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Aussie athletes enter stadium as Olympic curtain finally lifts

Patty Mills and Cate Campbell have carried the Australian flag into the Olympic Stadium as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad finally get under way in Japan.

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The Defiant Games: The Tokyo Olympics begins at last

Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the Japanese public would have to sacrifice their freedoms for the good of the athletes.

The Star withdraws $12b bid for merger bid with rival Crown

Crown said it expected to post a loss this financial year, as it battles two royal commissions, the cost of the corporate and cultural overhaul and lockdowns.

The Star has withdrawn a $12 billion merger proposal with rival Crown Resorts as the James Packer-controlled firm faces uncertain future.

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Crown’s secret consultancy deal with ALP powerbroker

James Packer’s troubled casino group has secretly engaged the Victorian Labor powerbroker as a consultant as it tries to hang on to its Victorian casino licence.

Coogee electrician Michael Tomic has been caught in a legal battle with his builder.

Buyer beware: home building dreams shattered as Perth families gagged

West Australians who are unhappy with their home builder say they are being bullied into staying silent as they struggle to get out of their contract.

McGowan says no to sending jabs east while blasting NSW’s ‘half-baked’ attempt at lockdown

WA will not provide Pfizer jabs to NSW.

When asked whether he would consider offering some of WA’s share of Pfizer doses to NSW, Mr McGowan shared the same view of his Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews that the government would not be sending any jabs.

Federation fractures once more over coronavirus outbreak

After Gladys Berejiklian blindsided  Canberra and Daniel Andrews launched metaphorical grenades, Scott Morrison did his best to put out spot fires.

After Gladys Berejiklian blindsided Canberra and Daniel Andrews launched metaphorical grenades, the PM did his best to put out spot fires on a “messy” day in politics.

Pfizer more effective with 8 to 10 week gap: Oxford study

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has advocated a shift in New South Wale’s vaccination strategy to delay second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 jab.

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Andrews not ready to concede defeat on MCG grand final

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan expects to have a “sensible discussion” with the Victorian government if the MCG is unable to host the game with crowds in 2021.

Port Adelaide power past Magpies in Boak’s 300th as Pendlebury injured

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Travis Boak of the Power is chaired off by Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper of the Power in his 300th game during the round 19 AFL match between Port Adelaide Power and Collingwood Magpies at Marvel Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide celebrated club legend Travis Boak’s landmark 300th match in style after overcoming a valiant challenge from Collingwood to win by 28 points at Marvel Stadium.

‘Real difficulties’ in moving Roberts-Smith defamation trial interstate from NSW

Ben Roberts-Smith arrives at the Federal Court in June.

The war veteran’s barrister has suggested the trial might be moved to Adelaide or Canberra to avoid a NSW’s worsening COVID outbreak.

Eric Clapton refuses to play at venues requiring proof of vaccination

The musician said he would “not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present”.

The career of John Cornell took off when, in 1971 when he met Paul Hogan.

‘A classic Australian character’: John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies at 80

The man behind comedian Paul Hogan’s success and a key figure in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket has died following a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Collar bomb hoaxer offers ‘deep apology’ to victim during parole hearing

Paul Peters arrives in Australia with a police escort in September 2011.

Paul Douglas Peters entered a Sydney home in 2011 and strapped a fake bomb to the neck of a 17-year-old girl in an extortion attempt that left her terrified.

‘Simply mind-blowing’: blind surfer’s wave of glory

Matt Formston: “It’s all about trust.”

This champion sportsman, once angry with the world and himself, is chasing one of surfing’s toughest moves: to ride inside – and exit from – a brutish barrel.

‘Liberal lunacy’: Shark bite debate stirs up US media

A discussion about whether to describe them as “attacks” or “encounters” has stirred both jokes and dismissal that the issue was the latest “liberal lunacy”.

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Rio Tinto had WA government approval to destroy  Juukan Gorge rock shelters as part of an iron ore mine expansion.

Aboriginal elder takes fight against WA heritage laws to United Nations

Ngalia elder Kado Muir told the UN Rio Tinto’s destruction of Juukan Gorge in May last year highlighted the failures of current laws to protect sites where industry has an interest.

BHP’s WA nickel plant to power Tesla electric vehicles

Ryan McAllister says justifying Tesla at these levels assumes the stock can meet highly ambitious market share targets, and regulatory risks associated with the tech mega caps invite caution.

Mining giant BHP has struck a deal to supply nickel to Elon Musk’s Tesla from its Nickel West mining, smelting and refining operations in Western Australia.

Why WA is missing its chance to stop Perth’s urban sprawl

Why WA is missing its chance to stop Perth’s urban sprawl

Perth’s biggest problem is its lack of infill of existing land, targets the government counteracted through its own policies, an independent infrastructure advisory body says.

McGowan open to Perth hosting AFL hub, grand final at Optus Stadium

McGowan open to Perth hosting AFL hub, grand final at Optus Stadium

With the rest of Australian in various states of lockdown, Optus Stadium is likely to be the last venue standing when a decision is required on where the 2021 AFL grand final will be held.

Thirteen-year-old girl charged with assault, robbery after midnight Northbridge attack

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Police are seen on patrol at a Covid-19 drive through clinic in Inglewood where members of the public have been waited over two hours in line on February 01, 2021 in Perth, Australia. Lockdown restrictions are now in place across the Perth, Peel and South West regions of Western Australia following the discovery of a positive community COVID-19 case in a worker from a quarantine hotel facility. As of 6pm on Sunday, people Perth, Peel and the South West are subject to stay at home orders, and will only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for essentials, for medical or health needs, exercise within their neighbourhood or travel to work if they cannot work from home. Face masks are now mandatory outdoors, with all restrictions to remain in place until 6pm on February 5. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

Police allege a 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were walking along William Street when they were attacked by the girl and an 18-year-old accomplice.

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Perth firms for AFL finals hub, Grand Final at Optus Stadium

With the rest of Australian in various states of lockdown, Optus Stadium is likely to be the last venue standing when a decision is required on where the 2021 AFL Grand Final will be held.

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West Indies, Bangladesh tours in doubt after positive COVID test

The second one-dayer against the West Indies was postponed minutes before it was due to start placing Australia’s tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh in fresh doubt.

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It’s too late for this season, perhaps, but the AFL and its players should be rolling up their sleeves as soon as possible.

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John Coates (left) and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the 2032 Games announcement.

Coates reminds Queensland Premier who is in charge

Among his extraordinary talents for navigating the born-to-rule bureaucracy of the IOC and bending the will of state and federal governments to his ends, John Coates has an Olympic-sized capacity for humiliation.

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Kermond’s cocaine disqualification a blow to teammates’ medal hopes

The failure of equestrian team’s travelling reserve Rowan Willis to quarantine his horse on time means Australia now cannot enter a team in the showjumping event and therefore loses individual places.

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Premier and Coates appear side-by-side after awkward Games ‘rebuke’

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates were positively beaming despite an awkward public encounter.

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Brisbane, with its “humble origins as a 19th-century penal colony”, has soared in the eyes of the world overnight.

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