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Banksia Hill boys self harming after transfer to unit at adult Casuarina Prison

Banksia Hill boys self harming after transfer to unit at adult Casuarina Prison

Children transferred to an isolated unit at a maximum-security adult prison in Perth have made multiple suicide and self-harm attempts within weeks of the move. A group of 17 boys, aged as young as 14 and mostly Indigenous, were shifted last month from Banksia Hill detention center to a new unit at nearby Casuarina prison. …

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80,000 Australians have $2 million in super, costing the federal budget billions

80,000 Australians have $2 million in super, costing the federal budget billions

Among the cohort of wealthy savers with more than $2 million are 384 people aged under 30, who boast an average balance of $5.3 million. About 80 per cent of the young savers in this group either did not lodge a tax return or earned less than $18,200 in 2019-20. Think tank the Grattan Institute …

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Doctors and pharmacists argue over antivirals access

Doctors and pharmacists argue over antivirals access

GPs have warned that a push by pharmacists to allow access to COVID-19 antivirals treatments without a prescription could jeopardize patient safety. Photo: Diego Fedele/AAP There are two oral antivirals available in Australia, and while early treatment is critical to lessen the effects of the virus, access is restricted. All Australians over 70 and people …

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Australian academic pleads not guilty in trial with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, official says | myanmar

An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country’s official secrets law testified in court for the first time on Thursday, a legal official has said. Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney’s Macquarie University, had served as an adviser to Aung San Suu …

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Gold nuggets, illicit drugs, $250k cash found during raid of Ballarat motel

A man has faced court in Ballarat after police discovered gold nuggets, illicit drugs, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Key points: Gold nuggets worth $17K are among the items seized A man has been arrested and charged over the haul He made no application for bail and will return to court for …

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Buggles Child Care Beeliar fined after three young children walk out open gate and are found on path

Buggles Child Care Beeliar fined after three young children walk out open gate and are found on path

Three children under the age of four walked out of a childcare center in Perth’s south and were found playing on a footpath, prompting a fine for the operators of the service. Service provider ES5 Ltd, trading as Buggles Child Care Beeliar, was ordered to pay $22,000 and $2000 in costs by the State Administrative …

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Man sentenced to life in prison for strangling murder of Australian UN Aid worker Jennifer Downes in Fiji

Man sentenced to life in prison for strangling murder of Australian UN Aid worker Jennifer Downes in Fiji

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling an Australian United Nations aid worker in Fiji to death before placing coins on her eyes and sending a photograph of her body to her father. Jennifer Downes, who worked as a logistics officer for the UN World Food Program in Suva, had just …

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‘Screams for help’ heard before man’s body found in Townsville where shipping container engulfed by flames

Police say a man found dead inside a shipping container in Townsville had been “screaming for help” before a fire engulfed his home inside an industrial estate. The 46-year-old’s body was found when police and fire fighters were called to reports of a caravan and shipping container on fire at Mount Louisa on Thursday night. …

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More than two dozen WA residents own more than 100 firearms each — all approved by police

More than two dozen WA residents own more than 100 firearms each — all approved by police

More than two dozen people in WA own more than 100 licensed firearms, each of which would have been individually approved by police, figures tabled in state parliament have revealed. Key points: Figures tabled in state parliament show that some West Australians are licensed to have more than 100 firearms. Shadow Police Minister Peter Collier …

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