News National Top stories – Wednesday, 26 August, 2015

Top stories – Wednesday, 26 August, 2015

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The smartphone Telstra and Optus don’t want you to own

Hype is building for this powerful, inexpensive and nigh indestructible Android device. It could save you hundreds.

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‘Stop hyperventilating’ Australia, this isn’t another GFC

Tony Abbott says this week’s share rout sharemarket correction is nothing to worry about. We check to see if he’s right. Read more.




The real reason behind the market correction we had to have

With six years of distorted capital flows coming to an end, Australians are about to find out what their assets are really worth. Read more.




The dramatic style transformation of CommSec’s Tom Piotrowski

The market analyst has transitioned from clean-cut to “caveman” and the reaction has been mixed. He might be the coolest man in finance.
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One former judge, two political leaders, and the fate of the nation

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have a lot riding on Dyson Heydon’s decision about sacking himself. These are the calculations for each leader. Read more.


Man Haron Monis was on bail at the time of the Lindt Cafe attack.

Man Haron Monis was deranged, but was he a terrorist?

ANALYSIS One expert says the gunman’s siege of the Lindt Cafe was ‘overwhelmingly’ a terrorist act. Not everyone agrees. Read more.




Next! The future stars of Australian Test cricket

Clarke’s gone, Rogers is gone and Watson’s as good as gone. Here are the five up-and-comers most likely to spearhead the next generation of Aussie cricket. Read more.



A lightning strike in Lismore on Monday.

Tornadoes, swollen dams, lightning: Sydney’s wild weather

A night of dramatic weather in NSW produced some brilliant amateur camera work. View some of the best pictures here. Read more.



The reheated Mazda2 is set to take on the hatchback

Japanese car maker resurrects the light sedan and the results are surprisingly impressive. Here’s why it’s worth a test drive. Read more.