News National Top stories – Friday 18 March 2016
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Top stories – Friday 18 March 2016

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sugaredmThere’s no sugarcoating it. Taxing sweets ‘won’t stop obesity’: experts

Your sweet treats could rise sharply in price if Australia follows the UK in levying a sugar tax. But some say it is costly and pointless. Read more

There’s one jobs number not even the smartest politicians can spin

ANALYSIS Politicians tell all sorts of tall stories to voters about jobs. But there is one way to find out what’s really going on. Read more

Telstra in damage control after mobile network goes into meltdown … again

Customers across Australia are calling for refunds after another major mobile outage leaves customers with useless handsets. Read more

Theon Greyjoy: Game of Thrones season six will ‘blow your minds’

Alfie Allen tells us the truth about Ramsay Bolton, what’s in store for Theon and why his sister wrote THAT song about him. Read more

Women need more sleep than men because their brains work harder

Not getting enough hours of shuteye can have serious health side effects for both genders. But the consequences are worse for females. Read more

Government tables contentious changes to superannuation

The Coalition’s long anticipated changes have finally been put to the parliament. Here’s how it could change the super system. Read more

Why the world must take action to stop the rise of killer robots

The latest weapons technology is so frightening that there are calls for a treaty to avoid this ‘nightmare scenario’. Read more

Soccer fans furious after SBS ‘sells its soul’ to Optus for 2018 World Cup

Fans of the world game will now need to pay Optus for the privilege of watch World Cup matches, leaving supporters fuming. Read more

Melbourne RacingThis is the horse that will win Saturday’s Golden Slipper

Our expert analysis of Australia’s richest horse race for two-year-olds gives you all the information you need to pick the winner. Read more

EDM-cricketWhy Australia can’t break their duck and win the World T20 title

Ignoring our best spinner and most in-form batsman will cost Steve Smith’s side dearly, Geoff Lawson writes. Read more

goodes‘We should have acted sooner’: AFL chief apologises to Adam Goodes

CEO Gillon McLachlan pays tribute to the ‘great indigenous leader’, and admits that racism played a part in his downfall. Read more

Editorial staff are seen walking out of Fairfax Media headquarters in Sydney, Thursday, March 17, 2016. The company announced today 120 editorial positions would be cut, and in response staff voted to walk off the job until Monday. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

Fairfax announces mass job cuts, staff respond with a mass walkout

Historic newspapers The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are in crisis after another round of job losses cause a worker revolt. Read more