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  • Australian cricketers have been caught up in a ball tampering scandal which has rocked Australian fans overnight. Steve Smith has been suspended by the ICC for one Test and fined his entire match fee over the scandal while Cameron Bancroft has also been fined 75% of his match fee and issued three demerit points. The punishment from world cricket's governing body came after both Smith and David Warner were stood down as Australian captain and vice-captain for the remainder of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a last-ditch attempt to swing the Parliament behind a cut to company taxes, ramping up his promise that Australian workers will gain $750 a year from better wages. In Senate the government is just two votes short of securing a reduction in the tax rate. However, this near victory isn't enough to score a win on the latest newspoll. The Coalition government has lost its 29th consecutive Newspoll, trailing Labor 47-53 on a two-party-preferred basis.

  • Thousands of people have rallied across the US to demand tighter gun laws. 'March for our Lives' rallies were led by survivors of last month's Florida school massacre. Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed on February 14 called on politicians and US President Donald Trump to confront the issue. Organisers said as many as 500,000 people were expected to demonstrate near the Capitol in Washington and call on Congress to fight gun violence.

  • Western Bulldogs beat the Brisbane Lions in Saturdays second AFL women's grand final. Ignoring the controversy of captain Katie Brennan's suspension to claim the AFLW premiership with a tight one-goal victory. The Bulldogs, who topped the ladder with a 5-2 record at the conclusion of the minor premiership, tamed the wet conditions to beat the Lions 4.3 (27) to 3.3 (21). The Lions also went down in the inaugural AFLW grand final last year.
  • Facebook's chief executive officer has used ads in multiple US and British newspapers to apologise for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying the social media platform does not deserve to hold personal information if it can not protect it. The ads signed by Mark Zuckerberg said a quiz app built by a Cambridge University researcher leaked Facebook data of millions of people four years ago.

Published on: Monday, March 26, 2018

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