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Coles has broken a decades-long retail tradition, rolling out its fruit mince pies from today -- more than four months out from Christmas. The decision was made after data revealed that almost half of pies sold last year were bought before December. “People clearly don’t want to wait for a little taste of Christmas,” Coles Product Developer Liz da Silva said.
The country’s southeast has been hit with more wild weather. Adelaide copped the brunt of the weather system yesterday, with suburbs blanketed in hail. Victoria is bracing for strong winds, rain, hail and a potential thunderstorm, particularly in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Snow is predicted to fall above 400 metres.
A man accused of killing one woman and stabbing another in Sydney’s CBD is due to front court again today. Five charges have been laid against the 20-year-old including over the murder of 24-year-old Michaela Dunn in her CBD apartment, and the attempted murder of 41-year-old Linda Bo who was stabbed in the back as she walked towards Darling Harbour. His lawyer indicated that he will defend charges ‘on grounds of mental illness’.
The cost of fixing Australia’s ongoing building crisis could soar past 6-billion-dollars. A new report commissioned by the construction union has found that more than 3400 residential unit blocks have potentially flammable cladding, while others are defective. "Tens of thousands of families, many of whom have purchased their first home, are now stuck with the crippling cost and mental anguish of owning homes that they may not be able to live in, are unsafe and cannot afford to repair," CFMEU Construction and General Division National Secretary Dave Noonan said.
More than a million pro-democracy demonstrators have flooded the streets of Hong Kong despite warnings from China. The protestors carried umbrellas as they marched through heavy rain -- the assembly was largely peaceful.
The Prime Minister will use a major speech in Canberra today to urge public servants to be more responsive to the needs of all Australians. Scott Morrison will say that listening to the concerns of ‘quiet’ Aussies, not 'noisy lobbyists' is key.
Seventeen Australians have been honoured with Bravery Medals today.Dozens of others have also been recognised for putting others first in dangerous situations.
In sport, the second Ashes test has ended in a draw, with Australia holding on to finish at 6-154 after being set a target of 267. Steve Smith was forced to sit out day five due to concussion and remains in doubt for the third test starting this week.
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