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Couple discovers a highly venomous snake in bed

"I eventually found it under their blanket."

Shea McDonaugh with her mother, Fran.

Down Syndrome woman denied right to vote

The Australian was told she couldn't have a say in the gay marriage postal survey.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. A conscience vote for Coalition MPs was debated and rejected in party room meeting. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Charges laid over Tony Abbott headbutt

"I'm never going to get the opportunity to head butt that c**t again... so I seized a moment."

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Giant goldfish discovery sparks warning not to flush

Goldfish the size of footballs have been found invading freshwater rivers in Australia.

A Christian childcare worker in Australia has lost her job because her boss didn't share her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Australia sends out same-sex marriage survey with barcode 'bumsex'

The Australian Statistics Bureau said there could be further obscenities in barcodes.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Artist Scott Marsh finishes a mural depicting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Redfern on September 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Australians are set to vote on same-sex marriage via a postal vote survey, with Tony Abbott campaigning for the "No" vote. Ballots with the question "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" will be sent to households across Australia on September 12.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

Tony Abbott headbutted by 'vote yes' campaigner

He was attending a Young Liberal cocktail party when the incident occurred.

A participant in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival wears a rainbow coloured heart outfit in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Reed - RC1BF01A0740

Fired for voting 'no' to marriage equality

The vote is dividing Australia, and now one woman has lost her job over it.

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Kiwi breaks down after Aussie radio hosts pay off her $80k student loan

"I don't think there are words to describe how grateful I am."

"I hope they're learning some lessons," Bill English says.

National gives Aussies campaign access for elections tips

"I hope they're learning some lessons," Bill English says.

Angry shoppers describe the new names as "racism to the extreme".

'PC gone mad' as Aussie store dumps Christmas trees

Angry shoppers describe the new names as "racism to the extreme".

Prepare for warmer days and hot nights.

Aussie heatwave heading to New Zealand

Prepare for warmer days and hot nights.

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Six women, one 'Forever New' design at wedding

The women all accidentally purchased identical dresses for the occasion.

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Man becomes fireball after setting bank ablaze

He injured more than 20 people as he ran through the building whilst on fire.

He says people should get immunised - especially those travelling overseas.

Doctor's warning to Kiwis after Aussie flu death

He says people should get immunised - especially those travelling overseas.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called on the Prime Minister to provide emergency funding for mental health services.

Aussie same-sex marriage survey strains mental health services

Many services are reporting a spike in demand from LGBT people.

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Kiwi teen chased by gang of men in clown masks

"I felt as though I was running forever."

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Crackdown on Kiwi criminals in Australia leads to reoffending

Almost 40 percent have committed an offence after returning to our shores.

The lipstick caused a small smudge on the pavement.

Woman fined AU$243 for fixing her make up

She was charged with "littering".

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

Jacindamania sparks interest in NZ poll overseas

Many Australians may not have realised there was an election going on in New Zealand without Jacindamania and the spat over Barnaby Joyce's Kiwi citizenship.

The Parramatta restaurant.

Axe attack leaves McDonald's manager in hospital

A man has launched a brutal assault on the teen manager of a Sydney fast food franchise.