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September 12 2017
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Sydney: Middle East Times Int'l: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has been whipping up votes for the Yes campaign, assuring younger Australians that sending a letter is "not that hard".
Australia Post has started mailing the same-sex marriage survey forms to millions of households across the nation. Labor leader Bill Shorten has been doing his best to 'get out the vote', as they would say in the United States. As you know, this survey is voluntary.
Mr Shorten the country should be embarrassed if it isn't able to legislate this after the vote.
Photo: About 150 Australian foreign fighters are estimated to have gone to Iraq and Syria, some with young families. (Reuters: Ari Jalal)
Families of Australian IS fighters pose security conundrum
Canberra: What to do with any family members of Islamic State (IS) group fighters is shaping up as a major problem for Australian security agencies, as the wives and children of foreign fighters are being found in Iraq and Syria.
Levi West, a lecturer in terrorism and national security at Charles Sturt University, said while there are no "official" figures, there are about 150 Australian foreign fighters left in Iraq and Syria, some with young families.
He said many security issues are now being raised, including just who poses an internal threat.
The Federal Attorney-General's Department said "Our priority is to keep the Australian community safe from those who seek to do us harm," it said.
Indian government complains about Australian lamb ad
Canberra: The Indian government has intervened in the controversy over an Australian marketing campaign for lamb, lodging an official diplomatic complaint.
The Indian high commission in Canberra has made a "demarche" to three government departments - Foreign Affairs, Communications and Agriculture - over the Meat and Livestock Australia ad that features the Hindu deity Ganesha eating lamb.
It features religious figures such as Jesus, Buddha, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Greek goddess Aphrodite enjoying a lamb lunch.
Sydney Uni comes in fourth in world rankings
Sydney: The University of Sydney has been ranked fourth in the world for graduate employability, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University and the University of Oxford for its effectiveness in "preparing students for the workplace".
The University of Melbourne is closely behind with a rank of seven in Employability Rankings.
Drivers still answering phone because it's 'less risky than texting'
Sydney: When you're driving and hear a mobile phone ringing, do you answer it or wait to return the call when you've arrived at your destination?
A new road safety study has revealed half of all drivers believe that answering a ringing phone is not as risky as texting while driving.
"This is very concerning as answering the phone is the most risky thing a driver can do when driving."
Mr Ovideo-Trespalacios said laws needed to be introduced telling people to turn off their phones before getting into a car.
Qld on high fire alert as temps soar
Brisbane: The whole of Queensland has been placed on a high or very high fire alert as temperatures soar as much as eight degrees above average.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has urged residents to be careful over the coming days, with gusty winds and low humidity increasing the likelihood of bushfires.