Last Updated: August 05, 2015

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6:49PM (AEST)

Aust-Indonesia ties ready to bounce back

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop says Australia is ready to refocus its friendship with Indonesia after the rift caused by the Bali Nine pair executions. Read more

6:26PM (AEST)

Abuse victims 'face cruel choice': inquiry

THE child abuse royal commission has heard abuse victims who leave the Jehovah's Witnesses face being cut off from friends and family. Read more

6:23PM (AEST)

Lizard and snake halt huge $16.5b Qld mine

FEDERAL government approval for Australia's largest planned mine has been overturned because its effect on a threatened skink and snake was overlooked. Read more

6:00PM (AEST)

SA hospitals still over capacity

ADELAIDE hospitals are to continue with a winter demand strategy for elective surgery to be cancelled as admissions soar. Read more

5:55PM (AEST)

Fake-name 'sheikh' may avoid jail in NSW

SELF-PROCLAIMED Sydney sheik Junaid Thorne, who controversially supported the Charlie Hebdo attack, may avoid jail for his false ID sentence. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

Student test results continue to stagnate

THE reading, writing and maths skills of Australian school students have stalled since national testing started seven years ago. Read more

5:40PM (AEST)

Financial planner faces Qld murder trial

A FINANCIAL planner accused of murdering his client, a spiritual adviser, seemed preoccupied before the alleged killing, a Queensland court has heard. Read more

5:32PM (AEST)

Machines to bore twin Melb rail tunnels

MELBOURNE'S $11 billion Metro Rail project will use tunnel-boring machines to dig under the Yarra River. Read more

5:32PM (AEST)

Anti-terror law needs repainting: inquiry

THE head of the immigration department says new laws stripping citizenship from those convicted of terrorism shouldn't apply to graffiti protesters. Read more

5:32PM (AEST)

Brother wanted for stabbing comes forward

A SYDNEY man who allegedly stabbed his brother and fled following an argument has handed himself in to police. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Greens say housing tax concessions unfair

THE Australian Greens want the 50 per cent discount on capital gains tax to end, saving $74 billion over 10 years. Read more

5:21PM (AEST)

'Disbelief' after deadly Grantham floods

THE Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry has heard disaster managers initially couldn't fathom the deadly toll of January 2011's floods in the town. Read more

5:04PM (AEST)

Mining downturn reflected in loan stress

GENWORTH Mortgage Insurance says loan delinquencies increased by 8.4 per cent on the same period last year, driven by mining-related unemployment. Read more

5:02PM (AEST)

Billson, Fels back effects test

SMALL Business Minister Bruce Billson has defended plans to change competition laws to limit the market power of big business. Read more

5:02PM (AEST)

Aust businessman arrested in Indonesia

AN Australian involved in disputes over a coal business and Bali property has reportedly been arrested in Indonesia. Read more

4:56PM (AEST)

Abbott, Weatherill stand together for SA

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says Adelaide and Canberra are now united in their vision for growth in South Australia. Read more

4:53PM (AEST)

Gas boom benefits Skilled

SKILLED Group has reported stronger revenue and earnings in an annual result affected by the impacts of its looming takeover. Read more

4:36PM (AEST)

Vic pet deer killer 'gutless', owner says

A PET deer killed for his world class $20,000 antlers was a family pet so tame children rode on his back, his devastated owner says. Read more

4:36PM (AEST)

No evidence dole wait will work: dept

DEPARTMENT of Social Services officials have admitted they don't have evidence that making young people wait a month for the dole will actually work. Read more

4:13PM (AEST)

Contact sale multiplies NZX turnover

NZX turnover was $2.1 billion, compared to a daily average of $142 million, after Origin Energy raised $1.8b in a bookbuild for its Contact Energy. Read more

4:10PM (AEST)

Fels says mental health spending is wasted

RENOWNED economist Allan Fels says billions of dollars pumped into mental health is a payment for failure and reforming the sector would boost the economy. Read more

4:09PM (AEST)

SA food processor secures Chinese exports

A SOUTH Australian food processing company will distribute its products in 150 Chinese cities after a deal with the Dashang retail group. Read more

4:06PM (AEST)

Abbott welcomes Obama climate plan

US President Barack Obama's plan for nationwide emissions standards for power plants has been backed by Tony Abbott. Read more

4:04PM (AEST)

Fortescue shares surge on asset talks

FORTESCUE shares have surged on media reports that Chinese firms are looking to buy part of its infrastructure. Read more

4:02PM (AEST)

Major wages reviewed at Major Projects Vic

MAJOR Projects Victoria has highly-paid contractors in employee roles and can't explain why, after the state's Auditor-General slammed the practice. Read more

4:02PM (AEST)

Suncorp should face competition: Entsch

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch says a proposal from Suncorp to reduce insurance premiums would do nothing to address a lack of competition in the sector. Read more

4:02PM (AEST)

Qld's Ross Vasta nominates for Speaker

FEDERAL Queensland LNP MP Ross Vasta has become the first speaker's panel deputy to nominate for the Speaker's role. Read more

4:01PM (AEST)

Kiwi falls on jobs data, dairy price slump

PLUNGING dairy prices and higher New Zealand unemployment have weighed on the kiwi dollar. Read more

3:57PM (AEST)

Qld car crash injures eight

EIGHT people, including three children, have been injured in a two-car crash on Tamborine Mountain, south of Brisbane. Read more

3:55PM (AEST)

Jetstar, Virgin cancel Bali flights

A PERSISTENT ash cloud continues to wreak havoc on holiday makers trying to get in and out of Bali, with Jetstar joining Virgin in cancelling flights. Read more

3:54PM (AEST)

Dad who left 2yo in car escapes conviction

A SYDNEY father has escaped a conviction after leaving his two-year-old son alone in a car while he went to a job interview. Read more

3:51PM (AEST)

Metals X looks for more distressed assets

METALS X is hunting for more distressed assets after two recent gold deals. Read more

3:49PM (AEST)

Consumers rev-up their spending on cars

FIGURES for retail spending and car sales this week suggest confidence is building among consumers. Read more

3:47PM (AEST)

RBA on hold but some rates on the rise

EVEN though the Reserve Bank is a long way off from increasing its cash rate, home loan rates are starting to creep higher. Read more

3:40PM (AEST)

'Stupid mistake' cost Vic man his life

THE brother of murdered man Toan Truong says his much-loved brother paid the ultimate price for a 'stupid mistake'. Read more

3:38PM (AEST)

Reports of Vic drug activity triple

TIP-OFFS about drug activity have more than tripled in Victoria as people dob in their dealers. Read more

3:38PM (AEST)

WA cop seeks end to charges over Cousins

A WA policeman accused of telling his journalist girlfriend about the arrest of Ben Cousins will seek a permanent stay on proceedings, a court has heard. Read more

3:38PM (AEST)

Time to sell shipbuilder ASC: Bernardi

THE federal government is facing a call to privatise the government owned shipbuilder ASC, following the announcement of a new building program. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Dead shark, dirty nappies: op-shops say no

A BAG full of prawn heads and shells? Check. Used dentures? You bet. A prosthetic limb? Those too have been donated to op-shops in the past. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Newman admits political failings in book

FORMER Queensland premier Campbell Newman is using an authorised 'tell-all' biography to fess up to the political errors that led to his ousting. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Ex-AFL player Kerr back in court over VRO

EX-AFL football player Daniel Kerr has faced court again over alleged breaches of a violence restraining order. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

Adherium seeks $35m in market listing

ADHERIUM, a maker of devices to help patients improve their medication usage, says it will use its IPO proceeds to supply equipment to key customers. Read more

3:11PM (AEST)

New NSW judges for child sex assault cases

TWO new NSW District Court judges have been appointed to handle child sexual assault cases, in the government's latest step to deliver justice for victims. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

Seven more a loser than winner in ratings

DRAMA Winners & Losers is adding to the Seven Network's ratings woes, with an audience of just over 500,000. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

Qld woman flees armed sex attacker

POLICE are searching for a man who picked up a woman from Brisbane's CBD before driving her to a car park and sexually assaulting her. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

PNG to crack down on Manus booze

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has ordered a major drug and alcohol crackdown among staff at the Manus Island immigration detention centre. Read more

3:08PM (AEST)

Man dies in head-on Brisbane crash

A MAN is dead and another driver has been injured when two vehicles collided head-on, on a busy road in Brisbane's south. Read more

3:01PM (AEST)

New MP rules within months: Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says he'll quickly tighten expenses rules, but a Labor MP argues he should not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Read more

2:46PM (AEST)

Gold Coast bikie raids net huge cash haul

QUEENSLAND'S anti-bikie taskforce has seized about $800,000 in cash during Gold Coast raids targeting the Hells Angels. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Tas senator defends travel expenses

TRAVEL expenses labelled wasteful and unethical by a fellow parliamentarian have been defended by Tasmanian senator Helen Polley. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Veteran to kayak to Tas for war victims

VETERAN soldier Brian Freeman has been on an epic journey from the highest peaks to the longest roads to raise awareness of returned soldier suicides. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

At least 24 dead in India train derailment

THE death toll from a twin rail derailment in central India has risen to at least 24, with 40 passengers injured and as many as 300 rescued. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Qld premier lauds NAPLAN improvements

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her state has had the biggest improvement in NAPLAN results nationwide, but there's more work to be done. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Australian women lie more on social media

NEW research has shown Australian women are much more deceitful than men when it comes to what they write on social media. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Fire kills parents, boy but spares girls

A UNIT fire in New Zealand has claimed the lives of a nine-year-old boy and his parents, but the family's three daughters managed to escape. Read more

1:36PM (AEST)

Vic sex offender stripped of Aus day award

A LOCAL council in Melbourne has decided to strip a former counsellor of his Australia Day award after he was convicted of rape in 2014. Read more

1:31PM (AEST)

Qld man 'didn't mishandle stolen echidna'

A MAN who took a selfie with Piggie, a stolen echidna, before she was returned to a Gold Coast wildlife park didn't mishandle her, his barrister says. Read more

1:23PM (AEST)

NSW truckie arrested over workplace death

AN autopsy will be carried out on the body of a NSW forklift operator after he died following an alleged punch-up at an industrial site in Newcastle. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

New-look Bass Strait ferries unveiled

RENOVATIONS to the Bass Strait ferries will drive passenger numbers with forward bookings already showing an upturn, operators say. Read more

10:41AM (AEST)

Violence needs fast punishment: US judge

A RETIRED US judge has told Australian authorities there needs to be a system where domestic violence perpetrators are punished quickly. Read more

9:59AM (AEST)

Pyne blasts 'cowardly' comments on Bishop

FEDERAL minister Christopher Pyne says anonymous MPs who think former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop should retire from politics need to tell her so to her face. Read more

9:49AM (AEST)

Cord-cutting clouds Disney outlook

WALT Disney says a "modest" decrease in ESPN subscribers will trim a few percentage points off its profit growth forecast. Read more

9:49AM (AEST)

ATO scammers threaten arrests

SCAMMERS claiming to be from the tax office are threatening to arrest people unless they pay thousands of dollars, SA police say. Read more

9:49AM (AEST)

Services sector picks up in July

THE services sector expanded at its fastest rate in more than a year in July, according to the Australian Industry Group's Performance of Services Index. Read more

9:49AM (AEST)

Brisbane man seriously injured by car

A BRISBANE man is seriously injuried after being hit by a car on the city's southside. Read more

9:35AM (AEST)

Pyne confident of holding onto seat

FEDERAL minister Christopher Pyne is confident the voters of Sturt will re-elect him for a ninth time at the next election. Read more

9:20AM (AEST)

Melbourne house fire 'suspicious'

FIREFIGHTERS say two residents weren't at their Mulgrave home when it was destroyed by fire, but they are still unaccounted for. Read more

9:09AM (AEST)

The pill reduces cancer risk: study

ABOUT 200,000 cases of endometrial cancer have been prevented in the past decade by the use of the pill, research shows. Read more

9:09AM (AEST)

Lack of women, minorities hurts business

US president Barack Obama says business is suffering due to a lack of women and minorities heading startups. Read more

9:07AM (AEST)

Apple slump deepens on iPhone, China fears

TECH giant Apple's share price has slumped under the burden of raised expectations, with concern that its expansion market China is slowing. Read more

8:59AM (AEST)

Freed nation founder to thank magistrate

AN indigenous man who renounced his Australian citizenship to head a self-declared nation, says he will thank the magistrate who freed him from custody. Read more

8:54AM (AEST)

Quiet 2014 blamed for drop in royal sales

PRINCE George was born in 2013 and his sister Charlotte arrived in 2015 but a quiet year for the royals in 2014 has seen a drop in memorabilia sales. Read more

8:46AM (AEST)

Apple slump deepens

APPLE'S stock price has dropped for the fifth consecutive day as investors fretted over China's economy and whether the company can keep growing quickly. Read more

8:42AM (AEST)

Third man charged over echidna abduction

A THIRD man has been charged with kidnapping Piggie the echidna from a Gold Coast sanctuary. Read more

8:40AM (AEST)

EU regulators clear Pfizer's Hospira buy

DRUG maker Pfizer has got approval from European Union regulators for its $US15.23 billion takeover of injectable drug and infusion device maker Hospira. Read more

8:37AM (AEST)

Nightmare run along Sydney motorway

MAJOR delays are expected for Sydney drivers after a multiple-vehicle accident on the M5, which is causing traffic issues eastbound. Read more

8:35AM (AEST)

Disney tops 3Q earnings expectations

WALT Disney's movie studio has again boosted the company's earnings which have grown 11 per cent and beaten analysts' expectations. Read more

8:30AM (AEST)

Two charged over meth lab in US Taco Bell

A TACO Bell outlet in the US state of Iowa hasn't just been cooking food. Two men have been charged with running a methamphetamine lab from the restaurant. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

PM wants sensible debate on penalty rates

THE Productivity Commission has recommended easing Sunday penalty rate payments, but Labor and unions say they will fight any changes. Read more

8:22AM (AEST)

Mundine calls for Aboriginal haka at AFL

INDIGENOUS leader Warren Mundine wants AFL teams to perform a traditional Aboriginal war dance before matches. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

SA Liberals cheer for warship plan

A $40 billion naval shipbuilding plan has buoyed Liberal MPs and senators in South Australia, where the government is struggling in polls. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Teen driver's car loaded with drugs in Qld

A GOLD Coast teenager has been caught behind the wheel of a car that was loaded with drugs, police say. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Wednesday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

SA to get cashless welfare card first

CEDUNA, in South Australia, will be the first to sign up to a trial of the controversial cashless welfare card. Read more

8:15AM (AEST)

Robb accuses Alan Jones of racism

TRADE Minister Andrew Robb says the scare campaign against the China-Australia free trade agreement and foreign agricultural investment is racist. Read more

8:05AM (AEST)

LME copper lifts

COPPER is up on a weaker US dollar and a Chinese share market rally, along with other LME base metals, except tin which has slipped 1.4 per cent. Read more

7:48AM (AEST)

Gold edges slightly higher

SPOT gold is up 0.2 per cent, while December delivery prices have edged just 0.1 per cent higher as the US dollar gains ground. Read more

7:36AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:26AM (AEST)

New light on Qld boy's suspected murder

A RECENT appeal for public help has shed new light on the life of a boy police suspect was murdered on the Gold Coast five years ago. Read more

7:03AM (AEST)

Qld men bashed in gang mugging

TWO men who refused to hand over cash to a gang of bandits have been bashed in southeast Queensland. Read more

6:51AM (AEST)

Teen charged over Brisbane park bashing

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged over a bashing that left a young man with serious facial injuries following an attack in Brisbane's botanic gardens. Read more

6:51AM (AEST)

Good Samaritan carjacked by Qld teen

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has carjacked a man who stopped to help after he flipped a stolen car west of Brisbane. Read more

6:40AM (AEST)

Race for Speaker remains open

AHEAD of a vote on a new Speaker of the House of Representatives, some argue female coalition MPs should step up. Read more

6:27AM (AEST)

Man charged as fake gold Buddhas seized

A MAN has been charged after allegedly selling a woman $60,000 worth of gold items that turned out to be fake. Read more

1:10AM (AEST)

US factory orders advance in June

THE US Commerce Department has reported that factory orders advanced 1.8 per cent in June. Read more

1:10AM (AEST)

US drug dealers asked to turn in rivals

THE sheriff's office in Kentucky has posted a flyer on its Facebook page asking drug dealers to turn in their rivals. Read more

1:10AM (AEST)

Death toll in Pakistan floods hits 150

MORE than 150 people have died and about a million people have been affected by devastating floods in Pakistan. Read more

1:10AM (AEST)

Fergie moves from UK to Switzerland

THE Duchess of York has left the Windsor home she shared with her former husband Andrew, moving to the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Read more


11:22PM (AEST)

Freddie Mac posts $4.2bn profit in 2Q

FREDDIE Mac has posted net income of $US4.2 billion ($A5.77 billion) for the second quarter. Read more

9:39PM (AEST)

Man arrested over Sydney shooting

A MAN has been arrested in Sydney's CBD with a loaded handgun and charged over an earlier shooting in Sydney's south. Read more

9:26PM (AEST)

Dental health gets $207m Vic govt boost

VICTORIAN dental clinics are getting a $207 million funding boost, Health Minister Jill Hennessy has announced during Dental Health Week. Read more

9:26PM (AEST)

Vic QC to challenge Myki fines

PROMINENT Victorian barrister Julian Burnside QC has set up a team of lawyers to challenge unfair public transport fines. Read more

9:03PM (AEST)

MP wants retrospective travel claim probe

INDEPENDENT MP Andrew Wilkie wants an audit of all parliamentary travel claims for the past five years with doubtful lodgments paid back to Treasury. Read more

8:37PM (AEST)

Dad ignored overdose for hours: WA trial

A MAN found his stepsister unresponsive on the floor where she had allegedly been left by her father for hours, a Perth trial has heard. Read more

8:27PM (AEST)

NSW prisoner gives himself up after escape

A NSW prisoner has given himself up after escaping from a jail, one day after it reopened. Read more

7:46PM (AEST)

Women to 'never rule' in Jehovah's church

A JEHOVAH'S Witness official has told the child sex abuse royal commission they will go to jail rather than break God's law. Read more

7:46PM (AEST)

SA hospitals have their busiest day

A SPECIAL management plan has been enacted for Adelaide's public hospitals after their busiest day this winter. Read more

7:46PM (AEST)

SA man finds caterpillar in Coles veggies

AN Adelaide man has discovered a family of hungry caterpillars inside a capsicum bought at a Coles store. Read more

7:46PM (AEST)

27 injured after German WWII bunker blast

A FIRE and an explosion in a World War II bunker has injured at least 27 people in Hamburg. Read more

7:39PM (AEST)

Nick McKim a step closer to Canberra

TASMANIAN Green Nick McKim has resigned from state parliament as he prepares to take over from retiring senator Christine Milne in the federal upper house. Read more

7:35PM (AEST)

‘Un-Australian’ accused declared his own nation

AN INDIGENOUS man who renounced his Australian citizenship to head a self-declared nation will be released after refusing to acknowledge his former name. Read more

6:51PM (AEST)

Quickflix and Presto deal collapses

STREAMING service Quickflix has suffered a major blow, losing its deal to resell the Presto service. Read more

4:59AM (AEST)

Inquest findings into millionaire's death

DEPUTY State Coroner Sharon Freund is due to hand down her findings into the 2011 death of French millionaire David Monlun on Tuesday morning. Read more

6:28PM (AEST)

WA govt confident Bell bill will pass

THE WA government's bid to seize control of the Bell Group liquidation proceeds should clear the next hurdle in parliament, Treasurer Mike Nahan says. Read more

6:27PM (AEST)

RBA happier with dollar and the economy

THE Reserve Bank has left the cash rate at a record low of two per cent and appears unlikely to cut it again any time soon. Read more

6:16PM (AEST)

Qld self-declared nation leader released

MURRUMU Walubara Yidindji - formerly press gallery journalist Jeremy Geia - has been released from custody after refusing to answer to his former name. Read more

6:02PM (AEST)

Man dead, another arrested after NSW fight

A MAN has died and another has been arrested following an argument over a collision between a forklift and truck in NSW's Newcastle region. Read more

6:02PM (AEST)

Gambaro won't run for Speaker

ANOTHER potential candidate for Speaker has dropped out, with Teresa Gambaro choosing to focus on her Brisbane electorate. Read more

5:57PM (AEST)

Man charged with shooting murder of woman

A MAN has been accused of murdering a 34-year-old woman in the early hours of Monday in West Perth. Read more

5:56PM (AEST)

Black dress may solve child's murder in SA

A CHILD'S black dress may hold the key to solving the murder of a young girl whose skeletal remains were found east of Adelaide last month. Read more

5:52PM (AEST)

ASF secures Gold Coast casino site

THE Queensland government and ASF Group have agreed to a site for a casino resort on the Gold Coast. Read more

5:39PM (AEST)

Measles alert at University of Queensland

TRACING is under way to make sure a Queensland student who caught measles didn't pass the disease on to anyone else while attending university. Read more

5:38PM (AEST)

Not guilty plea over fatal Perth cruise

A FREMANTLE charter boat company and its owner have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal corporate cruise. Read more

5:34PM (AEST)

New plan to overhaul patient care

A PLAN to have Australians enrol to see a doctor who co-ordinates all their health services is one option that's been handed to the federal government. Read more

5:34PM (AEST)

Queensland duo jailed over toolbox attack

A MAN was bashed with a golf club and locked in a toolbox after a comment to a woman was misinterpreted, a Queensland court has heard. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Citizenship bill set to fail: top lawyer

CONSTITUTIONAL lawyer George Williams says the bill to strip terrorists of their Australian citizenship is set to be struck down by the High Court. Read more

5:22PM (AEST)

Measles alert at Qld university

AUTHORITIES are tracing the movements of a Queensland university student who caught measles to ensure the disease hasn't been passed on to anyone else. Read more

5:22PM (AEST)

Qld cop suspended over 'assault'

A QUEENSLAND police officer will face court next month over assault allegations. Read more

5:22PM (AEST)

Aussie gold miners happy with $A

AUSTRALIAN gold miners are welcoming the weaker Australian dollar but some producers are bracing for more pain on US interest rates. Read more

5:16PM (AEST)

Snowball leaves Suncorp on a high

SUNCORP CEO Patrick Snowball has presided over a 55 per cent increase in the insurer's profit during his last year in the job. Read more

5:12PM (AEST)

Dambuster Les Munro dies aged 96

NEW Zealander Les Munro, the sole surviving pilot of the World War II Dambusters raid, has died aged 96 following heart problems. Read more

5:00PM (AEST)

Inquiry won't hold up Melb port sale: Guy

THE sale of Melbourne's port will go ahead on time despite a parliamentary inquiry into the deal, the Victorian opposition says. Read more

4:58PM (AEST)

Snow, bushfires, then snow again in NSW

DESPITE -1C conditions in the Blue Mountains, a bushfire is still blazing out-of-control, but experts say bushfires in winter are not unusual. Read more

4:57PM (AEST)

Govt courts SA voters with warship work

NEW warships will be turned out in a process of rolling construction centred in Adelaide in an effort to save jobs and coalition seats at the election. Read more

4:57PM (AEST)

SMEC defends role in assessing Myanmar dam

THE Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp has the tough task of carrying out the environmental assessment for a Myanmar dam that's opposed by local communities. Read more

4:57PM (AEST)

Another 10 people rescued from Tassie snow

POLICE have rescued a further 10 people, including a child, who were trapped in snow at a national park northwest of Hobart. Read more

4:36PM (AEST)

NSW police get all-clear on guns in courts

POLICE will no longer have to seek special permission to carry guns into NSW courtrooms. Read more

4:34PM (AEST)

Kingsgate predicts gold price falls

THAILAND and Chile focused gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated forecasts further gold price weakness. Read more

4:34PM (AEST)

Contact sale sends NZ shares into retreat

PRICES for the most liquid stocks on the NZ bourse have dropped as investors organised to fund purchases of discounted Contact Energy shares. Read more

4:34PM (AEST)

Interim CEO for Greyhounds Victoria

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria has appointed Court Services Victoria's inaugural CEO Alan Clayton as its interim chief executive. Read more

4:32PM (AEST)

Housing boom boosts retail spending

SPENDING on household goods and dining has driven the strongest retail trade growth in four months. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

CSL makes another 'ton'

CSL shares have passed the $100 mark for the second time on the Australian Securities Exchange. Read more

4:25PM (AEST)

China not even attractive for contrarians

CHINA'S recent share market volatility is enough to make most traders shudder, but contrarian investors have warned against swooping in on cheap stocks. Read more

4:17PM (AEST)

The Hotplate allowed to cook on this week

NINE Network's new cooking show The Hotplate will be broadcast this week as planned but whether it will eventually get the chop is yet to be seen. Read more

4:07PM (AEST)

Rates steady even as consumers spend up

THE Reserve Bank has kept the cash rate at two per cent for another month faced with sluggish overall economic growth and contained inflation. Read more

3:56PM (AEST)

Prakash associate third on CIA kill list

AN associate of Melbourne man Neil Prakash has been named as number three on a CIA kill list of Islamic State fighters. Read more

3:53PM (AEST)

Selfie helps cops net Qld 'echidnappers'

A MAN'S selfie with Piggie, the echidna abducted from a Gold Coast sanctuary, has helped police close the net on those involved in her misadventure. Read more

3:52PM (AEST)

Trade balance in deficit in June

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics has released international trade figures for June. Read more

3:44PM (AEST)

Fairfax finally sells Melbourne print site

FAIRFAX Media has sold its Tullamarine printing facility for $16 million. Read more

3:28PM (AEST)

Man falls 6m into tank at Gold Coast site

A MAN has fallen about six metres into a water tank at a Gold Coast work site, sustaining spinal and head injuries. Read more

3:17PM (AEST)

Ex-British PM probed in child abuse claim

A MAN has told British media he was raped as a boy of 12 by former PM Edward Heath, as the police watchdog investigates claims the case was quashed. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Woman gets stitches after Sydney robbery

A WOMAN whose face was slashed with a knife during a robbery in Sydney's west has been stitched up in hospital. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Suncorp hits out at government's NQ plans

SUNCORP says the federal government should focus on reducing the impact of cyclones in North Queensland Read more

3:04PM (AEST)

Fight over penalty rates following report

UNIONS and business are at odds over a Productivity Commission recommendation to make Sunday penalty rates the same as Saturday in retail and hospitality. Read more

2:57PM (AEST)

Qld resort goes ahead without cruise ships

THE Queensland Government has announced a new site for an integrated resort and casino on the Gold Coast, which won't include a cruise ship terminal. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Expenses sagas must end: Abbott

TONY Abbott is facing pressure to expand his review of parliamentary entitlements. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

Australia picks up tab on Nauru hospital

QUEENSLAND and WA developers have been appointed to carry out a $12 million upgrade of Nauru's hospital. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

$A rises after RBA leaves rates on hold

THE Australian dollar rose after the RBA left the cash rate unchanged at two per cent. Read more

2:50PM (AEST)

RBA rate announcement - full text

THE full text of the RBA's interest rate announcement on Tuesday, The central bank kept the cash rate at 2.0 pct, as widely expected. Read more

2:29PM (AEST)

Northern Star JV to reap 150,000 ounces.

GOLD miner Northern Star Resources says its new joint venture with Tanami Gold could produce up to 150,000 ounces. ounces. Read more

2:29PM (AEST)

Home detention, not jail, for youths: SA

HOME detention should be used more widely to help get young offenders out of the justice system, says a South Australian government draft bill. Read more

2:27PM (AEST)

Seaplanes proposed for Adelaide jetty

IS it a bird? No it's a plane, a seaplane, proposed to transport tourists to Adelaide's Glenelg Jetty in an effort to return the precinct to its glory days. Read more

2:25PM (AEST)

Blaming police keeps victims safe: courts

BLAMING intervention orders on police is one way of keeping family violence victims safe when there's pressure to drop action, Victorian court staff say. Read more

2:23PM (AEST)

AV Jennings lifts profit guidance

AV Jennings has lifted its full year profit guidance after a number of project stages were completed ahead of schedule, despite poor weather in NSW. Read more

2:17PM (AEST)

Penalty rate changes good for jobs: ACCI

THE Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes proposed changes to penalty rates made by the Productivity Commission would be good for jobs. Read more

2:17PM (AEST)

NZ wool exports jump to decade high

A DROP in the value of the New Zealand dollar has helped increase wool exports 19 per cent to $NZ75 million in June from the same month a year earlier. Read more

1:59PM (AEST)

Urine test to detect pancreatic cancer

RESEARCHERS have identified three proteins which appear in urine and give an early warning of pancreatic cancer, with more than 90 per cent accuracy. Read more

1:59PM (AEST)

Regis looking for acquisitions

GOLD miner Regis Resources says after a challenging period the company is on the look-out for acquisitions amid weak gold prices. Read more

1:59PM (AEST)

Virgin flight gets stairs at Melb Airport

A FIJI-BOUND Virgin Australia plane has been delayed two hours after it reversed into a set of stairs at Melbourne Airport. Read more

1:58PM (AEST)

Men crash stolen 4WD into cop car in SA.

TWO men have been arrested after crashing a stolen four-wheel drive into a police car in South Australia. Read more

1:38PM (AEST)

Productivity reforms will hurt Qld: unions

MORE than half a million workers in Queensland will be affected if Sunday penalty rates are cut in the hospitality and entertainment sectors, unions say. Read more

1:31PM (AEST)

Parliament: the smartest guy in the room?

WHO'S the wisest person in federal parliament? If you think the PM, Tony Abbott is happy to accept the compliment, despite his criticised captain's picks. Read more

1:29PM (AEST)

Wealthy seniors should pay more tax: ACOSS

THE Australian Council of Social Services has called for a restructure of the super system in its submission to the government's retirement income review. Read more

1:13PM (AEST)

Perth locals protest proposed McDonald's

RESIDENTS are protesting outside an appeal by McDonald's to build a two-storey restaurant in a leafy Perth suburb. Read more

12:52PM (AEST)

Armed hold-up at Brisbane hotel

A HOTEL manager has been threatened with a gun during a hold up at a hotel southeast of Brisbane. Read more

12:49PM (AEST)

Sydney hair salon fire deemed suspicious

A FIRE that destroyed a hairdressing salon at Harris Park in Sydney's west has been deemed suspicious by police. Read more

12:48PM (AEST)

Moves to improve local disaster forecasts

THE federal government has backed recommendations to improve projections and forecasts of extreme weather events at local levels. Read more

12:17PM (AEST)

Vet 'thrilled' to have Piggie home

THE head vet at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary says he is thrilled to have Piggie the echidna home after she was stolen on Saturday evening. Read more

12:16PM (AEST)

Story Bridge abseiler fined $750

A DRUNK man who abseiled off the Story Bridge in Brisbane has been fined $750 for the brazen stunt. Read more

12:10PM (AEST)

Check on returned Vietnamese, govt told

THE welfare of asylum seekers returned to Vietnam should be on the agenda at an Australia-Vietnam human rights dialogue next week, a watchdog group says. Read more

11:51AM (AEST)

7-Eleven owner ripped off foreign worker

A 7-ELEVEN owner has been fined for refusing to pay more than $20,000 in penalty rates to a former employee. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

Suncorp's NZ business boosts earnings

A REDUCTION in severe weather claims and a reduced impact from earthquake reserve strengthening have boosted Suncorp's New Zealand earnings. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

Historic oceans rich with gold: research

THE amount of gold found in the world's oceans is just a fraction of what used to be there, due to natural causes, scientists have found. Read more

11:39AM (AEST)

Bishop not phased by PNG turfing officials

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has indicated she's not phased by a PNG decision to boot out Australian officials working for its government by year's end. Read more

11:28AM (AEST)

World premiere of Gallipoli symphony

A SYMPHONY that was 10 years in the making to tell the story in music of the Gallipoli campaign is having its world premiere in Istanbul. Read more

11:27AM (AEST)

Spelling Bee buzzing in TV ratings

THE Great Australian Spelling Bee premiere pulled in 921,0000 viewers but was just beaten in the TV ratings by The Hotplate. Read more

11:18AM (AEST)

Honeymoon over for runaway groom

A MELBOURNE groom who fled after being granted bail to attend his wedding has been caught by Fugitive Taskforce detectives. Read more

11:14AM (AEST)

Life-sized castle for Adelaide playground

A PLAYGROUND castle more than four storeys high will be built in an Adelaide park by a council seeking to revitalise the neighbourhood. Read more

11:13AM (AEST)

North Qld man charged over stabbing

A MAN has been charged after allegedly stabbing another man during an argument. Read more

11:13AM (AEST)

Place for mentally impaired accused opens

A FACILITY to house people deemed unfit to plead criminal charges due to their intellectual or cognitive disability has opened in Perth. Read more

10:51AM (AEST)

WA prospectors safe after late return

THREE prospectors thought to be missing in WA's Goldfields region have made contact with police and are now on their way to Kalgoorlie. Read more

10:41AM (AEST)

NZ property prices surge to new peak

DRIVEN by the overheated Auckland market, national property values have accelerated 10.1 per cent over the past year to an average $NZ527,760. Read more

10:34AM (AEST)

ASX-listed firm bypasses OIO to buy land

NEW Zealand's Overseas Investment Office is seeking penalties against Australia's Carbon Conscious and another company over a sensitive land purchase. Read more

10:12AM (AEST)

Greek stock market bloodbath

GREECE'S stock market re-opened, from a five-week forced closure, with a blood bath; stocks plunged over 22 per cent before closing 16 per cent lower. Read more

10:12AM (AEST)

Mutual fund may have Greek stocks

YOUR mutual fund may have some Greek stocks, but don't fret it won't be many. Read more

Shot in the foot

Shot in the foot

FIREARMS regulators have been working to further tighten Australia’s strict gun ownership laws.

Salary cap timing in doubt

AFL North East Border regional general manager John O'Donohue, at Wangaratta FC

DOUBTS have been cast on whether the salary cap can be implemented and enforced next season.

Border fees befuddle

 Griffith farmer Vito Mancini in his orchard of Blood Oranges. Whilst other varieties are suffering Vito can not keep up with...

CONFUSION abounds about cost recovery arrangements for export certification and biosecurity.

Chaser a bin for all seasons

Chaser a bin for all seasons

FINCH has released a new chaser bin that can be altered for a variety of applications.

Trees sow seeds for African farmers

Jimmy Musiime

PASSIONATE tree growers from the Otways are sharing their skills and time to help Ugandan rural communities.