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Queen of Soul tops Aussies' Facebook chats

Australians have been more interested in sharing their favourite Aretha Franklin song with their Facebook friends than talking about a prime minister being dumped or the royal wedding.

Refugee transfers trumped by time wasting

A push to urgently transfer sick asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia has been put off until next year, with the government saved from a humiliating defeat.

Lyn was seen alive: Chris Dawson's lawyer

Chris Dawson intends to plead not guilty to murdering his wife almost 40 years ago, with the 70-year-old's lawyer arguing Lynette Dawson was seen alive after her disappearance.