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UN report scolds digital welfare systems

A United Nations human rights expert has questioned the legality of Australia's controversial Centrelink robo-debt scheme and the country's use of cashless welfare cards.

Ecstasy in underwear during Hobart bender

A man on a bender who was caught with ecstasy pills in his underwear after trying to pay for a flight with cash at Hobart Airport has been described as "out of control" by a judge.

Melbourne airport all clear after checks

A suspicious substance found on an Air Canada flight has been found to be non-hazardous and the plane is heading back into the air after a five-hour delay.

Lambie firms as kingmaker on medevac laws

The future of refugee medical transfers are in the hands of Jacqui Lambie, after a Senate committee failed to reach an agreement on the federal government's push to repeal the laws.

'Govts must protect horses from slaughter'

Racing Australia's chief executive says he's "appalled" that healthy Australian racehorses are being slaughtered but insists it's up to state governments to ensure animal welfare laws are being obeyed.