Barnaby Joyce says charitable status helping green groups destroy the economy

Deputy prime minister tells Minerals Council that environmental groups need to be taken ‘head on’

Barnaby Joyce has criticised the charitable status of environmental groups, questioning why they should receive tax deductible donations for “destroy[ing] the economic base of Australia”.

In a speech to the Minerals Council on Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said that Australia had to “push back” against highly organised groups lobbying against mining and take them “head on”.

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Juan Martín del Potro epic hints at repeat of 2009 win against Roger Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Argentina’s No24 seed dug deep to overcome Dominic Thiem, and hopes to ride the crowd’s love once again in his quarter-final against the Swiss

Juan Martín del Potro, who has lifted the 2017 US Open out of the mire with one heroic performance, is now expected to do it all again when he meets Roger Federer in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, and that is asking a lot of the ailing Argentinian with the big game and even bigger heart.

If Del Potro, still struggling physically, somehow rises to the occasion a second time in three days, and if he repeats his win over the No3 seed that delivered him his only slam title here in 2009, he will have to ride the love of the crowd who roared him on to his impossible victory over Dominic Thiem on Monday night. It is asking a lot for a Federer opponent to win over the fans, but “Delpo”, who has that gentle-giant mien, a kind face and unbending will, might just do it.

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Punk pioneers the Saints to be immortalised with $60,000 Brisbane mural

Mural will be launched with concert and recording by Ed Kuepper and mark 40th anniversary of album (I’m) Stranded

The Queensland government is bankrolling a $60,000 mural project to honour punk pioneers the Saints, continuing Brisbane’s penchant for venerating its rock bands via city landmarks.

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced the funding on Wednesday for a large-scale mural to “immortalise” the Saints at Upper Roma Street, a stone’s throw from its onetime share-house cum rehearsal room and live venue in Petrie Terrace.

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