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Insurance claims from Australia’s catastrophic summer climb over $5.19 billion

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Bushfires, hail storms and now COVID-19 have prompted thousands of Aussies to call on their insurance policies in an effort to recoup what they lost.

Clive Palmer’s High Court border closure challenge now includes Queensland

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Mr Palmer announced the addition of Queensland to his High Court challenge ahead of a directions hearing on Thursday afternoon, saying the border closures were unconstitutional and discriminatory.

MasterChef’s ‘Best Dish’ Challenge: Viewers Predict Winner

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'MasterChef Australia: Back To Win's 'Best Dish' week continues.

As ’MasterChef Australia’s ‘Best Dish’ week continues, Thursday appears to be the episode viewers have been waiting for with magical fairytales and fables-themed challenge. 

A new promo shows judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo absolutely blown away by a mystery dish that Andy describes as “special”. 


“If there was ever a plate of food that has come through this kitchen that says, ‘I Am Back To Win’, it’s this dish,” added Melissa. 

Fans have been quick to start guessing who the cook is behind his secret creation, and so far Reynold Poernomo and Jess Liemantara have appeared to be the frontrunners.

“I would love to say Jess but no one can beat Reynold when it comes to technique and presentation!!!” one viewer wrote on Instagram. “So maybe it’s him? If that’s a desert that is!”

“FINALLY. There’s a lot of pressure on this dish’s shoulders after all the build up! I hope it’s from Jess,” another commented on Facebook.

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Some detective work by eagle-eyed fans appeared to suggest it will be Reynold because of the bowl featured in the clip. 

“Its reynold. I can see from the bowl he used. He made dessert with tree branches on it and he used that bowl (sic),” said one viewer.

“I’m thinking Reynolds he has used round bowls before in desserts. Here’s hoping (sic),” said another. 

The five contestants set to compete in the immunity challenge on Thursday night are Reynold Poernomo, Jess Liemantara, Poh Ling Yeow, Khanh Ong and Brendan Pang. 

‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ continues at 7:30pm. 


College kicks out students for breaching social distancing

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Dozens of university students boarding at Trinity College have been forced to leave campus in Melbourne after breaching social distancing regulations by holding an unauthorised gathering.

Trump Resigns From Presidency To Become Full-Time Writer For Sarah Cooper

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Donald Trump has resigned from his position as President to devote more time to creating material for comedian Sarah Cooper.

Leadbeater Looms as Forest Beater

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Possum magic: this tiny animal may have struck a major blow against native forest logging.

Voltaren Osteo Gel makers fined $4.5 million for misleading Aussie customers

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The Federal Court found that Voltaren Osteo Gel and Voltaren Emulgel were essentially the same product.

Body found in Melbourne lake

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A body has been found in a lake among parklands in Melbourne’s inner-north this morning.

John Boyega Is In No Mood For Any Rebuttals After Tweeting He ‘F***ing Hates Racists’

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Star Wars actor John Boyega has made it clear that when he tweeted that he he “fucking hates racists” he was not opening up the floor for a debate.

John made the declaration on Wednesday morning, after the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota once again raised the issue of police brutality towards Black people.


“This just burns,” he tweeted, alongside a photo of Floyd. “Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy.”

This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

Minutes later, he followed this with a second tweet, saying simply: “I really fucking hate racists.”

I really fucking hate racists.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

While many, agreed with the sentiment of John’s tweet, others began flooding his replies with counter-arguments. And he was absolutely not here for it.

Some of his critics suggested that “hate” was too strong a word for him to have used…

I said what I said. Speak for yourself at all times x

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

…while others questioned his swearing, given that his role in the Star Wars franchise has meant that he has a lot of young followers on social media…

This is my own personal account. I am not here for the kids.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

Nah. I’m gonna continue still…🤷🏾‍♂️

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

And then there were those who wanted to remind John that racism exists in many communities, which he was quick to point out was not the point of his initial tweets:

Yes because to specify what I’m talking about seems to be an issue? Again I’ll say it for you. I am talking about white on black racism. Is that okay for you?

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

Please do shut up. I am being specific to a topic. I am not talking about any other way. Given what is happening right now. So the wise thing for you to do is defo shut up. Do it well too my G.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

I don’t care. That’s not what I’m talking about.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

Pls. I am Yoruba. All your chit chatter on this here app won’t cut into this soul. Thunder fire you.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

Twitter academics tend to make something out of nothing. Fack em.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) May 27, 2020

To illustrate his point further, John then retweeted a video addressing those who were tweeting #AllLivesMatter in response to Geroge Floyd’s death:

Seeing #AllLivesMatter trending right now, just reminded me of this video. Your mindset is disgusting.

— Tannie (@tanniej_) May 27, 2020

Earlier this month, John put Sky News on blast over an article on their website referring to a traditional African hairstyle as a “spiky coronavirus haircut”.

“You lot lost your damn mind putting this on the internet,” he wrote. “Which hairstyle did you just call spiky coronavirus haircut? Are you guys okay? The media need to make sure they do research before wiring articles like this. Ya fackin dummies.”

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John is best known for his role as Finn in the most recent Star Wars trilogy.

He has also appeared in films like Pacific Rim: Uprising, Detroit and the dystopian drama The Circle.

Court rejects bid to keep pregnant crash victim on life support

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A court has rejected a man’s eleventh-hour bid to keep a pregnant woman on life support following a horror crash in southern New South Wales.

Factory worker wins $6.7 million in the lottery

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A Gold Coast factory worker has become $6.7 million richer after scoring the jackpot prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw.

NSW diver plucks debris from ocean after shipping containers fall overboard

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A major cleanup has begun after 40 shipping containers fell off a cargo ship in rough waters.

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