The Post is a timely reminder of the struggle between press freedom and government lies

You know something is amiss when a US-based foundation dedicated to monitoring and defending press freedom around the world feels compelled to set up a website to track it in the one place that has always held itself up as a beacon of free speech – the United States itself.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/03/the-post-is-a-timely-reminder-of-the-struggle-between-press-freedom-and-government-lies

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Dozens of reptile eggs found in Australian school sandpit

Australian wildlife rescuers have removed 43 reptile eggs from a sandpit at a school in New South Wales. The incident sparked alarm after initial reports suggested the eggs belonged to the eastern brown snake, the country’s deadliest species.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-42539713

Sydney seaplane crash: investigators say type of plane considered reliable

The model of seaplane that crashed on New Year’s Eve, killing five Britons and the plane’s pilot, is generally reliable, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Tuesday. The plane crashed in the Hawkesbury river, north of Sydney, at 3.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/sydney-seaplane-crash-investigators-say-type-of-plane-considered-reliable

Coalition’s GetUp crackdown could harm support for foreign interference bill, Labor warns

Giles, the deputy chair of the joint standing committee on electoral matters, told Guardian Australia the new measure targeted at GetUp has nothing to do with foreign interference and could harm grassroots democracy.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/coalitions-getup-crackdown-could-harm-support-for-foreign-interference-bill-labor-warns

Flinders Street crash driver charged with murder after death of 83-year-old man

The driver accused of ploughing into pedestrians in central Melbourne has been charged with murder after one of the victims died in hospital. Northcote grandfather Antonios (Anton) Crocaris, 83, died about 11.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/02/flinders-street-crash-driver-charged-with-after-death-of-83-year-old-man

Victoria police minister plays down MP’s call for overseas driver crackdown

Lisa Neville says drugs and alcohol bigger threat on Australia roads after federal backbencher Sarah Henderson labels tourists in hire cars a ‘moving time bomb’ Victoria’s police minister has played down calls from a federal MP for tighter regulation of overseas motorists, saying dr

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/victoria-police-minister-plays-down-mps-call-for-overseas-driver-crackdown