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Shane Warne speaks out after being accused of assaulting woman at nightclub

SHANE Warne has taken to social media to clear his name after being accused of assaulting a woman at a London nightclub.

The Aussie cricket legend confirmed in a statement on Monday that he had been “cleared of the allegation” by London police.

“I was shocked to read the media stories circulating earlier today concerning a false allegation of assault,” Warne wrote.

“I have fully co-operated with the police, and they have now had the opportunity of seeing CCTV and speaking to witnesses.

“The police have confirmed to me that I have been cleared of the allegation and that no further action will be taken. This is now the end of the matter.”

Warne’s alleged complainant, Valerie Fox, took to Twitter over the weekend to post a photo of herself with a black eye.

“Proud of yourself? Hitting a woman? Vile creature,” she wrote under the photograph.

“No, I am not lying. Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you can hit women and get away with it.”

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Former PM Tony Abbott headbutted by same-sex marriage supporter

FORMER Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been attacked by a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart.

The incident occurred as Mr Abbott was returning to his hotel after leaving a private function on Thursday.

Sky News Presenter Andrew Bolt said Mr Abbott was “headbutted in the face” by a man with a ‘Yes’ badge.

“Tony Abbott, former prime minister, was in Hobart today, going from the function back to his hotel with his media man, Sam,” Bolt reported.

“A bloke with a Yes badge walks out and says ‘Hey, Tony, can I shake your hand?’.”

After offering his hand, Bolt said the man with “tatts and all that stuff” assaulted the former prime minister.

“The man headbutts him in the face, goes off swearing, abusing him, saying he deserved it,” Bolt said.

Mr Abbott said the incident was a reminder of how ugly the same-sex marriage debate has become.

“He wasn’t very good at it, I’ve got to say,” Mr Abbott told Sky News. “… but he did make contact. The only damage was a very very slightly swollen lip.

“I was with a member of my staff [and] the member of my staff briefly grappled with this guy and he then ran off swearing his head off.”

“It was just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting.”

The former prime minister does not support same-sex marriage.

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Tweed Shire Mayor pushes for Council to support marriage equality

The Tweed Shire Council could throw its weight behind the marriage equality ‘yes’ vote if Mayor Katie Milne’s gets her way – including flying a rainbow flag outside the Council Chambers.

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Mayor will move that Council supports the Australian Government’s proposed amendment to the Marriage Act 1961. She will also ask that the Council promotes its ‘yes’ position through local media, and that they hold at least one public function to encourage the local community to also vote ‘yes’.

At least four of the seven local Councillors must support the motion for it to pass.

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Australia’s snazzy new $10 bank note to come into circulation today

Australia’s brand new $10 bank note is expected to enter circulation today, so don’t be alarmed if you receive a note that looks a little unfamiliar.

The Reserve Bank of Australia revealed the snazzy new design earlier this year.

It’s similar to the new $5 bank note which was unveiled last September, with a top-to-bottom clear window for security and a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired distinguish between different denominations.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said the new note pays tribute to two iconic Australian writers.

“The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson,” Governor Lowe said.

“Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint,”

In a statement released on Tuesday, Governor Lowe said he was excited to be launching the notes out into the public from today.

“The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting.”

“I am pleased that from tomorrow people will start to see the new $10 entering their wallets and pockets, and that it continues the tradition of celebrating two of Australia’s most prominent writers.”

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New interactive test for QLD learner drivers

The Queensland Government has announced an Australian-first trial which would see learner drivers taking an interactive test on a smartphone or tablet.

Under the current exam, students are required to fill out multiple choice questions about road safety rules and regulations.

Students from six Queensland schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Logan, Mt Isa, Sunshine Coast and Gordonvale will trial the Prep-L exam.

The new test will feature an interactive course which puts them through driving simulation and real-life interviews.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steve Miles said the test aims to reduce the road toll.

“Despite all of our efforts young drivers under the age of 24 continue to be over-represented in our crash statistics and road toll,” he said.

“We hope this new program will assist us in keeping young people even safer.”

Mr Miles said Queensland was leading the way in improving outcomes for the next generation of drivers. 

“Young drivers have a greater susceptibility for risk-taking behaviours, succumbing to peer pressure and other driver distractions such as mobile phone use,” he said.

“Students won’t just learn the road rules with Prep-L, they’ll learn why the rules exist, and in a virtual environment, they will experience the consequences of poor driving behaviour.”