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Hazard reduction burn at Sydney’s North Head jumps containment lines, prompts evacuations

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A hazard reduction burn has skipped containment lines on Sydney’s northern beaches, forcing nearby properties to be evacuated.

Around 50 firefighters are in Sydney Harbour National Park at North Head fighting to keep the blaze under control.

The planned hazard reduction burn got away from firefighters this afternoon due to weather changes.

It is not threatening any homes at this stage but firefighters are working to protect some structures around the headlands that are at risk.

NSW Police have evacuated nearby residential properties and businesses, including the Q Station holiday retreat as a precaution.

Anyone who lives in the North Head area is advised to remain in their homes and shut their windows.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam…



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The damning evidence that brought Crown Resorts to its knees

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The independent inquiry into Crown Resorts promised to investigate allegations of sordid dealings within one of Australia’s biggest casino operators, seemingly within sight of regulators and police.

The evidence laid out over the course of months painted a picture of an organisation fixated on doing whatever it could to rake in millions of high-roller dollars, sometimes at the risk of its own staff, while leaving the door open to criminal syndicates.

Such revelations have the potential to strip the gaming giant of its licence for its soon-to-open Sydney casino and usher in a new era of accountability across the gaming sector.

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Playwright Angus Cerini on how theatre saved him, and examining Australian masculinity in Wonnangatta, The Bleeding Tree

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The year 1996 was one of those ‘best of times, worst of times’ for Angus Cerini. In perhaps its defining moment, he was beaten up on a train by a group of young men after intervening when they harassed a couple of older women.

A first-year creative arts student at Melbourne University, he’d stopped smoking weed in order to get his head together to play a war criminal in a Student Union production of Daniel Keene’s Because You Are Mine, about the civil war and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia — ongoing at the time.

“I thought ‘I’m going to get off the bongs and really do this play well’. And it was when I got off the bongs that I think everything I’d been blocking out came in,” he says.

A confluence of the physical trauma of being…



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The unique Indigenous outfit caring for country inside Australia’s biggest city

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Botany Bay is known by most Australians as the industrial centre of Sydney, through which more than 1,000 ships and about half the country’s freight pass every year.

But living in the shadow of this commercial hub is an abundance of native wildlife that has been cherished by generations of local Aboriginal people who call this country Gamay.

Over the past 18 months, an all-Indigenous outfit has joined a push to better protect these natural assets.

The Gamay Rangers have teamed up with scientists and government…



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