Ted Pretty's next big bet is farm data

Ted Pretty's next big bet is farm data

Ted Pretty, when he was CEO of Hills in 2014. He left the company after a debt-fuelled spending spree. Photo: David Mariuz photography 0400396 RP Data chairman Ted Pretty wants to create a rural version of the residential and commercial property data tracker and says he’s found the beginnings of it in agricultural database company Kisimul. Mr Pretty, who is best known as Telstra’s former technology guru, but more recently for his cut-short stint at Hills Ltd, is courting Kisimul’s owners – Adam McNeill and Simon Butler – to take a stake in the…

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Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Afghan spy agency declares Taliban leader dead in US drone attack

Posted May 22, 2016 20:14:09 Afghanistan’s spy agency says Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US bombing raid, the first confirmation from regional officials of his death, which marks a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement. Key points: Afghanistan’s spy agency has confirmed the Taliban leader was killed in a US strike John Kerry says the Taliban leader was a threat to US troops and Afghan civilians The Taliban have so far not commented on the US attack deep inside Pakistan The Taliban have not commented…

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Hunt for Adelaide's von Trapp children begins

Hunt for Adelaide's von Trapp children begins

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ALP to investigate potential crackdown on 'double-dipping'

ALP to investigate potential crackdown on 'double-dipping'

Updated May 23, 2016 09:25:23 Photo: Jason Clare says an announcement would be made before the election. (AAP: Lukas Coch) Federal Labor may announce a crackdown on travel allowance for politicians, ALP frontbencher Jason Clare says. The Shadow Minister for Communications said the Opposition was likely to make an announcement about politicians “double-dipping” on their Canberra housing arrangements before the election. MPs and senators are able to claim travel allowance of $273 a night for staying in their own property in Canberra and they are also able to receive a…

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