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Glover prize: Winning landscape uses ash from Dunalley bushfire

An artwork using ash from the 2013 Dunalley bushfires has won this year's Glover art prize, the country's richest landscape award.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:07 +1100    READ MORE

Cyclists ride in memory of man killed in Melbourne car-dooring accident

Hundreds of cyclists ride along Sydney Road, in Melbourne's inner north, in memory of Alberto Paulon who died while cycling on the busy road last week.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:56:11 +1100    READ MORE

Elderly Mr Fluffy residents given special treatment from ACT Government

The ACT Government makes concessions to elderly Mr Fluffy residents who are reluctant to leave their homes.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:41:35 +1100    READ MORE

Funding locked in for Perth's Sculpture by the Sea

Perth's popular Sculpture by the Sea art event secures another three years of State Government funding, announced a day after it was revealed billionaire Gina Rinehart was no longer supporting the event.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:35:37 +1100    READ MORE

Minister dismisses concerns over Pilbara uranium mine approval

Western Australia's Environment Minister Albert Jacob dismisses concerns about the conditional approval of a Pilbara uranium mine.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:33:07 +1100    READ MORE

Iron ore stocks tumble as price hits six-year low

Iron ore stocks take a beating on the share market, with the price of the commodity falling below $US60 a tonne.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:30:40 +1100    READ MORE

Coalition pledges to review CSG licences and reform political donations if elected

NSW Premier Mike Baird promises to review CSG licences and reform political donations if his Coalition Government is re-elected later this month.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:26:33 +1100    READ MORE

Family, friends gather to remember 'Wellness Warrior' Jessica Ainscough

Family and friends of Jessica Ainscough gather on the Sunshine Coast for a public service to farewell the 29-year-old know as "The Wellness Warrior".

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:17:19 +1100    READ MORE

Government appoints taskforce to prevent Great Barrier Reef from being declared 'in danger'

The Federal Government ramps up its campaign to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being declared "in danger", appointing a taskforce to coordinate the lobbying effort.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:14:40 +1100    READ MORE

$500k worth of drugs seized in alleged bikie bust

Police find about half a million dollars worth of drugs, including 7,500 ecstasy tablets, in a major drug bust allegedly linked to bikies in south-east Queensland.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:59:35 +1100    READ MORE

Groom of 12yo 'child bride' jailed for at least seven and a half years

A man who married a 12-year-old girl in an Islamic ceremony in New South Wales is jailed for at least seven and a half years.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:53:38 +1100    READ MORE

Almost 200,000 Victorians could cop fines for failing to vote in 2014

Almost 200,000 Victorians could be fined for failing to vote at last year's state election.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:51:23 +1100    READ MORE

Researchers shed light on why ice shelves are shrinking faster

Scientists in Australia and China have a new understanding of how climate change and warming oceans are shrinking Antarctic ice shelves.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:46:11 +1100    READ MORE

Qantas bans protesters who disrupted Tamil asylum seeker transfer

A Melbourne university student and two others who protested on a Qantas flight over the transfer of an asylum seeker are temporarily banned from the airline.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:23:15 +1100    READ MORE

Moonah Arts Centre the 'perfect complement' to MONA

A $4 million arts centre in the Hobart suburb of Moonah is described as a perfect complement to MONA, as it opens to the public with theatrical performances and an exhibition showcasing local artists.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:17:47 +1100    READ MORE

Executions on hold until legal avenues cleared: Indonesian A-G

The executions of death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are put on hold until all legal processes are cleared, as protesters call for the pair to be put to death "as soon as possible".

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:16:36 +1100    READ MORE

Independent senator Xenophon pushes for new ABC charter

The ABC's charter should be re-written to ensure television program content is not centralised in Sydney, independent senator Nick Xenophon says.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:05:04 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt denies having a drug problem

Karmichael Hunt admits to not having a "perfect past" but maintains he does not have a drug problem.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:56:24 +1100    READ MORE

Broncos forward Gavet cops three-week ban

Brisbane Broncos forward James Gavet will miss three weeks after pleading guilty to a shoulder charge on Issac Luke.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:56:24 +1100    READ MORE

Warning signs under the spotlight at SA drownings inquest

An inquest into the drowning deaths of three men at Encounter Bay, south of Adelaide, will examine whether warning signs in the area are adequate.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:54:03 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland Premier says NSW Labor can replicate her victory

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk addresses the NSW Labor campaign on the state's North Coast, saying the party can replicate her election win.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:53:03 +1100    READ MORE

Crocodile deaths prompt call to ban commercial fishing in Kakadu river system

The discovery of two crocodiles drowned in abandoned fishing nets prompts an Aboriginal traditional owner to call for the complete closure of a popular NT river system to commercial fishing.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:45:34 +1100    READ MORE

South Korea police seek attempted murder warrant against attacker of US ambassador

South Korean police request a court-issued detention warrant for an assailant who slashed the US ambassador to Seoul in the face, with the charges to include attempted murder.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:34:55 +1100    READ MORE

Audit reveals Aboriginal housing corporation staff borrowed more than $390k

An Aboriginal housing corporation in Western Australia is placed under special administration after an audit reveals senior staff were borrowing large sums of money.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:25:12 +1100    READ MORE

Knife attack at China train station wounds nine, suspect killed

Knife-wielding attackers stab and injure nine people at a train station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, officials say.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:23:41 +1100    READ MORE

Finch unfazed by Australia's World Cup schedule

Aaron Finch says Australia's World Cup schedule has proven challenging, but there have been positives.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:13:01 +1100    READ MORE

Girls opt out of science and maths studies, report finds

Girls lack self-confidence in science and maths, a new report finds, with about a quarter of young women choosing not to study mathematics in their final years of high school.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:04:33 +1100    READ MORE

Metro-hubs revolution needed for Perth: WA Opposition

Perth needs an urban planning revolution to revitalise suburban centres and stop the city's accelerating urban sprawl, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:04:33 +1100    READ MORE

Hird denies Bombers have broken ranks

James Hird has hit back at suggestions that four Bombers have broken ranks by playing in Saturday's preseason match.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:46:07 +1100    READ MORE

Funeral held for Mackay girl 42 years after disappearance

A funeral is held in Queensland's north for 14-year-old Marilyn Wallman, the victim of the state's longest-running child abduction case.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:40:06 +1100    READ MORE

Aid monitor says Australia 'benefiting' from PNG corruption

A director of an independent monitor of Australian aid and trade says Australia is "benefiting" from corruption in Papua New Guinea.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:18:54 +1100    READ MORE

'Greatest Show on Earth' to retire elephants after years of protests

The Ringling Brothers circus, one of America's most famous, says all Indian elephants will be retired from its shows by 2018 after years of public concern over animal welfare.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:53:11 +1100    READ MORE

Bangladesh's Haque ruled out of remainder of World Cup

Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque will miss the remainder of the cricket World Cup after dislocating his shoulder.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:48:45 +1100    READ MORE

Man critical after WA immigration centre bashing

A man is critically ill in hospital after being bashed in a West Australian immigration detention centre, about 80km north-east of Perth.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:45:00 +1100    READ MORE

Guards attacked at Melbourne women's prison

Two prison officers are taken to hospital after being attacked by an inmate at a women's facility in Melbourne's western suburbs.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:33:50 +1100    READ MORE

Woman denies stealing $369k from men she met online

A 61-year-old Tasmanian woman denies stealing $369,000 from an Australian man and US man between 2011 and 2015.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:22:44 +1100    READ MORE

Former detectives plead not guilty to murder of Sydney student

Former NSW detectives Glen McNamara and Roger Rogerson formally enter pleas of not guilty to the murder of Sydney student Jamie Gao.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:18:05 +1100    READ MORE

New court role to help female lawyers become barristers

A gender imbalance at the highest levels of South Australia's legal profession will be targeted by new moves to enable more women to become barristers and judges.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:03:59 +1100    READ MORE

Henry still hopeful of suspended Titans returning

Gold Coast coach Neil Henry has reaffirmed his desire to have the five players facing drug charges restored to training and available for NRL as soon as possible.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:56:40 +1100    READ MORE

Former Tasmanian premier believes sexism 'reflected in political arena'

Former Tasmanian Labor premier Lara Giddings uses a radio forum to suggest she is treated differently in State Parliament because of her sex.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:54:17 +1100    READ MORE

Giants confirm Cameron and Smith re-signings

The GWS Giants have re-signed leading forwards Jeremy Cameron and Devon Smith to multi-year AFL deals.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:43:38 +1100    READ MORE

British PM 'running scared' over televised election debate

Two months out from a general election, the British prime minister is being accused of running scared for refusing to take part in a television debate with his main rival.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:27:27 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested in raid on Red Devils bikie gang clubhouse

A man is arrested in a raid on the Melbourne clubhouse of outlaw motorcycle gang Red Devils, which police say relates to alleged firearms offences and liquor licensing breaches.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:25:14 +1100    READ MORE

Woman who suffered years of abuse avoids jail for killing partner

Jessica Silva, who stabbed and killed her abusive former partner in Sydney in 2012, is given a two-year suspended sentence over his manslaughter.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:08:44 +1100    READ MORE

Former Knox headmaster admits he failed to protect survivors

On the final day of evidence, the former headmaster of prestigious Sydney boys' school Knox Grammar tells a royal commission he failed to protect the welfare of abuse survivors.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:05:31 +1100    READ MORE

Family remembers 'kind, gentle' fisherman who drowned off SA

The Victor Harbor community rallies around family and friends of a popular local who drowned while fishing at Granite Island on Thursday.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:59:01 +1100    READ MORE

Cross-dressing protesters barred from Tattersall's Club ahead of Brisbane women's lunch

Cross-dressing protesters seek access to the men-only Tattersall's Club in Brisbane for the LNP's International Women's Day lunch.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:56:10 +1100    READ MORE

Red Bull signs van Gisbergen to expand V8 Supercars team

Shane van Gisbergen has signed with Red Bull Racing Australia as a third entry in V8 Supercars from 2016.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:49:55 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt thankful for QRU support amid cocaine charge

Karmichael Hunt has thanked the QRU for supporting him after he was fined over four charges of cocaine possession.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:35:29 +1100    READ MORE

Collapsed wall stabilised as Sydney rescue crews investigate report of person trapped

Fire crews stabilise rubble from collapsed scaffolding and a wall in Sydney's south as they try to confirm whether anyone is trapped underneath.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:16:49 +1100    READ MORE

Hanging Rock added to Victoria's heritage register

Hanging Rock, the well-known Victorian landmark north-west of Melbourne, is being added to the state's heritage register.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:57:13 +1100    READ MORE

Selfie warning: you are risking your life at Top End crocodile hot spot

People taking selfies next to crocodiles at a Top End nature park have been warned - you are at risk of being attacked.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:50:15 +1100    READ MORE

Holmes takes control at Doral, Scott in top 10

JB Holmes's sizzling 10-under-par 62 saw him take a first round lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championships, with Adam Scott in a tie for eighth.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:43:12 +1100    READ MORE

Harrison Ford injured in Los Angeles plane crash

Actor Harrison Ford is "battered, but OK" after crashing his WWII-era plane on a Los Angeles golf course, his son says.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:42:04 +1100    READ MORE

Barnett's remote community child protection comments 'despicable'

The WA Opposition labels the Premier "desperate and despicable" after he said a review of the future of remote Aboriginal communities had been largely motivated by child safety concerns.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:34:20 +1100    READ MORE

ACT Chief Minister accidentally kills off Skywhale in radio gaffe

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is forced to make an embarrassing retraction after prematurely killing off Canberra's controversial Skywhale hot air balloon on live radio.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:20:46 +1100    READ MORE

LegalSuper boss says unlawful bank spruiking 'widespread'

The head of LegalSuper has stepped up the industry super funds attack on the major banks over business inducements.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:16:56 +1100    READ MORE

Cyclist in critical condition after being hit by truck

A cyclist is in a critical condition after being hit by a concrete truck south-east of Melbourne, as cyclists prepare to hold a memorial ride for an Italian man who was killed after being "car-doored" last week.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:15:26 +1100    READ MORE

Lateline resumes soon — so here's its résumé

After 25 years bringing original journalism and investigations to its television audience on ABC, Lateline is moving to a new timeslot and a refreshed look. Ahead of the launch of its new format, check out Lateline's resume.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:11:39 +1100    READ MORE

Sydney FC confirms Tottenham Hotspur friendly

Sydney FC has confirmed it will face off against Premier Leaugue side Tottenham Hotspur on May 30.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:02:15 +1100    READ MORE

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit in Sydney

A pedestrian is taken to hospital in a critical condition after being hit by van on George Street in Sydney's CBD.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:59:11 +1100    READ MORE

Sri Lanka loses Herath, Karunaratne to injury ahead of Australia clash

Sri Lanka has lost Rangana Herath and Dimuth Karunaratne for its World Cup clash against Australia at the SCG.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:56:05 +1100    READ MORE

Boko Haram slaughters 68 in latest attack in Nigeria

Boko Haram fighters kill 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants amass in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible assault by government forces.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:42:42 +1100    READ MORE

Abusive partners could be listed on proposed domestic violence register

People will be able to check the background of their partners to see if they have a history of violence under an Australian-first proposal from NSW Premier Mike Baird.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:34:59 +1100    READ MORE

Mariners stand Moss down as head coach

The Central Coast Mariners have stood down head coach Phil Moss, effective immediately.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:33:54 +1100    READ MORE

Mystery Toronto tunnel for TV not terrorism: builder

A man who built a tunnel in Toronto which sparked speculation of a terrorism plot says he just wanted a place to hang out with friends.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:31:19 +1100    READ MORE

Pre-drinking prompts 60pc of emergency injuries: study

A study finds alcohol bought at liquor stores and drunk outside pubs or licensed venues plays a major role in causing violence across Australia.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:20:06 +1100    READ MORE

NGA to receive $1.2m refund for 'stolen' Buddha statue

The National Gallery of Australia will receive a refund of more than $1.2 million for a 2,000-year-old stone statue of Buddha, after it was revealed it may have been stolen.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:00:54 +1100    READ MORE

Islamic State accused of bulldozing ancient Assyrian city

Islamic State militants are accused of bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, in the jihadists' latest attack on Iraq's historical heritage.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:47:57 +1100    READ MORE

Rabbitohs win over Broncos sends warning to rest of NRL

The Rabbitohs have sent an ominous statement to the rest of the NRL after their 36-6 opening win over Brisbane.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:46:42 +1100    READ MORE

Wall Street rises as eurozone QE program is set to begin

Wall Street rose but European markets gained more with the region's massive stimulus program to begin on Monday.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:39:49 +1100    READ MORE

Man took own life after murdering grandson, daughter: police

A Queensland grandfather shot himself after killing his young grandson and pregnant daughter at their home near Toowoomba earlier this week, police believe.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:38:49 +1100    READ MORE

Bribery allegations against top executives aired under parliamentary privilege

Allegations of foreign bribery involving some of Australia's biggest corporations and executives look set to be the subject of a Senate inquiry after a Labor senator uses parliamentary privilege to name names.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:38:49 +1100    READ MORE

Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged from treatment unit

Liberia discharges its last confirmed Ebola patient, as it reports for the first time in nine months it has gone a full week without any new infections.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:28:05 +1100    READ MORE

Indian board warns Kohli against repeat of misbehaviour

The BCCI has censured batting mainstay Virat Kohli for his ugly outburst against a travelling Indian journalist in Perth.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:23:44 +1100    READ MORE

Sri Lanka has nothing to fear against Australia: Murali

Sri Lanka looms as a threat in the business end of the World Cup ahead of its match against Australia.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:06:39 +1100    READ MORE

Hunter Valley village could be moved to make way for coal mine

The NSW Hunter Valley village of Bulga could be relocated to avoid the impacts of a massive mine expansion, the state's Planning Assessment Commission suggests.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:54:17 +1100    READ MORE

Search for fisherman missing off SA's Granite Island resumes

The search for a man missing in waters off Granite Island near Victor Harbor in South Australia resumes a day after he disappeared while recovering fishing gear.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:43:44 +1100    READ MORE

Truck driver escapes injury after tree hits windscreen during wild weather

A Tasmanian truck driver had a lucky escape when a tree hit his windscreen during wild weather. Wind gusts up to 141kph blew across Mount Wellington overnight, but conditions are expected to ease this afternoon.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:40:16 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested after stabbing death in Brisbane unit

Police arrest the flatmate of a man found stabbed to death in a Brisbane inner city apartment overnight.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:27:24 +1100    READ MORE

Cisse faces long ban after accepting FA spit charge

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse accepts an FA charge of spitting, but Manchester United's Jonny Evans denies any wrongdoing.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:17:43 +1100    READ MORE

Afghan men don burkas to highlight women's rights

A group of Afghan men march through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:10:14 +1100    READ MORE

Milder conditions help crews battling Lefroy blaze

Fire crews expect to be fighting a blaze near George Town, in Tasmania's north, until at least next Tuesday. Homes are not under threat but residents are urged to be ready to enact bushfire plans.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:02:34 +1100    READ MORE

Brief reprieve for Bali Nine duo but prisoner swap offer declined

Two Australians listed for execution in Indonesia are given a brief reprieve, while the country's president confirms Jakarta will not take up Australia's offer for a prisoner swap.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:00:13 +1100    READ MORE

Lancashire signs Siddle as overseas player

English county Lancashire as signed Peter Siddle as its overseas player for the 2015 County Championship season.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:53:14 +1100    READ MORE

Kokkinakis to lead Aussies in Davis Cup

Thanasi Kokkinakis will lead Australia in the Davis Cup World Group tie against Czech Republic in Ostrava.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:48:37 +1100    READ MORE

Airliner skids off runway at New York's La Guardia

A passenger jet skids off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport, as a major winter storm batters the United States from Texas to the east coast.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:45:42 +1100    READ MORE

Exploding star hints at how dark matter warps light in space

An exploding star has been seen by astronomers four separate times as a result of dark matter affecting the image, an Australian researcher reveals.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:37:29 +1100    READ MORE

Irregularities found in Pharmacy Guild's $15b deal with Government

Serious concerns are raised about how millions of dollars of taxpayers' money has been spent by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as part of its $15 billion deal with the Federal Government to dispense medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:19:44 +1100    READ MORE

Talk About It: Seven hashtags that highlight sexism

As the world prepares to mark International Women's Day on Sunday, we look at seven hashtags that highlight incidences of sexism.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:11:51 +1100    READ MORE

Activists beaten in Myanmar student rally: witnesses

Security forces detain at least seven Myanmar activists protesting in downtown Yangon, with campaigners and witnesses saying some were beaten, in a surge in tension over spreading student rallies calling for education reforms in the former junta-run nation.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:40:59 +1100    READ MORE

Alleged Australian paedophile to be charged with murder, rape and human trafficking

Philippine prosecutors say they will file human trafficking, statutory rape and murder charges against an Australian man who allegedly sexually assaulted babies and children as part of a booming cybersex trade.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:05:18 +1100    READ MORE

Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

Ukraine observes a day of mourning for 33 miners who died in a mine explosion just a few kilometres from the frontline where pro-Russian separatists are on the attack.

published: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:04:39 +1100    READ MORE

Researcher questions Dean Nalder's study trip to Vegas

A transport researcher says she cannot see what could be gained from WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder visiting Las Vegas on a study trip.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:50:12 +1100    READ MORE

Light rail crucial in a liveable city, Melbourne Lord Mayor tells Perth

A light rail system is crucial to creating a liveable city, Melbourne's Lord Mayor tells Perth leaders.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:33:19 +1100    READ MORE

Dockers hold off Demons in preseason clash

Fremantle escaped with a scrappy 18-point AFL win over Melbourne but not without the preseason injury curse again striking.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:14:04 +1100    READ MORE

Renewable energy target deal within reach, Greg Hunt says

Environment Minister Greg Hunt says an agreement with Labor and the renewable energy industry on the renewable energy target (RET) is "within reach", but it seems there are still sticking points and different views from within Government.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:01:46 +1100    READ MORE

Parents, principals concerned about NAPLAN inaccuracies: research

New research into the value of the My School website finds parents and principals are concerned about the potential for inaccuracy in reporting NAPLAN results.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:00:32 +1100    READ MORE

Rabbitohs thump Broncos 36-6 in NRL season opener

South Sydney started its title defence in ominous form, belting Brisbane 36-6 in the NRL season opener at Lang Park.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:57:19 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland Premier calls on PM to do more for cyclone-affected farmers

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk calls on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to make extra grants available to cyclone-affected farmers in central Queensland.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:39:36 +1100    READ MORE

Australians young and old dismiss blame game after report predicts 'ageing boom'

Australians young and old are reluctant to play the blame game, after the Federal Government painted a bleak fiscal future with a growing and ageing population in its Intergenerational Report released Thursday.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:27:40 +1100    READ MORE

Federal plan to end automotive scheme will create job loss 'avalanche'

Plans to cut a scheme supporting innovation in the car industry will create 'an avalanche of job losses', South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon warns.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:09:05 +1100    READ MORE

Pee-repellent paint makes a splash against public urination in Hamburg

Residents of Hamburg's St Pauli's nightclub district are getting their own back on late-night revellers who urinate on public buildings, with a new high-tech paint that sends the spray bouncing right back at them.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:58:08 +1100    READ MORE

Cameron signs lucrative five-year deal with Giants

Jeremy Cameron has knocked back offers from around the AFL to sign a lucrative five-year deal with the Giants.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:40:19 +1100    READ MORE

Second food poisoning outbreak linked to Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

A second outbreak of food poisoning is linked to Brisbane's Convention and Exhibition Centre, as health authorities continue to investigate an incident in which hundreds of Queensland Education employees fell sick.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:33:28 +1100    READ MORE

Radio exec says new mothers should not automatically return to work part-time

A senior executive at Southern Cross Austereo says she does not believe women should automatically have the right to return to work part-time after having a child.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:26:34 +1100    READ MORE

Bushfire in Bassendean and Ashfield brought under control

A bushfire in the eastern Perth suburbs of Bassendean and Ashfield is brought under control and no longer threatens homes.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:24:30 +1100    READ MORE

Top NSW trainer and owner confirm star dogs broken in by live baiter Zeke Kadir

The ABC can reveal 12 greyhounds currently suspended from racing in NSW belong to the state's top trainer-owner pair, Jason Mackay and Martin Hallinan, taking the total number of suspended dogs in the state to 40.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:41:24 +1100    READ MORE

Perth woman with rare eye disorder to fund research

A Perth woman diagnosed with a rare eye condition will use her inheritance to fund research into the disorder.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:38:45 +1100    READ MORE

Pilbara uranium mine granted conditional environmental approval

A proposed uranium mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region is granted conditional environmental approval by the State Government.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:35 +1100    READ MORE

Hillary Clinton wants emails from private account to be released

Hillary Clinton says she has asked the US State Department to release emails she sent from her private account while serving as secretary of state.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:56:36 +1100    READ MORE

Strong retail stocks claw back early market losses

A strong rise in retail stocks helps claw back early market losses.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:51:42 +1100    READ MORE

Some state-owned assets could be sold, Queensland Premier says

Some state-owned assets could be sold by the Labor Government in "normal day-to-day business transactions", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:49:24 +1100    READ MORE

NRL outlaws any comments about referees

The NRL announced an absolute ban on players, coaches and officials publicly commenting about referees' performances.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:44:26 +1100    READ MORE

Urine could be used to power lights at refugee camps

Researchers in the UK are looking at using the power of pee to light refugee camps in disaster areas. The cheap and abundant fuel source could mean power to formerly inaccessible areas, and more security for women.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:34:16 +1100    READ MORE

Black ute 'fitted with police lights, siren' seized in Canberra

A ute is seized from a home in Canberra's south after claims it had emergency lights and sirens fitted to make it look like a police vehicle.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:31:42 +1100    READ MORE

Australia complains to Indonesia over posed Bali Nine photos

Australia lodges an official complaint to the Indonesian government over photos of the Denpasar police chief posing with death-row drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:13:37 +1100    READ MORE

No pay rise for Queensland politicians despite tribunal ruling

A recommended 2.58 per cent pay rise for state MPs will not be implemented, the Queensland Government says.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:11:27 +1100    READ MORE

Fisherman missing after entering water 'to retrieve fishing lure'

A man is feared drowned after going into the water to retrieve his fishing tackle at an island causeway off Victor Harbor south of Adelaide.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:04:32 +1100    READ MORE

Predatory behaviour at Knox broke my heart: Kings headmaster

The headmaster of Sydney's prestigious Kings School tells an inquiry he is outraged by the handling of child abuse complaints at Knox Grammar, where he was a teacher in the late 1980s.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:57:18 +1100    READ MORE

Senior Liberals to demand 'structural review' at Federal Executive Council meeting: sources

Federal Liberal Party director Brian Loughnane is under pressure to back sweeping changes to governance arrangements that could threaten his tenure as party boss.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:42:34 +1100    READ MORE

Call for domestic violence to be treated as separate and specific crime in SA

The Victim Support Service in South Australia wants domestic violence considered a specific charge to send a strong message to perpetrators.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:42:34 +1100    READ MORE

Agencies wait to hear fate as list of Indigenous funding grants finalised

A frontline organisation dealing with domestic violence in the Northern Territory says its funding has been cut in half amid uncertainty about how far Federal Government money will stretch.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:39:00 +1100    READ MORE

Qantas mid-air distance rule breach 'due to human error'

Human error and malfunctioning equipment were to blame for two Qantas planes failing to maintain a safe distance in the skies over Adelaide two years ago, an investigation finds.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:20:19 +1100    READ MORE

Man arrested for 'pointing gun at birds' in Melbourne

A man arrested with a firearm in South Yarra in Melbourne's south-east was pointing it at birds that were eating his plants, Victoria Police say.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:12:15 +1100    READ MORE

Muir criticises Government consultation in maiden speech

Political novice Ricky Muir delivers a confident and self-deprecating maiden speech, cementing his position as an advocate for the disadvantaged, taking a swipe at government policy and declaring he would be more comfortable addressing parliament in a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:03:54 +1100    READ MORE

Porn addiction led to 'random, degrading' assault in Perth

An addiction to pornography led to a 15-year-old boy sexually assaulting a woman in a "random" and "degrading" attack, a Perth court is told.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:01:29 +1100    READ MORE

Iqbal leads Bangladesh to important win over Scotland

Bangladesh remains fourth in Pool A after beating Scotland by six wickets for its second win of the World Cup.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:57:48 +1100    READ MORE

Evocca College issued show cause notice by ACPET

The peak body for private training colleges issue a show cause notice to Evocca College, asking the vocational training giant to justify why its membership should not be terminated.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:46:56 +1100    READ MORE

Snowden documents accuse NZ of spying on neighbours

New Zealand is spying on its Pacific island neighbours and sharing the intelligence with its allies, according to documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowdon.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:45:26 +1100    READ MORE

Canberra set for warmer than average autumn due to rise in ocean temperatures

Canberrans can expect a warmer than average autumn this year, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above median temperatures due to warming oceans.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:43:48 +1100    READ MORE

Heart surgery safety record marked at Royal Hobart Hospital

Tasmania's Royal Hobart Hospital celebrates its safe heart surgery record, achieved in a state with higher than average rates of coronary disease.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:32:45 +1100    READ MORE

'I haven't scored enough runs': Watson

Shane Watson admits a lack of runs led to his dropping from the Australian team, but vows to fight back.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:28:54 +1100    READ MORE

Tiwi Land Council signs framework for 10,040-hectare 99-year lease

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles signs an agreement allowing 10,040 hectares of land on the Tiwi Islands to be leased to private companies.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:24:05 +1100    READ MORE

Outback Queensland council considers building geothermal energy plant

An outback Queensland council is considering a plan to use geothermal energy to power its buildings and generate savings of up to $400,000 a year.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:15:17 +1100    READ MORE

Bombers select four players from 2012 list for Saints clash

Four Essendon players who were at the club in 2012 are in the Bombers' squad for the AFL pre-season match against St Kilda.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:04:45 +1100    READ MORE

Bali Nine relatives arrive for prison visits

Relatives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran arrive in Central Java to arrange prison visits ahead of the Bali Nine pair's executions, as Tony Abbott urges Indonesia to "pull back from this brink".

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:58:33 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt to stay with Reds, but fined and suspended

Karmichael Hunt's rugby union career has been spared, although he will be fined $30,000 and suspended for six weeks.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:39:19 +1100    READ MORE

New oxygenation plant boosts Canning River health

A new oxygenation plant on Perth's Canning River is expected to reduce the chance of algal blooms and fish kills upstream from the Kent Street weir in the southern suburb of Ferndale.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:16:30 +1100    READ MORE

Cadbury dips out of $16m grant for Hobart factory upgrade

Chocolate maker Cadbury withdraws its application for a $16 million grant from the Federal Government to upgrade its Hobart factory because it cannot meet the requirements.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:15:20 +1100    READ MORE

Man jailed for raping ex-wife 'didn't believe he had done anything wrong'

A 37-year-old man in Canberra is sentenced to eight years in jail for raping his ex-wife after earlier telling a pre-sentence report author he did not believe he had done anything wrong.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:14:10 +1100    READ MORE

Man charged in Melbourne over alleged blackmail, extortion

Police from Victoria's organised crime taskforce raid four properties across Melbourne, arresting and charging Rocco Arico with extortion and blackmail.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:14:10 +1100    READ MORE

Rabbitohs 2014 premiership ring found during drug raid

A man who NT police say had a rare NRL Rabbitohs 2014 premiership ring says he will contest a charge of unlawfully possessing property.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:38:24 +1100    READ MORE

Protecting Barrier Reef 'significant challenge', report warns

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef over coming decades will be a "significant challenge", the 2015 Intergenerational Report finds.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:38:24 +1100    READ MORE

MH370 ocean scans a 'one shot deal' as searchers only make one pass: official

Searchers combing the ocean for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 say vessels have a "one shot" chance to find the missing plane in a specific search area.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:33:36 +1100    READ MORE

Flu shots delayed a month in Queensland

Queensland Health announces the influenza shot will be delayed by a month due to a change in the vaccine.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:12:21 +1100    READ MORE

Race for Wallabies number seven jersey 'wide open': Graham

Michael Hooper is not an automatic selection to start for the Wallabies, according to Reds coach Richard Graham.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:08:51 +1100    READ MORE

NAPLAN results reveal above-average improvements in 15 Tas schools

Fifteen Tasmanian public and private schools post above-average NAPLAN scores in the latest data published on the My School website.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:03:15 +1100    READ MORE

NSW Labor promises to upgrade Ballina Hospital and ban Northern Rivers CSG

New South Wales Labor promises to upgrade a north coast hospital and challenges the Nationals to match its ban on coal seam gas activities in the Northern Rivers during a blitz of seats in the area.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:02:08 +1100    READ MORE

Employer prosecuted over teen's seed-mixing machine accident

Worksafe Tasmania prosecutes the employer of a teenager who was severely injured in a seed-mixing machine two years ago.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:43:03 +1100    READ MORE

Kindergarten student left locked in Victorian school bus for hours

A four-year-old girl is found dehydrated and distressed after she was locked in a school bus for several hours at Warracknabeal, in Victoria's west.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:40:32 +1100    READ MORE

Murder victim 'left door unlocked when bringing women home'

A court hears murder victim Morgan Huxley would bring different women to his unit and rarely locked the door.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:36:00 +1100    READ MORE

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people 'racist': Leyonhjelm

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm comes out against the Federal Government's push to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution, saying it represents a "perverse sort of racism".

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:34 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland Government still counting cost of Cyclone Marcia

Queensland's Treasurer says the State Government is still working out the full cost of Cyclone Marcia.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:12:04 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide man diagnosed with measles after travelling to Philippines

A case of measles in a man returning from the Philippines to Adelaide has been reported to SA Health.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:04:39 +1100    READ MORE

Ice addict trapped mother in home, took phone

A Canberra ice addict who confined his mother to their home and took away her mobile phone showed a "disturbing" lack of ability to reflect on his actions, a court hears.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:03:37 +1100    READ MORE

Analysis: Report retro-fits Government's argument for tough medicine

Joe Hockey says the latest Intergenerational report shows "our best years are ahead" and now he wants to have a conversation with Australia about what the future will look like.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:44:43 +1100    READ MORE

Merrick extends Phoenix stay

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has signed a new deal to remain at the helm of the A-League club until 2018.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:41:57 +1100    READ MORE

Nauru says 183 refugee protesters arrested

The government of Nauru says 183 people have been arrested after protests and described the demonstrators as troublemakers trying to manipulate the media and public.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:41:57 +1100    READ MORE

Former police officer walks free after lying about ramming car

A former Victorian police officer walks free from court after being convicted of using his police car to ram another vehicle and lying about it.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:34:09 +1100    READ MORE

Australian retail sales grow by 0.4 per cent to $23.9 billion

Official figures show Australia's retail sector had a healthy start to 2015, with sales growing in January.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:27:02 +1100    READ MORE

Former Knox Grammar student's life 'destroyed' by sexual abuse

A former Knox Grammar School student tells a royal commission the sexual abuse he suffered destroyed part of his life and chance at a normal education.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:24:00 +1100    READ MORE

UK online gambling giant being sued over 'misleading representations'

A UK online gambling giant is taken to court by the ACCC, which says it breached consumer law and made "misleading representations" to customers.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:22:53 +1100    READ MORE

Victoria unveils $45.5m plan to tackle ice problem

Rehabilitation services for ice users will be expanded, police resources increased and a help hotline introduced as part of a multi-million-dollar plan to tackle the growing use of the drug in Victoria.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:17:56 +1100    READ MORE

Government to use Intergenerational Report to reboot economic message

The Abbott Government desperately needs to reboot its economic message and reconnect with the electorate and will use the Intergenerational Report to try to retrofit a "why" into the error-riddled "what-we-did" of its first 17 months.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:08:17 +1100    READ MORE

Population projected to near 40 million by 2055 in 'ageing boom'

A Federal Government glimpse into the future shows a growing and ageing population of 40 million Australians, facing ballooning budget deficits and increased pressure on health services, aged care and the environment.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:01 +1100    READ MORE

Driver pleads not guilty over fatal Evandale smash

A Launceston man pleads not guilty to manslaughter following a crash at Evandale, in northern Tasmania, last year.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:57:33 +1100    READ MORE

China's National People's Congress will focus on growth figures

The Chinese premier Li Keqiang says government will focus on a solid economic growth target over the next 12 months as he delivers his national report.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:50:11 +1100    READ MORE

59 Victorian schools make big improvements in NAPLAN results

Fifty-nine Victorian public and private schools show significant improvements in literacy and numeracy, according to the latest NAPLAN data reported by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:49:07 +1100    READ MORE

Aldi threat growing for Coles, Woolworths: Moody's

Cut price supermarket chain Aldi is posing a growing challenge to Woolworths and Coles, according to ratings agency Moody's.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:44:45 +1100    READ MORE

ACT schools make NAPLAN 'most improved' list

Twenty Canberra schools show a significant improvement in literacy and numeracy skills among students, according to results from last year's NAPLAN tests.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:43:44 +1100    READ MORE

Autumn scorcher moves into south-east Queensland

The south-east corner of Queensland swelters through an autumn scorcher as hot air moves in from long-suffering western regions. By 1:19pm AEST, Brisbane's temperature hit a sweaty 36.1C.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:30 +1100    READ MORE

Australia Post faces long wait for stamp price rise

Australia Post faces a snail-pace wait for an increase in the cost of a basic postage stamp, with ACCC saying it could take between six and nine months to consider the proposal.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:31:06 +1100    READ MORE

Head of notorious Mexican drug cartel arrested

Mexican authorities arrest the head of one of the country's largest, and most violent drug cartels.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:29:58 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide woman suffers fractured skull after 'sledgehammer' attack

A woman is in hospital after being hit on the head, apparently with a sledgehammer, and her handbag stolen in an attack in Adelaide's north-west.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:17:44 +1100    READ MORE

NSW Coalition pledges to boost police numbers

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says, if elected, his government will recruit an extra 310 police officers and invest $100 million in new policing technology.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:17:44 +1100    READ MORE

Tapuai back for Reds with Kerevi on sidelines

Ben Tapuai replaces the injured Samu Kerevi in the Reds' squad to face the Waratahs.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:11:58 +1100    READ MORE

US ambassador's face slashed with razor in Seoul

The US ambassador to South Korea is injured in an attack by a razor-wielding assailant in Seoul, with television footage showing the diplomat smeared with blood.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:10:32 +1100    READ MORE

Explosives allegedly seized during Perth raid

Police allegedly find explosives, a detonator and a military projectile during a raid at a home in inner-city Perth.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:09:08 +1100    READ MORE

Dozens killed in rebel attack on Aleppo

Insurgents attack a Syrian government security building in the northern city of Aleppo which a monitoring group says has killed dozens of people.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:09:08 +1100    READ MORE

Burnie couple in court over amphetamine lab charges

A north-west Tasmanian couple has appeared in court to face charges relating to an amphetamine lab uncovered by Burnie police last year.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:06:11 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmania's Opposition casts doubt over $16m Cadbury grant

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Bryan Green asks the Premier to confirm whether a controversial federal grant to Cadbury will be paid.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:04:52 +1100    READ MORE

Woman, boy in hospital after car crashes through shop front

A woman and a 10-year-old boy are taken to hospital after their car crashed into a shop in Sydney's west.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:03:29 +1100    READ MORE

Adelaide experiences hot, dry February as bushfire recovery continues

Below average rainfall increases the severity of drought conditions in many parts of South Australia, a report from the weather bureau shows.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:51:36 +1100    READ MORE

Man pleads not guilty over teen's car crash death

A Tasmanian man pleads not guilty to manslaughter in relation to a car crash that killed a teenage girl in October last year.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:46:02 +1100    READ MORE

Queensland Minister defends response to banana plant biosecurity threat

Queensland's Agriculture Minister denies claims that authorities were slow to quarantine a banana farm at the centre of a major biosecurity threat.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:27:53 +1100    READ MORE

South Australian schools make national 'most improved' list

Almost 30 South Australian schools show a significant improvement on their literacy and numeracy skills, according to results from last year's NAPLAN tests.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:26:44 +1100    READ MORE

Guy Sebastian to represent Australia at Eurovision Song Contest

Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian is named as the nation's wildcard entrant for this year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:25:39 +1100    READ MORE

Buddy Holly plane crash investigation may be reopened

US transportation safety investigators are reviewing a request to reopen a probe into the 1959 plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson and their pilot.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:03:47 +1100    READ MORE

ACCC launches action over 'misleading' Nurofen products

The maker of Nurofen is potentially facing a multi-million-dollar fine over products marketed as treating specific sources of pain.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:01:24 +1100    READ MORE

Union says public servants 'gagged' by WA Treasurer

The WA Treasurer is accused of trying to "gag" public servants after he issued a stern warning to the sector to stop leaking confidential budget proposals.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:55:32 +1100    READ MORE

Mr Fluffy offers from ACT Government reach $500m

The ACT's Mr Fluffy Taskforce makes more than $500 million worth of offers to buy properties contaminated with the deadly loose fill asbestos.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:52:54 +1100    READ MORE

Two ATMs set on fire in Perth's south

Two automatic teller machines are set on fire in Perth's southern suburbs overnight. Both sites have been cordoned off pending investigations by forensic officers.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:50:34 +1100    READ MORE

More than 480kg of drugs found hidden in flavoured water, flower boxes

Hundreds of kilograms of drugs are seized and six people charged as part of an international investigation into an organised crime syndicate, the Australian Federal Police says.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:20:05 +1100    READ MORE

Hunt fined over drug charges, Titans' Falloon, Dowling cases adjourned

Reds player Karmichael Hunt has been fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to four charges of cocaine possession.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:16:45 +1100    READ MORE

Wall Street falls for second straight session

Wall Street fell for a second straight session overnight, but European stocks rose.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:11:49 +1100    READ MORE

Fourth Christian brother arrested over alleged abuse in Goulburn

Another Christian Brother appears in a NSW court charged over historical sexual offences against children in the Goulburn area.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:54:02 +1100    READ MORE

Premier League top eight all win as Chelsea maintains five-point lead

Chelsea maintained its five-point buffer over Manchester City on a morning which saw wins for all teams in the top eight.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:45:22 +1100    READ MORE

'Frog cake' artworks to raise money for mental health research

A South Australian artist is inspired by the state's iconic 'frog cake' to help raise money for mental health research.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:44:09 +1100    READ MORE

US envoy warns Russia is flooding eastern Ukraine with military hardware

The United States' senior envoy to Europe alleges Russia has deployed "thousands and thousands" of troops to neighbouring Ukraine.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:23:20 +1100    READ MORE

Claims France violating treaty that bans smacking kids

A top rights body says France is in violation of a European treaty because it has not fully banned the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:11:25 +1100    READ MORE

Labor's Luke Foley heads to NSW north coast election battleground

New South Wales Opposition Leader Luke Foley will start a two-day blitz of multiple seats in the state's far north, which has become an unlikely key battleground in the upcoming election.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:56:02 +1100    READ MORE

Adam Scott set to revert to short putter

Adam Scott has revealed he will use a short putter in his 2015 debut at the WGC Cadillac Championship.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:40:51 +1100    READ MORE

Under-prepared Clarke basks in Australia's team glory

Michael Clarke says promoting Glenn Maxwell up the order at his own expense was the right move against Afghanistan.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:30:02 +1100    READ MORE

Boston bomber's lawyers say he was secondary player

An attorney for the accused Boston Marathon bomber says her client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him".

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:27:40 +1100    READ MORE

Watmough labels Manly as toxic

The Eels' Anthony Watmough says there was a toxic environment at Manly in 2014 ahead of the clash against his old club.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:55:43 +1100    READ MORE

Bishop raises prisoner swap in Bali Nine rescue bid

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop raises the prospect of a prisoner swap in an eleventh-hour bid to save Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from the firing squad.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:53:52 +1100    READ MORE

Discovery of WWII Japanese ship Musashi 'like finding Titanic'

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:52:42 +1100    READ MORE

US clears Ferguson police officer of civil rights violations

The US justice department says it will not prosecute the police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Missouri last August.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:52:42 +1100    READ MORE

Construction of Australian-first floating solar farm due to begin

An Australian-first floating solar power plant is expected to be operational in South Australia by early April, with construction about to begin.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:52:42 +1100    READ MORE

AFC president unopposed for new term

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa will extend his stay as Asian chief, running unopposed in April elections.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:50:33 +1100    READ MORE

Gajdosova through to Malaysian Open quarter-finals

Jarmila Gajdosova is through to the Malaysian Open last eight after beating Luksika KumKum 7-5, 6-2.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:44:30 +1100    READ MORE

Constitutional change would improve Indigenous health: medical groups

Australia's leading medical groups unite to call for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be recognised in the country's constitution, as a way to improve health outcomes.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:42:17 +1100    READ MORE

NSW voters care more about asset sales than Queenslanders did: Vote Compass

The privatisation of state-owned assets is more important to NSW voters than it was to Queenslanders before that state's recent election, the ABC's Vote Compass survey finds.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:42:17 +1100    READ MORE

Who are the others on death row with Bali Nine pair?

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are not the only death row prisoners in Indonesia to be sent before the firing squad - nine others from France, Ghana, Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and Indonesia are also awaiting execution.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:34:50 +1100    READ MORE

Five significant finds in study of human evolution

The discovery of a 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fossil has sent scientists into a frenzy, after a research paper published today revealed it could be the missing link in the human evolution puzzle. Here are five other significant finds in the study of human evolution.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:28:29 +1100    READ MORE

Tasmanian fire crews battle Lefroy blaze with help from Victorian aircraft

Tasmanian fire crews continue to monitor an uncontrolled bushfire burning at Lefroy in the state's north.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:28:29 +1100    READ MORE

Over 300 schools achieve above-average NAPLAN scores

The Federal Government's updated My School website shows more than 300 public and private schools achieved above-average NAPLAN scores.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:14:41 +1100    READ MORE

Fossil jaw a missing link in the human evolution puzzle

The discovery of a 2.8-million-year-old partial jawbone by an international team of researchers in Ethiopia could rewrite the history of human evolution.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:02 +1100    READ MORE

FBI raids homes suspected of conducting 'birth tourism' for Chinese women

FBI agents raid at least 20 homes suspected of being involved in 'birth tourism' schemes facilitating accommodation and travel for pregnant Chinese women wanting to have their babies in the United States.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:56:23 +1100    READ MORE

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace'

Russian president Vladimir Putin describes the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that has brought disgrace on Russia, and warns against a rise in "extremist crime".

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:52:23 +1100    READ MORE

Australia smashes records in huge win over Afghanistan

Australia broke a host of records on its way to a huge World Cup win over Afghanistan at the WACA.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:31:19 +1100    READ MORE

Older Australians and women need to be encouraged to work more: Intergenerational Report

Australia's prosperity is at risk of being put under increasing pressure over the next four decades unless Australians work longer and productivity is improved, according to a major report due to be released today.

published: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:11:02 +1100    READ MORE

Roar down Urawa Red Diamonds for first win in Asia

An early Brandon Borrello goal has earned Brisbane Roar their first Champions League win.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:46:15 +1100    READ MORE

Joe Hockey approves $1.4b takeover of Primo by Brazilian company

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey approves a $1.4 billion takeover bid for Australian smallgoods producer Primo, by a Brazilian meat company.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:57:21 +1100    READ MORE

India bans broadcast of documentary showing gang-rapist

India bans the broadcast of a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a student in 2012, because it features an interview in which one of the convicted rapists blames the victim.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:23:25 +1100    READ MORE

Wanderers lose entertaining encounter with Guangzhou Evergrande

The Wanderers went down 3-2 to Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande in Parramatta.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:17:04 +1100    READ MORE

World Bank predicts iron ore glut will continue

The World Bank is predicting the iron ore glut could continue for up to two years, putting sustained pressure on the commodity's price and Western Australia's royalty revenue.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:00:30 +1100    READ MORE

Bali Nine inmate's friends 'dumbfounded' by clemency refusal

Bali Nine inmate Myuran Sukumaran's close friends describe him as "a man who is staring down the barrel of a gun", as Indonesia today transferred him and fellow Australian Andrew Chan to Nusakambangan, the island where they will be executed.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:22:35 +1100    READ MORE

Canberra community services vow to reverse major Federal Government funding cuts

Canberra's peak community organisation says ACT services are in chaos following the Commonwealth's move to slash more than $1 million from annual grants.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:00:02 +1100    READ MORE

NRL kicks off as cocaine scandal goes to court

The NRL's kick-off on Thursday threatens to be overshadowed by the game's cocaine scandal.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:55:46 +1100    READ MORE

Tas Premier 'treading water' in first 2015 speech to Parliament

Tasmania's Opposition Leader uses his first speech to Parliament for the year to accuse the Premier Will Hodgman of "treading water", and to flag a Labor Facebook campaign to reconnect with voters.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:39:40 +1100    READ MORE

Australian killed in avalanche in Austria

A 27-year-old Australian woman dies and a 30-year-old man is critically injured in an avalanche in Austria. Police say a group of four Australians were off-piste snowboarding at the time of the incident.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:38:32 +1100    READ MORE

Perth Observatory staff reduced to one caretaker

A senior astronomer criticises the decision to make all but one staff member redundant at the Perth Observatory, saying it shows the State Government's lack of interest in science.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:19:28 +1100    READ MORE

Manly pulls contract offer to Cherry-Evans

Manly has withdrawn its contract offer to Daly Cherry-Evans, leaving him likely to sign with either Cronulla or the Titans.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:08:24 +1100    READ MORE

Macquarie Bank pays itself too much: UBS

Australia's only listed investment bank, Macquarie Group, has been told by rival UBS it pays its staff about $800 million over the odds.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:57:58 +1100    READ MORE

Peak steel body hails Perth Stadium contract for local firm

WA's peak steel industry body welcomed a decision to award a $73 million contract to a local firm to build large steel trusses for the new Burswood stadium.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:51:05 +1100    READ MORE

Pakistan cruises to victory over UAE after posting massive total

The United Arab Emirates never challenged Pakistan's total of 339, battling to 8 for 210 from their 50 overs.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:49:56 +1100    READ MORE

Human waste leaving 'unpleasant odour' on Mount Everest

Nepal cracks down on littering mountaineers whose treks have made the world's tallest peak the highest garbage dump on Earth.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:38:54 +1100    READ MORE

Spider venom could lead to better painkillers, Brisbane researchers find

Seven compounds found in spider venom could inspire a new class of painkillers with fewer side effects than current medications, University of Queensland researchers say.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:37:36 +1100    READ MORE

Perth barber shops expand with beards back in fashion

Beards are back in and the popularity of a more hirsute appearance among mostly young men prompts a resurgence in the number of traditional barber shops in Perth.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:29:48 +1100    READ MORE

Spiegeltent prepares to wow Hobart with circus, cabaret and burlesque acts

Finishing touches are applied to the famous Spiegeltent which is being set up on Hobart's waterfront for the Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:22:10 +1100    READ MORE

Long-serving Tasmanian magistrate Tim Hill dies

Tim Hill, who presided over cases in northern Tasmania for 22 years, dies after illness.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:08:14 +1100    READ MORE

High Court reserves decision on scope of ICAC's power in Cunneen case

The High Court is told even if the Independent Commission Against Corruption is prevented from investigating a top prosecutor, the NSW corruption watchdog's other ongoing inquiries are unlikely to be affected.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:04:42 +1100    READ MORE

Royal Australian Mint helps three South Pacific nations produce new coins

The Royal Australian Mint makes history with new coins produced for Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Cook Islands.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:03:16 +1100    READ MORE

Hundreds of WA union members rally in defence of penalty rates

Hundreds of union members rally outside WA's Parliament House as part of a national day of action against a review of penalty rates, wages and conditions.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:53:47 +1100    READ MORE

WA Minister reluctant to reveal details of world trip

Plans are underway for WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder to take an overseas research trip to investigate international best practice in transport.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:48:13 +1100    READ MORE

At least 30 killed in coal mine blast in Ukraine

At least 30 people are killed in an explosion at a coal mine in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:45:02 +1100    READ MORE

Weak data, major stocks going ex-dividend do little to lift share market

Weak data and some major stocks going ex-dividend does little to lift the share market.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:40:33 +1100    READ MORE

Australian man killed fighting IS kept mission secret from family

Ashley Johnston's mother says her son was not a criminal, after only discovering he was at war with Islamic State when she learned of his death last week.

published: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:39:14 +1100    READ MORE

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