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"Bill Shorten has apologised to a medical centre on the NSW Central Coast after a Labor campaign event never eventuated.
The Hammond Road Medical Centre in Toukley was under the impression it was hosting the opposition leader and his heath spokeswoman Catherine King last week.
Instead they went to a medical practice in Wyong, where Mr Shorten announced Labor would lift a freeze on indexed Medicare rebates.
George Fermanis, who manages the Hammond Road centre, says the clinic went to great lengths to organise the event, including catering, cancelling bookings and clearing the car park.
They expected to hold the event right up until the 10am start but were left stunned when nobody showed up.
“Nothing happened, not even a phone call or a common courtesy” Mr Fermanis told AAP.
“We are pretty pissed.
“If this is how he (Mr Shorten) feels about general practice and small business maybe he should stay on the other side.”"
Clark says allegations that she retaliated against a critical investigation of the UN by driving one of the investigators out of their job are "totally fabricated".
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"Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has unveiled a $578.8 million support package for dairy farmers affected by the slashing of prices by processors Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra."
"Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has unveiled a $578.8 million support package for dairy farmers affected by the continuing decline in world market prices for milk products."
The plan’s key features include $555m in concessional loans and $20m to accelerate an upgrade of irrigation infrastructure in Nationals-held seat of Gippsland.They need big barrels for their pork in the state of Victoria.
"Islamic State has moved its chemical weapons operation to densely populated residential areas and is testing homemade chlorine and mustard gas on its prisoners, residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have claimed.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is reported to have set up laboratories in built-up neighbourhoods in the heart of its so-called caliphate to avoid being targeted by coalition air strikes."
"Paparazzi-style pouncing on political leaders in efforts to generate sensations or scandals are a direct abuse of the public mind, not a service to it."
"Bashir is therefore the second co-conspirator to have held a critical safety job at the airport. The first to have been publicly identified was Abdirizak Warsame, at a pretrial hearing this past December. He worked on the tarmac as a baggage handler and then as a de-icer for two different employers."
" What ought to have Hillary and the DNC looking nervously over at the panic button is the exit poll finding that 44 percent of Bernie voters say they will vote for Trump if Bernie is not the nominee."
Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of the Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786.That’s quite an “editing error.” One suspects there is a story behind it."
Nearly 60 per cent of New Zealand houses sold to foreign buyers went to Chinese investors, new data shows.