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Election war of words rages over wages

Scott Morrison has hit out at the federal opposition's minimum wage rise push, as Anthony Albanese flagged a Labor government would take its time to draft its submission to the industrial umpire.

Party leaders battle over wage rises

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have gone head to head for the third and final time in a leaders' debate before polling day, trading barbs on wages growth and cost of living pressures.

Tas education head offers abuse apology

Tasmania's education department secretary has told a child sexual abuse inquiry of a "mosaic of approaches" that were used to investigate historical complaints against teachers.

Callum Robson surfs to Gold Coast victory

World No.8 Callum Robson has continued his hot form to win the Gold Coast Pro surf event, but there was late heartbreak for Australian teenager Molly Picklum in the women's final.

Vow to 'hunt down' NSW bikie shooters

A new police strike force has been established after another gang-related shooting in western Sydney that left a Comanchero bikie boss fighting for life and his brother dead.

DV inquiry to probe Qld police culture

The Queensland Children's Court president will head a royal commission into police responses to domestic and family violence including "cultural issues" within the force.

Qld foster children get new legal rights

Vulnerable Queensland children will have to be educated about their rights and where they can seek help, and foster carers will be vetted more stringently under new state laws.

Papenhuyzen out for up to six NRL matches

Melbourne's superstar fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a hamstring tear and a posterior cruciate ligament injury in Sunday's NRL win over St George Illawarra.