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Trump mocks Sweden; The 'glaring' weakness in Australian politics; 'Catastrophic engine failure': Evening Express, Febru

Donald Trump’s latest tweets have provoked confusion and humour in Sweden and around the world. Photo: AP

1. President Donald Trump has continued to spotlight Sweden’s immigration policies, using Twitter to sardonically suggest the Scandinavian country’s acceptance of new migrants or refugees is not working.People in Sweden have been scratching their heads since President Trump suggested during a rally on Saturday that some sort of incident had occurred in their country.”You look at what’s happening,” he said at the rally. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”Read more here.

Liberal MP David Coleman says four-year terms would allow for a more strategic approach to decision-making. Photo: Andrew Meares

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2. A member of the Turnbull government has prepared a private members bill to introduce fixed, four-year terms to mend what he says is the one “glaring” structural weakness in our political system.David Coleman argues the shift to four-year terms is necessary to give governments and citizens greater certainty. And he says “governments would get more done”.Read more here. 

 

Essendon plane crash victims Greg De Haven and Russell Munsch Photo: Facebook

3. Five people are dead after a light plane smashed into the DFO Shopping Centre in Essendon and burst into flames.

Among the dead were two Americans on a trip of a lifetime to King Island to play golf. Experienced pilot Max Quartermain was also killed when the plane he was flying plummeted into the centre.

 

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Photo: John Donegan

4. AFL umpires are ramping up pressure on the AFL Commission to dispense with the traditional centre bounce. The AFL Umpires’ Association has canvassed the abolition of the bounce in its current negotiations with the league for a new collective bargaining agreement. But the push is gaining more momentum with current AFL senior list umpires becoming more vocal in their concerns about back and shoulder injuries caused by the strain of bouncing, despite the league having dispensed with bounces around the ground since 2013. Read more here.

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5. COMMENT Stephanie Peatling Six years of childcare? The total cost came as a shock Later this year our family will say goodbye to six years of childcare. Six years of wonderful educators who have done everything for our two children three days a week nearly every week of the year.  Read more here.

6. Aldi is calling for people to join its testers’ club, seeking to capitalise on the fervour of some of its shoppers. One hundred people will be selected to join the testers’ club, which will receive 10 grocery products a quarter and must review at least half of them. More than 17,000 applied to join the testers’ club when it began in 2015, a spokeswoman for the German discount supermarket said. Read more here.

Tim Pallas represents Werribee but lives in Williamstown.

7. One-third of Daniel Andrews’ front bench live outside the electorates they represent. The issue has been dragged into the spotlight after the Andrews government announced plans to build a $288 million juvenile justice facility in Werribee, a community represented by Treasurer Tim Pallas, who lives about 20 kilometres away in Williamstown. The decision has infuriated locals, with some even calling the move “political suicide” for Mr Pallas, despite his a 15.7 per cent margin. Read more here.

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8. Has the Apex gang been mortally wounded, less than a year after a brawl at Moomba thrust them into the spotlight?  Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Lean…

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