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Mum writes perfect letter to Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey about his 'out of touch' comments on house prices

Her open letter has been shared over 23,000 times on Facebook

Australian rugby player Ben Ross snaps his arm live on air during an arm wrestle with Wendell Sailor

The graphic video shows Ben Ross's arm breaking with a sickeningly loud snap

The Malaysia Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport after an engine fire was reported

Malaysia Airlines flight made emergency landing at Melbourne airport after reported engine fire

An airport spokesperson has confirmed that nobody on the flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was injured

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed wind farms, such as this one on the outskirts of Canberra, as ‘visually awful’

Tony Abbott brags about halting the spread of 'visually awful' wind farms

The Prime Minister of Australia proclaimed coal to be 'good for humanity'

Mr Nick and Mrs Sarah Jensen, who have been married for over a decade, say they will divorce if any movement passes to legalise same-sex marriage.

Couple threaten divorce over same-sex marriage vote, citing sanctity of marriage

The couple, who have been married for over a decade, will refuse to recognise the government's regulation of marriage

Joe Hockey has been accused of being out of touch with everyday economic realities

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey's answer to housing crisis: Just get a better-paid job

With household incomes averaging A$82,500, home ownership is seemingly out of reach for many people

At least 20 injured in gas explosion after truck crashes into cafe in Queensland

Four people are in a critical condition with burns following the smash at the cafe in Ravenshoe, south of Cairns in the north of the Australian state

Aerial view of destruction from bulldozer rampage in Australia

Man charged with attempted murder after stealing bulldozer to flatten cars and demolish a house

An Australian man has been charged with attempted murder after bulldozer rampage

Reporter Alex Bernhardt has a cigarette stubbed in her face

Woman arrested after stubbing lit cigarette in reporter's face

The 23-year-old was at court to hear murder charges against her friend and wasn't happy about being approached by the press

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop leaves at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 25, 2014

Isis recruiting 'highly trained foreigners' to produce chemical weapons

The extremists had already used deadly gases in attacks in Iraq and Syria

Isis could develop chemical weapons, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warns

She said that Isis's recruitment of highly-trained professionals could mean it has the expertise to develop chemical weapons

Journalists await the arrival of the refugees; just four people have volunteered to move to Cambodia (AP)

Australia's A$55.5m 'Cambodia Solution' settles just four refugees in the impoverished Asian country

The three Iranians and a Rohingya from Myanmar were being held in an Australian-run detention centre on the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru

Meet 'Roger' the kangaroo who is 2m tall and 89kg

Meet 'Roger' the kangaroo who likes to chase his human keepers and crush metal

At 2 metres tall and weighing 89 kilograms Roger is one mammoth marsupial

The aggressive climbing perch has lungs as well as gills
Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd in the documentary ‘The Killing Season’, which chronicles the party’s internal strife

Australia's political soap opera reignites as Julia Gillard claims Kevin Rudd tried to physically intimidate her and he accuses her of betrayal

The former PMs were speaking in a documentary that underlines the desire of both to protect their respective legacy and enshrine their own version of history

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