News National Top stories – Friday 1 April, 2016

Top stories – Friday 1 April, 2016

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EXCLUSIVE: Women to play alongside men in the 2019 AFL season

This surprise announcement from Australia’s largest football code has enraged thousands of fans and shocked the footy establishment. Read more

BUNNINGSEDMBunnings’ latest tactic: sneaking into a shopping centre near you

Home improvement giant Bunnings has been quietly using this idea in small towns. Here’s the logic behind the mini-store move. Read more

EDM-walkenThis could be the best – or the worst – advertisement in TV history

Qantas employs Christopher Walken to sell health insurance. It’s strange, but true. Let us know what you think of the commercial. Read more

EDM-turnbull-morrisonHow Turnbull, Morrison went from newlywed bliss to ‘it’s complicated’

They head the government, yet the PM and his Treasurer, betrothed only six months ago, are headed for counselling. Read more

em rata edmThe 24-year-old model using her body as a battleground

Emily Ratajkowski has spent most of her career in her birthday suit, but she’s using her enviable figure for a greater cause. Read more

Melbourne Highrise

The great apartment shakeout is has begun. The time to buy is nigh

Prices are falling as a new wave of trendy inner-city developments hit the market. Opportunities abound for young buyers. Read more

**FILE** A March 7, 2014 file photo of basketball player Lauren Jackson attending the International Women's Day lunch in Canberra. Ms Jackson has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

The simple sentence that inspired this ‘global phenomenon’

After a heartbreaking loss as a teenager, Lauren Jackson stuck these words to her wall. They helped her become a basketball legend. Read more

EDM-wealthMany missing out on these huge tax breaks, while some kids get rich

Hundreds of parents are turning their children into millionaires while other eligible Australians are missing out entirely. Read more

Asian student studying at table

Plan to change university repayment scheme will hit low-income graduates

Government ministers have welcomed a proposal that could see graduates paying back HELP debts sooner than they thought. Read more

RONNIE1Goodnight from him: legendary British comic Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

As part of the comedy duo The Two Ronnies, he was one of the all-time greats. Watch some of his classic performances here. Read more

EDM-educationPM accused of ‘betraying’ public schools with state funding proposal

Education lobbyists have been angered by the suggestion the federal government could fund independent – but not public – schools. Read more

Storm clouds gathering Central New south Wales, Australia.

Why Chinese buyers are snapping up prime Australian farmland

Barnaby Joyce thinks Australian superannuation funds should invest more in local agriculture. Here’s why they don’t. Read more