Cory Bernardi says he was told Liberals received money from donors with links to China

Australian Conservatives senator says he was warned that criticising donations made to Sam Dastyari could backfire

Cory Bernardi was warned by a senior Liberal that his criticism of Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s donations from Chinese government linked individuals might affect the Liberal party, given “we receive money from them too”.

Bernardi’s allegations followed fallout from Four Corners-Fairfax revelations about the influence of foreign political donations, particularly from two donors with close ties to the Chinese government.

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Apple’s $130 Magic Keyboard adds a numeric keypad

If you hate wires, but love typing numbers of a wide, expansive surface, then Apple has one more important hardware announcement for you. Among all the other news out of 2017's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has just released a full-size, wire…

Gunman Yacqub Khayre may have lured police to Brighton siege apartment

Man who shot building clerk after taking a woman hostage in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton was out on parole after serving jail time for armed robbery

A gunman who killed one man during a siege in an apartment building near Melbourne and who claimed links to Isis may have lured police to the scene before opening fire on them.

Victoria’s police commissioner, Graham Ashton, said on Tuesday morning the dead gunman, 29-year-old Yacqub Khayre, had booked an escort to meet him at the Buckingham serviced apartments in Brighton and turned up with a firearm. He took the woman hostage in a room on the ground floor and shot and killed the building clerk before police showed up after receiving reports of explosions coming from the complex about 4pm on Monday.

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Reality Winner accused of leaking NSA file about Russia hacking US election

Prosecutors say federal contractor printed classified document detailing how Russia hacked voting equipment vendor and was trying to breach local systems

Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscow’s efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter.

Related: Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report

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