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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has urged the government to reconsider tax concessions for property investments. The RBA said negative gearing - tax concessions for buy-to-let property investors - may be encouraging debt-fuelled investment. Its recommendation to a parliamentary inquiry comes amid rising house prices in Australia's major cities. The government has pledged not to change the concessions,...

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Australia is playing a key role in the world's biggest search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. An Australian radio telescope in operation for more than 50 years will be one of the primary instruments used in a new $100m (A$137m; £64m) search for life elsewhere in space. The 10-year project - known as the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) - was...

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Coal and gas mining continue to encroach on some of Australia's best farmland, pitting miners against farmers and creating a deep rift between the parties of the nation's ruling Conservative coalition. In the 2006 movie Superman Returns the young super hero plunges to Earth from planet Krypton, landing in the wide, undulating plains of Smallville, Kansas. His spacecraft pierces...

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Despite investing heavily in its organ donation system in recent years, the Australian government is again asking why donor numbers have failed to rise significantly. Knowing her brother's heart still beats inside another chest helps Shivaun Deacon deal with the grief that followed his death in a road accident five years ago. It also makes her one...

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An arrest warrant has been issued for former Australian mining billionaire and football club owner Nathan Tinkler. The warrant was issued after Mr Tinkler failed to appear at a court case examining the collapse of his thoroughbred horse racing business. The controversial businessman, who began work as a mining apprentice, lost most of his wealth in the collapse of...

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