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Fact or fiction: 5 common Anzac myths put to the test

The story of the Anzacs at Gallipoli remains an important part of Australia's national identity.

But how much of what Australians have come to believe about the Anzacs is fact, and how much is fiction?

ABC Fact Check asks the experts about five common myths.

published: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:09:58 +1000    READ MORE

Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian unity bid

Israel has suspended US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in retaliation for a peace deal between Hamas and Fatah.

published: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:08:53 +1000    READ MORE

Live: Australia marks Anzac Day

Australians are attending dawn services around the country to commemorate Anzac Day and honour the men and women who have fought and died in war.

The services mark the 99th anniversary of the first landings by Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli in 1915.

More than 35,000 people were expected at today's national ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge are the first Royals to attend an Anzac Day service in Canberra since the Queen and Prince Philip in 1970.

Follow the day's events in our live blog.

published: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:33:15 +1000    READ MORE

Ukrainian clashes raise tensions as Russia begins military drills

Ukrainian forces have reportedly killed several pro-Russian militants in clashes in the country's east, prompting Russia to start new military drills near the border.

published: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:09:35 +1000    READ MORE

Young Australians take Anzac pilgrimage to Gallipoli

Hundreds of young Australian expats and backpackers are arriving in Turkey ahead of Anzac Day commemorations, in what has become a rite of passage.

published: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:04:14 +1000    READ MORE

Luke Batty's mother Rosie calls for more action against domestic violence

Rosie Batty has turned the pain of her son Luke's murder into fuel for a campaign against domestic violence.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:07:18 +1000    READ MORE

High-risk loans return to Australian mortgage markets

Almost six years after the collapse of the US subprime mortgage market triggered the global financial crisis, risky lending is having a revival in Australia.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:36:51 +1000    READ MORE

Barack Obama reaffirms support for Japan in territorial dispute

US president Barack Obama has vowed to defend Japan in its dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:54:03 +1000    READ MORE

Rock climber dies after fall at Flinders Ranges in SA

A rock climber has died in the Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia's far north.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:46:42 +1000    READ MORE

Former NSW Supreme Court judge Barry O'Keefe dies

Barry O'Keefe, a former New South Wales Supreme Court judge and commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), has died aged 79.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:05:30 +1000    READ MORE

Teen killers of Tauri Litchfield jailed

Four boys have been sentenced to more than four years in detention over the death of Mandurah man Tauri Litchfield.

The boys, aged between 15 and 17, were part of a group who set upon Mr Litchfield in March last year as he was walking home along Pinjarra Road.

The 28-year-old had been involved in an altercation with the boys moments earlier after one of them tried to steal his wallet.

He ran away from the group and hit his head when he fell from a car park wall. He later died in hospital.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:37:54 +1000    READ MORE

Veterans warn any change to pension would be 'act of bastardry'

Veterans are warning the Federal Government not to touch military pensions in next month's budget.

The ABC has learnt the Coalition's razor gang will consider savings which could leave some former Defence personnel worse off.

One of the proposals is believed to involve closing an old Defence pension scheme and forcing members into a modern version.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:04:04 +1000    READ MORE

Calls to exhume mass graves of fallen Gallipoli soldiers

Families of Anzacs killed in Gallipoli are restarting a campaign to exhume mass graves containing fallen soldiers.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:34 +1000    READ MORE

Moderate gains on local market before Anzac Day

Losses in retail and energy stocks have limited the Australian share market's gains ahead of the Anzac Day long weekend.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:59:27 +1000    READ MORE

South Korean crew member says 'we were ordered' to leave sinking ferry

A crew member of the South Korean ferry that sank last week says she and her colleagues were "under command" to abandon ship.

Twenty of the 29 crew that were on board the vessel when it began to capsize escaped the ferry and have been condemned for leaving hundreds of passengers trapped in the ship.

Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are presumed to have drowned.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:21:16 +1000    READ MORE

Child abuser who forced boy's head down toilet avoids jail

An Adelaide aged care worker who sexually exploited his former partner's two young sons has avoided a jail term after the judge declared he was not a danger to other children.

He also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for forcing the head of one boy into a toilet and flushing it.

The judge suspended the man's sentence, saying he did not commit the offences for sexual reasons but entertainment.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:36:21 +1000    READ MORE

Anzac cocktails, plastic surgery shows sacred day 'for sale'

A respected military veteran and historian has declared Anzac Day is now "for sale" and is being taken advantage of by pubs, confectionary outlets and even plastic surgeons.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:14:43 +1000    READ MORE

Scientists look to past to beat antibiotic resistance

Australian scientists are looking to the past as they work to beat the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Researchers at Monash University are not developing a new class of antibiotics, instead hoping to make an old one, Polymyxin, easier and safer to use.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:03:00 +1000    READ MORE

Government releases climate change policy white paper

The Federal Government has released its detailed policy white paper on its Direct Action climate change plan.

At the core of the policy is the $2.5 billion emissions reduction fund (ERF) which the Government says will pay industry for activities that reduce carbon emissions.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the ERF has been designed to buy the lowest-cost carbon abatement schemes to reduce emissions through reverse auctions.

He says it will encourage "practical ways of reducing emissions where every dollar is spent on actually purchasing real means of decreasing Australia's overall emissions".

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:28:19 +1000    READ MORE

Australian Ballet's longest serving ballerina hangs up tutu

The Australian Ballet's longest serving ballerina Lucinda Dunn has given her final dramatic performance in the title role of Manon at the Sydney Opera House.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:51:36 +1000    READ MORE

Father hugs truck driver jailed for killing daughter on Hume Highway

The father of a woman killed alongside a tow truck driver on the Hume Highway has hugged the man responsible as he was sentenced to jail.

Kaine Barnett has been handed a three-year jail term for the deaths of 23-year-old university student Sarah Frazer and 40-year-old tow truck driver Geoffrey Clarke.

In a rare act of compassion, Ms Frazer's father, Peter Frazer says his family does not hate Barnett, rather they feel sorry for him as his life is ruined.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:06:13 +1000    READ MORE

Soldier's letter provides vivid account of Gallipoli landing

Sydney Skinner's letter home to his "Ma and Pa" provides an extraordinarily vivid firsthand description of the landing, the carnage, the horror and at times the excitement felt by many of those who took part in what was to become the defining moment in Australian military mythology.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:57:56 +1000    READ MORE

Australians commemorate Anzac landing in Gallipoli

Australians are flocking to Gallipoli ahead of the 99th anniversary of the disastrous campaign.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:47:15 +1000    READ MORE

Facebook raises revenue from mobile ads that 'delight you'

Facebook said its better than expected first quarter result was thanks to rapid growth in its mobile advertising business.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:33:03 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey says Australians need to 'work as long as they can'

Treasurer Joe Hockey says people should "work as long as they can", as the likelihood grows that the Government will raise the age of eligibility for the pension in its first budget.

Speaking to AM this morning, Mr Hockey gave the strongest indication yet that the age pension will be pushed back from 67 to 70 years of age.

"We should also not see someone's life ending when they turn 65 or 70," he said. "They should work as long as they can."

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:33:03 +1000    READ MORE

Franklin apologises for Sydney car crash

AFL star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin has apologised for crashing a Jeep into four cars in Sydney's east last night.

The 27-year-old said he was not under the influence of alcohol and was not distracted by his mobile phone at the time of the incident on New South Head Road at Rose Bay.

No-one was injured, and Franklin returned a zero reading when he was breath-tested at the scene but police say the Sydney Swans forward has been fined $405 and lost three demerit points for negligent driving.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:24:42 +1000    READ MORE

New Zealand Reserve Bank lifts rates for second straight meeting

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has raised interest rates for the second month in a row, in a foretaste of what may be to come for Australia within the next year.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:58:36 +1000    READ MORE

WWI sheepskin vests reproduced to mark Anzac centenary

Replica sheepskin vests shine a light on the generosity and compassion of Australians who supported WWI diggers from the home front.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:21:59 +1000    READ MORE

Bodies pulled from Korean ferry reveal escape attempts

Many of the bodies pulled from the wreck of a South Korean ferry have broken fingers, indicating the desperate final moments of the mostly young victims, according to South Korean media.

So far 150 bodies have been pulled from the wreck of the Sewol ferry, which hit rocks off South Korea's south coast last week.

Divers sent into the wreck are having to feel for the bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:55:14 +1000    READ MORE

Joint Strike Fighter price coming down: Lockheed Martin

The company making the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter says the aircraft's price is falling, despite concerns raised in the US about cost blowouts.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:54:03 +1000    READ MORE

Australian War Memorial's Lone Pine a living memorial to Anzacs

From pine cones collected by an Australian soldier at Gallipoli grows a living memorial to the Anzac campaign.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:32:37 +1000    READ MORE

Queensland Motorways sells for more than $7b to private consortium

The state's major tollway network, Queensland Motorways, has been sold to a private consortium for more than $7 billion.

The previous Labor state government transferred the business to QIC for $3 billion in 2011.

State Government-owned corporation QIC Limited confirmed the sale of Queensland Motorways on Wednesday.

The consortium consists of Transurban, Australian Super and Tawreed Investments Limited.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:19:05 +1000    READ MORE

ATSB rules out link of metal material to MH370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau does not believe material found on a beach in WA's South West region is connected to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

The material was found on a beach in Augusta yesterday by a member of the public and handed to police.

ATSB chief commissioner Martin Dolan has ruled out any link with MH370.

"We've carefully examined detailed photographs that were taken for us by the police, and we're satisfied that it's not a lead in terms of the search for MH370," he said.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:32 +1000    READ MORE

Neville Wran state funeral date set for May 1

Former New South Wales Labor premier Neville Wran's state funeral will be held on May 1 at Sydney's Town Hall.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:02:05 +1000    READ MORE

Bieber apologises for visiting Japan war shrine

Justin Bieber has apologised and insisted he loves Japan and China after stepping into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:48:39 +1000    READ MORE

New York police Twitter campaign backfires

A New York police department campaign to boost its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and critical tweets.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:26:17 +1000    READ MORE

Retailers urged to sign Bangladesh safety accord on collapse anniversary

Two Australian companies still have not signed up to a crucial safety accord for Bangladeshi garment workers, a year after more than 1,000 people died in a building collapse.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:20:57 +1000    READ MORE

Prince Charles's brother-in-law dies after fall

Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain's Prince Charles, died in a New York hospital on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a charity event.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:13:08 +1000    READ MORE

Australia falling behind on digital access: AIG

The nation is falling behind its international competitors on internet access and affordability and more investment in communications infrastructure, like broadband, is needed, economists are warning.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:40:06 +1000    READ MORE

Witnesses urged to contact police over Melbourne stabbing murder

Detectives will be at Sunshine in Melbourne's west today to ask the public for more information on the murder of a mother of four last week.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:24:10 +1000    READ MORE

Russia blames US for Ukraine political unrest

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

Mr Lavrov's comments came a day after US vice president Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the pro-Western government, and a warning to Russia not to interfere in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's government has re-launched a security operation to crack down on the pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause and said it had the backing of the US.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:59:01 +1000    READ MORE

Prince William and Catherine tour Canberra

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have toured the National Arboretum, Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra as their tour of Australia and New Zealand draws to a close.

Excited crowds lined public areas outside and inside Parliament House in the hope of catching a glimpse or securing a quick chat with the Royal couple.

The Royal couple signed the parliamentary guestbook before leaving Parliament House and heading to the National Portrait Gallery, for their final public appearance on Thursday.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:54:47 +1000    READ MORE

Rival Palestinian factions reach unity government deal

Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation have agreed to implement a unity pact.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:47:17 +1000    READ MORE

Obama begins Asian tour

US President Barack Obama has begun his Asian tour in Tokyo focusing on trade and security.

Mr Obama says the US will oppose any attempt to undermine Japan's administration of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

published: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:16:54 +1000    READ MORE

Sacked Moyes understands 'frustration' of Man Utd fans

David Moyes says he understands fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Manchester United.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:58:54 +1000    READ MORE

Buddy Franklin questioned over car smash

AFL star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin has been questioned by police after he crashed into four parked cars in Sydney's east.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:31:24 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey was concerned GrainCorp bidder 'not of good character'

The Federal Treasurer has revealed he blocked a foreign takeover bid for GrainCorp partly because the US-based company was "not of good character".

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:49 +1000    READ MORE

Turkish PM offers condolences over killing of Armenians

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences to the descendants of victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:35:11 +1000    READ MORE

International Cycling Union lifts ban on Australian Rogers

The International Cycling Union has lifted its ban on Australian Michael Rogers.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:53:36 +1000    READ MORE

Fire near homes in Albany downgraded

A fire burning close to homes in the Mount Clarence area of Albany, Western Australia, has been downgraded.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:33:01 +1000    READ MORE

New leads for retired detective hoping to solve 34yo murder

A new witness in a 34-year-old cold case provides leads for retired murder investigator Ron Iddles, who is still trying to solve his first case.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:04:25 +1000    READ MORE

Veteran support group helps their own to Soldier On

As Australia commemorates Anzac Day on Friday, many contemporary veterans will have nothing to do with it.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:52:33 +1000    READ MORE

Material washed ashore probed for links to MH370

Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, in the South West of Western Australia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining photographs of the material, believed to be metallic and about 2.5 metres long, to see if it is related to the search for the aircraft.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:07:48 +1000    READ MORE

Students honour fallen soldiers with messages of thanks

Wooden crosses inscribed with the personal reflections of Australian school children will be placed on 15,000 overseas war graves this Anzac Day.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:06:44 +1000    READ MORE

Australian share market reaches highest level since 2008

The Australian share market has reached its highest level since the middle of 2008, with gains across most major sectors today.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:15:10 +1000    READ MORE

Hockey warns of crisis without tough measures to cut budget spending

Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned next month's federal budget will introduce tougher means testing of support payments and more upfront costs for government services.

Speaking in Sydney last night, Mr Hockey began to unveil the findings and recommendations of the Government's much-anticipated Commission of Audit, which the Government is using to frame the May 13 budget.

Mr Hockey says the report makes it clear the nation has "a serious spending problem" and recommends "substantial spending restraint".

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:59:50 +1000    READ MORE

Powdered alcohol condemned as company seeks US approval

A company is seeking approval to sell powdered alcohol in the United States, sparking alarm from alcohol policy researchers.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +1000    READ MORE

Chemo researchers 'discover immune cells on/off switch'

Queensland researchers say they can put key immune cells to sleep during chemotherapy, and wake them when they are needed to fight infection.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:49:04 +1000    READ MORE

Sydney FC sack Frank Farina

Sydney FC have sacked coach Frank Farina after the Sky Blues' exit from the A-League finals.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:52 +1000    READ MORE

Poor weather forces suspension of MH370 air search for second day

Planes have been grounded for a second day as poor weather hampers search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:15:32 +1000    READ MORE

Reserve Bank unlikely to shift from neutral stance despite the Treasurer's displeasure

Today's lower-than-expected inflation reading is not low enough to force the Reserve Bank to change tack on rates, even if that is what the Treasurer would like it to do.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:03:54 +1000    READ MORE

Canadian woman receives letter 45 years later

A letter has mysteriously arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman 45 years after it was sent by her younger sister.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:41:45 +1000    READ MORE

MP steps down from Qld ethics committee after theft charges revealed

Queensland MP David Gibson has stepped down as chairman of Parliament's Select Ethics Committee after it was revealed he was charged with theft in 1999.

Former LNP member-turned independent candidate Scott Elms released court documents that show Mr Gibson was charged with four counts of theft while serving in the Army.

Mr Gibson, who is the Member for Gympie, said he pleaded guilty but no conviction was recorded.

However, he said he did not want the matter to affect the committee's work.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:31:52 +1000    READ MORE

Blues release Marshall for return to NRL

Benji Marshall has been given an early release from his Super Rugby contract with the Blues.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:23:14 +1000    READ MORE

$12bn for extra Joint Strike Fighters 'not new spending'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the multi-billion-dollar program to purchase new jet fighters for the Defence Force does not involve any new spending by taxpayers.

The Government has given the go ahead for the purchase of 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of $12.4 billion - making it the nation's most expensive Defence asset.

"I want to stress that this is money that has been put aside by government over the past decade or so to ensure that this purchase can responsibly be made," Mr Abbott said.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:16:49 +1000    READ MORE

Man accused of friend's murder changes plea to guilty

A man will be sentenced to life in prison for murdering his friend in the South Australia's south-east after changing his plea to guilty.

The body of Navarone Hutchins, 23, was found on a dirt track about five kilometres outside Keith in January 2013.

His friend Jordan Lee Campbell, now 21, maintained his innocence but has now changed his plea to guilty.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:04:49 +1000    READ MORE

South Korean prosecutors raid home of ferry owner

Prosecutors investigating the fatal sinking of the Sewol ferry have raided the home of Yoo Byung-un, the head of a family that owns Chonghaejin Marine Co Ltd, the company that operated the vessel.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:23:26 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Dutton fuels speculation of Medicare co-payment

Health Minister Peter Dutton has fuelled speculation the Federal Government is poised to introduce a new payment for GP visits by indicating high income earners should not expect to see a doctor for free.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:14:32 +1000    READ MORE

Comparison: How Australia's F-35s stack up against the rest

Australia will buy 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of more than $12 billion after the Federal Government gave the go ahead for the purchase on Tuesday.

Here is how Australia's F-35s - billed as the smartest fighter jets on the planet - stack up against our regional neighbours' air forces.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:14:42 +1000    READ MORE

UNHCR wants answers over asylum seeker policy

The United Nations refugee agency has asked Australia to prove it is not breaching the Refugee Convention with its policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

Speaking in Jakarta, UNHCR regional representative James Lynch says the Australian Government has not responded to the UN's request for information made in January.

He says some asylum seekers have told the UN agency that they made it to Australian land or territorial waters before being returned to Indonesia.

He says if that is true, Australia's responsibility is to allow them to be processed as asylum seekers.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:39:00 +1000    READ MORE

Inflation within target takes pressure off Reserve Bank

Inflation has remained within the Reserve Bank's 2-3 per cent target, taking pressure off the RBA to consider early rate rises.

Economist forecasts had centred on a consumer price rise of 3.2 per cent in the year to the end of March, but the Bureau of Statistics figures show inflation was 2.9 per cent over that period.

Prices rose just 0.6 per cent in the quarter, below an expected 0.8 per cent, with much of the increase due to seasonal factors.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:36:46 +1000    READ MORE

More suspected human bones found in Gold Coast seaway

More bones have been found in the Gold Coast seaway as Queensland police continue to search the area for suspected human remains.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:29:47 +1000    READ MORE

Okinawa base tensions remain as Barack Obama heads to Japan

As US President Barack Obama heads to Japan to shore up America's strategic dominance in the Pacific, the US bases in Okinawa remain a stumbling block.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:43:01 +1000    READ MORE

Outkast to headline Splendour in the Grass

Recently reformed hip-hop group Outkast will headline this year's Splendour in the Grass festival at the North Byron Bay Parklands in July this year.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:04:11 +1000    READ MORE

Police seize ice, arrest 'key players' in major drug supply ring

The New South Wales State Crime Command has arrested several key players in what they believe is one of the state's biggest drug supply rings.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:53:09 +1000    READ MORE

Why gas prices are set to increase

Gas prices across the eastern seaboard are set to rise, with the Australian market to be exposed to the international market for the first time.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:03:22 +1000    READ MORE

Consumer advocates worried rising gas prices will hit hard

Consumer advocates say an anticipated increase in gas prices over the next two years will push at-risk people to the wall.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:45:56 +1000    READ MORE

University funding shake-up could see student fees rise

Students may have to pay much more for their degrees, with the Federal Government believed to be considering a major shake-up of the nation's universities.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:42:14 +1000    READ MORE

Rising PTSD compensation figures in ADF 'only the start'

As Australia prepares to mark Anzac Day commemorations, a former top commander is warning of a tidal wave of new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases amongst returning veterans.

There has been a four-fold increase in PTSD cases since Australian troops first went to war in Afghanistan in 2001.

Some veterans have told the ABC the health system will not cope - and say some of their comrades will be reluctant or unable to admit that they have PTSD.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:29:58 +1000    READ MORE

Brian Harradine farewelled with state funeral

Brian Harradine, Australia's longest-serving independent senator, has been honoured with a state funeral in Hobart.

Hundreds of people gathered at St Mary's Cathedral for the service.

Among them, former Prime Minister John Howard and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman.

Mr Harradine died last week at the age of 79.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:13:29 +1000    READ MORE

'Brutally tortured' body of Ukrainian politician found

Ukraine's acting president has ordered the military to resume an operation against pro-Kremlin separatists, after the "brutally tortured" bodies of two people, including a kidnapped local councillor, were discovered in the east of the country.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:09:07 +1000    READ MORE

Peter Greste's trial again adjourned until May 3

Australian journalist Peter Greste remains in an Egyptian prison after his trial was again adjourned overnight.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:16 +1000    READ MORE

Royal couple take a spin on the turntables in Adelaide

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met with disadvantaged young people in Adelaide's northern suburbs, as part of a short visit to the city.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:22:01 +1000    READ MORE

Australia to spend more than $12 billion on 58 Joint Strike Fighters

Australia will buy 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of more than $12 billion after the Federal Government gave the go ahead for the purchase yesterday.

The extra aircraft will bring Australia's total JSF force to 72 aircraft, with the first of them to enter service in 2020.

The Government says it will also consider the option of buying another squadron of the next-generation fighter jets to eventually replace the RAAF'S F/A-18 Super Hornets.

As part of the announcement, more than $1.6 billion will be spent on new facilities at air bases in Williamtown in New South Wales and Tindal in the Northern Territory.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:59:51 +1000    READ MORE

Biden warns Russia over separatists in Ukraine

US vice-president Joe Biden has used a visit to Kiev to warn Russia that it was time to make progress on its commitment to help defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:21:43 +1000    READ MORE

PM's chief business adviser backs Medicare co-payments

The head of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, Maurice Newman, has backed the idea of Medicare co-payments.

published: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:15:23 +1000    READ MORE

Coulson denies hearing hacked Sienna Miller voicemail

David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson has told a London court he had not listened to hacked voicemail messages that exposed an affair between actress Sienna Miller and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:31:44 +1000    READ MORE

Wanderers advance with 5-0 Guizhou thrashing

The Wanderers confirmed top spot in their Asian Champions League group with a 5-0 thrashing of Guizhou Renhe.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:53:49 +1000    READ MORE

Gene test could boost breast cancer survival rate

A Queensland scientist has developed a new test that could help improve the survival rate for breast cancer patients.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:04:29 +1000    READ MORE

Envelope leaking powder reported at Troy Buswell's electorate office

Troy Buswell's electorate office has been locked down after police received a report of an envelope leaking white powder.

Police were alerted to the suspicious package about 5:45pm after staff found it while sorting incoming mail.

The building was evacuated and police sealed off the office while they waited for the arrival of a specialist chemical analysis team.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:41:48 +1000    READ MORE

Trainee combat engineer to stand trial over death of fellow soldier

A trainee combat engineer will stand trial charged with causing the death of a fellow soldier while rolling a vehicle during training at Sydney's Holsworthy Army barracks.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:32:21 +1000    READ MORE

Everest Sherpas say they are abandoning climbing season

Nepalese guides on Mount Everest have declared they are packing up and leaving the mountain after a meeting at which they decided to abandon this year's climbing season to honour dead colleagues.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:23:40 +1000    READ MORE

Van Gaal installed as favourite to replace Moyes

Look through five candidates to take over from David Moyes at Manchester United, including hot favourite Louis van Gaal.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:23:40 +1000    READ MORE

Crew of doomed S Korean ferry say they tried to launch lifeboats

The South Korean crew members arrested after the Sewol ferry sunk last week say they tried to launch lifeboats before abandoning the ship with hundreds still on board.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:58:30 +1000    READ MORE

What are your favourite Shakespearean works?

This week marks the 450th birthday of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. We asked you what your favourite Shakespearean works are.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:39:40 +1000    READ MORE

Banks enjoy gains while miners struggle in Tuesday's trade

It was good news for the big banks but a tougher day for the miners in what was a generally positive result for the Australian share market on Thursday.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:28:31 +1000    READ MORE

Black market for guns grows as police warn of 3D-printed firearms

His name is ReadySetGo, and for $250 he can get you a gun straight out of a James Bond movie.

It is an easily concealed plastic handgun that fires a plastic - but lethal - bullet and cannot be detected by X-rays and metal scanners.

What is new about this 21st-century gun dealer is that he exists online and is virtually untraceable.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says the terrorism implications for the firearms "are huge".

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:08:58 +1000    READ MORE

Moyes sacked as Manchester United manager

David Moyes has been sacked as Manchester United manager, less than a year after taking charge of the EPL champions.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:32:28 +1000    READ MORE

Crouching Tiger prequel to be filmed in New Zealand

A prequel to the Oscar-winning Chinese martial arts hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" will be filmed in New Zealand this year, Film Auckland said.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:52:30 +1000    READ MORE

Teenager admits bashing toddler with stick

A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to beating a toddler with a stick at a property in Western Australia's Pilbara.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:39:44 +1000    READ MORE

Shorten's push for ALP reform prompts union criticism

Bill Shorten's push for fundamental changes to Labor Party rules has triggered criticism from some quarters of the union movement.

In a major speech today, Mr Shorten issued a challenge to his own party to adopt changes that would weaken its links with unions - which are also the ALP's main funding source.

But Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams accused Mr Shorten of blaming the ALP's poor electoral fortunes on trade unions, and said that left "a lot to be desired".

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:22 +1000    READ MORE

Marshall admits he was 'average' at rugby

Benji Marshall admits he was only an "average" union player but says he has no regrets about his brief Super Rugby foray.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:32:03 +1000    READ MORE

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said, ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to Seoul.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:21:59 +1000    READ MORE

Ex-Cyclone Jack halts aerial search for flight MH370

The aerial search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been suspended due to bad weather caused by an ex-tropical cyclone, though 10 ships will continue the mission.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:18:53 +1000    READ MORE

'Masters of forgery' charged in US over $33m art scam

Three men have been charged in New York over a $33 million scam that saw art collectors pay a small fortune for works purportedly painted by modern masters.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:11:24 +1000    READ MORE

US tells Russia to comply with Ukraine agreement or face more sanctions

The US government says it will decide on imposing new sanctions on Russia "within days" if Moscow fails to implement details of an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine that was reached in Geneva last week.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:23:59 +1000    READ MORE

Leopard runs amok in western Indian village

Panic loomed among the residents of Ballarpur village in India's western Maharashtra on Monday (local time) after a leopard hid on the rooftop of a house and ran amok after being found.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:30:38 +1000    READ MORE

South Korea ferry disaster toll passes 100

As the confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster passes 100, a crew member says officers on the bridge failed to respond to repeated queries as to whether or not to give the order to abandon ship.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:21 +1000    READ MORE

New method kills more than 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish on Great Barrier Reef

A new eradication method has helped to remove more than 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish from the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland in the past two years.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:49:38 +1000    READ MORE

Number of soldiers committing suicide more than triples Afghan combat toll

Friday's Anzac Day events will commemorate those who fought and fell in wars - but what of those whose names will never be on memorial plaques, those who continued their struggle with demons back home, and lost?

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:58:26 +1000    READ MORE

Teen made Facebook post about stranger before 'hit-and-run'

A teenager critically injured in a suspected hit-and-run near Wollongong in New South Wales posted a Facebook message about a stranger approaching her moments before the accident.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:58:26 +1000    READ MORE

Man remanded in custody over deaths of Melbourne sisters

A Melbourne man has been remanded in custody over the murders of two sisters under the age of five on Sunday.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:45:01 +1000    READ MORE

Security, trade to dominate Obama's Asia tour

US President Barack Obama is set to begin a week-long trip to Asia expected to be dominated by security and trade.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:36:26 +1000    READ MORE

Stewart to leave Sea Eagles for Rabbitohs

Glenn Stewart will leave Manly at the end of the season to join South Sydney in 2015 on a two-year deal.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:38:01 +1000    READ MORE

Woman killed in house fire in Brisbane

A woman has died in a house fire at Inala in Brisbane's south-west.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:34:23 +1000    READ MORE

Baird announces new Cabinet, makes way for five new MPs

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has dumped four MPs from his Cabinet and handed the Treasury portfolio to Andrew Constance.

Greg Smith, Robyn Parker, George Souris and Don Page all lost out in the Cabinet reshuffle announced by the new Premier in Sydney.

The vacancies make way for five new MPs: Robert Stokes, Troy Grant, Dominic Perrottet, Paul Toole and Jai Rowell.

Mr Baird says the new-look team is a chance for "renewal" in the state.

"It brings experience and it brings a capacity to transform New South Wales," he said.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:17:11 +1000    READ MORE

Climber rescued after being trapped at Mount Arapiles

A climber wedged between two large boulders at Mount Arapiles, in western Victoria for more than 10 hours has been freed by the emergency services.

The man was doing what is known as the 'squeeze test' by trying to climb between the boulders.

Rescuers used olive oil and a pulley system to extricate the man.

He was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is listed in a stable condition.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:47:48 +1000    READ MORE

Royal couple witness iconic Uluru sunset

Prince William and Catherine have taken in an iconic sunset at Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park to end their tour of the Red Centre.

The Royals took part in a guided walk around Uluru having been given a welcome to country, including a traditional Indigenous dance performance, at the National Park's cultural centre.

The Royal couple were earlier given gumnut bracelets, a spear and a camel-hair beanie for Prince George, who is not taking part in the trip to the Red Centre.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:06:17 +1000    READ MORE

Man dies after falling off mountain bike, south of Brisbane

A 53-year-old man has died in hospital after falling off his mountain bike in state forest at Daisy Hill, south of Brisbane.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:00:59 +1000    READ MORE

Medicare Local health hubs expected to face $1.8b budget axe

The ABC has learned a number of Medicare Local chief executives have been told the Federal Government plans to shut down the current system.

Speculation has been mounting that the local health hubs, which were set up under the Rudd government at a cost of $1.8 billion and employ 3,000 people, will be scrapped in next month's budget.

Before the election Tony Abbott said his Government would not shut any Medicare Locals, but also warned some may not stay open in their current form.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:57:02 +1000    READ MORE

Million-strong crowd watches Boston Marathon one year after bombings

This year's Boston Marathon has been run without a hitch, with an estimated one million spectators watching almost 36 thousand runners from 96 countries take part, in honour of last year's bombing victims.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:54:34 +1000    READ MORE

Palmer on collision course with Government over climate change policy

Clive Palmer says he is willing to vote against budget bills to block the Federal Government's Direct Action climate change policy.

The Palmer United Party leader says Direct Action, which includes a $3 billion fund to pay polluters to voluntarily reduce their emissions, is a "token gesture", and the funds would be better spent on the age pension.

"We'll be voting against Direct Action, whatever form it's in," he said. "If that's what the Government wants, they can call a double dissolution [election]."

However Labor says it will not support him, ruling out the possibility of it triggering a double dissolution.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:48:53 +1000    READ MORE

Five rescued after SOS message spotted in sand off Qld coast

Five people who were stranded on a rock after their boat broke anchor have been rescued after emergency crews spotted their SOS message written on a sandbank.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:48:53 +1000    READ MORE

Australian Human Rights Commission to investigate self-harm and suicide in children

The Australian Human Rights Commission is set to investigate self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children, with rates among young people in Australia being some of the highest in the developed world.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:47:49 +1000    READ MORE

Bird denies 'squirrel grip' on Manu

Titans captain Greg Bird has denied making a "squirrel grip" on Penrith forward Sika Manu during Monday's NRL clash.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:47:49 +1000    READ MORE

Al Qaeda chiefs reportedly killed in Yemen air strikes

The White House has deflected questions about a series of drone strikes which are believed to have killed dozens of Al Qaeda militants, including three local chiefs, in Yemen at the weekend.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:28:48 +1000    READ MORE

Canadian and South African grandmothers unite to help AIDS orphans

Foreign Correspondent's Sally Sara reports on a social movement that unites Canadian grandmothers with their South African counterparts, who are caring for the child victims of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:12:54 +1000    READ MORE

Keflezighi breaks US drought at Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi has become the first American male athlete since Greg Meyer in 1983 to win the Boston Marathon.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:53:18 +1000    READ MORE

Shorten to outline plans to reform Labor Party

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants to give rank-and-file members more power as part of his push to overhaul the Labor Party and broaden its support base.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:31:27 +1000    READ MORE

Manchester United set to axe Moyes

Manchester United is set to sack manager David Moyes less than a year after he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:25:52 +1000    READ MORE

Super tax breaks the 'Hindenburg' of federal budget

A left-leaning think tank says the federal budget would be more than $13 billion better off if the Government scrapped all tax breaks on superannuation and dramatically increased the age pension.

The radical proposal is contained in a report by the Australia Institute, which will be released today, and comes amid increasing speculation the Coalition is preparing to increase the retirement age to 70.

published: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:35:14 +1000    READ MORE

South Sudan rebels kill hundreds in ethnic massacre, UN says

Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred hundreds of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the United Nations said.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:56:10 +1000    READ MORE

Anti-Islam hate campaign raises tensions to violent new heights

Police and ASIO are scrambling to defuse serious tensions between Australian far-right groups and Islamist extremists, which have reached unprecedented heights with death threats and an apparent attempted murder.

In the most serious case, up to eight gunshots were fired into the Sydney home of a former leader of an anti-Islamic hate group earlier this month.

Police believe the shooting was part of a backlash against the Australian Defence League, a registered not-for-profit organisation which incites its followers to violence and has in recent months escalated a vicious hate campaign against Australian Muslims.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:05:29 +1000    READ MORE

NSW police officer charged with child rape

A New South Wales police officer has been charged with the rape of a child.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:46:35 +1000    READ MORE

Syria sets June date for presidential election

Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said, setting a date for a vote likely to give Bashar al-Assad a third term.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:47:24 +1000    READ MORE

Panthers edge past Titans

The Gold Coast Titans missed the chance to go clear at the top of the NRL ladder, losing 14-12 to the Penrith Panthers.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:45:06 +1000    READ MORE

Indonesia expects Australia to sign off agreement to limit spying

Indonesia expects Australia will agree to limit its spy operations in the country but says it is not ready to sign off on the final terms for a code of conduct.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:43:56 +1000    READ MORE

Civilian divers playing part in search for S Korea ferry victims

Professional taekwondo teacher Lee Jun-Ho took up scuba diving eight years ago as a fun hobby.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:40 +1000    READ MORE

Tigers come away with thrilling win over Eels

The Wests Tigers snuck home with a 21-18 victory in an enthralling Easter Monday clash with the Parramatta Eels.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:13:00 +1000    READ MORE

Geelong beats Hawthorn in table-topping thriller

Geelong overcame Hawthorn in a thrilling 19-point win in the Easter Monday encounter at the MCG.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:07:51 +1000    READ MORE

Teen stowaway survives flight over Pacific in wheel bay

A teenage boy who ran away from home has survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel bay of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it travelled from California to Hawaii, the FBI says.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:47:08 +1000    READ MORE

Prevalence of rare brain disease increasing in NT Aboriginal communities

The number of people with a rare genetic disease is growing throughout Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and advocates are concerned changes to funding will leave them worse off.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:14 +1000    READ MORE

Tigers close the door on Marshall return

Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer says the club have no interest in re-signing Benji Marshall.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:06:41 +1000    READ MORE

Drone on ninth mission in search for MH370 wreckage

Two-thirds of the planned underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been completed, with no wreckage found.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:51:30 +1000    READ MORE

Versace wins Stawell Gift in photo finish

Victorian sprinter Luke Versace has won the 133rd edition of the Stawell Gift by less than one hundredth of a second.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:10:19 +1000    READ MORE

Ferry captain's actions 'tantamount to murder', says South Korean president

South Korean president Park Geun-Hye says the behaviour of the captain and crew of the Sewol ferry that capsized with 476 people on board was unacceptable and "tantamount to murder".

Captain Lee Joon-Seok has been arrested on five charges, including negligence of duty and abandoning people in need.

The death toll from the ferry disaster stands at 64, but 238 people are still missing, presumed dead.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:14:05 +1000    READ MORE

Australia pledges $20 million for Syrian refugees

Australia will contribute $20 million to help Syrian children who have fled their country's ongoing civil war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:37:20 +1000    READ MORE

Duke and Duchess to get rare glimpse of wet Uluru

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected take in the rare sight of water cascading off Uluru when they visit Central Australia on Tuesday.

Rain in the Red Centre in recent weeks has seen waterfalls spring to life on the surface of the rock and huge pools gather at its base, a sight witnessed by only about 1 per cent of visitors.

Prince William and his wife Catherine will visit Uluru to experience one of the world's most famous sunsets.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:29:34 +1000    READ MORE

AFP protective services officer charged with stalking

An AFP protective services officer charged with stalking has been refused bail in the ACT Magistrates Court.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:57:09 +1000    READ MORE

Child 'left in burning car stolen by father'

A three-year-old child has been seriously injured after allegedly being left in a burning car stolen by her father.

The girl was pulled from the flames by police after the vehicle crashed into a barrier on the Great Eastern Highway in Perth's outer north-east suburbs on Sunday night.

She was taken by ambulance to Princess Margaret Hospital where she is in a serious but stable condition.

A 25-year-old man from East Victoria Park has appeared at a bedside hearing in Royal Perth Hospital charged over the crash and an earlier alleged assault.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:47:55 +1000    READ MORE

Brett Stewart arrested for drink-driving

Manly star Brett Stewart was charged with low-range drink-driving after failing a random breath test on Sydney's northern beaches.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:25:41 +1000    READ MORE

Political foes unite to pay tribute to Neville Wran

Both sides of politics are paying tribute to former New South Wales premier Neville Wran, as a state funeral is prepared for the Labor icon.

Mr Wran, who led NSW from May 1976 to July 1986, died yesterday at the age of 87 after suffering from dementia.

This morning current NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird said Mr Wran's family had accepted the offer of a state funeral for a man he described as having "made a permanent and positive mark" on the state.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Mr Wran as "one of the most significant figures of his generation".

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:54:49 +1000    READ MORE

Pope calls for end to war as tensions simmer in Ukraine, Jerusalem

Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity, as the world's Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine, and clashes broke out in Jerusalem.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:18:21 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged with murder after Cairns woman found stabbed to death

A man has appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court in far north Queensland charged with murdering a woman in the city's southern suburbs.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:10:11 +1000    READ MORE

Egypt vote a two-man race between ex-army chief, leftist

Egypt's presidential election next month is set to be a contest between ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, after nobody else entered the race by Sunday's cut-off.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:43:06 +1000    READ MORE

Eight killed as skydivers' plane crashes in Finland

A small aeroplane taking a group of skydivers for an Easter jump crashed in Finland on Sunday, killing eight people, police said.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:14:23 +1000    READ MORE

Yemen air strikes kill 25 suspected Al Qaeda members

Air strikes in southern Yemen have killed about 25 suspected Al Qaeda members, local tribal sources say, in the second operation of its kind in two days.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:07:13 +1000    READ MORE

National Water Commission under threat from budget cuts

The National Water Commission could be axed as part of the Federal Government's savings drive.

The decade-old commission, an independent statutory authority which advises the Commonwealth on water policy, is "in the mix" for cuts and AM understands it is likely to be wound up.

Scrapping the commission would save the Government about $30 million over four years.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:28:21 +1000    READ MORE

Royal couple enjoy rest day in Canberra before resuming tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will enjoy a rest day in Canberra with Prince George after a whirlwind Sydney visit.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:24:50 +1000    READ MORE

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies aged 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially tinged wrongful murder conviction that landed him behind bars for 19 years, has died aged 76.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:09:07 +1000    READ MORE

Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing

A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people onboard has landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport after being forced to turn back because of problems with its landing gear.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:44:00 +1000    READ MORE

Man charged over deaths of Melbourne sisters, aged 3 and 4

The family of the two young sisters allegedly murdered in Melbourne's north-east on Easter Sunday say the loss has left them "utterly devastated".

Emergency services found the bodies of Indianna, aged three, and Savannah, aged four, after they were called to a house on Longmuir Road in Watsonia.

Firefighters and paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive the girls but were unsuccessful.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:31:03 +1000    READ MORE

Afghanistan former foreign minister strengthens poll lead

Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has strengthened his lead in the country's presidential election by 11 percentage points according to the latest official tally of votes, but is short of an outright majority.

published: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:27:00 +1000    READ MORE

Nifty Nev showed Labor how to win again

Neville Wran dominated New South Wales politics for a decade and gave Labor new heart in one of its blackest periods.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:26:45 +1000    READ MORE

Deadly gun battle in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile truce

At least two people have been killed in a gunfight near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:18:12 +1000    READ MORE

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Mt Everest

Authorities have called off the search for three local guides still missing after an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 13 of their colleagues, a tourism ministry official says.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:02:03 +1000    READ MORE

Death toll from South Korean ferry disaster continues to rise

There are now 58 people confirmed dead and 244 still missing from a South Korean ferry that capsized last week.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:15:44 +1000    READ MORE

Former NSW premier Neville Wran dies

Neville Wran, a Labor icon who led New South Wales for a decade in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 87.

The former premier was suffering from dementia and died on Sunday with his family by his side.

This morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott described Mr Wran as "one of the most significant figures of his generation" and a man who "made his mark on NSW and Australia".

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:56:18 +1000    READ MORE

Hamilton claims F1 hat-trick in China, Ricciardo fourth

Lewis Hamilton claimed a third-straight F1 win as Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth at the Chinese Grand Prix.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:49:44 +1000    READ MORE

At least 42 dead in Pakistan bus-tractor crash

At least 42 people are dead and 17 injured in southern Pakistan after a speeding bus collided with a tractor pulling a trolley, police say.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:36:12 +1000    READ MORE

Byron Bay Bluesfest celebrates 25th anniversary

Byron Bay Bluesfest celebrates its 25th birthday with hundreds of back-to-back performances by musicians from around the world.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:41:27 +1000    READ MORE

Two children found dead in Melbourne home

Police have confirmed two young sisters have been found dead at a home in Melbourne's north east.

Neighbours reported hearing two women howling outside the home on Longmuir Road in Watsonia on Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to the scene about 2:30pm (AEST) and found the bodies of two girls, aged under 10, at the house.

A man was arrested at the home and is being interviewed by police.

"It goes without saying this is a tragic set of circumstances..." said Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:15:40 +1000    READ MORE

Vaughan seals Raiders comeback over Storm

A late Paul Vaughan try sealed a brilliant Raiders comeback as Canberra edged the Melbourne Storm 24-22.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:58:08 +1000    READ MORE

Germany eliminates Australia from Fed Cup

Angelique Kerber beat Sam Stosur in three sets as Germany knocked Australia out of the Fed Cup semi-finals.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:17:21 +1000    READ MORE

Disability pensioners face review by independent doctors

The Federal Government is considering using independent doctors to examine disability pensioners and assess whether they should continue to receive payments.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:34:44 +1000    READ MORE

Man seriously burned after power drill starts fire in boat

A Darwin man is being treated in hospital for severe burns after he accidentally ignited litres of fuel with a spark from a power drill.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:39 +1000    READ MORE

German side takes out World Marble Championship in Sussex

A German team romps home to its fifth title at the World Marble Championship outside a pub in Sussex.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:42:11 +1000    READ MORE

Woman stabbed to death in far north Qld

A 27-year-old woman has been found dead with stab wounds at a home in Woree in southern Cairns.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:05 +1000    READ MORE

Everest avalanche won't deter Australian teenager from record attempt

A Queensland teenager hoping to become the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest will continue her trek despite an avalanche that has killed at least 13 people.

Some climbers have abandoned their mission up the 8,848-metre summit since Friday's avalanche, but Queensland's Alyssa Azar, 17, is determined to continue.

Ms Azar has already climbed some of the world's major peaks, including Mount Kilimanjaro, and if successful will become the second youngest woman ever to climb Mount Everest.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:13:28 +1000    READ MORE

West Ham pays moving tribute to Tombides

West Ham fans and players have joined the family of Dylan Tombides in paying tribute to the late Australian footballer.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:05:58 +1000    READ MORE

Pope Francis leads call to spread faith at Easter vigil

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the Earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:39:22 +1000    READ MORE

Royal couple visit Taronga Zoo with baby Prince

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought their son Prince George with them on a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on Sunday, where a bilby enclosure has been named after the baby prince.

Earlier, Prince William and wife Catherine attended an Easter Sunday church service at St Andrew's Cathedral where they signed a precious book known as the Fleet Bible.

People had been queuing outside the gates of the zoo since early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the family. Some members of the public were allowed in to see a native bird show with the royals.

The family later travelled to Canberra where they were greeted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:37:57 +1000    READ MORE

Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is outperforming him this season.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:14:39 +1000    READ MORE

Chelsea's title hopes hit by Sunderland defeat

Chelsea has suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to bottom of the table Sunderland in a blow to the Blues' title hopes.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:48:01 +1000    READ MORE

Divers remove bodies from South Korean ferry

Divers have removed 13 bodies from a South Korean ferry that capsized last week with 476 people on board.

Ten bodies were retrieved this morning after authorities initially removed three from the wreckage shortly before midnight.

Yonhap news agency said eight of the bodies discovered this morning were male and two female.

All three of those removed earlier were wearing lifejackets, according to a coastguard official.

The death toll now stands at 46, but more than 240 people are still missing.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:45:37 +1000    READ MORE

Strong magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes off PNG

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning to be briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:07:34 +1000    READ MORE

Russia writes off 90pc of North Korean debt

Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:32:44 +1000    READ MORE

French journalists freed 10 months after Syrian kidnapping

Four French journalists have been freed and are "in good health" after being held captive in Syria for almost a year.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:34:10 +1000    READ MORE

Two UNICEF staff kidnapped by gunmen in Pakistan

Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the United Nations Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, authorities say.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:19:55 +1000    READ MORE

MH370 search at 'critical juncture', Malaysia says

The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, focused on a tight 10-kilometre circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials say.

Malaysia said the search was at a "very critical juncture" and asked for prayers for its success.

A deep-sea autonomous underwater vehicle is scouring a stretch of the Indian Ocean off Perth for signs of the plane which disappeared on March 8.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:10:48 +1000    READ MORE

Divers unable to reach bodies trapped inside South Korean ferry

Divers have been unable to reach the bodies of more victims in the South Korean ferry disaster, as angry relatives of passengers demand authorities raise the vessel.

Twenty-nine people have been confirmed dead in the disaster, but 273 are still missing prompting loved ones to hit out at officials as hopes of finding survivors fade.

Peering through ship windows, rescue divers spotted three bodies floating in a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:57:07 +1000    READ MORE

Drone kills 15 suspected militants, 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike has killed 15 Al Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a local security official says.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:51:05 +1000    READ MORE

Climbers reconsider trek after deadly Everest avalanche

Climbers are considering whether they will continue their treks after an avalanche on Mount Everest killed at least 13 people.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:11 +1000    READ MORE

Qantas plane turns back to LA after faulty fuel pump

A Qantas plane bound for Melbourne has had to turn back to Los Angeles because of a faulty fuel pump.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:54:23 +1000    READ MORE

People who don't engage climate deniers 'ignorant and medieval': Brandis

Attorney-General George Brandis says people who say the science is settled on climate change are "ignorant and medieval".

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:13:59 +1000    READ MORE

Father Bob Maguire turns to hip hop in bid to tackle homelessness

South Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire may seem an unlikely hip hop star, but he has set his sights on the charts with a new album to help the homeless.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:06:46 +1000    READ MORE

12yo girl charged over house fire

A 12-year-old girl has been charged over an early morning fire at her house at Erina on the New South Wales central coast.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:51:47 +1000    READ MORE

Phillip Island locals push to secede from shire council

Residents of Victoria's Phillip Island are pushing for the community to break away from their local council.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:50:34 +1000    READ MORE

No comment on Bieber deportation: White House

Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently, but the White House does not appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:05:17 +1000    READ MORE

Islamists still holding 85 schoolgirls after secondary-school raid

Nigerian Islamists are still holding 85 girls abducted during a raid on a secondary school earlier this week, although 44 have been freed, the state government said on Saturday.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:02:17 +1000    READ MORE

Leapai ready for title mission against Klitschko

Australia's Alex Leapai is on a mission to make history and beat world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:20 +1000    READ MORE

'Hunger for gold' panned in Vatican's Good Friday service

The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners has dominated Pope Francis's Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:09:21 +1000    READ MORE

Huge crowds welcome Royals in Brisbane

Thousands of people welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Brisbane on day four of their first Australian tour.

Prince William and wife Catherine arrived in Brisbane after earlier being welcomed to Queensland by an honour guard at the Amberley Air Force base.

The Royals took a public stroll down Grey and Russell streets towards South Bank, where adoring fans had been lining up all day, after a reception at the nearby Brisbane Convention Centre.

By the time Prince William and Catherine stepped out of the reception, an estimated 10,000 people were gathered to greet them.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:02:53 +1000    READ MORE

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry arrested

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago, leaving 28 people dead and 268 missing, has been arrested and charged.

Lee Joon-seok faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Lee has come under scrutiny after witnesses said he was among the first to escape the sinking vessel, which was on a 400-kilometre voyage from the port city of Incheon to the Korean holiday island of Jeju.

He has defended not issuing an evacuation order when the ship started to list, saying there were strong currents and no rescue boats nearby.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:23:01 +1000    READ MORE

Seven killed in China-Vietnam border shootout

A deadly gun battle near the China-Vietnam border has left seven people dead, including five Chinese migrants and two Vietnamese border guards.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:38:28 +1000    READ MORE

Mexico rattled by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake has struck Mexico's capital and Pacific coast, shaking buildings, shattering windows and sending residents fleeing into the streets.

published: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:16:31 +1000    READ MORE

Australian soccer player Dylan Tombides dies of testicular cancer

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

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

Armed pro-Russian separatists say they will stay despite deal

Pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities are refusing to leave until the interim government resigns.

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

Police shoot man at centre of Sydney siege

A man thought to be armed with a crossbow was shot by police after he barricaded himself inside a home in Sydney's north-west yesterday.

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

Arrest warrant sought for South Korea ferry captain

An arrest warrant has been sought for the captain of a ferry that sunk off South Korea's coast on Wednesday, as investigations centre on possible crew negligence.

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

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

According to investigators, captain Lee Joon-seok was not on the bridge at the time the Sewol ferry started to list sharply, with a junior officer at the wheel.

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

Barba breaks drought as Broncos slay Knights

The Broncos stopped a two-game slide as they hammered the Knights 32-6 at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

published: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:45:57 +1000    READ MORE

Australia, Malaysia work on deal over MH370 recovery

Malaysia and Australia will sign a deal that specifies who will handle any wreckage from missing flight MH370 that may be recovered, including the crucial black box flight data recorders, according to Malaysian media reports.

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

Japan to 'redesign' whale hunt in Antarctic

Japan said it would redesign its controversial whaling activities in the Antarctic after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.

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

Twelve sherpas killed in avalanche on Mount Everest: officials

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

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

Gunmen kill 20 at South Sudan UN base: US envoy

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

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

Woman with baby allegedly drink-drives, crashes into car

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

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

Inmates trash unit at Albany Regional Prison

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

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

Father fears for son as ex-partner faces deportation

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

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

Music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies

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

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

US city ditches drinking water over urination scare

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

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

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

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

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

Three people killed in separate crashes in WA

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea should face ICC over rights abuses: Kirby

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

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

High-tech tool to reveal Milky Way origins

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

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

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

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

No guarantee of success in Ukraine deal: Obama

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

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

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

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

Christ's resurrection 'relevant to all Australians'

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

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

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

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

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

Captain 'not in charge when ferry began to list'

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

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

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

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

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

New NSW Premier Baird considers Cabinet line-up

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

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

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

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

Royals Kate and William meet Sydneysiders, visit Easter show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robertson admits he should have reported $3 million bribe offer

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

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

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

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

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

Snowden puts question to Putin during phone-in

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

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

Kidnapped Nigerian school girls 'not returned'

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

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

Australian, Thai journalists on defamation charges released on bail

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

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

Advocates push for no cuts to school disability funding

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

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

Bluefin-21 completes first scan of seabed

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

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

Rayney gets green light to continue defamation action

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police catch sex offender after tracking device removed

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

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

Share market makes strong gains ahead of long weekend

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

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

Ukraine troops kill three pro-Russian separatists

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

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

Research investigations mounting for embattled professor

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

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

Fund for Anzac Centenary celebrations falling short

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

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

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

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

Royal tour mirrors Charles and Di's 1983 visit

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

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

Ferry sinking sparks anger for South Korean parents

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

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

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

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

Meet the new NSW Premier, Mike Baird

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

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

Baird elected unopposed as NSW Premier

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

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

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

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

What we know about the South Korea ferry disaster

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

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

Senior Navy officer loses command over OSB incursions

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

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

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