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12,000 Aus vehicles need 'critical repair'

Some 12,000 Australian cars with potentially deadly Takata airbags require "critical" repairs and shouldn't be driven until they're fixed, the consumer watchdog says.

Assange gets 50 weeks for skipping UK bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail by a London court for skipping bail to enter the Ecuadorian embassy where he was holed up for almost seven years until police dragged him out last month.

Day 22 of the federal election campaign

FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 22WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED- Prime Minister Scott Morrison: northern Tasmania (Braddon, ALP 1.7 per cent; Lyons, ALP 3.8 per cent; and Bass, ALP 5.4 per cent)- Labor leader Bill Shorten: northern Tasmania (Braddon, ALP 1.7 per cent and Lyons, ALP 3.8 per cent)WHAT THE COALITION WANTED...

Bulked-up Dearden has Lockyer NRL backing

Darren Lockyer has given Tom Dearden the tick of approval as the precocious teen prepares for a torrid NRL debut in Brisbane's grudge match with Wayne Bennett's South Sydney on Thursday.