State leaders’ emergency meeting in Sydney to discuss budget cuts | World news |

State leaders' emergency meeting in Sydney to discuss  budget cuts | World news |
Victorian premier Denis Napthine arriving for the state and territory leaders' meeting in Sydney on Sunday. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP

State premiers and territory chief ministers were holding an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss their response to the federal budget that included, among other measures, a shock $80bn cut to health and education funding tied to agreements made under the previous Labor government.

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Can you believe it? The truth according to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey |

Can you believe it? The truth according to Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey | World news | NewsWire
Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott arrive in the House of Representatives for Hockey's budget speech. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

Post-truth politics has just entered a whole new orbit. I’ve written before about how political debate seems increasingly unhitched from a normal, factual understanding of the concept of truth. But in defending its 2014 budget the Coalition has finally severed the link entirely, with truthfulness and lying becoming just another question of strategy.

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Factories forced to close as Vietnamese rage mounts over China oil rig | World news | The Observer

Outside Ho Chi Minh City's popular brick-and-wood Chieu Café, a hastily fashioned, bright yellow placard warns away potential patrons. "Customers from mainland China will be refused service," it reads, "until the Chinese government removes its oil rig."

The café's owner, Nguyen Chieu, 37, an outspoken poet, shrugs off any indication that such sentiments could help stoke further animosity between two communist neighbours that have enjoyed relative peace and prosperity for three decades. But all that changed last week, when violent protests saw at least 21 people killed and 100 injured as mobs set fire to and looted businesses and factories, hunted down Chinese workers and attacked police.

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