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Maroons coach declares Origin war on NSW

The opening State of Origin shots have been fired, with Queensland coach Kevin Walters declaring "war" on NSW by boldly claiming his new-look Maroons will win next week's series opener in Brisbane.

Liberals must keep up women push: minister

Keeping women safe, ensuring they have economic opportunities at their fingertips and achieving "genuine" gender equality are goals in the sights of Australia's new minister for women.

Review examines NAPLAN technical problems

Delivery of the national testing of Australia's school students will come in for its own examination after technical issues plagued NAPLAN earlier in the month.