The Crew want to move to Austin – but does Austin want the Crew?

The MLS franchise is planning to leave Columbus and move 1,200 miles to the south. But not everyone in their proposed home would welcome them

It could have been the day when the Columbus Crew’s planned move to the Texan capital evolved from possible to probable.

Instead, 20 local activists gathered at the lectern during last Thursday’s Austin city council meeting and demanded that one of the team’s preferred stadium sites be ruled out. They brandished placards pleading: Save Guerrero Park. Such vocal dissent is complicating the already messy attempt to relocate one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs from Ohio to Texas. A couple of weeks ago, protests scuppered Crew ownership’s hopes of building an MLS stadium at Butler Shores, an enviable location that’s easy staggering distance from downtown’s ever-expanding throng of bars – not to mention restaurants, hotels, offices and glassy high-rise apartment blocks.

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Investigation launched into care of toddler before alleged rape

Children’s commissioner gives department notice of inquiry into services offered to Tennant Creek family

The Northern Territory children’s commissioner has launched an investigation into the care and services given to a two-year-old child and her family before her alleged sexual assault in Tennant Creek last week.

The investigation – which served notices on the Territory Families department on Wednesday – followed revelations there were multiple child protection notifications made about the child in recent months.

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Peter Dutton joins frontbench rebuff of Abbott’s immigration speech

Abbott attacks Scott Morrison’s earlier rejection of his cut call, accusing treasurer of being ‘captured’ by the treasury

Peter Dutton has joined Scott Morrison in rebuffing a push by Tony Abbott to cut migration, arguing the government “has got the settings right”.

But Abbott has immediately returned fire, accusing Morrison of being “captured” by the treasury and being tin-eared politically, living in a “Canberra bubble” and swallowing the advice of “so-called experts”.

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Tasmania on alert as fruit fly outbreak threatens $50m industry

A significant area on the north coast of the island state has been placed under quarantine

Tasmania’s $50m stone fruit export market is under threat from a fruit fly outbreak, in which more than 60km of the northern coast has been placed under quarantine.

Authorities on Wednesday issued a state-wide alert for the pest, which had been detected in produce certified as fruit-fly free and prepared for sale at a supermarket in Devonport.

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Greens use Labor’s Adani indecision to ramp up Batman campaign

Activists seize upon Labor’s contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne

The Greens will use Labor’s failure to make an unequivocal statement on whether it will oppose the Adani coalmine to ramp up campaign efforts in the Melbourne electorate of Batman.

With the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, this week telling Queensland voters that coal had a future and that scepticism about the Adani project did not equate to scepticism about the coal industry as a whole – the Greens and activist groups are ramping up their Batman field efforts ahead of the byelection on 17 March.

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