold but calculating tribal chieftain Luke Beveridge can lift his team to the pinnacle again, or if he fails, we can count on this: He won’t be embarrassed.

Danny Hodgson’s parents reveal details of frantic dash to be at son’s side

Danny Hodgson’s parents Nicola and Peter.

In an interview after their release from quarantine, the parents of soccer prodigy Danny Hogdson described their gruelling ordeal to get to Australia from the UK and the emotional reunion with their son in hospital.

Churches fear vaccine mandates could lead to two-tiered society

Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

Religious groups are calling on the government to allow them to open up to their entire communities amid growing fears they will be forced to shut out those who have refused to be vaccinated.

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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy plunges to record low, poll finds

The latest Resolve Political Monitor findings suggest Australia could achieve a 90 per cent vaccine target across the adult population.

 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the Quad summit.

‘We favour freedom’: Quad leaders offer China alternative at historic summit

The leaders deliberately avoided mentioning China by name, but countering the rising superpower dominated every aspect of the summit.

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Canadians released from Chinese jail after Huawei CFO freed over US fraud charges

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, reads a statement outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, September 24, 2021.

Shortly after Meng Wanzhou flew from Vancouver after years of house arrest, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced that two Canadians jailed in China were freed.

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Between East and West, Australia is no longer the misfit. That would be China

As a founding member of both AUKUS and the Quad, Australia is discrediting the prophets of permanent identity crisis and existential anguish.

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‘Unique experiences, instead of mass tourism’: walking holidays boom

The back-to-nature trend is leading to tricky terrain. How heavy are hiker footprints becoming in pristine wilderness areas – and who has the right to make them?

Nirvana’s Nevermind at 30: Tim Rogers on the album that changed music

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana at the Big Day Out music festival in Sydney, January 25, 1992.

The You Am I frontman recalls supporting Nirvana when they played in Australia after releasing the landmark album.

Meet the kids helping Australia track the virus

Jack, Wesley and Darcy, the brains behind the highly regarded CovidBaseAU database.

When year 9 students Jack, Darcy and Wesley set up CovidBaseAU earlier this year, they kept their ages secret because they wanted their site to be taken seriously.

Bitcoin dives as China says all crypto transactions are illegal

It is the strongest signal yet on China’s determination to crack down on the industry.

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Max Gawn celebrates a goal.

Not so mad Max: From footy nobody to standout captain

Max Gawn made a false start to his AFL career, but towers over the game and stands to lift Melbourne’s first premiership cup for 57 years.

Marcus Bontempelli.

‘You never know when your next opportunity might be’: Bontempelli ponders more premiership success

Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli has spent more time helping guide his teammates through the experiences of a grand final, after experiencing premiership ecstasy himself in 2016.

Western Australia

WA Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan delivers the state’s 2021 budget.

WA surplus gains $200 million a fortnight after budget handed down

The 2020-21 state finances annual report released late Friday reveals that WA’s operating surplus for that year hit $5.8 billion.

‘Happy with mediocrity’: WA MP’s wife launches blistering attack on Libs

Liberal MP Vince Connelly’s Perth seat will be abolished under a redistribution.

Stirling MP Vince Connelly’s wife Peta said the better candidate lost the preselection battle and claimed a senior female member of the party impeded his campaign.

NSW traveller to WA arrives without G2G pass, tests positive for COVID-19

NSW traveller to WA arrives without G2G pass, tests positive for COVID-19

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the woman would now remain in hotel quarantine for “at least” 14 days. WA Police would consider the appropriate penalties.

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Homicide detectives called after two found dead in Capel

Police cordoned off Berkshire Street after discovering the bodies.

Officers discovered the bodies in a home about 8.15am on Friday after being alerted of an incident at the address.

Set for life: McGowan bristles after questions on pension ‘gravy train’

WA Premier Mark McGowan could be eligible for up to $250,000 a year under an old pension scheme.

Mr McGowan is eligible for the upper threshold of the pension and could receive more than $250,000 per annum from taxpayers after he retires.

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‘Sensitive little princess’: The Australian UFC star who doesn’t talk trash

Alex Volkanovski is a rarity in the brutal world of UFC: he lets his fists, legs and smarts do the talking. After staving off COVID earlier this year, he defends his world title in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Max Gawn celebrates a goal.

Not so mad Max: From footy nobody to standout captain

Max Gawn made a false start to his AFL career, but towers over the game and stands to lift Melbourne’s first premiership cup for 57 years.

Lions assistant coach Dale Tapping (left) has joined Essendon.
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Essendon bolster footy department in coaching merry-go-round

Highly-regarded assistant Dale Tapping will join the Bombers after speaking to several clubs upon his return from the Brisbane Lions.

Carlton captain Stephen Kernahan with John Elliott in 1988.

Blues greats pay tribute to John Elliott, who defined Carlton

No AFL club was so tied to the fortunes, to the heady peaks and embarrassing troughs, of its president as Carlton was to John Elliott.

After debuting with the Giants in 2018, Kiera Austin is making her first ever club move.

‘I felt a bit stagnant’: Austin opens up on Giants exit

Australian shooter Kiera Austin made a shock switch to the Melbourne Vixens in part, she says, to give GWS’ teenage talent Sophie Dwyer space to shine.

Barassi was invited to this year’s grand final in Perth, but quarantine protocols made it impracticable.

‘I’ll play’: Barassi’s up for Demons big day

At 85, footy legend Ron Barassi is eager for Melbourne to add another grand old flag to the six he won as a player with Demons more than 50 years ago.

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Does Beveridge have another bold move up his sleeve?

How Beveridge has managed to get his team this far has been incredible. Locked in a hotel for weeks on end, he’s rallied his Bulldog troops with an ‘us against them’ mantra.

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