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This is a Yahoo News special report.
Sophie McCulloch has nabbed the final qualifying spot for next year's top tour with an upset victory at the final World Surf League qualification event in Hawaii.The Australian took the fifth spot on offer - but only just, after local favourite and defending Haleiwa Challenger champion Bettylou Sakura Johnson's brilliant wave almost trumped her.
Paceman Will Sutherland and spinner Todd Murphy have carried below-strength Victoria to the verge of a memorable Sheffield Shield win over NSW on the final day of their match in Melbourne.Sutherland (4-40 off 16 overs) and Murphy (4-35 off 18) between them took all eight wickets to fall in the opening session at CitiPower Centre on Sunday.
Western Australia have built a 55-run lead and a draw appears a formality on the final day of their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the Gabba.Cameron Bancroft (138) and Ashton Agar (38) went unbeaten into the main break, dousing any cause for Bulls excitement after two early wickets on Sunday.
Documents that may have revealed what former ministers knew about the failed robodebt scheme will not be released, a tribunal has ruled.Advocate Justin Warren first requested access to the 12 documents in 2017 under freedom of information laws but the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on Sunday decided to only release one.
The treasurer has seized on Australia maintaining its top credit rating as a stamp of approval for the government's economic policy.Fitch Ratings reaffirmed the AAA rating, saying Labor's first budget showed "restraint".
Graham Arnold is appealing for government funding and a revamp of Australian football's landscape as he contemplates his future as Socceroos coach.Arnold's contract expired when his Socceroos ended their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 loss to heavyweights Argentina in a knockout bout in Qatar.
NDIS Minister Bill Shorten says the actions of a former minister he alleges intimidated public servants were foolish.Mr Shorten said Liberal MP Stuart Robert had "inappropriately" made requests to high level public servants after media allegations surrounding his dealings with a consulting firm.
The AFL will revert to a Richmond-Carlton season opener next year after deciding against kicking off the 2023 campaign with a grand final re-match.The league confirmed its round-one fixture on Sunday morning, with the announcement cynically timed to clash with the Socceroos' blockbuster World Cup knockout match against Argentina.
Further details about what an Indigenous voice to parliament would look like and how it would impact communities will be released before the referendum.Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney said Australians would be "well informed" about what they were voting for when they go to the ballot box.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has spoken out on the impact the legal system has on people who come forward with sexual assault allegations.The prosecution of a man alleged to have raped Ms Higgins in Parliament House in 2019 was last week dropped due to concerns about her mental wellbeing.
A fourth man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Melbourne's southeast.The 36-year-old man died in the early hours of July 11 after he was shot at a Noble Park unit.
Iran has begun construction on a new nuclear power plant in the country's southwest, state TV has announced, amid tensions with the US over sweeping sanctions imposed after Washington pulled out of the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal with world powers.Saturday's announcement also comes as Iran has been rocked by nationwide anti-government protests that began after the death of a young woman in police custody and have challenged the country's theocratic government.
Hundreds of people with a disability who had been forced to sit in hospital despite being ready for discharge have been able to leave.NDIS Minister Bill Shorten says an average of 1400 hospital beds across Australia every night contain people with a disability who are medically fit but unable to leave while waiting for their support package.
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has doubled down on his drive to correct what he says is the Liberal party's poor record on gender diversity."I'd like to see our party more representative of the community and that's something I'll continue to push for," Mr Kean told Sky News on Sunday.
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has defended his choice to accept Russian citizenship."I am in Russia because the White House deliberately cancelled my passport to detain me here," Snowden tweeted.
General practice will cease to exist unless there's a drastic overhaul of frontline medical services, the new head of Australia's peak body for GPs warns.Incoming Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Nicole Higgins says she will spend her next two years advocating for dramatic change, with the organisation's 40,000 members "struggling" due to diminished funding and workforce shortages.
One senior minister is hopeful the Commonwealth and states and territories can come up with a solution to quell swelling energy prices when they meet this week.Bill Shorten says all options remain on the table with the stakes being too high to not reach a decision on how to act.
SNAPSHOT OF AUSTRALIA'S WORLD CUP GAME AGAINST ARGENTINA* Result: Australia 1 Argentina 2* Key moment: A rare mistake from Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan proved costly when he attempted to play out from the back early in the second half. The Australia captain was under pressure from two opponents in his own box and quickly robbed of possession by Julian Alvarez, who rolled the ball into the net to make the score 2-0 in Argentina's favour.
Merely 20 years ago, Australia's oldest lawn bowls club was the setting for its highest-grossing homegrown movie, Crackerjack.It was a flick with all the right ingredients - a you-beaut cast led by funny man Mick Molloy, a quaint script about Aussie mateship and spirit, and as a backdrop, that most Australian of sporting arenas, the bowling green.
Spanish police say six letter bombs that were sent to high profile targets in recent days had been posted from the northern city of Valladolid, El Mundo newspaper reports.The devices were sent to targets including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, government offices, a European Union satellite company and the US embassy between November 24 and December 2.