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Woman suffers carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking hookah


A 20-year-old woman has developed carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking a hookah waterpipe, leading doctors to warn that smoking the traditional pipes could be dangerous.They say the “light-headed” relaxed feeling associated with smoking the hookah, which is also known as a shisha or narghile, may actually be the result of severe oxygen deprivation in the brain.Health experts are concerned hookah ...

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NSW police are urging a rule change on bearing arms so they can better protect courtrooms

Perth : It took five minutes for police to find a pair of handcuffs to restrain a man who turned violent in the Downing Centre court complex recently, knocking out a prosecutor and having to be restrained by seven police officers.Such incidents are among the many reasons officers should be allowed to carry their weapons in courthouses, the Police Association ...

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Badgerys Creek airport needs rail link, say Baird government, Qantas Group


Sydney : Pressure is mounting on the federal government to consider funding all or part of a rail line to the Badgerys Creek airport site.The country’s largest airline and the Baird government both made representations on Friday for public transport to run to the airport when it opens in the middle of the next decade.”The opportunity to be something very ...

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Revealed: The real $2 billion cost of privatised Northern Beaches hospital


Sydney : The true cost to taxpayers of the new privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has been revealed as $2.14 billion, more than twice the $1 billion figure publicised by health minister Jillian Skinner before the March election.The NSW government is also accused of breaking transparency laws by suppressing the figure until after the poll and has been criticised for keeping ...

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The creeping danger of Australian households’ love affair with credit


Sydney : David and Hannah were raising their baby son in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle supported by David’s job as the manager of the city flagship store of a well-known clothing chain when their cozy existence began to unravel.Hannah became ill and could not work, leaving David struggling to cope with the demands of being the sole ...

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