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A Melbourne cancer centre is being investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services and Melbourne Health over its billing and referral arrangements.

Defence Minister Marise Payne and her Japanese counterpart have held talks on regional security issues and on improving bilateral defence ties.

Some NT children need be taken from their families but leaders have been afraid of being accused of creating another stolen generation, the chief minister says.

A fatal crash between a car and truck in northern Victoria is not being included in the state's road toll, pending further police investigations.

A woman has been charged with eight counts of slashing tyres, with more charges expected, by police investigating a string of such offences at Newcastle in NSW.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has lost her immigration role in a party portfolio reshuffle and says she's disappointed with her removal.

A shake-up of NSW police top brass has been overshadowed by a political campaign to make retired deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas the state's new top cop.

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