News National Top Stories – Wednesday 17 February, 2016
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Top Stories – Wednesday 17 February, 2016

The PM's negative gearing whispers has backbenchers concerned.
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The PM's negative gearing whispers has backbenchers concerned.PM warned: ‘voter backlash likely’ if property tax breaks are cut

Members of the PM’s own team line up to issue a public warning about negative gearing, telling him ‘voters are edgy’. Read more.

 

grammys edm picFrom underdressed Aussies to sequinned supermodels

Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala shunned the dress code and others shunned clothing entirely. See the best and worst frocks here. Read more.

playgroundPlayground risk: councils spray dangerous chemical near kids

Local governments across the nation have ignored the warning of a global health body. ‘Safer’ options cost too much, some claim. Read more.

 

arya-edmJon Snow should be the least of your worries about GoT S6

HBO has been slowly releasing teasers for the show’s new season and all of them spell disaster for your favourite characters. Read more.

Bronwyn Bishop Tony AbbottAbbott exacts cold revenge on former ally Bronwyn Bishop

For years, they were friends and confidants. But there won’t be any more kisses. A helicopter and a vote later, it’s payback time. Read more.

 

bec hewitt and lleyton hewittBec Hewitt’s cheesy bid to reclaim her place in the spotlight

For years, the former actress has been a faithful wife, supporting from the sidelines. Now it’s her chance to shine. Well, sort of. Read more.

beefHungry Jack’s hormone-free burgers – is it just a sales trick?

A fast food chain’s latest attempt to spruik its products has returned the spotlight to what exactly makes our steaks and patties so juicy. Read more.

 

Men were twice as likely to have flexible work requests rejected.Why employers must create flexible workplaces for both genders

ANALYSIS: Some Australian workers don’t have enough work, while others work too much. The system must improve for everyone. Read more.

 

rentalThis wealthy group will try to sabotage the cut to negative gearing

Something ‘sinister’ is going on in the tax reform debate. Puppet masters are pulling the strings, our economics commentator writes. Read more.