Top Stories – Monday April 18, 2016

malcolm turnbullEarly election firms as PM ignores calls for debate on poll triggers

With Turnbull refusing to even discuss changes to his double dissolution bills, voters should mark July 2 in their diary, say senators. Read more


AAP‘Aggressive, agitated’ Hackett detained for ‘nasty’ plane incident

Days after failing to qualify for an Olympics comeback, troubled former champ is marched off a domestic flight for questioning. Read more


FacebookAirline blames assault of 15yo girl on her ‘extremely short shorts’

She was groped by an older male passenger but when her mother complained, the airline responded by describing the girl’s clothing. Read more


osama bin ladenSecret report to reveal how the 9/11 terror attacks really happened

Since the towers fell in 2001, many have doubted the official story. Now, a retired senator wants the world to know the truth. Read more


emu casinoExposed: online casinos operating illegally from within Australia

The New Daily reveals gambling sites are preying on local punters using a web linking Sydney, Auckland and Panama. Read more


media reachHow The Australian is retailing a ruinous set of ideas in Canberra

A dangerous outpouring of small government ideology has been seized upon and exploited by sections of the media. Read more


Getty‘Sharapova drugs test masks a dark and disturbing truth about tennis’

Is professional tennis rife with drug cheats? Andy Murray says the Sharapova revelations confirm his suspicions about other players. Read more


kevin rudd julia gillardThe questionable newspaper article that triggered a bloody political coup

The article left Gillard in tears, but a new book based on The Killing Season TV series reveals the report had little basis in fact. Read more


GettyBeware the hidden costs of travel: here’s how to avoid them

A weaker Aussie dollar means your travel funds don’t stretch as far. But there are ways to find savings while you are on the move. Read more


1457322446-32674-25.09.09117croppedAuction markets cooling as former Lib fails to sell million-dollar estate

Weekend property wrap: Sydney and Melbourne clearance rates are sliding, a problem one politician experienced first-hand. Read more


GettySomething that mimics drugs holds a key to weight loss

Exercise is a hard slog. Healthy eating gets boring fast. A new study may give us a (legal) third way to get back to a healthy weight. Read more

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