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Australian soccer player Dylan Tombides dies of cancer

Australian soccer player Dylan Tombides has died following a battle with testicular cancer.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:49:38 +1000    READ MORE

Armed pro-Russian separatists say they will stay despite deal

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they are not bound by an multi-national deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:06 +1000    READ MORE

Police shoot man at centre of Sydney siege

Police have shot a man who barricaded himself inside a home in Sydney's north west for eight hours.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:59:30 +1000    READ MORE

Arrest warrant sought for South Korea ferry captain

Investigations into the sinking of a ferry off South Korea's coast have centred on possible crew negligence with an arrest warrant sought for the ship's captain.

Of the 475 passengers and crew on the ferry, 28 people have officially been declared dead and 179 were rescued.

As hopes fade of finding any survivors, loved ones of the dead and 268 missing passengers have gathered to mourn and wait for news on the rescue mission.

South Korean prosecutors have sought arrest warrants for the captain as well as two crew members of the ferry, a coastguard official said. He did not detail the charges.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:28 +1000    READ MORE

Australia, Malaysia work on deal over MH370 recovery

Malaysia and Australia will sign a deal specifying who handles any wreckage from missing flight MH370 which may be recovered, including the crucial "black box" flight data recorders, Malaysian media reports.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:39 +1000    READ MORE

Japan to 'redesign' whale hunt in Antarctic

Japan said it would redesign its controversial "research" whaling mission in the Antarctic despite a United Nations' court ruling it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:43:43 +1000    READ MORE

Twelve sherpas killed in avalanche on Mount Everest, officials say

At least 12 sherpas have been killed near the Mount Everest base camp after an avalanche struck the mountain in Nepal.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:38:29 +1000    READ MORE

Gunmen kill 20 at South Sudan UN base: US envoy

Gunmen have killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others when they stormed a UN base in South Sudan, the US envoy to the world body said.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:27:17 +1000    READ MORE

Woman with baby allegedly drink-drives, crashes into car

A woman accused of drink-driving with her baby in the car has had her licence suspended in Sydney.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:11:42 +1000    READ MORE

Inmates trash unit at Albany Regional Prison

A group of inmates has gone on a rampage at a regional prison in Western Australia's south, damaging a unit.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:13:06 +1000    READ MORE

Father fears for son as ex-partner faces deportation

A Brisbane father says he is concerned for his eight-month-old son, whose Vietnamese mother faces deportation from Australia.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:35:11 +1000    READ MORE

Music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies

Several major US music companies have sued Pandora Media Inc, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:34:06 +1000    READ MORE

US city ditches drinking water over urination scare

The US city of Portland in Oregon is ditching more than 140 million litres of drinking water from a reservoir after a teenager was caught on camera urinating into it.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:23:26 +1000    READ MORE

US scientists discover 'Earth-like' planet Kepler-186f

Scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star for the first time.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:51:33 +1000    READ MORE

Three people killed in separate crashes in WA

Three people have died in separate crashes in regional Western Australia as police warn drivers to take care over the Easter long weekend.

In the most recent crash, a 19-year-old man was killed south-east of the Wheatbelt town of Bruce Rock on Thursday night.

There was also a fatal crash in the state's south-west about 3:00pm on Thursday, with a utility hitting a tree on the Collie-Williams Road.

Earlier the same day, a teenager died after a four-wheel-drive rolled close to Quobba Station near Carnarvon.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:35:41 +1000    READ MORE

North Korea should face ICC over rights abuses: Kirby

Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby has appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:59 +1000    READ MORE

High-tech tool to reveal Milky Way origins

Australian astronomers are hoping a new high-tech tool will help reveal the origins of the Milky Way.

They have built a one-of-a-kind, $13 million High Efficiency and Resolution Multi-Element Spectrograph known as HERMES.

It took Australian scientists five years to build and will enable them to map the age and movements of stars

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:41:07 +1000    READ MORE

No guarantee of success in Ukraine deal: Obama

US president Barack Obama says there is no guarantee a deal struck at multi-party talks in Geneva will be successful in de-escalating the conflict in Ukraine.

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats agreed on "initial concrete steps" to help resolve the confrontation that has seen pro-Russian fighters seize official buildings across eastern Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier.

"My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days, but I don't think given past performance that we can count on that," Mr Obama said.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:05 +1000    READ MORE

Christ's resurrection 'relevant to all Australians'

The leader of Australia's largest Anglican Diocese says the resurrection of Jesus Christ is relevant to all Australians.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:05 +1000    READ MORE

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico City, aged 87.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:10:29 +1000    READ MORE

Captain 'not in charge when ferry began to list'

Search and rescue teams battling strong currents and poor visibility have been unable to gain access to a ferry sunk off South Korea's coast.

Hundreds of passengers - mostly students and teachers from a South Korean school - remain missing and at least 25 people have been confirmed dead.

The captain of the ship faces a criminal investigation with unconfirmed reports he was one of the first to jump to safety from the stricken vessel.

The ship's captain has apologised for the loss of life, but prosecutors have revealed the third officer was in charge of the bridge when the ferry began to list.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:57:33 +1000    READ MORE

New NSW Premier Baird considers Cabinet line-up

New NSW Premier Mike Baird will spend the Easter weekend considering the line-up of his Cabinet, which is expected to include fresh talent as he gears up for the next election.

It is not yet known who the winners and losers will be, but Mr Baird has indicated he might keep the treasury portfolio until the state budget is handed down.

But less than 24 hours after being promoted to the state's top job, Mr Baird is facing questions over his connection to Liberal Party fundraiser Nick Di Girolamo.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:36:33 +1000    READ MORE

Royals Kate and William meet Sydneysiders, visit Easter show

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their tour of Sydney on Friday with a trip to the Easter show, a stroll on the beach and a visit to a children's hospice.

Huge crowds cheered and applauded Prince William and Catherine as they arrived on Sydney's Manly Beach on the third day of their Australian tour.

Earlier in the day, Kate and Prince William were greeted by onlookers at the Royal Easter Show in Homebush before visiting sick children at Bear Cottage children's hospice.

The royal couple was due to fly to Amberley Airforce Base in Brisbane on Saturday.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:14:30 +1000    READ MORE

China government survey shows 16 per cent of its soil is polluted

Up to 16 per cent of China's soil has been found to contain higher than permitted levels of pollution, according to its environment ministry after a nationwide investigation.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:34:41 +1000    READ MORE

Robertson admits he should have reported $3 million bribe offer

New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson has effectively admitted he should have reported a $3 million bribe offered to him when he was secretary of Unions NSW.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:00:44 +1000    READ MORE

Hubble's galaxy cluster image reveals 'cross-section of the Cosmos'

If you are not among a select group of people who have studied astronomy, then this new intergalactic snap of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope may be slightly overwhelming.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:01:08 +1000    READ MORE

Snowden puts question to Putin during phone-in

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine's leaders of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:59:08 +1000    READ MORE

Kidnapped Nigerian school girls 'not returned'

Authorities in Nigeria's north-east Borno state have denied a statement by the armed forces which said most of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels had been freed in a military rescue operation.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:50 +1000    READ MORE

Australian, Thai journalists on defamation charges released on bail

Two journalists, including an Australian, have been released on bail in Thailand on defamation charges brought by the Royal Thai Navy.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:50 +1000    READ MORE

Advocates push for no cuts to school disability funding

Disability advocates fear a tough federal budget could stymie moves to open up access to education for more disabled children.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:32:02 +1000    READ MORE

Bluefin-21 completes first scan of seabed

A deep-sea drone has completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:55:05 +1000    READ MORE

Rayney gets green light to continue defamation action

Former Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney been given the go-ahead to sue the state of WA for compensation after he was named the prime suspect in his wife's death.

Corryn Rayney's body was found buried in Kings Park in 2007.

Mr Rayney always denied any involvement in his wife's death and was found not guilty of her murder in 2012.

He is seeking damages, claiming the naming of him as a prime suspect damaged his reputation and career.

Lawyers for the state of WA argued Mr Rayney could not have worked the hours he claimed he would have but their application was dismissed in court.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:35:23 +1000    READ MORE

Police catch sex offender after tracking device removed

Victorian police catch 'high risk sex offender' after he removed his electronic tracking anklet in Sydney.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:49 +1000    READ MORE

Share market makes strong gains ahead of long weekend

The Australian share market has booked some solid gains in the lead up to the Easter long weekend, with banks and retailers among the best performers.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:38:17 +1000    READ MORE

Ukraine troops kill three pro-Russian separatists

Ukrainian troops have repelled an overnight attack on their base in the southeast city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13, interior minister Arsen Avakov has said.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:42:17 +1000    READ MORE

Research investigations mounting for embattled professor

Millions of dollars in research money for the University of New South Wales has been frozen as multiple investigations into alleged research misconduct are launched.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:25:14 +1000    READ MORE

Fund for Anzac Centenary celebrations falling short

A corporate fundraising drive to raise $170 million for the Anzac centenary celebrations is running well short of its target. 

The ABC understands just $16,000 of a pledged $80m has been deposited so far.

The Anzac Centenary public fund was established by the Gillard government to raise money from corporate Australia to pay for more than half of the planned 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorative program

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:09:37 +1000    READ MORE

Royal tour mirrors Charles and Di's 1983 visit

The Royal visit of 2014 in many ways mirrors the trip Prince Charles and Princess Diana made to Australia in 1983.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:49:26 +1000    READ MORE

Ferry sinking sparks anger for South Korean parents

Anger is growing among grieving parents and relatives as confusion and conflicting reports emerge about the South Korean ferry disaster which has killed at least 20 people.

Among the 282 people missing are hundreds of teenage school children, believed to be trapped after the ferry sank about 20 kilometres off the south-west coast of the country.

The anger has been fuelled by confusion over the number of survivors; on Wednesday officials said the majority of the passengers had been rescued, but these figures have since been revised.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:55:02 +1000    READ MORE

Meet the new NSW Premier, Mike Baird

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has long been viewed as a future state Liberal leader.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:48 +1000    READ MORE

Baird elected unopposed as NSW Premier

NSW Premier Mike Baird has promised to restore confidence in the State Government after being elected unopposed as Barry O'Farrell's successor.

Mr Baird was elected as the state's 44th Premier by the Liberals' party room after Barry O'Farrell's shock resignation yesterday. Both Mr Baird and deputy leader Gladys Berejiklian were sworn in on Thursday evening.

"The community has spoken. They do have concerns and we will, in coming days and weeks, have more to say about additional measures to bring that confidence back in government," Mr Baird said.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:14:51 +1000    READ MORE

What we know about the South Korea ferry disaster

There is still no official explanation why the South Korean ferry Sewol sank. Here's what we know so far.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:03:51 +1000    READ MORE

Senior Navy officer loses command over OSB incursions

A senior Navy officer has been stripped of his command, another will be sanctioned and others counselled over their involvement in incursions into Indonesian waters last summer while enforcing the Government's asylum seeker boats policy.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:42 +1000    READ MORE

Mother charged with kidnapping daughter in US agrees to extradition

A woman accused of kidnapping her daughter in the United States 20 years ago and fleeing to Australia has agreed to be extradited to face charges.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:57:50 +1000    READ MORE

100 Nigerian schoolgirls freed after abduction by Islamists

More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted this week by Boko Haram militants have been freed.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:33:09 +1000    READ MORE

Does Australia make it hard for Chinese tourists to apply for a visa?

Casino operator James Packer says it should be easier for Chinese people to visit Australia. He says Australia cannot afford to be in the middle of the pack on visa processing.

ABC Fact Check investigates Mr Packer's claim that Chinese citizens need to apply for a visa in English and cannot apply online.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:33:09 +1000    READ MORE

Endangered gibbon born at Adelaide Zoo

A critically endangered white-cheek gibbon has been born at Adelaide Zoo, only the third born there in the zoo's 130 years of operation.

White-cheeked gibbons are born golden in colour and slowly turn black but the females turn golden again when they reach maturity at about five.

Adelaide Zoo says there are just 18 of the gibbons across five zoos of the Australasian region and the species is in serious decline in its natural habitat in Laos, Vietnam and southern China because of poaching and deforestation.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:32:03 +1000    READ MORE

Survey tips Brisbane for best property gains

A major bank's survey of real estate professionals and investors finds foreign purchasers now account for up to a quarter of buyers in some markets, and tips Brisbane for the best price growth.

National Australia Bank's quarterly residential property survey talks to more than 300 real estate professionals and property investors.

It has found that an estimated 24.4 per cent of new dwelling sales in Queensland are going to foreign buyers, while sales to non-citizens or permanent residents amounted to 13.9 per cent of the market for new or off-the-plan sales nationwide.

Whether due to the influence of foreign buyers or because of Australians priced out of Sydney and Melbourne, NAB's survey of real estate agents, property managers, developers and investors says Queensland house prices are expected to rise 3.5 per cent by next March.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:02 +1000    READ MORE

Excitement in Blue Mountains as Royals visit

Excitement is building at Yellow Rock in the Blue Mountains, with hundreds of people gathering ahead of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:35:56 +1000    READ MORE

Australians' deaths in Yemen anti-terror strike 'a warning' to Federal Government

To the ancient Romans, Yemen was Arabia Felix, translating literally as Happy Arabia, but this was wishful thinking on the part of an empire with designs on the rugged unconquerable land on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula.

Today, Yemen finds itself firmly in the drone crosshairs of the great power of the modern age, Pax Americana.

The deserts and mountains are a clandestine battlefield in Washington’s highly controversial drone campaign in the declared "Global War On Terrorism"– and for the first time, Australians are among the latest casualties.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:11:53 +1000    READ MORE

Fat profits beckon for Skinny Tan entrepreneurs

Two Sydney-based mothers have had remarkable early success with an invention that is every woman's dream.

It is claimed Skinny Tan will not only make you look tanned all year round, but also hide cellulite.

With sales already into seven figures and a spectacular appearance on a high rating BBC television program behind them, Louise Ferguson and Kate Cotton are preparing to take on the world.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:04:04 +1000    READ MORE

Movie industry urged to forget piracy, embrace internet

Mainstream movie makers need to get over their fear of piracy and accept the internet as the way of the future, according to the Tribeca Film Festival's programmer Cara Cusumano.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:47:07 +1000    READ MORE

Two hurt in helicopter crash at Coffs Harbour airport

Two men have been injured in a helicopter crash at Coffs Harbour airport on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:45:54 +1000    READ MORE

Man who allegedly took 3yo Childers girl remains in custody

The case against a 45-year-old man charged with the abduction of a three-year-old girl in Childers in southern Queensland has been adjourned in Bundaberg's Magistrates Court.

Eden James Kane from South Isis is charged with child abduction, deprivation of liberty and break and enter.

The child's disappearance sparked a major air-and-land search and desperate appeals for public help from her distraught mother, father and police.

She was found 48 hours later wandering alone at the local showgrounds.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:17:06 +1000    READ MORE

ABC's Australia Network signs China content deal

The ABC's Australia Network has struck a deal to make its content available throughout China.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:36:57 +1000    READ MORE

Queensland rail network under repair after Cyclone Ita

Queensland Rail says there is significant damage in the state's north after Cyclone Ita, with parts of the east coast network likely to stay closed until at least Sunday.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:20:39 +1000    READ MORE

Security boosted for WA leaders after suspicious packages found

Another suspicious package has been found at WA's Parliament House, after a number were sent yesterday, including to the Premier and Treasurer's electorate offices.

The latest parcel, the fifth, was discovered this morning in Parliament's mail room, addressed to the Premier Colin Barnett.

Police said preliminary testing indicated the powder found inside was harmless.

Earlier packages were found to contain flour but police said they were taking the threats seriously, and security around the ministers had been stepped up.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:57:34 +1000    READ MORE

Melanoma vaccine giving cancer victims hope

An Adelaide research team says it has developed a vaccine to tackle melanoma, a disease which kills about 1,500 Australians annually.

Dr Brendon Coventry says the key is giving repetitive and prolonged doses of the vaccine.

"What it's shown is that the vaccine can successfully modulate or modify the immune system of the cancer patient to produce long-term survival with complete removal of all tumours in about 17 per cent of cases," he said.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:44:21 +1000    READ MORE

Melbourne man faces court charged with murder of former partner

A woman who was stabbed to death on Wednesday had been in court just hours before with her former partner over an intervention order, a Melbourne court has heard.

Craig McDermott, 38, of Sunshine North faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with the murder of Fiona Warzywoda at Sunshine, in Melbourne's west.

McDermott will return to court in August.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:12:42 +1000    READ MORE

Key players in NSW leadership reshuffle

Have a look at the key players contesting for the top spots in the NSW Liberal Party.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:41:07 +1000    READ MORE

AC/DC to play on despite guitarist Young's illness

Legendary Australian rock group AC/DC will continue making music but guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the band he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:05:34 +1000    READ MORE

Escaped rapist hands himself in to Queensland police

A sex offender who fled from his supervised housing in Brisbane has been remanded in custody after appearing in the District Court.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:58:52 +1000    READ MORE

Fatal coal mine collapse: bodies recovered

The bodies of both men killed in an underground mine collapse in the Hunter Valley have been recovered.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:31:41 +1000    READ MORE

Royal visit: William, Kate visit the Blue Mountains

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on the second day of their Australian tour.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:31:41 +1000    READ MORE

Mike Baird set to replace O'Farrell as NSW premier

New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird is set to emerge as the state's next premier following Barry O'Farrell's shock resignation yesterday.

Mr Baird met the other favourite for the job, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, earlier this morning. They have released a statement confirming Ms Berejiklian will contest the deputy leadership.

Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts is also understood to be vying for deputy, while Community Services Minister Pru Goward ruled herself out of the running.

Mr O'Farrell announced his resignation yesterday in the wake of a "massive memory fail" when giving evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on Tuesday.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:15:02 +1000    READ MORE

Hundreds still missing in South Korean ferry disaster

Rescuers are still hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korean ferry hoping for a response from hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, who are believed to be trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours ago.

Nine people have been confirmed dead and 290 are still missing.

The ferry sank about 20 kilometres off the south-west coast of South Korea yesterday with more than 460 passengers and crew on board. More than 170 have been rescued.

The South Korean Coast Guard says the vessel veered off its course and into an area of shallow reefs and strong underwater currents.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:40:51 +1000    READ MORE

Australian journalist to face Thai court on defamation charges

A criminal defamation case against two journalists in Thailand is set to begin on Thursday, despite calls from the United Nations for the charges to be dropped.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:47:41 +1000    READ MORE

Number of young people under youth justice supervision drops

There has been a drop in the number of young people under youth justice supervision but Indigenous young people are still over-represented, according to a recent report.

published: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:02:27 +1000    READ MORE

Pistorius murder trial adjourned over scheduling concerns

The judge overseeing Oscar Pistorius's murder trial has granted an adjournment from Thursday afternoon (local time) until May 5, citing scheduling concerns raised on behalf of the state.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:38:06 +1000    READ MORE

Ukrainian soldiers surrender armoured personnel carriers

Armoured personnel carriers under the control of Ukrainian armed forces are now believed to be in the control of pro-Russian separatists.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:57:48 +1000    READ MORE

Three contract dengue fever at Nauru detention centre

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:42 +1000    READ MORE

Clean up begins at Canberra Islamic Centre after vandalism attack

The community has rallied around the Canberra Islamic Centre, as it starts the clean up after vandals trashed the centre.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:45 +1000    READ MORE

Six killed in PNG sorcery attack

Police in Papua New Guinea have detained 180 people after a witch hunt that left six people dead, including two children.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:19:48 +1000    READ MORE

Landholders claim secrecy over experimental coal gasification plant

Landholders say they've only recently been told about harm allegedly caused by an experimental coal gasification plant.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:06:58 +1000    READ MORE

Planned Canberra memorial to honour war correspondents

There is a push to build a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of war correspondents at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:36:18 +1000    READ MORE

Xenophon wants royal commission to hear cases of HMAS Leeuwin sex abuse

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has welcomed a push for lawyers acting for victims of sexual abuse at HMAS Leeuwin in the 1970s to have their cases considered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:24:59 +1000    READ MORE

Your pics: The Royal family in Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their first official tour of Australia with Prince George.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:20:03 +1000    READ MORE

NY police disband unit that spied on Muslims

New York police say they have disbanded a controversial and heavily criticised unit that sent undercover officers to spy on local Muslims.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:11:20 +1000    READ MORE

Qld prisoners caught after high-speed chase

Two prisoners who escaped from a central Queensland jail at the weekend have been caught.

Murderer Tony Morgan and armed robber Bradley Kuhl had been on the run since breaking out of the Capricornia Correctional Centre on Sunday night.

Police say they were taken into custody this afternoon at Keppel Sands near Rockhampton.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:10:07 +1000    READ MORE

Suspicious packages addressed to Barnett, Nahan and The West

A suspicious package sent to West Australian Premier Colin Barnett's electorate office in Perth prompted a lockdown of the area on Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day police seized packages containing a suspicious powder addressed to Treasurer Mike Nahan and The West Australian newspaper.

Concerns were raised when Australia Post staff at the Perth Airport mail centre found three packages with writing on them that was described as "threatening in nature".

Mr Nahan's office and the mail centre were evacuated, but both were later declared safe.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:10:53 +1000    READ MORE

Analysis: Natural gas is Vladimir Putin's weapon

For Vladimir Putin, natural gas is not just a resource, it is an economic and political weapon he is using to expand Russian interests in Ukraine.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:58:24 +1000    READ MORE

NRL's Greenberg announces clampdown on lifting tackles

The NRL has announced a clampdown on players being placed in dangerous positions in lifting tackles.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:50:16 +1000    READ MORE

NBN Co boss says apartment, office rollout accelerated to combat TPG

NBN Co has reported an operating loss of more than $1.1 billion for the nine months to March.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:48:20 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney man sentenced to 29 years' jail for murdering ex-lover

A Sydney judge has sentenced Paul Mulvihill to 29 years in jail for murdering his former mistress Rachelle Yeo at her Northern Beaches apartment two years ago.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:46:00 +1000    READ MORE

Ministerial adviser 'told program had safety problems', inquiry hears

A building company manager warned a ministerial adviser there were safety issues with the national home insulation scheme that needed urgent attention, an inquiry has heard.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:39:09 +1000    READ MORE

Royals arrive in Sydney for 10-day Australian tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans at the Sydney Opera House after touching down in Australia for their 10-day tour yesterday.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:27:28 +1000    READ MORE

TPG fined for cutting off access to emergency services

The Federal Court has fined TPG $400,000 for failing to give customers access to triple-0.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:25:00 +1000    READ MORE

Brothers jailed for slashing taxi driver's throat

Two brothers who slashed a taxi driver's throat and stole his cab have been jailed by an Adelaide court.

Zachary Connor Wakefield was in the back seat of the taxi when held a 25-centimetre knife to the driver's throat.

The cabbie had asked his passengers for a deposit before making a short trip from inner suburban Ashford to the city.

Jake Thomas Wakefield, 20, was in the front seat and jabbed Suleman Khalid with another knife.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:45:55 +1000    READ MORE

Woman stabbed to death outside Melbourne shopping centre

A manhunt is underway for a man who police say stabbed his de facto partner to death outside shops at Sunshine in Melbourne's west.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:27 +1000    READ MORE

Submarine fails to find any trace of flight MH370

The Bluefin-21 submarine has been deployed on its second mission in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after data from its first dive failed to find any trace of the plane.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:13:28 +1000    READ MORE

Timeline: Why Barry O'Farrell had to go

Barry O'Farrell's dramatic fall from grace was precipitated by a $3,000 bottle of wine, a thank you note, and what the outgoing New South Wales Premier says was a "massive memory fail".

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:12:25 +1000    READ MORE

Government outlines emergency funding available for cyclone-hit residents

State and federal MPs and Queensland's disaster recovery coordinator have outlined emergency funding available for residents of communities ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Ita in the state's north.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:30 +1000    READ MORE

Elderly woman recounts abduction bid to court

An elderly woman has recounted to a court her ordeal when a man grabbed her and tried to push her into a car boot.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:20:45 +1000    READ MORE

Chinese economy slows, GDP growth at 7.4pc

Chinese economic growth has slowed to 7.4 per cent for the year to the end of March, but beat forecasts.

That gross domestic product result is down from 7.7 per cent in the previous figures for the year to December, and is also just off the government's 7.5 per cent growth target for 2014.

However, the result was a little higher than economist forecasts, which centred on 7.3 per cent growth.

Analysts say the solid figure is evidence that China is not heading for a hard landing, as feared by some bears, but other figures show growth is moving away from the areas reliant on Australian commodities.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:07:08 +1000    READ MORE

PM announces roads funding for second Sydney airport

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has unveiled a $3.5 billion roads package for western Sydney, saying it will fund the infrastructure that will make the city's second airport work.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:19:47 +1000    READ MORE

Lewis book reignites debate on high frequency trade on Australian markets

Authorities in the United States and Europe are promising a crack-down on high frequency trading, following allegations in finance author Michael Lewis's new book "Flash Boys" that the US stock market is rigged.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:05:39 +1000    READ MORE

Ferry carrying 459 people sinks off South Korea

Four people are dead and hundreds are missing after a ferry sank off the southern coast with 459 passengers and crew.

South Korea's coastguard has confirmed 174 have been rescued from the sinking ferry; however, it said hundreds are still unaccounted for.

Coastguards and navy divers have resumed the search for the 284 people still missing in the early hours of Thursday morning.

They will also be seeking answers to many questions surrounding Wednesday's accident, notably what caused the Sewol vessel to list and then flip over entirely, leaving only a small section of its hull above water.

Rescue efforts on Thursday could be be hampered by difficult weather conditions, amid forecasts of rain, strong winds and fog.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:49:32 +1000    READ MORE

As it happened: O'Farrell resigns as NSW Premier

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he will resign over the evidence he gave at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) yesterday.

Mr O'Farrell denied receiving a $3,000 bottle of wine in 2011 from Australian Water Holdings executive Nick Di Girolamo.

The Premier also said he had no recollection of a 28-second call made from his phone to Mr Di Girolamo around the time he was allegedly sent the wine.

This morning, ICAC heard a handwritten note from Mr O'Farrell, thanking Mr Di Girolamo for the wine, had been uncovered.

Soon after, Mr O'Farrell called a media conference in which he announced his decision to step down. Look back over the developments in our blog.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:29:06 +1000    READ MORE

Embassy protests discount Kim Jong-un haircut ad

British police have intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:18:47 +1000    READ MORE

Barry O'Farrell resigns after new ICAC evidence over $3,000 wine gift

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he is resigning owing to a "massive memory fail" when giving evidence to ICAC on Tuesday about a $3,000 bottle of wine from former water company executive Nick Di Girolamo.

Mr O'Farrell denied receiving the 1959 Penfolds Grange, but on Wednesday morning a handwritten note from the Premier was revealed that thanked Mr Di Girolamo for the bottle of wine.

Mr O'Farrell called a press conference soon after the revelation, saying that he accepted there was a thank you note and he would resign as a consequence of his actions.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:18:47 +1000    READ MORE

Australians killed in anti-terrorist 'drone strike' in Yemen

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) says two Australian men were killed late last year in Yemen during a counter-terrorism operation.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:01:16 +1000    READ MORE

BHP Billiton says record production reached for four commodities

BHP Billiton has increased its iron ore output, and also raised its full-year sales guidance for the key steelmaking ingredient.

The company says a relatively limited impact from the wet season at its Pilbara operations saw production for the nine months to the end of March up 21 per cent, with full-year output expectations raised by a further 5 million tonnes to 217 million tonnes.

BHP Billiton's chief executive Andrew Mackenzie says the rise in production reflects improved productivity at its operations.

"Our productivity agenda continues to deliver outstanding results, underpinning a 10 per cent increase in production so far this year," he noted in the report.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:03 +1000    READ MORE

Rio Tinto expects continuing market volatility

Rio Tinto's chairman expects financial market volatility to continue this year, warning the global economy is likely to face more challenges in 2014.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:18:47 +1000    READ MORE

Lack of oxygen might be a SIDS key, study finds

Researchers think a severe lack of oxygen, rather than trauma or infection, is likely to be involved in cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:46 +1000    READ MORE

WA Fisheries Minister 'not looking to extend shark cull' to Albany

Western Australia's controversial catch-and-kill policy will not be extended to Albany in the state's south, despite the continued presence of the biggest great white shark ever tagged in Australian waters, the State Government has said.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:11:44 +1000    READ MORE

Memorials mark one year since Boston Marathon bombing

Solemn ceremonies have been held to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:40:33 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney woman accused of hiding 'ice' in her luggage on flight from China

Sydney woman accused of smuggling 'ice' hidden in her luggage from China.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:40:33 +1000    READ MORE

Trio to be extradited to Qld after cannabis smuggling bust

Police have begun the process of extraditing two Victorians and one person from New South Wales to face charges over an alleged multi-million-dollar cannabis smuggling syndicate on Queensland's Gold Coast.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:09:00 +1000    READ MORE

Hunt for four escaped prisoners continues in Queensland

Police are still hunting four prisoners, one a murderer, after three separate escapes across Queensland.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:53:35 +1000    READ MORE

Nigerian rebels abduct more than 100 schoolgirls

Suspected Islamist insurgents have abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria's north-east.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:52:30 +1000    READ MORE

Outback parade to turn heads on dusty roads

A colourful trip through the outback will try to make it into the record books by being the longest "street" parade in the world.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:39:09 +1000    READ MORE

Pratt concedes defeat in WA Senate race

Labor Senator Louise Pratt has conceded defeat in the WA Senate election, and described running mate Joe Bullock as "deeply homophobic" and "disloyal".

She said it was a devastating blow for Labor to be reduced to one Senator out of six.

Senator Pratt said she told the party's national executive the union leader did not have the capacity to lead the ticket, and the loss should prompt reform of the party.

Mr Bullock has declined to comment on the statements.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:01:06 +1000    READ MORE

Food company goes it alone on health star rating system

The controversial star rating system that evaluates the health benefits of food will appear on supermarket shelves for the first time this week.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:59:14 +1000    READ MORE

Ukraine takes military action against separatists

The Ukrainian government has taken its first military action against pro-Russian militants in the country's east, in what may mark the start of a crackdown to root out separatists.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:48:28 +1000    READ MORE

Lawyers want Navy abuse cases heard by royal commission

Lawyers acting for victims of sexual abuse at Western Australia's HMAS Leeuwin naval base in the 1970s and 1980s have lodged a submission calling on their cases to be considered by the royal commission into the sexual abuse of children.

The lawyers have argued that unlike other cases of abuse in the Australian Defence Force, the Leeuwin cadets, who were all 15 and 16 at the time, are a special case.

If the submission is accepted it could see Australian Defence chiefs forced to testify, as the Federal Government will be in the same frame as religious and educational institutions.

Between 1960 and 1984, 13,000 young boys joined the Navy as junior recruits. The majority did their first year of training at the naval base in Western Australia.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:01:00 +1000    READ MORE

Man fronts court over alleged abduction of 3yo girl

A man has appeared in court charged with abducting a three-year-old girl from her Childers home, south of Bundaberg in south-east Queensland.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:43:46 +1000    READ MORE

Multi-billion-dollar roads package to support Badgerys Creek airport

The federal and New South Wales governments will today announce they are spending nearly $3.5 billion on roads to support the construction of Sydney's second airport.

The money will flow over the next decade and the news has been welcomed by some nervous federal Liberal MPs in western Sydney who hope it will dampen community opposition to the Badgerys Creek project.

The Commonwealth will contribute 80 per cent of the public funding and the NSW Government will make up the difference as well as being left to foot the bill for any rail link.

published: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:45:13 +1000    READ MORE

CASA scrambling to roll out drone public awareness campaign

Aviation authorities are struggling to keep up with a boom in remote controlled drones over Australia's cities.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued warnings to more than 100 users for safety breaches and is now scrambling to roll out a public awareness campaign.

A number of safety scares including an incident involving an athlete and a drone in Western Australia have underscored demands from some within the industry for tougher regulations.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:58:59 +1000    READ MORE

Two men dead after wall collapse at coal mine in NSW Hunter Valley

Police say it could be days before the bodies of two men can be recovered after a coal mine collapse in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

The men, aged 35 and 49, were working with five others about 500 metres below the surface when a wall collapsed about 9:00pm (AEST) yesterday at the Yancoal-owned Austar coal mine at Paxton, south of Cessnock.

Superintendent Garry O'Dell says the other workers in the area tried to help their colleagues.

"The other miners attempted to render assistance to those men and unfortunately were unable to do so... they had to come out of the mine due to their own safety as well," he said.

He said the other men were "able to come out of the mine fine".

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:15:29 +1000    READ MORE

Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial

The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:23 +1000    READ MORE

Wanderers beat Ulsan Hyundai, top ACL group

The Wanderers made it two wins from two ACL matches for the A-League with a 2-0 away win over Ulsan Hyundai.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:41:09 +1000    READ MORE

Ratko Mladic has case to answer: UN war crimes court

A UN war crimes court has upheld all charges against Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic, saying he "has a case to answer", including for his role in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:35:15 +1000    READ MORE

Jackie Kelly attacks PM over Badgerys Creek

The former Federal Liberal member for the seat of Lindsay, Jackie Kelly, has attacked the Prime Minister's decision to sign off on a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:27:09 +1000    READ MORE

Melbourne Victory edges Guangzhou 2-0 in ACL

The Victory kept its Asian Champions League hopes alive with an enthralling 2-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:21:56 +1000    READ MORE

Scientists teach goannas to avoid cane toad diet

Scientists are reporting early success from a study in Australia's far north designed to reduce the impact of cane toads on native wildlife.

The program aims to teach goannas, one of the species that has been hardest hit by the cane toad invasion, not to eat the toxic pests.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:51:39 +1000    READ MORE

NSW researchers begin trial to search for carp 'Achilles heel'

Researchers in New South Wales have begun a trial to search for the "Achilles heel" of carp.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:36:36 +1000    READ MORE

India court recognises transgender as third gender

India's Supreme Court has handed down a landmark judgement recognising the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:24:46 +1000    READ MORE

Wreck hunter confident flight MH370 will be found

One of the world's foremost wreck hunters believes searchers have found the crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, and recovering the plane's black boxes is inevitable.

"I think essentially they have found the wreckage site," the director of the UK-based Bluewater Recoveries, David Mearns, told the ABC's 7.30 program.

Mr Mearns solved one of the nation's greatest maritime mysteries when he found the wreck of HMAS Sydney deep in the Indian Ocean.

The leader of the joint taskforce searching for MH370 says he will wait to see wreckage before confirming the plane has been found.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:21:42 +1000    READ MORE

Cyclists accuse police of going soft on dangerous drivers

Last year the number of cycling deaths nationwide hit 48, rising even as all other categories of road deaths fell, and some cyclists have accused police of ignoring the mounting death toll.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:04:57 +1000    READ MORE

Red Bull's Ricciardo's disqualification appeal rejected

Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at the Melbourne Grand Prix has been rejected.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:00:19 +1000    READ MORE

Share market ends losing streak

Australian stocks have ended their losing streak with every sector closing higher, in response to a recovery on Wall Street.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:37:51 +1000    READ MORE

Royals to launch Australia tour with Opera House visit

The Royal couple and baby George will begin the Australian leg of their tour in Sydney on Wednesday.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:10:44 +1000    READ MORE

Dog enlisted by council to sniff out koala habitats

A highly specialised detection dog trained to sniff out koala droppings is on the case in Logan, south of Brisbane, in a bid to boost protection for the vulnerable species. 

Logan City Council enlisted conservation canine Maya to help identify koala habitats in the area.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:58:15 +1000    READ MORE

Fiji police investigating interim PM Bainimarama

Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama could face up to ten years jail for allegedly breaching the nation's political parties decree.

Fiji police have begun investigations into two complaints made by the opposition United Front for Democratic Fiji.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:29:48 +1000    READ MORE

Massive great white attracted to whale carcass prompts warning to WA swimmers

An image of one of the biggest great white sharks ever tagged has sparked a flurry of online interest and a fresh warning to swimmers off WA's south coast.

The 5.04-metre shark, the largest ever fitted with an internal acoustic tag off the Australian coast, was detected near Albany at the weekend when a distressed whale beached itself.

The shark was fitted with an internal tag last month when it was swimming near Mistaken Island.

Department of Fisheries officers hooked the great white and flipped it onto its back near the side of their boat.

A photo taken during the procedure shows the shark in a state of temporary paralysis known as "tonic immobility".

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:23:14 +1000    READ MORE

Armed robber who escaped jail in helicopter granted bail

A man who spent 15 years behind bars for armed bank robberies and escaping prison in a helicopter has been granted bail in New South Wales.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:25 +1000    READ MORE

Riot squad called to courtroom brawl in Sydney

The riot squad has been called to a Sydney courtroom to deal with a brawl between police and members of a family facing charges for assaulting police.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:16 +1000    READ MORE

Airlines, business back Badgerys Creek, Sydney Airport noncommittal

The Federal Government's announcement of a second airport for Sydney at Badgerys Creek has been met with enthusiasm by airlines and business groups, but the owner of the city's existing airport has given a lukewarm response.

Sydney Airport says it will engage in discussions with the Federal Government on the project, as it has a contractual first right to develop and operate a second Sydney airport.

Qantas and Virgin say they support the plan, provided that appropriate infrastructure is built to support the new airport.

Business groups say it is a great opportunity to create new industries and jobs in western Sydney, with the airport as a hub.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:54 +1000    READ MORE

Detainee babies should stay in Australia: lawyers

Lawyers acting for families of babies born in Australian detention are seeking guarantees they will not be removed to offshore centres on Manus Island, or Nauru.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:43:16 +1000    READ MORE

Australia could take 'regional leadership role' on people smuggling: Morrison

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has pointed to Australia's success in stemming the flow of asylum seeker boats and is urging Malaysia to follow Australia's lead, declaring it "vital" to the "safety and security of our people".

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:21:58 +1000    READ MORE

Reactions to Badgerys Creek airport decision mixed

Reactions to the announcement of a new airport at Badgerys Creek range from fear of increased noise levels to optimism that the facility will bring new investment to the area.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:04:45 +1000    READ MORE

Salvos didn't consider major a paedophile, inquiry hears

The Salvation Army did not consider a confessed child sex offender who was promoted through their ranks to be a paedophile, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard.

Major Colin Haggar confessed to the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in 1989, and investigators are now looking into fresh claims that the same girl was assaulted on two other occasions.

He was stood down in 1990 for three years, then reinstated as an officer and ultimately promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel before his forced retirement late last year.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:40:55 +1000    READ MORE

Key Murray-Darling plan campaigner Henry Jones dies

Murray-Darling Basin campaigner and fourth-generation South Australian fisherman, Henry Jones, has died after a fight with cancer.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:38:10 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Greste case one of many affecting journalists in Egypt

As Australian Peter Greste was preparing for his fifth court appearance last week, the Egyptian authorities were arresting more journalists.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:32:27 +1000    READ MORE

CNN reporter apologises for 'insensitive' Royals report

A journalist from American cable news network CNN has apologised after her report on the welcome of British Royals to New Zealand was labelled culturally insensitive.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:15:59 +1000    READ MORE

Batts linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government's home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:10:50 +1000    READ MORE

O'Farrell denies receiving $3,000 bottle of wine

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has been unable to explain to a corruption inquiry a call from his phone to a water executive who allegedly gave him a $3,000 bottle of wine.

Australian Water Holdings (AWH) executive Nick Di Girolamo said he sent Mr O'Farrell a bottle of 1959 Grange in 2011, and that the Premier had phoned him to say thanks. However, Mr O'Farrell said he never received the wine and cannot remember the phone call.

AWH is accused of corruptly billing Sydney Water for expenses and using the money for political donations, executive salaries and various other expenses.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:07:12 +1000    READ MORE

Second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek could operate 24-hours

The Federal Government has indicated that it would prefer Sydney's second airport - to be built in the city's west at Badgerys Creek - to operate around the clock.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss this afternoon announced Federal Cabinet approval of Badgerys Creek as the site of the new airport.

After decades of debate about the location, Mr Abbott says he wants to "get cracking" with the first flight likely to depart the airport in the mid-2020's.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:02:15 +1000    READ MORE

Attacker stomped on 70yo in abduction bid, court told

A man stomped on an elderly woman after she fought back against his abduction bid, an Adelaide court has heard.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:52:51 +1000    READ MORE

Network hardware failure behind Commonwealth Bank outage

A network hardware failure is believed to be behind a major outage that crashed most of the Commonwealth Bank's network around the country today.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:31:01 +1000    READ MORE

Queensland public servants linked to cross-border drug syndicate

Queensland Government employees are among those involved in a drug operation spanning three states, police say.

Detectives from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have been investigating the group for the past year, seizing cannabis, amphetamines, cash, stolen goods, real estate and other assets valued at more than $13 million.

Officers have also seized more than $200,000 in cash.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:45 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank assures borrowers that rates will stay low 'for some time'

The Reserve Bank has once again assured borrowers that interest rates will remain steady until it is convinced the economy is back on track.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:44:25 +1000    READ MORE

Commonwealth Games medals unveiled in Glasgow

Commonwealth Games athletes can see what they'll be fighting for at Glasgow 2014 after organisers unveiled unique medal designs for the event.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:39:52 +1000    READ MORE

Judge praises reliable 5yo witness in 'sadistic' assault case

A man who "sadistically" assaulted his former partner's young son has been found guilty of six charges.

Judge Wayne Chivell expressed concern about the four-year-old boy, who was five by the time of the trial, giving evidence of a standard criminal law required.

But he agreed to allow the boy to appear in the witness box and said he was impressed.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:39:52 +1000    READ MORE

Rare Napoleon artefacts stolen from historic homestead

Ten priceless artefacts from a Napoleon Bonaparte collection have been stolen from a museum on the Mornington Peninsula.

The thieves broke into a historic homestead on the Mornington Peninsula on Thursday night and made off with the "irreplaceable" items.

Police say the items may have been stolen to order for a collector.

The rest of the collection has been moved to a safer location while security is reviewed.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:35:12 +1000    READ MORE

MH370 search sub completes first dive for plane debris

An unmanned submarine has been forced to cut short its first search mission looking for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said the Bluefin-21 sub was deployed last night from Australian vessel Ocean Shield on a mission that lasted six hours.

It exceeded its depth limit of 4,500 metres and an inbuilt safety feature brought it back to the surface, the JACC said in a statement.

Bluefin-21 will be redeployed later today and up to 11 aircraft and 11 ships will also take part in a visual search for signs of MH370.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:28:13 +1000    READ MORE

Victoria Police zoom in on drivers using mobile phones

Police in Victoria are using a new long-range video camera to detect people texting while driving.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:28:13 +1000    READ MORE

Mother appeals for help to find pregnant daughter's killers

The mother of a pregnant woman who was gunned down 10 years ago in Sydney's west seeks help to catch daughter's killer.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:26:05 +1000    READ MORE

Aboriginal elders lament rise in youth suicides

Aboriginal elders in northern Australia say a loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons for rising Indigenous youth suicide rates.

The suicide rate of young Indigenous people in the north of Australia has been rising for the past 20 years and is now claimed to be the highest in the world.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:24:03 +1000    READ MORE

Gay loses costs bid after successful application to run companies

Former Gunns boss John Gay has lost his bid to make the Australian Securities and Investment Commission pay for his successful application to run some companies.

The convicted insider trader had been banned from running businesses for five years as part his penalty for insider trading.

Yesterday Gay won an application to manage two family companies.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) opposed the application arguing it would dilute Gay's insider trading sentence.

ASIC is now considering the terms of the order.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:01:16 +1000    READ MORE

Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Australia seek support

An Australian who escaped Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is asking the Australian Government for emergency assistance to help get his family back on its feet.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:59:06 +1000    READ MORE

Google amends terms of service to include email scanning

Google has updated its terms of service, explaining to users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analysed by software to create targeted ads.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:55:27 +1000    READ MORE

Rio Tinto production on track to meet company forecasts

Rio Tinto says its key iron ore operations in Western Australia's Pilbara are on track to reach full capacity by the middle of the year, despite a weather-related drop in production in the first quarter.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:55:27 +1000    READ MORE

Snowden hails Guardian, Post's Pulitzer as 'vindication'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has called The Guardian and The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize win for reporting on secret US surveillance programs a "vindication".

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:42:24 +1000    READ MORE

Children unharmed in drive-by shooting at Liverpool

A family has escaped injury after their home was the target of a drive-by shooting in Sydney's south-west.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:31:07 +1000    READ MORE

Putin denies meddling in eastern Ukraine

US president Barack Obama criticised Russia in a telephone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin overnight, saying Moscow's actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:23:58 +1000    READ MORE

Convicted murderer still on the run in Queensland

Four convicted criminals, one a murderer, remain on the run after three separate escapes across Queensland.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:08:38 +1000    READ MORE

Fourth person charged in Australian Chris Lane's murder

A fourth person has been charged over last year's drive-by murder of Australian baseballer Chris Lane in Oklahoma.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:31:27 +1000    READ MORE

Springborg extends deadline for signing contracts in doctors dispute

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says he has extended the deadline for senior doctors to sign up to new individual contracts.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +1000    READ MORE

Dead Drunk: Youth worker reflects on culture of Sydney's Kings Cross

Images of drinking, drugs and alcohol-fuelled violence are commonly associated with Kings Cross, but for Matt Noffs, there is far more to understand about "The Cross", its people and its culture.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:23:07 +1000    READ MORE

Coulson tells phone-hacking trial Brooks affair 'wrong'

Andy Coulson has admitted his affair with fellow Murdoch newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks was wrong, as he gave evidence for the first time in Britain's long-running, phone-hacking trial.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:12:54 +1000    READ MORE

Wealthy pensioners fear they will be targeted in budget

Pensioners living in wealthy suburbs are concerned Federal Government budget cuts could force them out of their homes.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:58:11 +1000    READ MORE

Cyclone Ita's damage to sugar cane to cost millions

Sugar cane growers in far north Queensland say about 90 per cent of crops in the region have been wiped out by now ex-Tropical Cyclone Ita.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:50:03 +1000    READ MORE

Bail set at $6.4 million for Utah woman suspected of infant killings

A US judge has set bail at $US6 million ($6.4 million) for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:12:22 +1000    READ MORE

Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

Michael Phelps, who won 18 Olympic swimming gold medals, is coming out of retirement to swim at a US meet.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:54:02 +1000    READ MORE

Libya court adjourns trial of Gaddafi's sons, officials

The trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and dozens of his ex-officials opened on Monday, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:35:35 +1000    READ MORE

Oscar Pistorius 'using emotional state as an escape': Prosecutor

The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:35:35 +1000    READ MORE

Critics push for regulation of India's booming surrogacy industry

As more than 800 million Indians go to the polls this month, the main political party candidates are being urged to finally push through legislation to regulate the country's booming commercial surrogacy industry.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:25:23 +1000    READ MORE

Vietnam frees two more political activists

Vietnam has freed two more political activists, the latest high-profile dissidents to be released as pressure mounts on the government to stop jailing critics.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:49:30 +1000    READ MORE

Iran lodges complaint with UN over envoy's US visa ban

Iran has complained to the United Nations about the United States refusing to grant a visa to its newly appointed UN ambassador.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:18:54 +1000    READ MORE

Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine, no sign of military crackdown

Pro-Russian separatists have ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:11:27 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged falsified documents raise live export concerns

Concerns have been raised that rogue traders may be putting the Australian live export industry at risk.

Documents revealed on the ABC's 7.30 program suggest that key export documents may have been falsified, flouting strict national and international laws designed to protect countries from importing diseased animals.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told the program that although he had yet to see the documents, "It's a criminal act if it's forged".

"People who break the Crimes Act will get themselves a criminal conviction and if it's serious enough they will get themselves a stint at Her Majesty's pleasure."

The Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation into what it describes as "serious allegations".

published: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:47:01 +1000    READ MORE

Badgerys Creek finally ready for takeoff?

Debate over the need for a second Sydney airport has raged for decades, and further turbulence is likely before the Badgerys Creek site is ready for take-off.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:45:47 +1000    READ MORE

Cabinet expected to sign off on Badgerys Creek as Sydney's second airport

The Federal Government is set to name Badgerys Creek in Sydney's west as the site for the city's second airport.

Cabinet is expected to sign off on the proposal today and there will be money set aside to get the project off the ground in next month's budget.

For decades the airport has been a political hot potato, with both major parties having been forced into backdowns and backflips in the face of intense community opposition.

But senior government sources say this time they are determined to get the project underway.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:53:36 +1000    READ MORE

Bus station blasts near Nigerian capital kill dozens

Twin blasts at a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital crammed with morning commuters killed 71 people and injured 124 others.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:43:30 +1000    READ MORE

Website helps children deal with chronic pain

Pain Bytes, an interactive website that helps Australian children deal with chronic pain, is gaining the world's attention.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:17:17 +1000    READ MORE

Tonumaipea stunner denies Dragons

Young Tonumaipea's stunning try after the siren saw the Melbourne Storm edge St George Illawarra in a thrilling 28-24 win.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:00:39 +1000    READ MORE

Carmakers' exit could see 200,000 jobs lost: study

The closure of car manufacturing could cost Australia nearly 200,000 jobs and $29 billion in lost economic output, according to a new report.

The study says the nationwide impacts will extend far beyond the core car making regions of Victoria and South Australia.

Victoria will be hardest hit by the closure of the car plants when first Ford, then General Motors Holden and Toyota stop manufacturing in Australia over the next three years, the study estimates, with close to 100,000 direct and indirect job losses.

Nearly 24,000 jobs will be lost in South Australia.

Surprisingly, Queensland and NSW will be even harder hit than South Australia, according to the modelling, with each of these states losing more than 30,000 jobs through flow-on effects from the end of car making.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:31:37 +1000    READ MORE

Government resists IPCC call for deep cuts to carbon emissions

The Federal Government is giving little sign that it will sign up to the deep pollution cuts recommended in the latest report by the United Nations panel on climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is calling for global emissions cuts of up to 70 per cent by the middle of the decade, if nations want to meet their goal to limit temperature growth to two degrees Celsius.

The report - designed to guide negotiations heading into the next round of global climate talks in Paris in 2015 - also says the growth in greenhouse gas emissions has accelerated in the past decade, despite the efforts already made to curb pollution.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:58 +1000    READ MORE

GPS trackers shed light on lives of little penguins

Australian researchers are strapping satellite tracking technology to little penguins to shed light on their marine environment.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:00:47 +1000    READ MORE

Chinese-made drones programmed with no-fly zones to protect Australian airports

One of the world's leading manufacturers of small drones is introducing technology to prevent its unmanned aircraft from flying near 10 major Australian airports.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:27:02 +1000    READ MORE

Salvos child abuser's wife apologises for contacting whistleblower

The wife of a known child sex offender has broken down as she apologised for an inappropriate email sent to a Salvation Army whistleblower.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:09:58 +1000    READ MORE

Share market sell-off continues

There have been losses across the board on the Australian share market, with investors spooked by a continued sell-off on Wall Street and tensions in Ukraine.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:02:04 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-teacher who abused student pursues victim for $20,000

A former school teacher who sexually abused his student is now pursuing his victim for almost $20,000 in legal costs.

Neville Gilbert Betteridge, who was employed at the Blue Mountains Grammar School in the early 1970s, was convicted for molesting his former student Mark Wurth.

"He was coming into the dormitory through the infirmary of a night and taking me from my bed back to his room," Mr Wurth told the ABC.

Mr Wurth decided to sue the Anglican Church Diocese, which ran the school at the time, and Betteridge for damages.

The church paid Mr Wurth an out-of-court settlement and Mr Wurth then offered to withdraw the action against Betteridge.

But he was shocked to receive a letter from Betteridge's lawyers demanding that he pay the former school teacher's legal costs.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:32:58 +1000    READ MORE

Man seriously injured in Melbourne shooting

Police are searching for two gunmen who were spotted fleeing the scene of a shooting in St Kilda East.

Witnesses have reported hearing a single loud bang come from an apartment block on Balaclava Road around 4pm.

It is understood the 31-year-old victim suffered a shotgun blast to the stomach and legs.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:39 +1000    READ MORE

Ukraine tension is 'more combustible' than ever: UN

An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council has been told the situation in Ukraine is "more combustible" than ever.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:49:54 +1000    READ MORE

New picture-sharing app for doctors raises privacy concerns

A new picture-sharing phone and tablet application for doctors and medical students is raising concerns about patient privacy.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:39 +1000    READ MORE

Bracket creep to put average earners at top tax rate by mid-century

Accounting firm PwC has warned that, without government intervention, wage increases will see average tax payers in the middle personal income tax bracket forced into the top bracket.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:39:41 +1000    READ MORE

Bondi hoarder charged with assaulting police officer

A woman facing the forced clean-up of her home in Sydney's east has been charged with assaulting a female police officer.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:19:57 +1000    READ MORE

Former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine dies

Australia's longest-serving independent senator Brian Harradine has died in Hobart aged 79 after a long illness.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:33 +1000    READ MORE

Man with apparent love of Elvis faces drug charges

A man with an apparent love of Presley and the name Elvis has faced an Adelaide court and denied allegations of drug trafficking.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:50:30 +1000    READ MORE

ABC apologises to Chris Kenny over Hamster Decides skit

ABC managing director Mark Scott has apologised to conservative commentator Chris Kenny over a skit aired on the ABC's The Hamster Decides TV program last year.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:48:14 +1000    READ MORE

'Spiritual healer' refused bail over alleged sexual assaults 12 years ago

'Spiritual healer' refused bail after woman alleges she was sexually assaulted 12 years ago.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:27:02 +1000    READ MORE

MH370 search heads underwater without black box signal

An unmanned submarine will be sent to try to find wreckage from Malaysia Airlines MH370 after signals suspected to be from the aeroplane's black box fell silent.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:21:03 +1000    READ MORE

Charges dropped over death of boy who took fake LSD

A man has been cleared of supplying a synthetic drug to Sydney teenager Henry Kwan, because the substance was not illegal at the time.

Henry was aged 17 when he jumped to his death from the third-floor balcony of his family home in June last year after taking the drug and telling family members he wanted to fly.

But Parramatta Local Court was told today that charges against Tzu-yang Fang should be dismissed.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:49:36 +1000    READ MORE

Detective leaked major crime details to media, court told

A detective who is accused of leaking information to the media about major crimes has been refused permission to cross-examine a senior police officer about an alleged culture of leaks within the South Australian force.

Detective Brevet Sergeant Peter Dawe Martin, 54, is accused of leaking confidential information to journalists about police investigations at least eight times.

Prosecutor Mark Norman has told Adelaide Magistrates Court a jury will need to determine whether leaks in phone calls to journalists amounted to an abuse of public office or were trivial.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:48:21 +1000    READ MORE

Cyclone Ita: Floodwaters cut off Ingham in north Qld

The north Queensland town of Ingham is expected to be isolated by floodwaters until later tonight, as Cyclone Ita continues to head away from the coast.

The system, which made landfall as a category one storm on Friday night, was downgraded to a tropical low this evening and is moving out to sea.

The Bruce Highway remains closed north and south of Ingham, which was cut in half yesterday afternoon when the Herbert River reached its peak of more than 12 metres.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:25:30 +1000    READ MORE

CSIRO criticised for pre-empting funding cuts by slashing jobs

The Federal Opposition has criticised the CSIRO for pre-empting the government's commission of audit and slashing hundreds of jobs from the scientific research agency.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:19:54 +1000    READ MORE

Jailed without conviction: NT reveals care plan

The NT Government has revealed the care arrangements being developed for a disabled woman held in a WA jail.

Rosie Anne Fulton has spent the past 18 months in a Kalgoorlie prison without a trial or conviction after she was charged with driving offences.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:02 +1000    READ MORE

Premier Barry O'Farrell called early as witness in ICAC inquiry

In a surprise announcement, New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell has been called to give evidence tomorrow at the Independent Commission Against Corruption's inquiry into a Sydney water firm.

Mr O'Farrell was originally listed as a witness from the end of April, but Counsel Assisting, Geoffrey Watson, said: "developments have made it necessary" that he appear sooner.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:50:43 +1000    READ MORE

Hospitals can save $430m if nurses do doctor tasks: report

A new report says public hospitals could save nearly $430 million a year by getting nurses to make better use of their skills and do some of the work of doctors.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:35:18 +1000    READ MORE

Woolworths found to have breached ACCC fuel dockets deal

The Federal Court has found supermarket giant Woolworths has breached an undertaking on fuel shopper dockets, but that Coles did not break the agreement.

Both supermarkets reached an enforceable deal with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) last year to limit petrol discounts to 4 cents per litre, amid concerns supermarket subsidised heavy fuel discounting was hurting independent service stations.

In February, the ACCC took court action, alleging the supermarkets had breached the agreement by offering bundled discounts.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:19:18 +1000    READ MORE

Goss makes Masters history with Silver Cup win

20-year-old Oliver Goss is the first Australian to win the Silver Cup as the best-performing amateur at the US Masters.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:11:51 +1000    READ MORE

Nigeria Islamists kill 68 in village attacks, witnesses say

Suspected Islamist militants kill at least 68 people in separate attacks in villages in Nigeria, witnesses said.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:05:12 +1000    READ MORE

Seven babies found dead in Utah home

A woman in Utah, United States, has been charged with murder after police found seven dead infants in her home.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:33:57 +1000    READ MORE

Swimmers hold memorial service for shark attack victim

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at Tathra Beach on the New South Wales south coast to remember shark attack victim Christine Armstrong.

The 63-year-old was taken by a three metre shark while swimming with her husband Rob and friends two weeks ago.

Swimmers from the town's local surf lifesaving club placed flowers in the water in her memory.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:33:57 +1000    READ MORE

Libyan prime minister quits after less than month in job

Libya's interim prime minister handed his resignation to parliament on Sunday, less than one month into the job, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:58:59 +1000    READ MORE

Poll shows little support for changes to racial discrimination laws

The Race Discrimination Commissioner says the Federal Government should heed public sentiment and dump changes to racial discrimination laws.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:48:53 +1000    READ MORE

Bubba Watson wins second US Masters title

Bubba Watson won his second US Masters in three years by three strokes from Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:01:52 +1000    READ MORE

Asbestos scare after building waste falls off truck

Firefighters respond to asbestos scare after building waste falls off a truck in Sydney's west.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:44:15 +1000    READ MORE

Assad says Syrian civil war turning in his favour

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claims the country's three-year civil war is turning in his favour, due to his forces' military gains against rebels.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:37:15 +1000    READ MORE

Convicted murderer on the run after escaping from Rockhampton jail

A state-wide alert has been issued after a convicted murderer broke out of a low-security prison farm near Rockhampton in central Queensland.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:34:23 +1000    READ MORE

Fears Ita may have sparked tailings dam spill at Palmer nickel refinery

Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell says he is concerned the tailings dam at billionaire Clive Palmer's Yabulu nickel refinery near Townsville is overflowing.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:27:48 +1000    READ MORE

Police chase leads into disappearance of Childers girl

Police say the people responsible for taking a three-year-old girl from her family home at Childers in southern Queensland are cowards.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:14:24 +1000    READ MORE

Students may be hit with fee to help fund uni places

A review of the university funding system has recommended students pay an extra fee on top of government loans to fund more enrolments.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:50:43 +1000    READ MORE

Cyclone Ita loses steam as it moves out to sea

Much of the danger associated with Tropical Cyclone Ita has now passed, but wild weather is expected to continue over parts of the Queensland coast.

The category one system is around 195 kilometres north-east of Yeppoon, moving east south-east at 23 kilometres per hour.

The weather bureau says the heavy rain has eased on the central coast and conditions are expected to improve as the cyclone moves further offshore.

Ita made landfall as a category-four system near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, on Friday night

Premier Campbell Newman will today continue inspecting the aftermath in Ingham, where the township has been cut off by floodwaters and motorists are stranded on the Bruce Highway.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:19:13 +1000    READ MORE

Cut hard and cut early, economists urge Hockey

An economic forecaster is urging the Federal Government to "cut hard and cut early" in next month's budget, targeting seniors, families and businesses.

In its annual pre-budget forecast, Macroeconomics has backed the numbers in the Government's most recent fiscal update handed down in December.

The group is urging the Government to target the middle and upper classes with cuts to assistance to seniors and families with children, as well as corporate welfare.

The forecast comes after Treasurer Joe Hockey flagged possible changes to the eligibility age and indexation of the age pension as measures to help improve the budget bottom line.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:01:02 +1000    READ MORE

2014 US Masters: As it happened

Bubba Watson has won his second US Masters in three years, winning the 2014 edition by three strokes. Look back on how the final holes played out at Augusta National.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:03:15 +1000    READ MORE

At least 36 dead in Mexico bus crash

A bus has slammed into the back of a badly parked trailer-truck and burst into flames in Mexico, killing at least 36 people and injuring four others.

published: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:20:34 +1000    READ MORE

Thousands protest against Government's asylum seeker policies

Thousands of people have marched around the country calling for an end to the Federal Government's policies on asylum seekers.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:48:08 +1000    READ MORE

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands, sparks tsunami warning

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the coast of Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami warning in the area.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:11:04 +1000    READ MORE

IPCC report warns of high costs of climate change

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions have not been able to stop greenhouse gases reaching unprecedented levels, according to the latest report from the world's leading climate science body.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:13:38 +1000    READ MORE

Ukraine warns of military operation against pro-Russian gunmen

Ukrainian president Oleksander Turchynov says a full-scale operation will be launched against pro-Russian militants who have occupied key buildings in the country's east.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:35:39 +1000    READ MORE

At least 11 killed as massive blaze rips through Chilean port city

At least 11 people have been killed after fire ripped through the Chilean port city of Valparaiso.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:34:18 +1000    READ MORE

Royal baby rumours quashed after royal's wine tasting

Speculation that Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, could have a second baby on the way has been quashed after the Royal couple made a trip to a Queenstown winery.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:34:25 +1000    READ MORE

Heavy rains persist as Tropical Cyclone Ita moves offshore

Power blackouts and flooding continue across north Queensland as Cyclone Ita moves steadily away from the coast.

The category one system, which made landfall on Friday night, dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain in the Whitsundays region before moving out to sea.

Power has been restored to most customers affected by the storm, Ergon Energy says, but thousands are still without power.

Senior forecaster Brett Harrison said Ita would continue to affect coastal communities with heavy rainfall before conditions ease.

"It moved offshore pretty quickly and we expect it to maintain that category one strength ... moving further away from the Queensland coast at the same time," he said.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:53:22 +1000    READ MORE

Napthine commits to building Melbourne airport rail link

Victoria's Premier Denis Napthine has pledged to build a rail link between Melbourne and the city's airport at Tullamarine.

Speaking to delegates at the Liberal State Council, Dr Napthine said the Coalition's plans would be outlined in the upcoming Victorian budget.

"Our airport rail link will provide high capacity, efficient service on a regular basis to Melbourne Airport," he said.

"It is time that this rail link was built and it will be built by a Coalition Government here in Victoria."

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:24:25 +1000    READ MORE

Quest to narrow MH370 search area continues

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continued on Sunday as authorities try to narrow the search area.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:38:46 +1000    READ MORE

Human remains found at site of Vic farmhouse explosion

Police have found human remains at the site of an explosion that injured two policemen in western Victoria.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:06:35 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey flags changes to age pension eligibility age, indexation

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has flagged possible changes to the eligibility age and indexation of the age pension as measures to help improve the budget bottom line.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:45:34 +1000    READ MORE

G20 nations not boosting growth, jobs enough: Hockey

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has criticised other G20 nations for not doing enough to meet a pledge to increase global economic growth and create tens of millions of jobs.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:49:25 +1000    READ MORE

NT Chief Minister withdraws olive branch to rebel MLAs

The Northern Territory's Chief Minister says he has withdrawn the olive branch offered to two Indigenous crossbench members in the wake of the Blain by-election.

The Country Liberals saved its majority with candidate Nathan Barrett winning the seat of Blain on Saturday, despite a swing of 10 per cent to Labor.

The Government had been under pressure after the resignation of Indigenous members Alison Anderson, Larisa Lee and Francis Xavier Kurrupuwuy earlier this month.

Chief Minister Adam Giles offered the three MLAs the chance to come back to the Country Liberals during the Blain by-election campaign.

However, Mr Giles now says only Mr Kurrupuwuy is welcome back.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:14:33 +1000    READ MORE

Investigations continue into disappearance of 3yo Chloe Campbell

Investigations continue into the two-day disappearance of a three-year-old girl near Bundaberg in south-east Queensland after she was reunited with her parents yesterday.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:53:01 +1000    READ MORE

Man shot in apparent road rage incident in Melbourne

A man is recovering in hospital after he was shot in an apparent road rage incident in Melbourne's CBD in the early hours of Sunday.

The injured man was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and is now in a stable condition.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:01:49 +1000    READ MORE

Iran plans legal action after US rejects visa for UN ambassador

Iran insists it will not replace its new envoy to the United Nations in New York and has accused the United States of acting illegally by refusing a visa to the diplomat.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:47:25 +1000    READ MORE

Japan intends to continue Antarctic whale hunt: Sea Shepherd

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says Japan has filed court briefs in the United States indicating it intends to return to hunting whales in Antarctic waters next year.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:30:18 +1000    READ MORE

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes near Solomon Islands

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck near the Solomon Islands, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:14:46 +1000    READ MORE

Anzac Appeal to sell pre-recorded minute of silence

Fundraising for this year's Anzac Appeal has taken a new twist with a pre-recorded minute of silence up for sale.

published: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:59:47 +1000    READ MORE

Gunmen seize police headquarters in eastern Ukraine

Armed separatists have taken virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an "act of aggression by Russia".

published: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:15:29 +1000    READ MORE

Tourists, locals leave Port Douglas evacuation centre after waiting out Cyclone Ita

The evacuation centre in Port Douglas has now reopened its doors sending home those who sought sanctuary.

published: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:31:55 +1000    READ MORE

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