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Uncle claims 'hazy' memory of NSW murder

Over 48 hours, Derek Barrett bound and gagged his niece, photographed her naked body, stabbed her to death and drove 100 kilometres to dump her body in a NSW blowhole.

Qld minister defends cabinet colleagues

Queensland's new health minister has defended his cabinet colleagues after the CFMEU accused Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of selecting its members based on political loyalty rather than merit.

Lowe slams bitcoin but e-dollar could come

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe thinks bitcoin is mostly attractive to criminals and speculators but has acknowledged there could one day be an electronic Aussie dollar based on similar technology.

Trump tweet 'sexist smear', says senator

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has fired back at President Donald Trump after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

MCG to turn food waste into fertiliser

The MCG is set to turn punters' uneaten food into more than five tonnes of fertiliser as part of a new recycling initiative at the Boxing Day Test.

Stronger Nth Qld pack to be NRL 'targets'

Returning North Queensland NRL prop Matt Scott predicts his forward pack will carry a target into next season, given those set to suit up for the Cowboys.

Many kids won't get Christmas presents

The Salvation Army says around 1.6 million Australians won't be able to afford to give their young children a present this Christmas, in what the charity claims in an "alarming increase" from previous years.

Today in History, 13/12

Highlights in history on this date:1545 - Protestant princes opposing Holy Roman Emperor Charles V meet at Frankfurt.