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Deadly crash into uni undiscovered for hours

Police are trying to determine why a fatal crash at the University of Canberra went undiscovered for several hours.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:17:21 +1000    READ MORE

Man with brain injury missing in Tasmanian bush

A search has resumed for a man with a brain injury who has gone missing in Tasmania's northern bushland.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:06:31 +1000    READ MORE

Intruder scales fence, makes it inside White House

The United States Secret Service has reported two major security breaches with one incident involving an intruder who was able to enter the White House.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:05:26 +1000    READ MORE

Afghanistan's president candidates in power-sharing deal

The rival candidates in Afghanistan's disputed election have reached a power-sharing deal.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:53:48 +1000    READ MORE

Re-elected NZ prime minister to talk over minor party support

New Zealand prime minister John Key will talk with minor party leaders today about forming a new government after the National Party's victory on Saturday.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:44:38 +1000    READ MORE

More than 60,000 flee Islamic State in Syria

More than 60,000 mainly-Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, as Islamic State (IS) militants seized dozens of Syrian villages close to the border.

Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani.

Local Kurds said they feared a massacre in Kobani, whose strategic location has been blocking the radical Sunni Muslim militants from consolidating their gains across northern Syria.

US forces have bombed IS in Iraq, but it is unclear when or where any military action might take place in Syria.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:09:42 +1000    READ MORE

Scotland energised by hard-fought referendum battle

Yesterday Scotland said no to independence, but there is an overall agreement on one thing at least: that it was a hard-fought battle which saw unprecedented levels of political engagement.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:07:29 +1000    READ MORE

NATO warns Ukraine ceasefire is 'in name only'

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have agreed on a peace plan to end the conflict in the east.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:12:27 +1000    READ MORE

Ricciardo looking forward to 'fun' Singapore GP after qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo is staying positive despite starting from the second row for the Singapore grand prix.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:10:08 +1000    READ MORE

Kenya's Somali community targeted following last year's Westgate mall attack

Africa correspondent Martin Cuddihy writes that in the security crackdown following last year's Westgate mall attack, Kenya's significant Somali community has been regularly targeted.

published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:23:59 +1000    READ MORE

Lambie says burka post 'honours' policewoman killed by Taliban

Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie says an Afghan policewoman featured in a controversial Facebook post "would have been the first to agree" with her call to ban the burka.

The photographer who took the picture of Lt Col Malalai Kakar, which was shared online by senator Lambie in a push to ban the burka, has labelled the move appalling and insulting.

Malalai Kakar was Afghanistan's first female police officer, who the Taliban gunned down in her car in 2008.

Senator Lambie has responded to the photographer's comments and reports on the image, standing by the post.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:20:32 +1000    READ MORE

India court jails 13 men over gang-rape of woman

A court in India's West Bengal state has sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:46:10 +1000    READ MORE

Bulldogs edge Manly in golden point semi-final triumph

The Canterbury Bulldogs edged Manly 18-17 in a golden point win to take them through to the NRL preliminary finals.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:03:00 +1000    READ MORE

John Key's National Party takes out New Zealand election

New Zealand prime minister John Key has won a third term with a strong showing in Saturday's general election.

Mr Key's National Party secured a 48 per cent share of the vote, wining about 62 seats, two more than it had before going to the polls.

Supporting minor parties would deliver another four seats giving National a clear majority. 

Labour's vote meanwhile has fallen to 24 per cent. The Greens vote is down slightly.

One of the big winners has been Winston Peters and NZ First, while Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has failed to get into the next parliament.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:54:46 +1000    READ MORE

Hawthorn into AFL grand final thanks to Power's poor kicking

Defending champions Hawthorn will face Sydney in the AFL grand final after beating Port Adelaide by three points.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:26:24 +1000    READ MORE

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears: report

Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported on Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:00:58 +1000    READ MORE

New powers for police under proposed anti-terror law amendments

Police officers would get substantial new powers of arrest under proposed amendments to anti-terror laws.

The ABC has seen draft amendments to a range of legislation including the Criminal Code and Crimes Act.

A much anticipated package of reforms to terrorism laws is set to be introduced into Parliament early next week.

The draft amendments seen by the ABC include a significant lowering of the threshold applying to police officers when considering whether to arrest someone for terrorism offences without a warrant.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:25:09 +1000    READ MORE

Counting underway in New Zealand election

Polls have closed and early counting in the New Zealand election has prime minister John Key’s National Party in the lead, which could see him returned to office for a third term.

Mr Key and opposition leader David Cunliffe said they expect a close result but New Zealand's complicated proportional voting system makes it notoriously difficult to predict an outcome.

The Electoral Commission said it hopes to have all 700,000 advance votes counted within two hours, and a final tally of all votes – except those cast overseas and special votes – by the end of the night.

If pre-vote polls are accurate, Mr Key will be returned to power with support from the minor parties that already form part of his coalition government.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:04:21 +1000    READ MORE

James Hird must go as Bombers coach, says Shaw

Former Collingwood captain and coach Tony Shaw says Patrick Ryder's exit is the signal that James Hird has to go.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:36:10 +1000    READ MORE

Family of missing 3yo William Tyrell thank searchers

The family of three-year-old William Tyrell, who went missing from the New South Wales mid north coast over a week ago, have issued a letter of thanks to everyone involved in the search.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:36:10 +1000    READ MORE

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM

Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released, says PM.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:34:18 +1000    READ MORE

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines

Tropical storm Fung-Wong is churning towards Taiwan after killing at least five people in the Philippines.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:55:58 +1000    READ MORE

Arnhem Land leaders call for an end to 'poison' welfare

Powerful Indigenous figures in Arnhem Land have committed to work with the Federal Government to end the passive reliance on welfare in Aboriginal communities.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:42:51 +1000    READ MORE

Photos spark new outback search for teen's body

Police now have aerial photographs of remote Coober Pedy in the South Australian outback, which have prompted them to plan another search for the body of a teenager who was last seen alive in 1990.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:30:00 +1000    READ MORE

Man critically injured in fall at Mt Buller ski resort

A man has suffered serious head and chest injuries after falling down a mountain face at the Mt Buller ski resort in Victoria's alpine region.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:16:00 +1000    READ MORE

New Yorker makes sea change to Australian wine production

South Australia's wine reputation has made its key regions familiar names in restaurants and stores across the world, but has also lured some international talent to wine production.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:35:27 +1000    READ MORE

Australian among three killed in PNG plane crash

An Australian pilot is among three people killed in a charter plane crash in Papua New Guinea.

The Hevilift twin otter aircraft came down near the capital Port Moresby on Saturday with nine people on board.

The Australian was killed along with the co-pilot and a passenger, both of whom were PNG nationals.

The survivors, all PNG nationals, were taken to a hospital in Port Moresby.

Hevilift has issued a statement saying its "thoughts and sympathy go to the families of those who have died" and pledging to "continue to provide every assistance to the survivors".

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:03:21 +1000    READ MORE

Counter-terrorism expert becomes target of hate mail

A Perth academic says she has become the target of hate mail after speaking out against the radicalisation of Islam.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:49:43 +1000    READ MORE

Alibaba share price surges on US market debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, raising $US21.8 billion ($24.4 billion) in the biggest initial public offering in the United States.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd stock closed at $US93.89, up 38 per cent from the IPO price of $US68 a share, leaving the company valued at over $US230 billion.

The start of trading was delayed because of intense demand from investors.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:39:17 +1000    READ MORE

Australia won't shut G20 door on Putin: Hockey

As the G20 finance ministers meeting gets underway in Cairns, Treasurer Joe Hockey has told the world's most powerful financial leaders and central bankers he will not be closing the door on Russia.

The Cairns finance summit is seen as an important test run before leaders gather for the G20 in Brisbane in November.

The Government had been considering banning Russian leader Vladimir Putin from the meeting in the wake of the deadly downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

But Mr Hockey said it was not Australia's decision to ban anyone, adding: "They are member of the G20, we expect they will attend the G20 meetings."

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:17:02 +1000    READ MORE

Bishop backs push to defeat IS as Syrian villages seized

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has used a United Nations meeting to reaffirm Australia's support for an international campaign against Islamic State militants.

Ms Bishop is in New York, where she will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of regional and Middle Eastern nations.

"ISIL's actions leave in no doubt, the severity of the threat to the region and the wider world," Ms Bishop told the UN Security Council in New York.

Her comments came as IS militants reportedly seized more than 60 Syrian villages near the Turkish border, forcing thousands of civilians to flee into Turkey.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:53:29 +1000    READ MORE

Russian fighter jets intercepted near Alaska

US and Canadian warplanes were scrambled to intercept Russian fighter jets that strayed into airspace over Alaska.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:49:53 +1000    READ MORE

MH17 victim farewelled in Sydney service

Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Sydney's south-west for the funeral of MH17 victim Victor Oreshkin to remember him as a man of devout Christian faith.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:45:11 +1000    READ MORE

Sarkozy announces his return to politics on Facebook

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics, revealing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of the opposition Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) in a move that would position him for a 2017 presidential bid.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:26:08 +1000    READ MORE

Little penguins under threat from marina proposal

The proposed Mangles Bay marina development, south of Perth, could further erode the little penguins' habitats, an expert says.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:21:07 +1000    READ MORE

Australian IS backers 'should lose citizenship'

Australians fighting for the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) should be stripped of their citizenship, a prominent young South Australian community leader says.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:34:49 +1000    READ MORE

Goose hunter wrestles croc, recovers with beer

A Northern Territory goose hunter has survived a crocodile attack after wrestling the animal and poking it in the eyes.

Stephen Moreen, 20, waded into the water to recover a goose he had shot when the crocodile - estimated to be about two metres long - launched out of the water and latched onto his right arm.

The attack happened yesterday evening near the remote community of Peppimenarti, about 320 kilometres south-west of Darwin.

He said he was not in pain because he had been "a little bit tipsy" when the crocodile attacked.

"[The croc did] the death roll," he said. "Lucky for me when went underwater I saw him and poked his eye. He let go."

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:27:58 +1000    READ MORE

Dumped Hobart Baroque Festival 'worst possible outcome'

The cancellation of the highly successful Hobart Baroque Festival has been described by the Lord Mayor as the worst possible outcome for the city and for fans of classical music.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:09:50 +1000    READ MORE

Police officer set on fire in molotov cocktail attack

A police officer is recovering after being attacked with a molotov cocktail and set on fire near Canberra Airport on Friday.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:05:23 +1000    READ MORE

Threatening note found at scene of house fire

A threatening note has been attached to the front fence of a house that was engulfed by flames in Melbourne's east overnight.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:48:12 +1000    READ MORE

10 responses to the Scottish referendum result

On the day after Scots rejected the chance to break away from the United Kingdom, we took to the streets of Edinburgh, asking people to put pen to paper to express their feelings.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:46:42 +1000    READ MORE

NSW TAFE cuts 50pc higher than expected: teachers

TAFE teachers say the NSW Government's job cuts at campuses are far higher than it first announced, with at least 1,200 jobs to go.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:40:24 +1000    READ MORE

Aboriginal leaders urge timeframe for referendum

Yolngu leaders from parts of Arnhem Land are urging the Prime Minister to reconsider delaying a referendum for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution beyond the next election.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:22:36 +1000    READ MORE

Cameron's cross-party serenade to Scotland crumbles

In the wake of Scotland's vote against independence, the United Kingdom parliament is clouted with uncertainty, as many wait to see how election promises of greater independence for the nation will be upheld.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:43:41 +1000    READ MORE

New Zealand voters head to the polls

Voting is underway in the New Zealand general election with incumbent National Party prime minister John Key expected to be returned for a third term.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:32:02 +1000    READ MORE

Salmond to step down as Scottish first minister

Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish independence campaign Alex Salmond has announced he will resign as the leader of his party, after Scots rejected breaking away from the UK in the country's independence referendum.

He will also quit as the country's first minister, after the poll which saw 55 per cent of voters decide against independence.

In an official message following the referendum result, Queen Elizabeth II said she would do everything to build a strong future for Scotland.

The Queen said she had no doubt Scots, as well as others throughout the United Kingdom, would come together in a "spirit of mutual respect and support.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:30:25 +1000    READ MORE

US man confesses to Bali suitcase murder, say police

An American man has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother at a luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Bali, while the girlfriend has admitted helping stuff the body into a suitcase, police say.

published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:05:01 +1000    READ MORE

AFP implement new powers to detain without charge

In the wake of the anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday, it has been revealed Australian Federal Police used preventative detention orders for the first time to detain people without charge.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:58:08 +1000    READ MORE

Swans steamroll the Kangaroos to reach AFL grand final

Sydney has swept into the AFL grand final with a 71-point win over North Melbourne at the Olympic stadium.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:32:15 +1000    READ MORE

Brave Cowboys sent packing by video ref

The Sydney Roosters have escaped with a 31-30 win against the North Queensland Cowboys in a thrilling NRL semi-final at the SFS.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:02:32 +1000    READ MORE

Afghan policewoman's image 'desecrated' by Lambie

The photographer who took the picture of an Afghan policewoman, which has been used in an online campaign to ban the burka, says Senator Jacqui Lambie has desecrated her image. 

Malalai Kakar was Afghanistan's first female policewoman who the Taliban gunned down in 2008. She was well known for her stance on women's rights.

Lana Slezic says she is shocked and appalled the photo she took of Lt Col Kakar in Afghanistan has been used out of context and without permission.

PUP senator Jacqui Lambie shared the image on her Facebook page of Lt Col Kakar in a blue burka pointing a pistol overlaid with the words: "For security reasons it's now time to ban the burqa".

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:54:08 +1000    READ MORE

Clan leader says Abbott should have visited 'real' Arnhem Land

A clan leader in northeast Arnhem Land has said that the Prime Minister should have travelled to more remote parts of the region during a visit this week.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:50:07 +1000    READ MORE

Muslim leaders question evidence behind terrorism raids

Muslim leaders say questions are mounting about what evidence police had to justify yesterday's massive anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:24:03 +1000    READ MORE

Locals pool funds to aid Thai double murder probe

Residents on the Thai island where two British tourists were brutally murdered have pooled their funds into a reward for clues about the killers, as police hunt for fresh leads.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:38:39 +1000    READ MORE

Organic farmer faces $800,000 in court costs

A West Australian organic farmer could face $800,000 in costs after losing a court case in which he alleged a neighbour contaminated his crops with GM canola.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:37:11 +1000    READ MORE

France carries out air strike on Islamic State militants

French jets have carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq, successfully destroying their target.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:27:36 +1000    READ MORE

Mum jailed for sending girls' naked photos to teacher

A woman who sent sexually explicit photos and videos of her daughters to their dance teacher in order to further their careers has been jailed.

The woman, who cannot be named, sent at least 100 photos and two videos of the girls to Grant Davies, who was the director of the RG Dance school at Chiswick in Sydney.

Many of the photos showed the two girls, who were aged under 14 at the time, naked in their bedroom or bathroom.

Judge Peter Zahra sentenced the woman to three years and six months' jail with a non-parole period of 18 months.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:09:08 +1000    READ MORE

Muslim leaders to meet ACT Government after raids

A series of meetings have been organised between the ACT Government and the local Muslim community in the wake of counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:19:41 +1000    READ MORE

News anchor axed for president 'Eleven' gaffe

An Indian television news anchor has been sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping, apparently confusing his name for Roman numerals.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:50:42 +1000    READ MORE

Share market finishes well despite mining losses

The Australian share market has finished the week on a positive note, despite losses by the mining sector.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:14:53 +1000    READ MORE

Aboriginal trust sues auditor over alleged fraud

The Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust is suing its auditor and accountants for failing to detect the alleged fraud of millions of dollars.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:08:01 +1000    READ MORE

Bombers weigh up options after court decision

Essendon and coach James Hird must weigh up whether to appeal the Federal Court's ruling over the ASADA investigation.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:28 +1000    READ MORE

Axeman crashes ute into bollards at business park

A man armed with an axe and a molotov cocktail has crashed his ute into bollards outside an office building at Brindabella business park this afternoon.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:41:56 +1000    READ MORE

Scots urged to put aside 'deep divisions' after independence vote fails

Scots have rejected the chance to break away from the United Kingdom, with the No campaign winning the country's historic independence referendum.

The poll, which saw more than 85 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots across the nation, became official just after 6:00am local time when Fife's voters declared for the Union.

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the independence campaign, said he accepted the will of the people not to become an independent country "at this stage".

The head of the No campaign, Labour's Alastair Darling, said the UK must now look to mend "deep divisions" brought about by the vote.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:38:20 +1000    READ MORE

Separatism trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti wraps up

China's trial of a Uighur scholar on separatism charges has concluded two days of evidence, and his lawyer says a verdict in the case, that has drawn international criticism, might come next week.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:35:47 +1000    READ MORE

Australian dollar could fall to 73 US cents: analysts

Economists at a major investment bank say the Australian dollar could fall as low as 73 US cents, with another analyst warning that may bring the first RBA rate rise forward.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:26:21 +1000    READ MORE

Leasing Qld utilities still attracts federal bonus payment

Queensland will still qualify for a federal bonus payment if it leases out energy utilities instead of selling them, Treasurer Joe Hockey says.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:22:02 +1000    READ MORE

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik becoming 'more extreme'

The father of Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in 2011, says his son's fascist, anti-immigrant views seem to be getting ever more extreme in jail.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:12:20 +1000    READ MORE

Alibaba sets $US68 price tag on shares in IPO

Chinese internet giant Alibaba is a step closer to launching what could become the most valuable share market float in history.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:17:22 +1000    READ MORE

Court rules ASADA probe into Essendon was lawful

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation into Essendon Football Club's 2012 supplements program was lawful, the Federal Court has ruled.

It means 34 past and present players will have to answer to doping charges against them.

Justice John Middleton said ASADA complied with the rule of law by establishing and conducting its joint investigation with the AFL.

He said at all times club officials, coach James Hird and players would have been aware that the interviews they were giving would be used by ASADA.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:00:27 +1000    READ MORE

Senator Lambie backs calls for burkas to be banned

Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has backed calls for burkas to be banned in public, adding that she would not allow anyone wearing the traditional garment into her office for "public and staff safety reasons".

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:59:12 +1000    READ MORE

Radicals may use terrorism raids as recruitment tool

Community consultation is the key to avoiding the growth of radical extremism in future, a Brisbane-based expert on homegrown terrorism says.

Dr Ashutosh Misra from Griffith University's centre of excellence in policing and security once worked with the Indian Government on addressing terrorism in that country.

He praised the response of Queensland authorities to what he said was a growing threat facing Western democracies across the world.

But he warned recent raids would also be used as a recruitment tool by extremists.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:28:07 +1000    READ MORE

Mexicans take up guns, machetes to fend off looters

Residents of Mexico's Los Cabos resort have armed themselves with guns and machetes in neighborhoods battered by Hurricane Odile in a bid to defend their homes from looters.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:21:23 +1000    READ MORE

Going it alone on carbon pricing makes economic sense: IMF

Research by IMF staff shows that for most large emitting nations, putting a price on carbon dioxide has economic benefits beyond reducing global climate change.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:02:05 +1000    READ MORE

New Sydney Catholic Archbishop's vow: 'No cover-ups'

The newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, the Reverend Anthony Fisher, has promised "there will be no excuses and no cover-ups" in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:50 +1000    READ MORE

Mother says careless treatment caused 3yo's death

The mother of a three-year-old girl who died of an air embolism in central Queensland says she believes careless medical treatment caused the death of her daughter.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:21:07 +1000    READ MORE

Cyclist who pushed woman, killing her gets more jail time

A Sydney cyclist who pushed an elderly woman to her death has been given a longer jail sentence by the Court of Appeal

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:10:17 +1000    READ MORE

World population could hit 12b by 2100: demographers

The world's population could hit 12 billion by the end of the century, a report by population experts has found.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:03:43 +1000    READ MORE

Security for AFL finals boosted amid terrorism threat

Security checks will be increased at this weekend's AFL preliminary finals match in Melbourne as Victoria Police respond to the heightened terrorist threat level.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:57:48 +1000    READ MORE

Two convicted of animal cruelty after leaving dog to die

Two men have been convicted of animal cruelty for leaving a dog to die after it had been run over and then beaten.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:55:48 +1000    READ MORE

Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in US shooting

A 51-year-old Florida man shoots dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:44:27 +1000    READ MORE

Pandas fail to mate, but Adelaide zookeepers upbeat

Adelaide Zoo's giant pandas have failed to mate, but their keepers say it is by no means the end of the affair.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:43:21 +1000    READ MORE

Hidden gas chambers uncovered at Nazi death camp

Archaeologists working at the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Sobibor, Poland, have uncovered hidden gas chambers in which an estimated 250,000 Jews were killed.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:43:21 +1000    READ MORE

NZ government's support slides ahead of election

A day before New Zealand's general election, opinion polls show the gap between John Key's National Party-led government and Labour is shrinking.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:10:23 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola workers, journalists found dead after attack

Eight people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry villagers.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:27:45 +1000    READ MORE

Escaped Brisbane sex offender caught in NSW

Escaped sex offender Christopher Charles Gardner has been caught in New South Wales, police have confirmed.

The 29-year-old removed his GPS tracker and went missing from detention at Wacol in Brisbane's west early this morning.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:09:52 +1000    READ MORE

Public servant justified longer work breaks to get soy milk

A federal public servant under scrutiny over work absences said she took longer breaks than usual because she needed to find cafes that sold organic coffee and soy milk.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:26:33 +1000    READ MORE

Court to rule on Essendon's challenge to ASADA

The Federal Court will hand down its decision in the case against ASADA launched by Essendon and James Hird.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:08:15 +1000    READ MORE

Police to patrol Sydney landmarks 24/7 amid terror threat

NSW Police will conduct round-the-clock patrols of Sydney's iconic landmarks and major transport hubs amid a heightened security threat after yesterday's counter-terrorism raids across the city.

Hundreds of officers will maintain a highly visible presence 24/7 at locations, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and surrounding foreshore, and at sporting events and large public gatherings.

The security boost comes after synchronised dawn raids Thursday on houses and vehicles across Sydney's west and north-west, and in Brisbane's south, involving more than 800 police.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:03:52 +1000    READ MORE

Overseas share markets rise despite uncertainty over Scotland

As the polls close and counting begins in the Scottish independence vote, the feared market fallout vote has not eventuated ... for now at least.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:59:59 +1000    READ MORE

Iranians arrested over Happy video sentenced to jail

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video singing along to the American pop song Happy have reportedly been handed suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behaviour.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:58:58 +1000    READ MORE

Obama condemns Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine

Barack Obama condemns Russian 'aggression' as he welcomes Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko to the White House.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:56:55 +1000    READ MORE

Authorities reject claims that Fiji poll was not fair

Fijian authorities say they have not seen any evidence of electoral misconduct resulting from Wednesday's election.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:29:11 +1000    READ MORE

Perspectives on the Scottish vote from the streets of Edinburgh

As Scots had their say in the independence referendum, the ABC's Gary Kemble took to the streets of Edinburgh to ask for predictions on which side would win the historic vote.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:08:09 +1000    READ MORE

Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remark after British murders

Thailand's prime minister has apologised for criticising tourists who wear bikinis, comments that sparked an international outcry following the murder of two Britons there this week.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:37:41 +1000    READ MORE

Polls close in Scottish independence referendum

Polls have closed in Scotland after people voted in a finely balanced referendum on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:04 +1000    READ MORE

Fact check: Have 100,000 new jobs been created this year?

The Abbott Government celebrated one year in office on September 7, 2014.

In a message on the Liberal Party's YouTube channel Prime Minister Tony Abbott listed the Government's achievements and said: "Over 100,000 new jobs have been created since the end of last year."

ABC Fact Check takes a look at job creation in 2014.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +1000    READ MORE

AFP take over security at Parliament amid attack fears

Security at Parliament House has been ramped up after "chatter" among terrorist support networks about a possible attack on government, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Four people have now been charged in the wake of the raids in Sydney and Brisbane, with one man accused of plotting to grab innocent members of the public and execute them.

"There certainly has been chatter amongst the terrorist support networks of an attack on government and government people and Parliament House has been specifically mentioned," he told ABC's AM program.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:40:10 +1000    READ MORE

Sex offender on the run after removing GPS tracker

A dangerous sex offender is on the run after removing his GPS tracker and escaping detention at Wacol in Brisbane's west.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:27:17 +1000    READ MORE

St Andrews votes to allow female members for first time in 260 years

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted to allow women members for the first time in its 260-year history.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:23:37 +1000    READ MORE

Captive British journalist to reveal Islamic State 'facts'

Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Iraq and Syria have released a video which they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity, saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

published: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:21:15 +1000    READ MORE

Indian sisters face execution for child murders

Two Indian sisters described as "evil monsters" are launching a last-ditch effort to stop them becoming the first women to be executed in the country since it became independent in 1947.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:50:41 +1000    READ MORE

PNG residents describe life in volcano-prone Rabaul

It has been 20 years since a major volcanic eruption destroyed the once-picturesque town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

Last month, residents received a reminder of the ongoing geothermal threat of Mount Tavurvur when it erupted again, sending clouds of ash 18 kilometres into the stratosphere.

Vulcanologists believe it might have been only a small taste of what might come, if predictions of a catastrophic Krakatoa-style eruption one day eventuate.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:21:22 +1000    READ MORE

Three BBC journalists 'badly beaten' in Russia

A team of BBC journalists has been assaulted in Russia while researching a story about soldiers "being killed at the Ukraine border."

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:54:26 +1000    READ MORE

Bikies carry out assaults for CFMEU, police say

Outlaw motorcycle gangs have been carrying out threats and assaults for the construction, forestry, mining and energy union (CFMEU), Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner has told an inquiry.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:50:47 +1000    READ MORE

Alibaba float could be largest in history

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to make a splash on the New York Stock Exchange in what could be the biggest stock market float in history.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:10:19 +1000    READ MORE

Counter-terrorism raids thwart 'beheading' plot

The emerging reality of terrorism in Australia struck home just before dawn on Thursday when more than 800 police launched synchronised raids on houses across Sydney's west and north-west, and Brisbane's south.

The raids foiled a plot involving a man believed to be Australia's most senior Islamic State member, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who called contacts in Australia and directed them to carry out a campaign of random public beheadings in Sydney and Brisbane, the ABC understands.

Omarjan Azari, 22, from the western Sydney suburb of Guildford, was one of 15 people detained during the operation and is accused of conspiring with Baryalei and others to act in preparation or plan a terrorist act or acts.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:42:32 +1000    READ MORE

Stolen vintage Jaguar recovered after 46 years

A rare Jaguar XKE convertible stolen 46 years ago will be returned to its owner thanks to an eagle-eyed customs agent.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:25:36 +1000    READ MORE

Surfer solves crime while reporting theft to police

A Melbourne surfer who tracked down the name of the man who sold his stolen surfboards ran into him at a police station while reporting the crime.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:00:37 +1000    READ MORE

Market breaks losing streak but dollar dips

The Australian share market has broken a six-session losing streak to close slightly higher, but the dollar weakened considerably on comments from the US Federal Reserve.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:31:28 +1000    READ MORE

Abbott, Shorten farewell troops headed to Middle East

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have farewelled Australian troops and support staff headed to the Middle East.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:20:58 +1000    READ MORE

Controversial AFL Europe airline deal called off

The AFL has called off a sponsorship deal between its affiliated league in Europe and Brunei's state airline over harsh Sharia laws in the country.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:11:40 +1000    READ MORE

NSW Parliament establishes Mr Fluffy asbestos inquiry

The New South Wales parliament has set up an inquiry into Mr Fluffy asbestos, to examine the role government should play in advising homeowners and occupiers.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:17:31 +1000    READ MORE

Service jobs may explain outsized rise in part-time work

A strong rise in services industries may go some way to explaining last month's job surge driven by part-time work.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:40 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged over shots fired at police officers

Police have charged a man who has been on the run for 24 hours after allegedly firing shots at officers and leading them on a high-speed car chase in central Queensland.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:41:10 +1000    READ MORE

Broome service held for WWII crew after plane wreck found

Two families waited 70 years for a memorial service after an RAAF plane crashed off Broome during WWII.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:14:26 +1000    READ MORE

Woman admits accessing Frances Abbott's college data

A Sydney woman who leaked the student records of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughter Frances has pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally accessing restricted data.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:52:01 +1000    READ MORE

No evidence of terrorism threat to WA: Barnett

There is no evidence to suggest a terrorism threat that led to huge raids in two eastern states applied to WA, Premier Colin Barnett says.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:54:27 +1000    READ MORE

John Key on track for third term despite bruising campaign

New Zealanders are likely to give prime minister John Key a crack at his third term in office when they head to the polls on Saturday, despite an election campaign beset by allegations of political scandal.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:35:14 +1000    READ MORE

Chimpanzees 'natural born killers', scientists say

Chimpanzees are naturally violent towards each other in the face of increased competition for food or habitat, a new study has found.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:28:29 +1000    READ MORE

Man on terrorism charges 'preparing to leave Australia'

A man accused of aiding a terrorist group has been refused bail after a court heard he was recorded telling his wife he had to leave Australia before he was arrested.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:51:18 +1000    READ MORE

Key senator accuses spies of creating 'moral panic'

A key Senate crossbencher has accused Australia's intelligence agencies of creating "moral panic" and is worried new national security laws will allow ASIO to torture people.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:39:23 +1000    READ MORE

Someone knows something about missing boy: police

Police searching for a three-year-old boy who went missing from his grandmother's home on the New South Wales mid-north coast last week say they believe "someone knows something" about his disappearance.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:07 +1000    READ MORE

Two British men stopped in Bangkok over tourist deaths

Authorities in Thailand have reportedly stopped two British men at Bangkok airport for questioning over the deaths of two tourists found on a beach on Monday.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:30:16 +1000    READ MORE

Senior Australian IS member 'instigated beheading plot'

A man believed to be Australia's most senior Islamic State member called contacts in Australia and asked them to carry out a campaign of random public beheadings in Sydney and Brisbane, the ABC understands.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:20:44 +1000    READ MORE

Two men arrested as pen guns seized in Sydney

A pen gun supply syndicate has been interrupted and two men arrested in Sydney's south-west, police say.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:47:23 +1000    READ MORE

Interactive map: Where the terrorism raids occurred

Explore our interactive map to find out what happened where as 800 police launched terrorism raids across at least 15 suburbs in Sydney and Brisbane.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:44:50 +1000    READ MORE

Troops heading into war-like combat with IS: ADF chief

Australian fighter jets will be part of a combat mission in the Middle East, according to Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

While he says calling the mission a war would give Islamic State too much legitimacy, he says the counter terrorism mission is considered to be a war-like engagement.

Two hundred special forces troops - mostly commandos - have already been deployed and are waiting in the United Arab Emirates for further deployment.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:29:06 +1000    READ MORE

Fears of community unrest in wake of terror raids

Officials say they are concerned about possible public disorder in the wake of this morning's huge anti-terrorist raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:04:48 +1000    READ MORE

Shots fired near Rockhampton amid search for gunman

Police in bulletproof vests have gone into an area south-west of Rockhampton in central Queensland where shots have been fired by a dangerous gunman.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:49:06 +1000    READ MORE

American hospital equipment heads to Liberia as Ebola battle intensifies

The first planeload of hospital equipment in the US military's contribution to the battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia by the weekend.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:41:28 +1000    READ MORE

Cory Bernardi renews calls for burka ban

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has renewed his call for a ban on the Muslim burka following this morning's anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:21:49 +1000    READ MORE

Sanderson sacking a 'tough call' for Crows chairman Chapman

Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman said it was a tough call to sack Brenton Sanderson, but the club will not accept mediocrity.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:13:12 +1000    READ MORE

Mother says medicinal cannabis 'miracle' treatment

A Tasmanian mother has told a parliamentary inquiry how medicinal cannabis has miraculously improved the health of her nine-year-old daughter who suffers from a rare genetic disorder.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:03:53 +1000    READ MORE

Power could surge into grand final with Sydney's stars

Grandstand assesses the four remaining teams ahead of this weekend's AFL preliminary finals.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:27:13 +1000    READ MORE

Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic waters

Japanese whalers will resume operations in the Antarctic, Japan announced on the final day of the Independent Whaling Commission (IWC) in Slovenia.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:20:00 +1000    READ MORE

Police swarm Sydney street to arrest man in counter-terror raids

As more than 600 officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police continue their counter terrorist operations in Sydney's west and north-west, emerging details of the co-ordinated raids reveal just how seriously authorities are taking this alleged threat to national security.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00:49 +1000    READ MORE

ACT launches Northern Corroboree Frog rescue mission

Conservationists hoping to save the Northern Corroboree Frog from extinction have released nearly 300 tadpoles have been released in the Brindabella Range, west of Canberra.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00:49 +1000    READ MORE

10 charts that reveal Australian attitudes to violence against women

What does the latest huge national survey say about Australians' attitudes to violence against women?

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:53:12 +1000    READ MORE

Increase in STIs linked to decline in safe sex

Sexually transmitted infections are at near-decade highs, with Syphilis at its highest ever recorded level in Australia.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:51:58 +1000    READ MORE

Australian dollar slumps as Fed hints at earlier rate rises

The US central bank's hints of an earlier and stronger rise in interest rates have sent the Aussie dollar sliding, but a US rate rise next year may prompt similar moves by the RBA.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:44:50 +1000    READ MORE

US shares rise, Australian dollar slumps on Fed meeting

The Australian dollar has taken a tumble after the US Federal Reserve's update on monetary policy triggered a surge in the greenback against most other major currencies.

Markets on Wall Street also gained ground as the Fed renewed its pledge to keep US interest rates near zero for some time yet.

The main US share indices retreated slightly after the central bank's announcement, but edged up again as investors began to digest the detail.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:46:07 +1000    READ MORE

Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned around

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has revealed a total of 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:33:39 +1000    READ MORE

Dwarf galaxy harbours 'supermassive' black hole

Astronomers using the Hubble orbital telescope found a "supermassive" black hole lurking at the heart of the only dwarf galaxy ever observed to host one, they reported Wednesday.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:44:50 +1000    READ MORE

NSW mother wins ballooning world championship

A former marathon kayaker who represented Australia has won the inaugural women's hot air balloon world championship event in Poland.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:25:58 +1000    READ MORE

Abbott to see off Australian troops bound for Mideast

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will today cut short his Indigenous affairs tour of Arnhem Land to farewell Australian forces.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:15:58 +1000    READ MORE

'Extremely dangerous' gunman on the run in Qld

Queensland police have continued the search for an "extremely dangerous" gunman but revoked a public safety declaration in the state's central region.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:10:24 +1000    READ MORE

Live: Senior Australian in IS 'ordered beheadings'

Nearly 900 police were involved in raids in Brisbane and Sydney aimed at foiling an alleged imminent terrorist attack, with 15 people arrested.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:02:02 +1000    READ MORE

Fact file: What would Scottish independence mean for the Australian flag?

Scotland is set to vote on whether to split from the United Kingdom and become an independent nation.

As the yes vote has gained ground, speculation that an independent Scotland would force a change to the Union Jack has increased.

ABC Fact Check examines what Scottish independence would mean for the Australian flag.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +1000    READ MORE

Anti-terror operation foils plot to 'commit violent acts'

Police say a large-scale anti-terrorism raid in Sydney this morning has foiled a plot to "commit violent acts" in Australia.

More than 800 officers launched the raids as part of Operation Appleby in suburbs across Sydney's west and north-west, with a further 70 police involved in raids on properties in Brisbane's south.

Police said 15 people had been detained in Sydney as part of the operation between NSW officers, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

AFP Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said one person has been charged with serious terrorism-related offences and will appear at central Local Court in Sydney later today.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:13:44 +1000    READ MORE

Frank Bainimarama on brink of victory in Fijian election

Fiji's self-appointed leader Frank Bainimarama is set for a dominant election win, as counting in the long-awaited poll continues.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has congratulated Fiji on a successful execution of the poll, paying respect to provisional frontrunner, the Fiji First party of incumbent leader Frank Bainimarama.

With more than half of the ballots counted, the leader of the Fiji First party has a compelling lead with 60 per cent of votes.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:04:53 +1000    READ MORE

Labor rules out changes to Renewable Energy Target

Labor has ruled out negotiating with the Federal Government to scale back the large-scale Renewable Energy Target (RET).

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:58:14 +1000    READ MORE

Boko Haram blamed for deadly Nigeria college attack

At least 15 people have been killed when police fought a battle with suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Nigeria's second largest city, Kano.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:40:45 +1000    READ MORE

Lawyers fear mentally ill asylum seekers being detained

Lawyers are concerned mentally ill asylum seekers are being detained and are set to be forcibly repatriated to their home countries.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:10:55 +1000    READ MORE

Executive pay drops after regulatory changes

Executive pay eased last year, while termination payments plummeted under new rules, a report has found.

published: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:01:00 +1000    READ MORE

Scottish polls on knife-edge on eve of referendum

Scotland is just hours away from a historic vote to decide whether the country becomes independent from the United Kingdom, with the latest polls predicting a very tight result.

In an intense final day of campaigning, both the Yes and No campaigns held mass rallies urging Scots to carefully consider the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

The latest and largest opinion poll, conducted by YouGov, showed 48 per cent in favour of independence and 52 per cent opposed."

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:27:12 +1000    READ MORE

China's president Xi arrives in India for state visit

China's president Xi Jinping has arrived in India for a three-day visit aimed at creating greater cooperation between the two countries.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:21:39 +1000    READ MORE

PM vows to try 'new things' to improve school attendance

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged his government has a long way to go in achieving promised school attendance improvements in remote Indigenous communities.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:13:14 +1000    READ MORE

Search for 3yo William Tyrell to be scaled back

A search for a three-year-old boy who went missing from his grandmother's home on the New South Wales mid-north coast last week is to be scaled back.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:29 +1000    READ MORE

Couple 'mortified' by offer to take home baby Gammy

Gammy, the baby with Down syndrome at the centre of a surrogacy dispute last month, was offered to another Australian couple as the surrogacy agency tried to work out what to do with the unwanted child, it has been claimed.

The couple had been clients of Thailand Surrogacy for two years and when they failed to conceive via surrogacy, the agency asked if they wanted a baby with Down syndrome – the boy now known as Gammy.

A former worker at Thailand Surrogacy also claims the Australian biological father, David Farnell, asked if it was possible for the baby to be left outside a Thai temple.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:46:48 +1000    READ MORE

Volunteers sought for armchair penguin count

A call has gone out for people to help count penguins for a new study, but there is no requirement to travel to a remote icy continent.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:51 +1000    READ MORE

Woman who bashed elderly bus passenger escapes jail

A woman who assaulted an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:09:48 +1000    READ MORE

Tinkler goes out of racing a winner

In perhaps the ultimate result in the irony stakes, Nathan Tinkler's often turbulent involvement in Australian thoroughbred racing has ended the same way it started.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:07:00 +1000    READ MORE

Policeman who sprayed tethered dog gets counselling

A police officer who was captured on CCTV firing capsicum spray at a tethered dog will undergo formal counselling and re-training following an internal investigation.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:53:27 +1000    READ MORE

New website fills healthy food ratings vacuum

While consumers are waiting for the Federal Government to re-launch its healthy star food labelling website, a world-leading health research body has stepped into the vacuum.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:32:51 +1000    READ MORE

Adelaide Crows sack coach Sanderson

The Adelaide Crows have sacked coach Brenton Sanderson after the club missed out on an AFL finals place.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:19:28 +1000    READ MORE

Guide to teach children to call triple-0 launched

A new teaching guide to help educate children on how to respond in an emergency has been launched by the Federal Government.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:17:00 +1000    READ MORE

Big four banks help drag down local market

The Australian share market has fallen for a sixth consecutive session and has lost all of its gains from the past month.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:10:36 +1000    READ MORE

Brothers deliberately avoiding search teams, police say

Two brothers at the centre of a large-scale search in far northern New South Wales are deliberately avoiding detection, police have said.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:53:42 +1000    READ MORE

Vote counting underway in peaceful Fiji election

Vote counting is underway in Fiji following the country's first general election in eight years.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:46:21 +1000    READ MORE

Darwin bus driver recalls spate of violent attacks

A spate of violent attacks has prompted the Northern Territory to promise funding for more public transport security.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:10:56 +1000    READ MORE

Bernardi rejects PM's stance on Scottish independence

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi is publicly backing the idea of an independent Scotland, even though his party's leader Tony Abbott strongly warned against any move to break away from the United Kingdom.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:09:13 +1000    READ MORE

Police protecting Newman keep files on protesting unions

Police in charge of assessing threats to the safety of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman have been keeping files on groups opposed to the State Government's policies.

The threat assessments compiled by the state's Security Intelligence Branch were obtained under right to information, with many of the documents heavily redacted.

But uncensored sections spell out the "tactics and motivations" of unions protesting against public sector cuts and environmental groups demonstrating against issues such as coal seam gas projects.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:14 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey denies Australia's 'luck is running out'

Treasurer Joe Hockey has dismissed warnings from his former colleague Peter Costello that Australia's economic luck is "beginning to run out".

The country's longest serving treasurer argues the economy is undergoing a major restructure and is fearful that China's appetite for resources is tapering off.

But Mr Hockey told ABC TV's 7.30 program he remains "fundamentally an optimist".

"I think Australia is on the threshold of its greatest ever era - but whatever prosperity we're going to have in the future we're going to have to earn," he said.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:50:36 +1000    READ MORE

AFP officer accessed child porn on internet

An officer with the Australian Federal Police in Canberra has been found guilty of three counts of accessing child pornography on the internet.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:37:47 +1000    READ MORE

Hep C patients push for PBS listing of new drug

Australians suffering hepatitis C are pushing for access to a new drug, which when used in combination with other drugs, has a cure rate of 90 per cent.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:35:37 +1000    READ MORE

Volcano spewing lava hurries Philippines evacuations

Lava is cascading down the Philippines' most active volcano as thousands are evacuated ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:35 +1000    READ MORE

French chefs seek to put banned songbird back on menu

Four French chefs are requesting a waiver to serve a long-banned delicacy - a small songbird called the ortolan that fans including late president Francois Mitterrand used to devour, bones and all, while wearing a napkin over their heads.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:24:25 +1000    READ MORE

Search for gunman continues after shots fired at police

Police are searching for a gunman who shot at officers after leading police on a dramatic car chase south-west of Rockhampton in central Qld.

Earlier today officers were told a man had been threatening people with a gun, which led to a police pursuit of a four-wheel drive in Mount Morgan.

Police said the man, described as extremely dangerous and armed with a high-powered rifle, later fired shots at police.

They said the man may also be linked to a nearby grass fire where several homes have been evacuated.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:12:15 +1000    READ MORE

Holden won't confirm 300 engineers poised to lose jobs

Holden says it will not comment on reports it is poised to cut 300 engineering jobs in Victoria before the end of the year.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:10:52 +1000    READ MORE

Money transfer business suspended over suspected terrorism links

The trading licence of a Sydney-based money transfer business has been suspended because of suspicions it is helping fund terrorism.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:56:46 +1000    READ MORE

Troops may be forced to fire at IS militants: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will fire back if they are targeted by Islamic State terrorists.

Australia is sending 10 aircraft, 400 military support staff and 200 special forces to the Middle East to be on standby for any action in Iraq.

Mr Abbott, who insists the Government has "no intention" of putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq, has warned they may be forced into using their weapons.

"Our troops will certainly be armed and if they're fired upon they'll be entitled to respond, but the whole point of military advisers is to have them with the headquarters of the units that you are working with," he said.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:42:50 +1000    READ MORE

Clive James writes heartfelt poem about facing death

Terminally ill Australian author, critic and raconteur Clive James believes he has only a short time left to live, detailing his final revelations of life and death in an emotional poem.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:12:24 +1000    READ MORE

Dead fin whale washes up on Warrnambool beach

A 16-metre-long dead whale has washed up on an isolated beach near Warrnambool, in Victoria's south-west.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:58:37 +1000    READ MORE

Taxi thief who slashed driver's throat appeals sentence

A young man who slashed the throat of an Adelaide taxi driver then stole his cab has appealed against his seven-year jail sentence.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:19:28 +1000    READ MORE

Cane toad poison 'attacks prostate cancer cells'

Researchers have found that cane toad poison kills off prostate cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:44:27 +1000    READ MORE

Woolworths taken to court over product safety

A dodgy deep-fryer, chairs that were mislabelled about the weight they could hold, and an unsafe drain cleaner have landed supermarket giant Woolworths in court over product safety.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking action against Woolworths in the Federal Court, alleging it failed to adequately report product safety issues and was slow to issue recalls.

Under Australian consumer law, Woolworths is required to file a report if they become aware a serious injury or illness may have been caused by one of their products.

The ACCC alleges Woolworths failed to file the mandatory reports.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:39:00 +1000    READ MORE

Conflicting evidence on 3yo's treatment before death

Conflicting evidence has been given at a coronial inquest about fluid given to a three-year-old girl Ruby Chen leading up to her death.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:27 +1000    READ MORE

Australian on Ebola frontline welcomes US troop decision

An Australian doctor who is treating Ebola patients in Liberia has welcomed the US announcement to send 3,000 troops to help combat the deadly disease.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:54:27 +1000    READ MORE

David Stratton 'surprised' by response to resignation

David Stratton says he has been surprised and gratified by the emotional reaction to his and Margaret Pomeranz's decision to disband their film-reviewing partnership.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:45 +1000    READ MORE

S Korea detains American 'attempting to swim' to North

South Korean soldiers have detained a US citizen who was trying to swim across the river border into rival North Korea, the South's defence ministry says.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:42:20 +1000    READ MORE

Thousands evacuate as California fires rage

As many as 6,000 firefighters are battling a wave of wildfires raging across the US state of California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:33:48 +1000    READ MORE

Bias against older workers 'quite frightening'

The reluctance of Australian employers to hire older workers is costing the country about $10 billion each year, according to Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Susan Ryan says bias against workers over 50 is endemic and she fears it is much worse than previously thought.

She used an address to the National Press Club today to announce a new study into the prevalence of age discrimination in Australian workplaces, and expects to "find a picture that will be quite frightening".

Ms Ryan is also calling for TAFE colleges to be given a central role in retraining older workers, warning that people should review their career plans as they approach 50 and prepare to work another 20 years before retirement.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:07:22 +1000    READ MORE

Body found in burnt-out car in SA

A body has been found in a burnt car at Parrakie, east of Adelaide.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:02:17 +1000    READ MORE

Driver who killed three people while high on ice jailed for 16 years

A Brazilian man who killed three people when speeding through a red light while high on ice, has been sentenced to 16 years prison.

Nei Lima Da Costa, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of culpable driving causing death and several other charges including negligently causing injury and recklessly causing injury.

Police said Lima Da Costa was driving 120 kilometres per hour when he went through a red light at Warrigal and Dandenong Roads in Oakleigh, in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

In sentencing, Justice Lex Lasry said the result of the crash was "nothing less than a massive tragedy."

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:55:10 +1000    READ MORE

NRL delays Flanagan's return to coaching

The NRL has asked Shane Flanagan to undertake "further work" before allowing him to return as Cronulla coach.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:48:21 +1000    READ MORE

Hospital overcrowding putting lives at risk, doctors say

Many doctors believe patients could die as a result of overcrowding in South Australia's public hospitals, an audit by The Salaried Medical Officers Association has found.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:46:19 +1000    READ MORE

'Lovely angel' killed on ride named as Adelene Leong

The eight-year-old girl killed after being flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show last Friday has been named as Malaysian national Adelene Leong.

South Australian police also released a photograph of Adelene, who was visiting Adelaide.

They said the girl's mother described her daughter as "my lovely, beautiful, wonderful little angel of my heart".

Police were still keen to hear from anyone with information about the accident on the Airmaxx 360 ride, having already interviewed nearly 40 people.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:42:45 +1000    READ MORE

Funeral held for mother, baby killed in Rozelle explosion

The husband of Bianka O'Brien, killed along with their one-year-old son, Jude, in a building explosion and fire in Sydney, has described his wife as "tough, uncompromising but loving and sweet".

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:25:48 +1000    READ MORE

Tigers part ways with Potter

Wests Tigers have announced they will not renew the contract of coach Mick Potter for the 2015 season and beyond.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:23:02 +1000    READ MORE

Telco complaints at six-year low, data cost disputes rising

Complaints against telcos have fallen to a six-year low, although concerns about excess data charges have risen.

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's report shows the number of complaints fell 12.4 per cent last year to just under 139,000.

The report shows that complaints about mobile coverage and dropouts almost halved over the past year, which it attributes to improved infrastructure.

However, the number of excess data charges complaints rose 27.2 per cent, and the ombudsman says half of the disputes involved amounts of more than $440.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:21:47 +1000    READ MORE

Iraq briefs Syrian president on efforts to fight IS militants

Iraq's national security adviser has briefed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State jihadists.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:13:09 +1000    READ MORE

Rabies-like lyssavirus resurfaces in NT after 17 years

The deadly rabies-like lyssavirus has resurfaced in the Northern Territory after 17 years, prompting the authorities to warn residents to avoid contact with bats.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:10:44 +1000    READ MORE

Number of websites passes 1 billion

The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:44:15 +1000    READ MORE

German judge lifts ban on Uber car-sharing service

A judge has granted a reprieve to online transportation service Uber, opening the door for the company to operate a car-sharing service across Germany.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:43:12 +1000    READ MORE

Leasing Queensland assets would be trickery, unions say

Unions have described as "trickery" an apparent Queensland Government change of heart on asset sales that could see power distribution and transmission networks leased out long-term.

In the June budget, the Government flagged private investment in Ergon and Energex distribution networks and Powerlink's transmission infrastructure, the so-called poles and wires, to raise $28 billion.

However, Treasurer Tim Nicholls today said feedback showed long-term leasing was more palatable for Queenslanders and would instead consider leases ranging from 50 to 99 years.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:26:13 +1000    READ MORE

New spider's venom has 'exciting' potential applications

A new species of spider discovered in Western Queensland has a venom that could potentially be useful in the production of pharmaceuticals, a scientist studying the animal has said.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:23:46 +1000    READ MORE

Richard III probably killed by blows to bare head

Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago and say two of many blows to his bare head could have killed him very swiftly.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:15 +1000    READ MORE

Tweed police probe all leads in search for missing brothers

Police are investigating all leads in their search for two missing brothers in northern New South Wales.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:44:46 +1000    READ MORE

What happened to the Anzac Girls after WWI?

For the past six weeks, Australian audiences have been absorbed in the lives of five World War One nurses depicted in the ABC-TV mini series Anzac Girls.

We watched them endure heartache and despair, joy and friendship as war raged around them.

What happened to these women when peace eventually returned and they were once more home in Australia and New Zealand?

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:08:19 +1000    READ MORE

Missing boy could not survive six days in bush: police

Police say they no longer believe it is possible a three-year-old boy could still be alive if he was lost in bushland on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

Three-year-old William Tyrell was last seen wearing a Spider-Man costume and playing with his sister last Friday morning at their grandmother's house at Kendall, south of Port Macquarie.

Since then hundreds of police, SES members, fire crews and locals have searched day and night for the child, while specialist police have been brought in to investigate the possibility the boy was abducted.

Superintendent Paul Fehon said if William did wander into the bush, he was unlikely to still be alive.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:05:01 +1000    READ MORE

Australian shares set to rise on Wall St gains

The Australian share market is on track to rise at the start of trade today after a buoyant session on Wall Street overnight.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:53:33 +1000    READ MORE

One in five say drunk women 'partly responsible' for rape

One in five Australians believe a woman is "partly responsible" for being raped if she is intoxicated, a national survey conducted by VicHealth has found.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:09:46 +1000    READ MORE

2017 firming for Indigenous recognition referendum

The ABC understands Prime Minister Tony Abbott favours 2017 for the referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:06:51 +1000    READ MORE

Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis' for NASA

NASA will partner with two privately owned companies to build "space taxis" to fly astronauts to space.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:58:30 +1000    READ MORE

Scotland's Yes campaign winning Facebook war

Scotland's Yes campaign appears to have the edge online but is still trailing slightly in offline polls.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:48:35 +1000    READ MORE

Large queues as thousands cast their vote in Fiji

Voting in Fiji's first election since the 2006 military coup has drawn to a close, with seven political parties and two independent candidates standing for the 50-seat Parliament.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:32:06 +1000    READ MORE

Russia threatens to send more troops to Crimea

Russia has threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:47:31 +1000    READ MORE

US general flags possible Iraq combat role for advisers

The most senior US military officer has warned US troops may need to take on a larger ground role in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:29:59 +1000    READ MORE

Israel says mortar fired from Gaza hit country's south

The Israeli army says Palestinians have fired a mortar round into southern Israel in the first attack since a ceasefire was struck last month.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:25:52 +1000    READ MORE

Suffrage petitions enter the digital age

An important piece of Queensland's history has been dusted off and dropped into the 21st century with the help of a group of dedicated Brisbane volunteers.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:15:50 +1000    READ MORE

Carney finds a home at Catalan Dragons

Former New South Wales State of Origin playmaker Todd Carney has agreed to a three-year deal with Super League club Catalan Dragons.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:48:59 +1000    READ MORE

Sea level rises will cost Australia billions: report

Future sea level rises could put more than $200 billion of Australian infrastructure at risk, a report by the Climate Council has found.

The report showed sea levels were likely to rise by between 40 centimetres and one metre over the next century, with the gravest estimates creating an "impossible situation" for coastal communities.

"If you look at some of our most vulnerable areas, and the Sydney region is one of those, you would say toward the end of this century that a one-in-100-year flood is going to be happening every few days," he said.

published: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:14:41 +1000    READ MORE

Alleged voter intimidation on eve of Fiji poll

Fiji's military chief Mosese Tikoitoga says the army is on standby after receiving reports about voter intimidation.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:41:02 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney doctor's stem cell methods untested by trials

Serious questions have been raised about a stem cell doctor working in western Sydney who charges $9,000 per procedure and uses methods that are untested by clinical trials.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:17:30 +1000    READ MORE

Ebola crisis 'spiralling out of control', US to send troops to West Africa

The US will send 3,000 troops to West Africa to try to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, warning the epidemic in West Africa is "spiralling out of control".

The move came as the World Health Organisation said it was establishing a global response coalition to respond to the crisis.

In the last fortnight, the numbers of dead and infected doubled, WHO officials said.

"Here's the hard truth ... Ebola is now an epidemic, the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiralling out of control, it's getting worse," president Barack Obama said.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:23:57 +1000    READ MORE

Ablett gets eighth All Australian AFL nod

Gary Ablett was named an All Australian for an eighth time as Nathan Fyfe and Lance Franklin headlined the 2014 team.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:10:01 +1000    READ MORE

805 million people worldwide going hungry: report

There are 100 million fewer hungry people in the world compared to ten years ago but 805 million people, or one in nine, still don't have enough to eat, according to three global food and agriculture agencies.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:41:53 +1000    READ MORE

Calls for Indigenous referendum vote by 2016 election

A referendum on Indigenous recognition in the constitution should be held at or before the next election in 2016, a bi-partisan committee of federal MPs says.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today said he was hoping to announce within days the details of when a referendum would be held, but he said it might be years before the issue is put to the vote.

The joint select committee looking at recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution now says it is of the "strong view" the referendum should be held no later than the federal election in 2016.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:58:16 +1000    READ MORE

Putin accused of using Soviet-style propaganda

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been accused of resorting to Soviet-style propaganda to manipulate and control the media.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:47:26 +1000    READ MORE

Video contradicts claims police held family at gunpoint

A police video of the removal of children from a NSW Aboriginal community shows no evidence weapons were drawn, despite claims a family was held at gunpoint.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:28:15 +1000    READ MORE

Former NZ spy chief denies ability to monitor citizens

The former head of the New Zealand spy agency at the centre of allegations of mass surveillance of residents says the organisation does not have the capacity for such a task.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:19:19 +1000    READ MORE

Review indefinite jailing of Indigenous driver: advocate

Disability advocates are calling for an urgent review of the case of an Aboriginal man indefinitely jailed without trial since 2003 under laws for the mentally impaired.

The young man cannot be identified because he was a 14-year-old juvenile when he was imprisoned, and is known as 'Jason'.

He was driving a car when he ran a red light and crashed during a police pursuit, killing his 12-year-old cousin.

'Jason' was under the influence of solvents at the time and was found unfit to enter a plea.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:15:00 +1000    READ MORE

Vic men charged with gay sex to have convictions erased

Victorian men who have criminal records due to historical gay sex charges will have their convictions erased by legislation introduced to State Parliament this week.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:15:00 +1000    READ MORE

Penis injury not severe enough for pension: tribunal

A man who injured his penis at work has failed in a legal bid to claim the disability support pension.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:01:47 +1000    READ MORE

Wind farms ruin landscape, look appalling: Hockey

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has made more critical comments about the way wind farms look, describing them as "appalling".

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:59:12 +1000    READ MORE

Share market, volatile dollar lose ground in soft trade

It was another poor session for the local share market today, while the Australian dollar rallied before falling back near yesterday's lows.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:46:54 +1000    READ MORE

Poor security in cars puts drivers at risk of hacking

Researchers are warning poor security in new cars is leaving them vulnerable to being hacked and controlled wirelessly.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:22:32 +1000    READ MORE

Calls for Australian Ebola team to be sent to Sierra Leone

A Perth aid worker calls for an Australian military team to be sent to Sierra Leone to set up an Ebola field hospital.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:08:26 +1000    READ MORE

Funding doubts have Indigenous health agencies worried

Indigenous health and domestic violence agencies say they are grappling with how to save their services from folding under Federal Government budget changes.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:02:49 +1000    READ MORE

Thai police identify suspects in murder of British tourists

Thai police have identified three possible suspects in the search for the killers of two British tourists found naked and beaten to death on a beach.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:44:51 +1000    READ MORE

Needle-free polio vaccine a 'game-changer'

A small Brisbane medical research firm could soon hit the big time, thanks to its ground breaking needle-free vaccine delivery research.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:42:45 +1000    READ MORE

No leads in case of missing 3yo boy William Tyrell

Police say they have not been able to come up with any leads after five days of searching for three-year-old William Tyrell who disappeared near his grandmother's home on the NSW mid north coast.

However, Police Superintendent Paul Fehon said emergency services and volunteers would continue with their search as long as there was some hope of finding him.

The search for the toddler was yesterday expanded to three kilometres around the spot where he was last seen five days ago.

William vanished on Friday while playing in a Spider-Man suit on the balcony of his grandmother's home at Kendall.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:35:03 +1000    READ MORE

Police search for young brothers missing in NSW

Police arrest the father of two boys who have gone missing from Tweed Heads on the NSW far north coast.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:33:58 +1000    READ MORE

NSW Government announces medical marijuana trial

The New South Wales Government has announced a clinical trial of the medical use of marijuana, making its legal use one step closer in the state.

A working group has been formed to set up the trial, which will look at ways to address issues of supply and distribution, and report back by the end of the year.

The Government is also moving to formalise police guidelines so that people who possess small amounts of cannabis will not be charged if their name is on a register of terminally ill patients.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has told Parliament he was touched by the plight of terminally ill Tamworth man Daniel Haslam.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:05:43 +1000    READ MORE

Heritage listing push for Brisbane's South Bank cultural precinct

The widow of one of Queensland's most famed architects wants his iconic cultural and civic buildings in Brisbane's South Bank heritage listed to protect them from high-rises and hotels.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:59:41 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank says rising housing risks warrant close observation

The RBA increases its focus on the risks of rising home prices, saying they warrant "close observation."

In the minutes from its most recent September meeting two weeks ago, the bank's board members paid particular attention to a strong rise in investment housing loans.

The Reserve Bank says a continued rise in home prices would carry significant risks for the economy.

"Additional speculative demand could amplify the property price cycle and increase the potential for property prices to fall later," the bank warned.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:37:40 +1000    READ MORE

Juveniles 'highlight major flaws' at maximum security unit

Juvenile prisoners being held temporarily at Darwin's new maximum security unit have highlighted major security flaws, according to the union representing prison guards.

The children are the only prisoners currently being held at the new $500 million Holtze facility, which consists of a mental health facility and the maximum security unit.

Some of the children are part of a small group dubbed "the worst of the worst" and "villains" by NT Attorney-General John Elferink, and were allegedly involved in several incidents since they were moved to the new facility

Matthew Gardiner from the United Voice union said one of the children sent to maximum security after an escape early on Sunday broke down a security screen in his cell on Monday night and escaped into an adjoining courtyard before being sent back to his cell.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:20:06 +1000    READ MORE

The movies that split Margaret and David

Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, who have called time on their iconic 28-year partnership, are as known for their testy banter as they are for their trusted reviews.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:53:41 +1000    READ MORE

Suicide bomber targets foreign convoy in Kabul

A suicide bomber has killed at least three foreign troops in Kabul, in one of the most deadly attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital for months.

published: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:31:09 +1000    READ MORE

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