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The ACT director of public prosecutions, Shane Drumgold, has expressed serious concern about the “potentially unlawful” sharing of police material about a still-hospitalised Brittany Higgins, revealing he has previously lodged a related complaint and that there are active investigations under way.

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On Saturday morning, News Corp used internal police notes and briefing documents to report that investigators held doubts about Higgins’ credibility, but that the DPP pressed ahead with the prosecution of Bruce Lehrmann.

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The material was published less than 24 hours after Drumgold expressed serious concern for the life of Higgins, who is hospitalised and receiving mental health treatment. He dropped charges against Lehrmann for the alleged rape of Higgins, saying a retrial would pose an “unacceptable risk” to her health.

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Read the full exclusive here:

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Rates of children vaping in Australia doubled between 2016 and 2019, and data from New South Wales indicates about 33% of 16 to 24-year-olds used an e-cigarette in 2021.

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Australia’s health minister, Mark Butler, says educators and health practitioners have told him youth vaping rates have “skyrocketed” further since the pandemic. Significant funding will be required to develop health and educational resources to treat a generation of nicotine-addicted youth, he says.

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On Wednesday, marking the 10th anniversary of plain packaging reforms coming into force, Butler announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration would begin public consultation on vaping reforms.

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He wants to stop illegal products entering Australia, create a regulated source of vapes with known ingredients for those prescribed vaping products to quit tobacco, and tackle the intensive marketing of the products to children through product designs, flavourings and advertising.

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Read Melissa Davey’s full story, the latest in our Generation Vape series, here:

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The Art Gallery of NSW’s new building has opened its doors to the public, AAP reports.

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The venue, part of the $344m Sydney Modern project, was officially declared open this morning by the NSW premier, Dominic Perrottet, who described the extension as a major investment in art, artists and culture that would attract the world’s biggest touring art exhibitions to Sydney.

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The building is the most significant cultural development in the city since the opening of the Opera House in 1973. More than half the work inside is by women.

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More than 15,000 people are registered to attend on the opening weekend alone.

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