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Human remains found in Rockhampton

Police have discovered human remains at a property in Rockhampton but gender or identity are not yet known.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:14:14 +1100    READ MORE

Chronology of Ottawa shooting

Look at the timeline of the drama that unfolded on the streets of Canada's capital, Ottowa.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:11:58 +1100    READ MORE

Players trying to fast-track ASADA outcome: AFLPA

The AFLPA says 34 former and current Essendon players have opted not to respond to their amended 'show cause' notices.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:58:46 +1100    READ MORE

Security beefed up in Canberra after Ottawa shooting

Federal police have increased patrols around Parliament House in Canberra after the deadly shooting in Canada's capital, Ottawa.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:50:30 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St falters as Canadian shooting unnerves investors

Trade on Wall Street was dented after news of a shooting at the Canadian parliament rocked investor confidence.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:44:19 +1100    READ MORE

Ronaldo leads Real to 3-0 UCL win over Liverpool

A brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheaded Real Madrid's maiden Champions League victory over Liverpool.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:09:33 +1100    READ MORE

Former boss backs Cheika to shine with Wallabies

Irish rugby club Leinster gave Michael Cheika a chance in 2005 and the club's boss says he will succeed as Wallabies coach.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:14 +1100    READ MORE

Cultural tensions 'near boiling point' in NSW prisons

An advocacy group for prisoners has criticised criminal charges laid against inmates accused of rioting at Goulburn's jail in south-east New South Wales.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:48:14 +1100    READ MORE

Three people from same family found dead after siege

Three people from the same family were shot dead and a man was arrested after a four-hour siege in central Victoria following a "minor neighbourhood dispute", according to police.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:02:40 +1100    READ MORE

Murray, Ferrer ease through as Berdych falls in Valencia

Andy Murray and David Ferrer's World Tour Finals chances were boosted by wins at the Valencia Open.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:57:12 +1100    READ MORE

Council candidate claims votes offered over walkway

A candidate for the Hobart City Council has claimed he has been offered a block of votes by a former state Labor health minister if he opposes a controversial waterfront walkway.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:56:10 +1100    READ MORE

Morrison pushing for control over Ebola response

Scott Morrison is pushing for his Operation Sovereign Borders team to take control of Australia's Ebola response but other Cabinet ministers say the Immigration Minister's "ego is getting in the way of his judgement".

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:43:46 +1100    READ MORE

Federer, Nadal race through in Basel

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dropped just five games between them as they stormed through at the Swiss Indoors.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:36:05 +1100    READ MORE

Canada's parliament attacked by gunman after soldier shot dead

A soldier has been shot and killed in the Canadian capital Ottawa by a gunman who then entered the national parliament and exchanged gunfire with security officials.

Police have cleared the streets around the parliament while there is an "ongoing situation" and authorities investigate whether there are any gunmen at large.

The soldier was shot at the nearby war memorial around 10:00am (local time) and a short time later the suspect was shot and killed after being chased into parliamentary buildings.

Prime minister Stephen Harper was in the parliament meeting with MPs at the time and condemned the "despicable attack".

It was unclear whether there was any connection to an attack a day earlier when a man ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one, near Montreal.

published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:37:58 +1100    READ MORE

N Korea's Kim releases US tourist after Obama's 'requests'

US secretary of state John Kerry has welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and says Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards denuclearisation.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:33:14 +1100    READ MORE

Video shows live export system is failing: rights group

An animal rights group has obtained video showing Australian bulls being stabbed in the neck in Gaza and sheep being shoved into car boots in Kuwait and Jordan.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:38:14 +1100    READ MORE

Police confirm three dead after siege in Victoria

Police have confirmed three people have died in a shooting following a four-hour siege in Wedderburn, Victoria, on Wednesday night. 

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:11 +1100    READ MORE

Halep shocks WTA Finals by thrashing Williams

Simona Halep has pulled off a shock result in the WTA Finals, thrashing world number one Serena Williams.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:13:42 +1100    READ MORE

CCC head says watchdog didn't deliberately thwart police

The man charged with overseeing the Corruption and Crime Commission has revealed he never intended to imply the watchdog had deliberately thwarted a police investigation.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:07:12 +1100    READ MORE

Euthanasia advocate questioned over patient's death

Police have interviewed a Melbourne doctor for a third time for giving a cancer patient enough drugs to kill himself.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:43:24 +1100    READ MORE

Mixed message on latest SEQ waterways report card

The latest Healthy Waterways report shows drought has hit freshwater catchments in south-east Queensland.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:32:34 +1100    READ MORE

Search for survivors of Himalayan snowstorm called off

Nepal has called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed at least 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:24:41 +1100    READ MORE

Diamonds sweep series against England with 54-47 win in second Test

Australia's Diamonds have capped their first unbeaten year since 2002 with a 54-47 win over England in the second Test.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:15:05 +1100    READ MORE

Wave Hill traditional owners farewell Gough Whitlam

Gurindji people hold a traditional ceremony to farewell Gough Whitlam at the remote Northern Territory site of the historic Wave Hill hand back.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:15:05 +1100    READ MORE

Beale's Wallabies fate decided on Friday

Kurtley Beale's future in Australian rugby will become clearer on Friday as he faces a code-of-conduct hearing.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:32:59 +1100    READ MORE

Friends defend Sydney teen's decision to join IS

Friends of a Sydney teenager who has appeared in an Islamic State (IS) propaganda video have defended his decision to join the jihadist group.

In the video directed at Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which emerged on Tuesday, 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir said the terrorist group "will not stop fighting" until it controls "every single land".

The ABC can reveal Elmir was a student at Condell Park High School in Sydney's south-west and disappeared in June before travelling to Syria.

One friend said: "I swear, people get mad because we defend his legacy, he is still our mate and that's not changing anything."

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:31:52 +1100    READ MORE

Vietnam political blogger receives hero's welcome in US

Vietnam's most famous political blogger, Nguyen Van Hai, has received a hero's welcome in Los Angeles after being released from prison in Vietnam.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:08:07 +1100    READ MORE

Melbourne swimmer sets record for open water swimming

Chloe McCardel has set a record for open water swimming in the Bahamas, where she swam for 42 hours.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:53:42 +1100    READ MORE

Local market closes higher for seventh straight session

The Australian share market has closed higher for the seventh straight session, with all sectors making gains.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:52:12 +1100    READ MORE

Drug rehabilitation centre needed: Minister

There is a need for a drug rehabilitation facility in the South West because of the damage methamphetamine is having in the community, WA Mental Health Minister Helen Morton says.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:50:53 +1100    READ MORE

Debate rages over depth of Tasmania's ice problem

Tasmania's peak body for drug treatment denies the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, is increasing dramatically, despite one charity insisting there is an alarming rise and lawyers attributing most property crimes to the drug.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:44:39 +1100    READ MORE

Noyce made redundant as Sharks restructure leadership

Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce has been made redundant as part of move to restructure club's leadership.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:43:23 +1100    READ MORE

Harriet Wran's murder co-accused jailed for burglary

A man charged with the stabbing murder of a Sydney drug dealer was on bail for another offence at the time of the killing, a Sydney court has heard.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:29:47 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide Oval cake created for Crows fan's 50th birthday

An avid Crows football fan has taken his love of Adelaide Oval to a new level, getting a detailed cake of the recently redeveloped oval made for his 50th birthday celebration.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:23:38 +1100    READ MORE

Pilbara man pleads not guilty over dog dragged by ute

A 35-year-old Pilbara man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly dragging a dog behind a ute has pleaded not guilty in a Karratha court.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:22:22 +1100    READ MORE

Palmer’s wife fails to win PUP preselection

Federal MP Clive Palmer's wife, Anna, will not be the Palmer United Party candidate for the Gold Coast seat of Gaven after being overlooked for preselection.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:54 +1100    READ MORE

Government wants rooftop solar program to continue

The Federal Government wants the household solar panels and hot water scheme to continue and says it will start negotiating the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) with the Opposition.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:51:06 +1100    READ MORE

Malaysia confident MH370 will be found in Indian Ocean

Malaysia's defence minister says he is "99.9 per cent" sure missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be found in the southern Indian Ocean.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:49:06 +1100    READ MORE

Redbacks beat Tigers to record first win of domestic one-day cup

South Australia recorded its first win of the domestic one-day cup with a 37-run victory over Tasmania.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:44:15 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland beats WA by one run, Warriors still straight into final

Western Australia suffered a one-run defeat against Queensland but did enough make Sunday's domestic one-day cup final.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:39:32 +1100    READ MORE

Grass fire threatens homes in Melbourne's outer west

Fire crews have put out the first serious grass fire of the season which threatened homes in hot windy conditions at Hillside.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:34:11 +1100    READ MORE

Coalition weapons may have fallen into IS hands

Defence Force Chief Mark Binskin has confirmed weapons supplied by the US-led coalition may have fallen into the hands of Islamic State (IS) extremists.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:29:25 +1100    READ MORE

Suspects accused of Thailand tourist murders retract confessions

Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and claimed they were tortured, their lawyers say.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:26:08 +1100    READ MORE

Indonesian air force fighter jets intercept Australian plane

The Indonesian air force has used two of its new Russian built fighter jets to intercept an Australian plane that had violated its airspace.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:14:54 +1100    READ MORE

It's Time: 9 reasons Gough Whitlam's iconic 1972 political campaign worked

Two Labor strategists tell us why It's Time worked - and how it changed politics in Australia.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:04:02 +1100    READ MORE

Chinese firms vying for growth in dot-com sector

With more than half a billion mobile phone users in China, many tech companies are desperate to cash in on the country's lucrative smartphone market.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:02:30 +1100    READ MORE

Study looks into Great Barrier Reef turtle strandings

Marine experts at the Great Barrier Reef begin a major study to find out what caused a mass turtle stranding in 2012.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:53:46 +1100    READ MORE

Warneke's family shocked at manslaughter sentence

The family of manslaughter victim Josh Warneke has reacted with shock and anger to the seven and half year sentence handed down to his killer.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:46:17 +1100    READ MORE

Bennett stamping authority by letting Barba leave Broncos: Thaiday

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett appears set to "stamp his authority" on team by allowing Ben Barba to leave the club.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:37:49 +1100    READ MORE

FIFO suicide inquiry hears no roster 100 per cent safe

A WA parliamentary inquiry examining a spate of suicides among fly-in, fly-out workers has heard no roster for mining workers could be considered "100 per cent safe".

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:18:54 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide Hills burn-offs code still not finalised

A pre-winter bushfire emergency in the Adelaide Hills last year led to a new code of conduct being proposed for vegetation burn-offs, but it is yet to be written up.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:18:54 +1100    READ MORE

NT Parliament axes political donations inquiry

The NT Government has been accused of covering up alleged corrupt and illegal activities after it rescinded a motion that allowed for the creation of an inquiry into the last 20 years of political donations.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:17:27 +1100    READ MORE

Robots allow classrooms to attend virtual field trips

Two robots at the National Museum of Australia are allowing rural classrooms to hook up and interact with tours.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:58:26 +1100    READ MORE

Fact check: Health Minister misleading on Red Cross Ebola funding

Australian humanitarian agencies have called on the Federal Government to "immediately increase support" to contain the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Health Minister Peter Dutton has repeatedly said the Government has provided $18 million to NGOs like the Red Cross to support their Ebola response.

ABC Fact Check investigates.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:51:30 +1100    READ MORE

Defence probes incident between soldier and spy

The allegation that a solider threatened a female Australian spy with a handgun during a drinking session in Afghanistan in December is the subject of two Government investigations.

Scant details of the incident emerged recently in the annual report of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Dr Vivienne Thom.

The ABC confirmed the incident involved a trooper from Australia's elite Special Air Services regiment pulling a handgun on an ASIS agent. Both the soldier and the agent had been drinking and both were armed.

Appearing before a senate estimates hearing the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, confirmed for the first time that the incident involved a member of the Defence Force and was being investigated.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:50:29 +1100    READ MORE

Three Central Australian parks given Aboriginal names

Three of Central Australia's nature parks are being re-branded to reflect their traditional Aboriginal names.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:28:41 +1100    READ MORE

CCC inspector distressed at 'misinterpretation'

The man charged with overseeing the Corruption and Crime Commission says he never intended to imply the watchdog had deliberately thwarted a police investigation.  

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:26:16 +1100    READ MORE

Asbestos-related illness linked to factory in Melbourne

Victims and the families of those who were struck by asbestos-related illness, linked to a former factory in Melbourne's west, have spoken of their shock and anger at having been exposed to the deadly material.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:26:16 +1100    READ MORE

Former Matilda jailed for 'vicious' NYE stabbing

A former Australian women's soccer international player has been jailed for eight and a half years for the "vicious" stabbing of a friend on New Year's Eve.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:21:26 +1100    READ MORE

Serial killer book could have fuelled dismembering

A self-confessed killer has told the Supreme Court in Perth it is possible he got the idea to chop up his victim's body from a book about a mafia serial killer.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:18:28 +1100    READ MORE

Nervous Cup wait for Caravan despite Geelong win

Caravan Rolls On will still struggle to make the Melbourne Cup field despite his victory in the Geelong Cup on Wednesday.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:15:46 +1100    READ MORE

Younis ton leads Pakistan recovery against Australia on day one

A Younis Khan century helped Pakistan recover after a shaky start against Australia on the opening day of the first Test.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:15:46 +1100    READ MORE

Battle for Kobane: Before and after satellite images

Satellite photos show significant damage in the northern Syrian city of Kobane after weeks of intense fighting.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:55:13 +1100    READ MORE

Royals flushed as Giants win World Series opener

The Giants brought the Royals' perfect postseason to a shuddering end with an emphatic 7-1 win in the opening game of the World Series.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:59 +1100    READ MORE

Growing number of overweight children in Canberra

More than a quarter of children in the ACT are either overweight or obese and the problem is worsening, a new report warns.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:42:32 +1100    READ MORE

West Indies' tour walk out to impact on world cricket: Maxwell

Questions are being asked whether West Indian cricket can survive possible legal action following cancellation of its tour of India.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:37:15 +1100    READ MORE

ABS says budget cuts did not cause wonky jobs data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has rejected suggestions that funding cuts are to blame for the embarrassing distortions in its recent employment figures.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:23:25 +1100    READ MORE

Former Eagle Glass joins Crows' staff

Former West Coast captain Darren Glass has joined Adelaide's coaching panel.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:17:46 +1100    READ MORE

Two drivers to stand trial over pedestrian death

Two drivers charged over a pedestrian's death at Elizabeth South in northern Adelaide have been ordered to stand trial.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:05:51 +1100    READ MORE

Mine urged to act after lead found in fish

An independent environmental monitor says a NT zinc mine must act urgently to address environmental concerns including elevated levels of lead in fish.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:59:51 +1100    READ MORE

A timeline of the Ebola outbreak

From Guinea's forests to Sierra Leone's poverty-stricken capital, the current Ebola epidemic has had a devastating impact across West Africa in just months, with the potential to spread just as quickly right around the world.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:46 +1100    READ MORE

Five uncapped players in Wallabies squad

Sean McMahon and Tetera Faulkner are bolters among five uncapped players named in the 33-man Wallabies squad to tour Europe.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:47:09 +1100    READ MORE

Indonesian woman 'arranged husband's murder'

The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch in Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police say.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:06 +1100    READ MORE

Scientist hope to mimic future in Antarctic waters

Scientists are preparing to dive into Antarctic waters in an effort to mimic predicted future ocean conditions and study the effects of acidification.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:12:52 +1100    READ MORE

Black Hawks take to Brisbane skies ahead of G20

ABC photo editor Giulio Saggin recounts his flight in a Black Hawk ahead of the G20 in Brisbane.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:11:25 +1100    READ MORE

Levi Greenwood wants to pay back Magpies after AFL move

New Collingwood recruit Levi Greenwood wants to repay the Magpies on the field for his four-year deal.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:06:58 +1100    READ MORE

Ebola: Deployment to Asia-Pacific could take two weeks

The nation's Chief Medical Officer says it would be two weeks before an Australian emergency medical team could respond to an Ebola outbreak in the Asia-Pacific.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:57:33 +1100    READ MORE

Melbourne City confirms Villa departing after round four

Melbourne City coach John van `t Schip is confident star guest signing David Villa will return to the A-League after a break from the club.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:53:15 +1100    READ MORE

Alleged bikies 'tried to force way into prison'

Two alleged bikies accused of threatening a prison officer and trying to force their way into a Queensland prison to see an inmate have been extradited to the Gold Coast.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:50:48 +1100    READ MORE

Police crack down on trucks after Sydney smash

NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Service have launched a two day crackdown on truck compliance in the wake of a horrific truck crash on Sydney's northern beaches yesterday.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:39:40 +1100    READ MORE

Darwin's historic Victoria Hotel closes its doors

It survived three major cyclones and a Japanese bombing raid, but being buried under a pile of debt has finally seen Darwin's iconic Victoria Hotel close its doors.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:36:49 +1100    READ MORE

Fishermen rescued from croc-infested waters

Two men have been rescued from lurking crocodiles after their boat sank in waters off the NT coast.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:33:06 +1100    READ MORE

Military should help tackle Ebola: crisis expert

A world crisis expert says Australia's military should be involved in tackling the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:32:03 +1100    READ MORE

Wilkie wants probe of Govt's asylum seeker 'crimes'

Federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate whether the Abbott Government has committed crimes against asylum seekers.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:57:48 +1100    READ MORE

Rosie Batty 'traumatised' by court system dealings

Rosie Batty, the mother of murdered Victorian schoolboy Luke Batty, has told an inquest that she was traumatised by her experience with the court system.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:53:40 +1100    READ MORE

Nephew charged with 1999 Brisbane murder

The nephew of missing Brisbane man Gerhard Wagner has faced court charged with murdering his uncle in 1999.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:50:27 +1100    READ MORE

Ice addict jailed over fatal shooting

A drug addict who shot and killed a burglar in Melbourne's west while he was high on ice has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:40:41 +1100    READ MORE

Liberal MPs cross floor on gun fee hike

Two West Australian Liberal MPs have broken ranks with the Government to vote for a motion attempting to stop gun licence fee increases.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:35:34 +1100    READ MORE

Special forces soldier pulled gun on female spy as threat

The Australian special forces soldier who pulled a handgun on a female spy last year in Afghanistan apparently intended it as a threat.

The ABC reported this week that the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Dr Vivienne Thom, had reopened an inquiry into the use of weapons by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) in the wake of an "incident overseas".

Several versions of the incident are circulating in the defence and intelligence communities, but it appears the trooper was brandishing the weapon as a threat, not a prank.

The trooper was part of a defence support team, assigned to protect ASIS agents when they were working in high-threat environments.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:27:27 +1100    READ MORE

Janet Albrechtsen talks pop culture, fears, and guilty pleasures

In this week's Anything But for The Brief, lawyer turned columnist Janet Albrechtsen ponders public figures and pop culture.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:22:24 +1100    READ MORE

Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies aged 93

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 93.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:05:18 +1100    READ MORE

Children's home resident broke arm 'to escape abuse'

A child abuse victim says she deliberately broke her arm to avoid her attacker at the Bethcar Children's Home in New South Wales.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:52:45 +1100    READ MORE

Police union wants firearms training following shooting

Firearm training for police officers should be a monthly requirement rather than yearly after a serious shooting in Brisbane yesterday, the police union says.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:12 +1100    READ MORE

IS video showing 17yo Australian boy 'chilling'

Federal MPs have described an Islamic State (IS) video featuring an Australian teenager as "chilling" and "horrible".

In the propaganda video, which emerged yesterday, 17-year-old Australian Abdullah Elmir tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.

Muslim groups in Australia have condemned the video and are worried it will increase community tensions in Australia.

Coalition frontbencher Josh Frydenberg, who is Mr Abbott's parliamentary secretary, said the video warning showed why the Government must act.

"That video is chilling and it's a reminder of the threat we face by radicalised young people," he said.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:12 +1100    READ MORE

Pistorius now one of 7,000 inmates at Pretoria prison

Oscar Pistorius's fall from grace as an international star athlete was complete as he was driven through the gates of a drab Pretoria prison to begin serving a five-year jail sentence.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:40:56 +1100    READ MORE

Labor accuses Greens of 'grave robbing' Whitlam

Opposition MPs have accused the Greens of "grave robbing" after the minor party placed its logo on top of images of former Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:39:39 +1100    READ MORE

Carbon tax repeal eases consumer price rises

Official figures show consumer prices increased by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter, with a carbon tax repeal related fall in energy costs offsetting other rises.

It is the first quarter since 1999 that electricity prices have fallen in the ABS index.

However, that fall in energy costs was more than offset by a surge in fruit prices, a rise in the cost of buying new dwellings, and a seasonal jump in property rates and charges.

Overall, consumer prices rose 0.5 per cent in the quarter and 2.3 per cent for the year to the end of September, down from the annual inflation rate of 3 per cent recorded in June.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:37:34 +1100    READ MORE

Driver jailed over crash that killed unborn baby in Dapto

A driver has been sentenced to at least six years in prison for a crash south of Wollongong that injured a heavily pregnant woman, causing her to lose the baby and her chance of ever becoming a mother naturally.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:32:03 +1100    READ MORE

'Integrity Commission will continue', Tas A-G says

Tasmania's Attorney-General says she does not want to abolish the Integrity Commission, despite a plan to strip it of powers.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:07 +1100    READ MORE

Australia a paradise for corporate crooks says regulator

The head of Australia's corporate regulator says Australia is "a paradise for white collar crime".

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:24:26 +1100    READ MORE

Islam convert who killed soldier plagued by personal woes

A Canadian convert to Islam shot dead by police in Quebec after running over and killing a soldier with his car was in the midst of a child custody case and business woes.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:19:59 +1100    READ MORE

Cheika unveiled as new Wallabies coach

Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Wallabies head coach in the wake of Ewen McKenzie's resignation.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:06:13 +1100    READ MORE

Mother at centre of fatal child neglect case dies

A Melbourne mother who was due to face court today over the death of her son in her squalid home has died in hospital.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:50:55 +1100    READ MORE

Brisbane's Beams to clash with Collingwood in round one in 2015

Brisbane's prized recruit Dayne Beams will take on his former Collingwood team-mates in the first round of the 2015 AFL competition.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:32:34 +1100    READ MORE

Man escapes injury during drive-by shooting

A man narrowly avoided injury when shots were fired at his car in Adelaide's west last night.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:31:00 +1100    READ MORE

Legal Aid WA warns of funding shortfall

The agency that provides legal advice and representation to financially disadvantaged people in Western Australia has warned it is struggling to cope with demand for its services amid what it says is a shortfall in funding.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:26:33 +1100    READ MORE

BHP posts increase in iron ore output

BHP Billiton has produced a record amount of iron ore in the September quarter in the face of steep price falls.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:17:48 +1100    READ MORE

Whitlam the father of China-Australia relations: Beijing

Former prime minister Gough Whitlam has been described overnight in Beijing as "the father of China-Australia relations".

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:13:38 +1100    READ MORE

Seven injured after 4WD reverses into cafe

Seven people have been injured after a car crashed into a cafe at Neutral Bay on Sydney's north shore.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:13:38 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide man found guilty of murdering his partner

An Adelaide man has been found guilty of murdering his partner during a brutal attack at Aldinga Beach in May last year.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:04:26 +1100    READ MORE

Chinese activist Chen Ziming dies aged 62

Described as a 'black hand' behind the Tiananmen Square protests, Chen Ziming was a constant critic of Beijing despite jail and house arrest.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:50:07 +1100    READ MORE

Inflation expected to fall on carbon tax removal

The annual rate of inflation is expected to have fallen sharply in official figures to be released today, because of the repeal of the carbon tax.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:27:03 +1100    READ MORE

Sweden investigates new reports of 'foreign underwater' activity

Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, a senior naval officer says.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:15:27 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St surges on earnings and bond speculation

Wall Street rallied on the back of strong earnings figures and speculation the European Central Bank is buying bonds.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:01:12 +1100    READ MORE

West Indies cricket board meet for crisis talks after India legal threat

The West Indies Cricket Board is holding a crisis meeting to decide how to respond from threats of legal action from the BCCI.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:01:12 +1100    READ MORE

Kimberley rare earths mine gets approval

A proposal for a rare earths mine in the remote Kimberley has been given the final environmental approval it needs to proceed to a construction phase.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:49:32 +1100    READ MORE

SA man superimposed face of child on adult porn images

A South Australian man has avoided being sent to jail for altering pornography by superimposing the face of a child onto images of an adult body.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:48:22 +1100    READ MORE

Wozniacki overcomes Sharapova in marathon WTA Finals opener

Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova's bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming the Russian in their marathon WTA Finals opener.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:41:32 +1100    READ MORE

Man with completely severed spinal cord walks again

A man with a completely severed spinal cord has walked again with the help of some cells from his nose.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:27:28 +1100    READ MORE

Bayern, Chelsea dominate as Manchester City struggles in Champions League

Bayern Munich and Chelsea excelled in Champions League action, but Manchester City continued to struggle.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:16 +1100    READ MORE

Body of missing 67yo man found in Adelaide

Police have found the body of missing Adelaide man William Ordway, but say his death is not suspicious.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:19:07 +1100    READ MORE

Date set for appeal of jailed journalist Peter Greste

An Egyptian court has set January 1 as the appeal date for Australian journalist Peter Greste and two of his Al Jazeera colleagues, jailed in the country since December 2013.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:55:26 +1100    READ MORE

Telstra move to raise network access charges 'ludicrous'

Competitors have criticised Telstra's bid to increase costs associated with wholesale access to its network, saying the move will drive up broadband bills, reduce competition and discourage investment.

Telstra has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for permission to raise wholesale access charges by 7.2 per cent, partly because it is losing money as customers switch to the NBN.

Optus spokesman David Epstein said the proposal meant consumers would be hit with bigger bills and any rise in the wholesale price would be unfair for competitors.

The move would affect almost every Australian with a phone line or an internet connection, because Telstra owns most of the copper phone lines that other telcos depend on to service their customers.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:37:03 +1100    READ MORE

Arnold fury over 10-man Sydney FC loss

Coach Graham Arnold is furious about referee Ben Williams' performance in Sydney FC's FFA Cup loss to Adelaide.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:18:56 +1100    READ MORE

Babies found dead in storage locker

The bodies of up to four babies have been discovered in a storage locker in the western Canadian city of Winnipeg.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:16:48 +1100    READ MORE

Two men charged with murder of Sydney pig farmer

Two men have been arrested over the murder of Sydney pig farmer Keith Cini who died after a home invasion at Badgerys Creek in Sydney's west.

Mr Cini, 69, and his wife Julie, were attacked in their home on Elizabeth Drive in May. Mrs Cini called police but her husband had died by the time police arrived.

At the time police described the attack as 'brutal' and said they were looking for up to three men armed with weapons including clubs.

A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old man will face court today charged with murder, attempted murder and break, enter and steal.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:32 +1100    READ MORE

Climate Change Authority reviewing its Renewable Energy Target

The Climate Change Authority is proceeding with its own Renewable Energy Target review, just months after the Government commissioned its own analysis of the RET.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:12:57 +1100    READ MORE

Spain's Tommy Robredo ousts fifth seed John Isner in Valencia

Spanish tennis player Tommy Robredo has knocked American fifth seed John Isner out of the Valencia Open.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:41:06 +1100    READ MORE

Tas firefighters join union pay freeze campaign

Tasmania's firefighters joined teachers and nurses to call on the Treasurer to keep his election promise to bolster the front line.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:41:06 +1100    READ MORE

ACT warned current health spending 'unsustainable'

The ACT Government is being warned to curb its health expenditure and streamline services because the current rate of spending growth is "unsustainable".

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:35:51 +1100    READ MORE

N Korea frees US tourist arrested for leaving Bible

Pyongyang releases American tourist Jeffrey Fowle as United States calls for Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller also to be freed.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:31:18 +1100    READ MORE

Kinders to close in Victorian industrial action

About 60 childcare centres are closing today as Victorian pre-school teachers take part in a 24-hour strike after negotiations over pay and conditions stalled.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:27:06 +1100    READ MORE

Spanish nurse cured of Ebola, doctors confirm

A Spanish nurse in Madrid has been given the all clear after being infected with Ebola.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:25:44 +1100    READ MORE

Nepal pledges trekking reform after snowstorm deaths

Nepal's government has pledged greater reforms of the trekking industry as the search continues for survivors following last week's snowstorm.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:23:31 +1100    READ MORE

Canadian soldier killed in suspected terrorist attack

A Canadian man killed by police after running over two soldiers in Quebec "had become radicalised", the government says, after the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

published: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:38:10 +1100    READ MORE

Police warn of asbestos risk after Katherine house fire

Northern Territory police suspect youths may have started a fire that gutted a heritage-listed building in Katherine.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:50:10 +1100    READ MORE

United into FFA Cup semis after controversial 3-1 win over Sydney FC

Adelaide United are into the semi-finals of the inaugural FFA Cup after beating 10-man Sydney FC 3-1 after extra time.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:14:52 +1100    READ MORE

Local council motion passed to stop MPs crossing floor

The West Australian Government has passed a Labor motion on local council mergers to prevent its MPs crossing the floor.

The push to halve the number of Perth councils has been contentious, with several Liberal and Nationals MPs speaking out against the plan.

The Government was set to announce new metropolitan council boundaries this week, prompting the Opposition to move a motion in Parliament calling for a guarantee the amalgamations would not be forced.

But Labor's motion was passed without a formal vote, a move which prevented Government MPs from crossing the floor to support the Opposition.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:12:34 +1100    READ MORE

Eating more fruit and veg makes you happy: study

Eating large amounts of fruit and vegetables can make you happier, Queensland research finds.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:05:18 +1100    READ MORE

HK leader indicates 'more democratic' 2017 poll

The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 election could be made "more democratic", the territory's chief executive Leung Chun-ying says.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:04:03 +1100    READ MORE

No breakthrough in Hong Kong protest talks

The first talks aimed at ending the rallies that have paralysed Hong Kong's streets have ended with neither the government nor student protest leaders giving in.

Thousands of people jammed Hong Kong streets to watch the two-hour session which was beamed live onto screens set up in the main protest sites.

Demonstrators have blocked some of the city's streets for more than three weeks because they want fully free elections.

Officials rejected the students key demand but said they would write a report to the central government in Beijing that would include the people's opinion.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:04:03 +1100    READ MORE

Australia may take two spinners into first Pakistan Test: Clarke

Michael Clarke says Australia may take two spinners into first Test against Pakistan as slow pitch awaits.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:58:02 +1100    READ MORE

China executed 2,400 people last year: rights group

China is the world's top executioner, a US-based rights group says, putting 2,400 people to death last year.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:45:45 +1100    READ MORE

Professor takes website to court over racist emails

The Sydney University professor suspended over racist emails has taken legal action against the website that published them.

The Federal Court has ordered online news site New Matilda not to publish further details about Barry Spurr's leaked emails, which referred to Prime Minister Tony Abbott as an "Abo-lover" and made references to "Mussies" and "Chinky-poos".

Professor Spurr, who was also a consultant to the Federal Government's national English curriculum review, was widely criticised over the emails after New Matilda published extracts last week.

Lawyers for Professor Spurr argued the publication of the emails breached the Privacy Act, and the court granted an injunction preventing publication of any more details before another court hearing on Thursday.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:27:32 +1100    READ MORE

Regional leaders hail 'pioneer' Gough Whitlam

The passing of former prime minister Gough Whitlam is not just a day of mourning for Australia, but also for a region shaped by his expansive policies of outreach to Asia and the Pacific, regional leaders say.

Mr Whitlam has been remembered as a visionary and a giant of Australian politics following his death on Tuesday at age 98.

Mr Whitlam's diplomacy heralded new beginnings for China and Papua New Guinea, both now major regional economies.

"As the pioneer in establishing diplomatic relationships with China, Mr Whitlam ushered in a new era of China-Australia ties," the Chinese embassy said.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:03:15 +1100    READ MORE

Princess Anne praises Queensland farmers at conference

The Queens daughter Princess Anne has paid tribute to Queensland on the first day of her visit to Brisbane.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:09 +1100    READ MORE

Child hospitalised after being hit by taxi in Sydney

A child has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a taxi on Victoria Road at Drummoyne in Sydney's inner west.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:52:55 +1100    READ MORE

O'Connor not guilty of murdering estranged partner's ex

A man accused of killing his estranged partner's ex-boyfriend in the Blue Mountains has been cleared of all charges.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:48:17 +1100    READ MORE

Man found dead in plastic with throat slashed in Bali

A man who was found dead tied up in a plastic bag in a Bali has been identified as English, not Australian as police had said earlier.

A farmer in Bali's Badung region found the man's body in the bag, along with a foam mattress.

A forensics doctor at Bali's Sanglah Hospital, Ida Bagus Putu Alit, said there were three cuts to the man's neck, one of which severed a vein and killed him.

Police spoke to the man's Indonesian wife and identified him as Australian, but the Badung Regency Police Chief has retracted that, saying he is English.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:44:42 +1100    READ MORE

Medical chiefs to review Australia's Ebola guidelines

Australia's chief medical officers will meet in Sydney on Thursday to discuss the safety of the nation's health workers after authorities in the United States upgraded the initial guidelines for workers exposed to Ebola.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:41:18 +1100    READ MORE

Growth in Chinese GDP drives local currency higher

Slightly better-than-expected economic growth for China has helped drive the Australian dollar higher, but local shares have taken a pause from their recent gains.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:15 +1100    READ MORE

Soldier's family upset by online backlash from inquest

The family of an Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan has expressed support for the soldier's superior officer who was last week subject to harsh questioning at a Brisbane inquest.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:25:30 +1100    READ MORE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years' jail

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double amputee shot and killed Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he mistook her for an intruder before he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door.

A Pretoria court last month found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter, after a lengthy and widely publicised trial.

Pistorius will serve a maximum five years behind bars. He will also serve three years, wholly suspended, on a separate conviction related to negligent use of a firearm.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:20:02 +1100    READ MORE

Student accused of luring teen via Facebook enters pleas

A man accused of luring a teenager for sex via a fake Facebook profile pleads not guilty to charges of stalking and rape.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:06:01 +1100    READ MORE

WA police followed car before fatal crash, inquest hears

An inquest into the deaths of two men who crashed a car into a tree near Carrabin in WA's Wheatbelt in 2011 is told they were driving a stolen vehicle and being followed by police.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:28 +1100    READ MORE

Gough Whitlam: 'Comrades' share their memories

Here's what Australia's federal MPs had to say about Labor PM Gough Whitlam, who died this morning at the age of 98.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:23:01 +1100    READ MORE

Bowman free to ride in Melbourne Cup after winning appeal

Jockey Hugh Bowman is free to ride in the Melbourne Cup after successfully appealing the severity of an improper riding charge.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:19:42 +1100    READ MORE

Five to debut for Kangaroos against New Zealand

Five rookies are set to make their Test debuts for the Kangaroos in Saturday's Four Nations opener against New Zealand.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:19:42 +1100    READ MORE

Oil company CEO killed as plane hits snow plough

The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, has died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on take-off.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:11:41 +1100    READ MORE

Ombudsmen criticises handling of assault claims

South Australia's Ombudsman has criticised the Education Department over its handling of sexual assault allegations at a high school in Adelaide's south.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:11:41 +1100    READ MORE

South Korea struggling to pass Australia free trade bills

A proposed free trade agreement with Australia is languishing in South Korea's parliament as domestic issues take precedence.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:10:39 +1100    READ MORE

Law library closure 'would affect access to justice'

The Law Society says the closure of the state's Law Library service would affect access to justice for many people in the state.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:50:02 +1100    READ MORE

WA officer fined for accessing restricted police computer

A senior constable has been fined $5,000 for repeatedly using a restricted police computer to obtain information about a fatal car crash involving his stepdaughter. 

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:43:23 +1100    READ MORE

67yo man remains missing in Adelaide heat spell

Crews searching for a 67-year-old man reported missing north of Adelaide yesterday hold concerns for his wellbeing due to high temperatures and dangerous terrain.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:34:57 +1100    READ MORE

De Villiers leads South Africa to ODI win over New Zealand

AB de Villiers anchored South Africa to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first game of their three match one-day series

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:28:45 +1100    READ MORE

Body of missing man found in Brisbane River

Search crews have found the body of 21-year-old man who went missing when trying to retrieve a ball from the Brisbane River at the weekend.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:25:39 +1100    READ MORE

Goldfields community mourns mother, kids killed in crash

The pastor of a woman killed in a horrific crash which also claimed the lives of three of her children says the community is still trying to come to terms with their deaths.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:23:09 +1100    READ MORE

Man 'scared' before shooting Cookson in East Perth

Perth man Aaron Carlino tells a court why he shot drug dealer Stephen Cookson as he slept and then cut his body into pieces and dumped them at sea.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:11:26 +1100    READ MORE

Barnett faces pressure to keep Indonesia trade office

Premier Colin Barnett is under increasing pressure from within his own ranks to keep WA's trade office in Indonesia open.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:25:47 +1100    READ MORE

Sri Lanka to hold elections in January, two years earlier than planned

Sri Lankans will head to the polls two years earlier than planned, with the president Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to run for a third term.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:59 +1100    READ MORE

Man with rare cancer gets 3D printed heel

A 71-year-old with a rare form of cancer is back on his feet after receiving a titanium heel prosthesis that was built with a 3D printer.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:13:21 +1100    READ MORE

Bulldogs' Boyd warns development will take time

New Bulldogs' star recruit Tom Boyd says he wants to have the best 2015 he can, but won't make predictions about his performance.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:06:23 +1100    READ MORE

Australian dollar rises as China GDP beats expectations

The Chinese economy has exceeded forecasts with its gross domestic product growing by 7.3 per cent in the third quarter.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:03:25 +1100    READ MORE

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, famous for the classic lines of his formal wear, has died aged 82.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:01:52 +1100    READ MORE

New Qld hospitals cost $2.2b more than promised

Queensland's auditor-general has uncovered a multi-billion dollar debacle in the planning and delivery of three new hospitals. 

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:44:11 +1100    READ MORE

Man faces court over 2012 Sydney shooting death

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of father-of-four Ali Eid in Sydney two years ago.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:29:00 +1100    READ MORE

Whitlam lauded as visionary and 'giant' by senior politicians

Gough Whitlam has been lauded as a visionary and a "giant" by senior politicians from both major parties, as federal MPs devote the sitting day to paying tribute to the former Labor prime minister.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:24:40 +1100    READ MORE

No plans for South Coast Sydney rail tunnel

Both Labor and the Liberal Party have put any plans to build a new rail tunnel on the south coast line north of Thirroul on hold.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:28 +1100    READ MORE

Nissan aims to build on Bathurst success in V8s

Nissan's V8 Supercars team wants to build on its strong finish at Bathurst in this weekend's Gold Coast 600.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:04:43 +1100    READ MORE

NT firefighters renew call for compensation scheme

Firefighters have called on the Northern Territory Government to follow South Australia's lead and extend a planned cancer compensation scheme to cover volunteer fireys.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:56:37 +1100    READ MORE

Australian teen threatens Abbott in Islamic State video

A 17-year-old Australian fighting with Islamic State has appeared in a propaganda video in which he tells Prime Minister Tony Abbott the terrorist group will never stop fighting.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:56:37 +1100    READ MORE

Bail revoked over 'bizarre' horse slaughter

A builder who used a butcher's knife to kill six miniature horses in South Australia as revenge on clients who owed him money has had his bail revoked.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:52:15 +1100    READ MORE

Gough Whitlam a 'champion of land rights'

Indigenous leaders in the Northern Territory have paid tribute to Gough Whitlam, describing him as a champion of land rights.

In 1975 Mr Whitlam, who died on Tuesday aged 98, handed the Wave Hill cattle station, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, back to traditional owners.

During the ceremony, Mr Whitlam famously poured soil into the hands of Gurindji activist leader, the late Vincent Lingiari.

Mr Lingiari's grandson Maurie Japarta Ryan said that moment marked a seminal point in Indigenous land rights.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:34:04 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian Government urged to take action over ice

The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to take urgent action over reports of skyrocketing use of methamphetamine in the state.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:35 +1100    READ MORE

Rural fast-food addicts risk health for a burger

Health experts are warning remote communities of the dangers of transporting and consuming fast food to those in Western Australia desperate for a cheeseburger.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:19:30 +1100    READ MORE

Whitlam's words and wisdom: 11 memorable quotes

Gough Whitlam was a "giant of his time" and always colourful. Check out 11 of his most memorable quotes about politics and life.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:47:03 +1100    READ MORE

Gough Whitlam's life in pictures

Look back at photos from the life of former prime minister Gough Whitlam.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:44:28 +1100    READ MORE

From Gough Whitlam's desk: Letters of note

From the letter of dismissal to handwritten notes from the public, take a look at documents of note that passed across Gough Whitlam's desk.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:40:06 +1100    READ MORE

Police told Rosie Batty they could not protect her: inquest

Victorian police told Rosie Batty that if her former partner tried to kill her or their son Luke they would not be there in time to protect them, she has told an inquest.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:30:51 +1100    READ MORE

AFP to target corrupt Chinese officials in Australia

Corrupt Chinese officials who fled to Australia with an estimated $1 billion in bribes and embezzled money are about to be targeted by an unprecedented joint China-Australia police operation.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:25:19 +1100    READ MORE

Watson fit and ready for lengthy summer

After a five-month layoff with a calf injury, Shane Watson says he is fit and firing ahead of a massive summer of cricket.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:20:18 +1100    READ MORE

Activists charged with trespassing at Minerals Council

Ten climate change activists have charged with trespassing after occupying the offices at the Minerals Council of Australia in Canberra today.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:13:24 +1100    READ MORE

Mother holding baby 'tried to slow down police pursuit'

A mother holding her baby stepped onto the road to slow down a pursuit in suburban Perth, police say.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:58:48 +1100    READ MORE

Arrests after ice raids in Goulburn, Sydney

Twelve people have been arrested in New South Wales accused of producing and supplying the drug known as ice.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:58:48 +1100    READ MORE

Reserve Bank remains committed to rate stability, watching home loans

The Reserve Bank minutes have continued its commitment to steady rates, and show it is watching home lending closely.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:53:07 +1100    READ MORE

Speaker defends decision to separate SA by-elections

South Australian parliamentary Speaker Michael Atkinson says he stands by his decision not to hold by-elections for two state electorates on the same day in December.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:34 +1100    READ MORE

Gough Whitlam: Watch video moments from the former prime minister's extraordinary life and career

Many of the defining moments of Gough Whitlam's prime ministership were captured on film - from his extraordinary dismissal by the governor-general to the 'It's Time' campaign that was instrumental in catapulting him into the lodge. Here are some key moments.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:34:28 +1100    READ MORE

Woman gets stuck in chimney as online date goes bad

A woman was rescued from a chimney after she became stuck while allegedly breaking into the home of a man she met online, US media reports say.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:14:15 +1100    READ MORE

Whitlam, sand and a new beginning

In August 1975 Gough Whitlam visited a remote area of the Northern Territory for the landmark transfer of pastoral lease to the Gurindji People. Thea Hayes witnessed the historic event and recounts it here.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:11:47 +1100    READ MORE

Australians take to social media to pay tribute to Gough Whitlam

As the nation mourns the loss of Gough Whitlam, tributes for the late prime minister are flowing on social media.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:09:56 +1100    READ MORE

Cox Plate favourite Fawkner receives 'perfect' draw

Cox Plate favourite Fawkner has drawn what owner Lloyd Williams described as the "perfect" gate for Saturday's $3 million race at Moonee Valley.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:07:21 +1100    READ MORE

Medibank Private sale: experts examine whether it is a value investment

The Medibank Private float has attracted more than 750,000 pre-registrations, but is it good value for investors?

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:40:14 +1100    READ MORE

Rozelle blast store owner remains in custody

A man accused of deliberately setting his inner-western Sydney convenience store on fire, killing three people, remains in custody after a brief court mention.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:34:07 +1100    READ MORE

Sweden extends search for mystery 'Russian' sub

Three sightings of a mystery vessel near the Swedish capital spark a strong response from the nation's navy and its people who remember similar scenes during the Cold War.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:16:49 +1100    READ MORE

Fittipaldi in high-level investigation panel for Bianchi crash

Former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi is on a panel investigating the crash that left Jules Bianchi fighting for his life.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:57:54 +1100    READ MORE

Man 'towing mower' shot in head by police

A man is in a critical condition after being shot in the head and arms by police investigating a theft of a trailer and mower in Brisbane's south-east.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:57:54 +1100    READ MORE

Balibo Five probe dropped due to 'insufficient evidence'

The Australian Federal Police has abandoned an investigation into the killing of five Australian newsmen in East Timor in 1975.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:54:43 +1100    READ MORE

RBWH head departs without notice

The head of Queensland's largest hospital has abruptly left without explanation after less than two years in the job.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:23:20 +1100    READ MORE

Defensive effort a concern for Kangaroos

Robbie Farah says defence, not pride in the Australian jersey, is the Kangaroos' major concern ahead of the Four Nations.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:08 +1100    READ MORE

Wall St rises as Apple rally offsets IBM slump

Wall Street managed to close higher as a rally in Apple shares overcame a steep decline in IBM's stock.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:45:39 +1100    READ MORE

Paltrow and Blumenthal among guests to visit Tas

American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal are expected to be high profile guests at a tourism event in Hobart next month.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:32:44 +1100    READ MORE

Tributes flow for 'giant' Gough Whitlam

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has been remembered as a visionary and a giant of federal politics by figures across the political spectrum.

Mr Whitlam died on Tuesday morning at the age of 98.

He led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975 before his ousting by governor-general Sir John Kerr, in the infamous dismissal episode.

Despite being in power for only three turbulent years, Mr Whitlam launched sweeping reforms of the nation's economic and cultural affairs, cementing his place as one of Australia's most revered leaders.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:32:44 +1100    READ MORE

Australia 'richer' for Gough Whitlam's life

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has been remembered as a visionary and a giant of federal politics by figures across the political spectrum.

Mr Whitlam led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975 before his ousting by governor-general Sir John Kerr in the infamous dismissal episode.

Despite being in power for only three turbulent years, Mr Whitlam launched sweeping reforms of the nation's economic and cultural affairs, cementing his place as one of Australia's most revered leaders.

He stopped conscription, introduced free university education, recognised communist China, pulled troops from Vietnam, abolished the death penalty for federal crimes and reduced the voting age to 18.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:11:43 +1100    READ MORE

Mental health bed delays 'more frequent'

Delays for patients waiting for a mental health bed at Royal Adelaide Hospital's emergency department are becoming more frequent, a mental health advocate says.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:05:41 +1100    READ MORE

Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government says.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:04:17 +1100    READ MORE

Daley Blind rescues a point for lacklustre United

Daley Blind's late second half strike helped Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:59:21 +1100    READ MORE

Fanning's world title hopes alive after victory in Portugal

Surfing world champion Mick Fanning won the Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal to remain in the running for the 2014 title.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:53:00 +1100    READ MORE

Pistorius to be sentenced over girlfriend's death

Oscar Pistorius's brother and sister give a string of television interviews ahead of his sentencing for culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:34:36 +1100    READ MORE

Nadal overcomes appendix issues at Swiss Indoors

An ongoing appendix problem did not affect Rafael Nadal as he breezed to his first victory at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:33:01 +1100    READ MORE

Two police officers rescued after crash in Sydney

Two police officers trapped in their cars have been freed after a delivery truck slammed into several vehicles at Dee Why on Sydney's northern beaches.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:12:51 +1100    READ MORE

Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins at WTA Finals

Serena Williams opened the WTA Finals with victory over Ana Ivanovic, before Simona Halep took down Eugenie Bouchard.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:09:23 +1100    READ MORE

Let's talk, Indonesia's Jokowi tells Australia

Indonesia's seventh president since independence, Joko Widodo, has held talks with Tony Abbott, stressing to the Australian Prime Minister the importance of communication.

Mr Abbott held a brief meeting with Mr Widodo at his inauguration on Monday night, but the new president also accommodated what the palace described as a "courtesy call".

Relations between Australia and Indonesia became strained last November after Mr Abbott initially refused to respond to Indonesia's concerns over spying revelations.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:33:27 +1100    READ MORE

Canberrans reject revamp of Nightrider bus service

Canberrans have rejected a proposed revamp of the Nightrider bus service, which operates from the city during the festive season.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:28:24 +1100    READ MORE

Public transport key issue for Yan Yean and Eltham

Voters in the electorate of Yan Yean are set to vote on public transport, after lobbying for improvements for several years.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:26:35 +1100    READ MORE

HK protesters ordered to leave camps ahead of talks

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been ordered by the high court to leave their protest camps ahead of today's planned talks.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:16:40 +1100    READ MORE

Bureaucrat's neighbour paid $30k for Parliament photos

Federal Parliament's chief bureaucrat Carol Mills has revealed her own department paid one of her neighbours $30,000 to take photos.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:16:59 +1100    READ MORE

People smuggler operations will ramp up again: Campbell

The military head of the Government's border protection operation has warned people smugglers will be patient before trying to ramp up their operations again.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:07:25 +1100    READ MORE

ASIO reveals Australia faces risk from foreign hackers

Australia faces an increased risk from foreign governments trying to steal electronic information, the nation's domestic spy agency has revealed.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:59:14 +1100    READ MORE

Soldier pulled gun on spy while pair were drinking: report

A special forces soldier pulled a handgun on an Australian spy during a drinking session in Afghanistan in December last year, an intelligence report shows.

A heavily redacted version of the incident was included in the recently released annual report of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Dr Vivienne Thom.

It involved "an allegedly inappropriate action by an officer of another Australian Government agency towards an [Australian Secret Intelligence Service] officer," the report said.

It is not known if the incident was a prank, or intended as a threat, but it appears the pair had been drinking together.

published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:32 +1100    READ MORE

Will and Kate confirm second baby due in April

Prince William and his wife Kate have announced their second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:27:28 +1100    READ MORE

LNP delegates reject Rowan as Flegg's replacement

Disendorsed LNP Member for Moggill Bruce Flegg has been given another chance to contest his seat for the party at the next election.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:12:47 +1100    READ MORE

Rare venomous sea krait found in Darwin

A snake catcher called out at two in the morning found a rare and highly venomous sea krait hundreds of miles from its known habitat.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:38:43 +1100    READ MORE

WA's first female governor sworn in at ceremony

Kerry Sanderson has been sworn in as Western Australia's first female governor in an official ceremony at Government House.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:25:37 +1100    READ MORE

Journalist at Ebola epicentre says more help is needed

An American journalist working at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak says more help needs to be provided to halt the outbreak of the deadly virus.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:19:29 +1100    READ MORE

Brisbane WWI exhibit pays tribute to medical staff

A new World War I museum in Brisbane is paying tribute to the doctors, nurses and orderlies who served on the battlefront from 1914 to 1918.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:05:37 +1100    READ MORE

UTAS student housing proposal hits council deadlock

A committee considering a UTAS student housing development in the CBD has been unable to reach a decision.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:56:46 +1100    READ MORE

WHO declares Ebola 'defeated' in Nigeria

Nigeria has been declared free of Ebola after a 42-day period without a reported case of the deadly virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:41:54 +1100    READ MORE

Turkey letting Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Turkey is assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross its borders to join Syrian Kurdish forces defending the town of Kobane against Islamic State (IS) militants.

"We have no wish at all to see Kobane fall" to the jihadists, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.

The announcement represents a major switch by Turkey, which has waged a 30-year conflict with fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), whose battle for self rule has left 40,000 dead.

Kurdish forces, meanwhile, say arms drops carried out by the United States will not be enough to defeat the Islamist group.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:40:53 +1100    READ MORE

Jin aims to claim back-to-back Perth Invitational victories

Reigning Perth International champion Jin Jeong is back at Lake Karrinyup ready to defend his title amid a talented field.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:28:47 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania crushes New South Wales in domestic one-day cup

Tasmania cruised to domestic one-day victory against New South Wales, but fell short of staying alive in the competition.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:08:11 +1100    READ MORE

Japanese ministers resign amid political funds scandal

The Japanese government is facing a fresh controversy after two cabinet ministers resigned over allegations of corruption and violation of election laws.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:05:30 +1100    READ MORE

Soldiers' inquest told of issues over Afghan base layout

An Australian army officer who led a mentoring mission in Afghanistan concedes there was a "communication issue" prior to the deaths of three soldiers in an insider attack.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:52:25 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney FC's Ognenovski faces suspension for role in melee

Sydney FC's Sasa Ognenovski has been cited by the A-League match review panel after an incident in the Sydney Derby.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:54 +1100    READ MORE

Accused details dismembering body to police

A man accused of murdering and dismembering a criminal associate has detailed his disposal of the body in a police video shown to the WA Supreme Court.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:25:51 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland schools 'will lose billions in federal revenue'

Queensland schools are set to take a $4 billion hit to their revenues over the next decade due to cuts announced in the federal budget in May, according to the state's education department.

Education Queensland's analysis, obtained by the ABC in a Right to Information request, revealed Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek was advised that over the 10 years from 2014, state schools would be $1.66 billion worse off.

Non-government schools fared worse, with cuts totalling $2.284 billion.

The revenue reduction formed part of $80 billion in savings announced by the Federal Government in the areas of health and education.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:22:41 +1100    READ MORE

Three more bodies pulled from Nepal disaster zone

Emergency workers in Nepal have pulled three more bodies from the snow, as authorities prepared to end the full-scale search for survivors of a deadly snowstorm that struck last Tuesday.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:05:55 +1100    READ MORE

Wallabies want Cheika but so do Waratahs

Michael Cheika is in negotiations to take over as Wallabies coach while remaining in charge of the Waratahs.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:45:07 +1100    READ MORE

Mining contractor fined $115,000 over Pilbara death

Crushing Services International has been fined $115,000 over the death of an electrician at a Pilbara mine site in August last year.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:35:10 +1100    READ MORE

Goal celebration costs Indian soccer player his life: reports

A young soccer player has reportedly died in India after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:30:17 +1100    READ MORE

Woman escapes injury after crane crashes through home

An elderly woman has escaped injury after a crane crashed through her house in Sydney's west.

published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:18:04 +1100    READ MORE

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