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Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold take on their former clubs in a much-hyped Thursday night NRL fixture between the Rabbitohs and the Broncos. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary in our ScoreCentre.

A report commissioned by ALDI argues it has saved customers billions of dollars since it entered the Australian market 18 years ago, which may be contributing to worryingly low inflation.

Jessica Whelan, the Liberal candidate for Lyons, is accused of saying feminists supporting sharia law should have their genitals mutilated and that Muslims should be banned from Australia.

Australian Capital Territory

Just days after launching its much-awaited, somewhat-derided integrated public transport network, the ACT Government is touting record ridership numbers — but there are questions over whether the figures are actually good news.

New South Wales

Tony Abbott and Zali Steggall go head-to-head in a televised debate for the seat of Warringah — with the former Prime Minister warning that a "protest vote" for the Independent candidate could lead to a Labor government.

Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold take on their former clubs in a much-hyped Thursday night NRL fixture between the Rabbitohs and the Broncos. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary in our ScoreCentre.

Clive Palmer claims building nuclear reactors in SA would prevent it remaining a "backwater", pointing to Lucas Heights in New South Wales as a glowing example despite safety concerns highlighted in a review last year.

Northern Territory

While the rest of the world — or at least those watching the final season of Game of Thrones — is talking about a fictional Three-Eyed Raven, the discovery of a three-eyed snake on an NT highway is capturing the attention of social media users closer to home.

The driest wet season in decades has failed to replenish groundwater levels across the Darwin rural area and could soon see residents like Simon Smith run out of water completely.

Queensland

Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold take on their former clubs in a much-hyped Thursday night NRL fixture between the Rabbitohs and the Broncos. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary in our ScoreCentre.

One Nation Senate candidate Malcolm Roberts angrily defends Far North Queensland candidate Ross Macdonald and says he will not be standing down over photographs of him groping the breast of a "ladyboy" in Thailand.

Katter's Australian Party stands by its candidate for the North Queensland seat of Dawson despite revelations of his racist posts on Facebook. The party says Brendan Bunyan has "matured" since making the comments in 2012 and 2013.

South Australia

If re-elected, the Coalition has promised to fix a 1,600km stretch of SA's dog fence. The announcement has been warmly received by the state's farmers, who lost almost 20,000 sheep last year to wild dogs last year.

Clive Palmer claims building nuclear reactors in SA would prevent it remaining a "backwater", pointing to Lucas Heights in New South Wales as a glowing example despite safety concerns highlighted in a review last year.

Rain, and lots of it, has fallen across the south-east and is expected to continue for the next few days — but what will it mean for the southern cropping season and the drought?

Tasmania

A man charged with the murder of his flatmate, whose decapitated body was found in a shallow grave, sold off the dead man's dinghy and belongings in the weeks after his disappearance, Burnie's Supreme Court has heard.

Jessica Whelan, the Liberal candidate for Lyons, is accused of saying feminists supporting sharia law should have their genitals mutilated and that Muslims should be banned from Australia.

While motorists from other capital cities may scoff, commuters forced to make the trip in and out of Hobart's CBD each day know Tasmania's traffic woes are no joke. Meet the team that controls your commute.

Victoria

An 88-year-old man tells a court he did not understand the proceedings of a court case after he was charged with murder over the death of an elderly woman in Melbourne's east.

Western Australia

Accommodation providers in Western Australia's south-west have warned that the state's tourism industry could go bust unless short-stay accommodation sites like Airbnb are regulated.

The presence of both political leaders in Western Australia this week, and the fact they chose to hold the first leaders' debate in Perth, are reflections of the fact the west is regarded as being "in play" at this election campaign on a scale not seen for some years.

Previously students have had to choose between ATAR or VET pathways to pursue academic or vocational studies. Now the system is being shaken up, and here's what it means for students and parents.

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