Last Updated: December 01, 2015

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11:16AM (AEST)

All Vic pokies 'pre-commitment' enabled

PRE-COMMITMENT technology has been rolled out to all poker machines in Victoria, to help gamblers limit their losses. Read more

11:16AM (AEST)

Warne blasts 'wrong' charity reports

SHANE Warne has blasted as "factually wrong" reports about funding from the children's charity in his name, The Shane Warne Foundation. Read more

11:16AM (AEST)

Africa to focus on China debt at summit

AFRICAN nations are expected to focus on restructuring debt to China at the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation as lower commodity prices hit economies. Read more

11:16AM (AEST)

SA firies 'cut off' due to radio failure

ONE South Australian fire chief says crews were cut off from the rest of the CFS during the height of last week's bushfire due to a radio system failure. Read more

11:15AM (AEST)

Complaints suppressed 'to protect church'

MELBOURNE'S archbishop says church figures' responses to early complaints about a pedophile priest reflected a desire to protect the church's reputation. Read more

11:10AM (AEST)

Suspect claims police bashing in 1970s

AFTER denying any involvement in the 1969 disappearance of Lucille Butterworth, suspect Geoffrey Hunt has told an inquest he was bashed by police. Read more

11:05AM (AEST)

Qld schoolgirl on attempted murder charge

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has been charged with attempted murder in Queensland after allegedly attacking a fellow student with a knife at a Caboolture school. Read more

11:05AM (AEST)

Qld MP wants health minister investigated

A QUEENSLAND MP accused of moonlighting as a nurse has listed a number of ways she thinks Health Minister Cameron Dick misled parliament. Read more

11:05AM (AEST)

Burundi is on the brink of war: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Burundi is on the brink of war, but sending support for his adviser, rather than peacekeepers, is the best option. Read more

11:03AM (AEST)

Colourful Geelong mayor hits Canberra

COLOURFUL Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons says he will continue to "say it how it is" as he arrives in Canberra to meet with politicians. Read more

11:03AM (AEST)

Home values fall 1.5% in November

HOME values fell in November by 1.5 per cent in a sign of a definite slowdown in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets. Read more

10:51AM (AEST)

Yorkshire Ripper could go back to prison

YORKSHIRE Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women, could be moved from a high-security psychiatric unit to a specialist prison. Read more

10:52AM (AEST)

Qld treasurer defends $1300 payments

QUEENSLAND'S treasurer says there's no "magic or voodoo" to $1300 payments offered to public servants, saying it's in lieu of back pay. Read more

10:47AM (AEST)

NSW e-cigarette bans come into effect

NEW bans on e-cigarettes will come into force in NSW on Tuesday in a bid to prevent children under the age of 16 from potential harms. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Qld police help nab Canadian 'child lurer'

CANADIAN police fear William Mayers, trapped in a Queensland sting targeting child exploitation, may have tried to lure at least 20 children. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Man taken as a baby in Argentina finds mum

A MAN, who was taken from his mother after she gave birth in a Argentinian jail in 1977 during the military dictatorship, has been reunited. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Stereosonic security to probe drug claims

STEREOSONIC'S security contractor will investigate allegations a guard at the Sydney event was hospitalised for drug-related reasons. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Manufacturing expands for a 5th month

MANUFACTURING activity has risen for a fifth straight month, the longest period of expansion since 2010. Read more

10:40AM (AEST)

Gates' surprise attack on energy sector

MICROSOFT founder billionaire Bill Gates is excited by the prospect of seeing alternative energy technologies move from lab to general use. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Hackers make ransom demands on Greek banks

BANKING sources say hackers disrupt internet services and make bitcoin ransom demands against three Greek banks but don't access client details. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Officers off frontline doing menial tasks

PROTECTIVE Services Officers say they are being removed from Victorian train stations to do menial administration tasks amid bullying claims. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Infratil sells iSite to Australian firm

AUSTRALIAN media company QMS Media has bought advertising company iSite from Infratil to in a $A44.61 million deal. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Euro satellite to test gravitational waves

A EUROPEAN-BUILT experimental satellite is expected to break new ground in space research by detecting gravitational waves caused when black holes merge. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Vic man taking photo almost hit by train

A MAN taking a photo next to a Melbourne train line was almost hit by an oncoming train. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Woman rescued from US volcano

A US woman who was stuck on an active volcano sent a text to her family for help after her husband fell into a crevasse and died. Read more

10:25AM (AEST)

Reality takes a hit as news takes over TV

SEVEN News won the TV ratings on a night where current affairs and news programs dominated. Read more

10:25AM (AEST)

Petrol price rise hits NZ's terms of trade

A BIG jump in petrol prices drives a larger-than-expected fall in New Zealand's terms of trade in the third quarter. Read more

10:25AM (AEST)

Info on 5 million VTech customers hacked

HACKERS may have stolen the personal information of millions of customers of Hong Kong-based kid's technology maker VTech. Read more

10:25AM (AEST)

Yuan gets prized IMF reserve asset status

IN a nod to China's progress with reforms and its integration into global financial markets, the IMF accepts the yuan as a reserve currency. Read more

10:22AM (AEST)

HIV epidemic among Asia-Pacific teens

UNICEF says Asian cities such as Bangkok, Hanoi and Jakarta have emerged as new transmission hubs for HIV among adolescents. Read more

10:18AM (AEST)

France carries out strikes on IS in Iraq

THE French army says it carried out five airstrikes on Islamic State targets in northern Iraq over the weekend aided by Iraqi defence forces. Read more

10:06AM (AEST)

UN climate talks a joke: Liberal MP

LIBERAL MP Dennis Jensen says the climate talks in Paris are a joke, and has implored the government not to budge on its carbon emission targets. Read more

9:55AM (AEST)

Govt open to family tax benefit changes

SOCIAL Services Minister Christian Porter says he is willing to compromise with the Senate crossbench to pass its planned family tax benefit changes. Read more

9:45AM (AEST)

Labor supports keeping fossil fuel support

BILL Shorten has backed the prime minister's decision to dump support for a global phase out of fossil fuel subsidies. Read more

9:45AM (AEST)

Bishop defends taking funds from aid

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has defended a decision to take money from the aid budget to help vulnerable nations cope with climate change. Read more

9:31AM (AEST)

HK jeweller offers try before you buy

HK luxury jeweller Plukka, which plans to go public in Australia this week, is offering would-be customers a chance to try their products before they buy Read more

9:21AM (AEST)

Nats don hats on first day of summer

NATIONALS MPs have donned Akubra hats to promote regional businesses and a sunsmart message on the first day of summer. Read more

9:21AM (AEST)

Overseas student underpaid $66k in Vic

AN international student studying to be a dentist has allegedly been underpaid more than $66,000 by the Melbourne clinic that employed her. Read more

9:19AM (AEST)

IMF approves yuan for currency basket

THE International Monetary Fund has approved China's yuan into its benchmark currency basket, a move towards recognition as a global power. Read more

9:12AM (AEST)

Cracks emerge at climate summit

CRACKS are beginning to emerge at the UN climate summit in Paris, with poor countries accusing rich nations of not doing enough to cut emissions. Read more

9:09AM (AEST)

US warns of 'imminent' attack in Kabul

UNITED States citizens in Afghanistan have been asked to take care around the capital Kabul for the next two days after a reports of a possible attack. Read more

8:46AM (AEST)

Victorian firefighters reject pay offer

THE firefighters union has branded the latest pay offer from the Victorian government as an insult. Read more

8:25AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Tuesday

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

8:24AM (AEST)

Bishop dismisses Abbott white-anting

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop wasn't aware of white-anting going on within the Abbott government before the September spill. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

Gold lifts one per cent

GOLD prices are almost one per cent higher amid expectations of an interest rate rise, despite the US dollar gaining. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

SA amnesty gets guns out of criminal hands

THE South Australian government has introduced a gun amnesty to keep weapons from falling into the hands of criminals. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

PM talks terror on climate sidelines

MALCOLM Turnbull has met with the prime ministers of Israel and France on the sidelines of UN climate talks to discuss terrorism and Syria. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

Men's and women's brains not so different

NEW research shows the brain only sometimes has solely male or female traits, with most brains likely to be a mixed bag of both. Read more

7:28AM (AEST)

Van is missing Aust surfers': Mexico

GRAVE fears are held for two missing Australian surfers in Mexico after a breakthrough in the case. Read more

7:18AM (AEST)

Mary-Kate Olsen ties the knot in NY

FORMER child star Mary-Kate Olsen has married Frenchman Olivier Sarkozy in a ceremony in New York. Read more

7:10AM (AEST)

Please stop Islam attacks: Labor

LABOR frontbencher Tony Burke has pleaded with fellow MPs whose comments risk reigniting community division to "please stop". Read more

7:10AM (AEST)

No apology for downing Russian jet: Turkey

TURKEY'S prime minister insists Ankara shouldn't be pushed to apologise for the downing of a Russian jet. Read more

7:09AM (AEST)

PM defends fossil fuel decision

THE prime minister has defended his absence on the signatory list of a fossil fuel communique spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Read more

7:09AM (AEST)

$1 billion climate finance from aid budget

AUSTRALIA commits to at least $1 billion in climate financing over five years, and promises to ratify phase two of Kyoto in Paris. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

Qld cops confident of solving cold case

HOMICIDE detectives say they're confident advances in forensic science will help crack a double murder north of Brisbane 11 years ago. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

Senate inquiry approves youth dole changes

A SENATE inquiry has given the green light to legislation that would require under-25s to wait four weeks before accessing welfare. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

More money empowers women at home

IF women are the primary breadwinner, their degree of influence on household financial decisions becomes greater. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

Economic growth tipped to bounce back

SEPTEMBER quarter economic growth is tipped to be 0.7 per cent, after June quarter growth was 0.2 per cent, dragged down by mining exports. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

'I'm reputationally scorched': Cairns

CHRIS Cairns has been cleared in his London trial of perjury and perverting the course of justice. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

Brisbane hotel robbed at knifepoint

A MAN and woman wielding a knife have robbed a Brisbane hotel, demanding cash from staff members. Read more

6:39AM (AEST)

Global climate agreement vital: Pope

THE Pope says the world is nearing the "limits of suicide" and has urged global leaders in Paris to agree to a pact to thwart global warming. Read more

6:17AM (AEST)

Australia to double clean energy spend

SPENDING on clean energy research and development will double to about $200 million under a new global deal. Read more

6:17AM (AEST)

Man fighting for life after stair fall

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after apparently falling down a staircase in Albury. Read more

4:43AM (AEST)

McCulkin accused to learn fate soon

TWO men accused of murdering the McCulkins are expected to find out soon if they'll stand trial. Read more

4:43AM (AEST)

Essendon to plead guilty to charges

THE Bombers have pleaded guilty to two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. Read more

4:43AM (AEST)

No rate cuts, at least until next year

THE cash rate is widely expected to stay unchanged after the RBA's board meeting on Tuesday, thanks to a clear hint from the Glenn Stevens. Read more

4:43AM (AEST)

Shoppers no less fickle heading to Xmas

CONSUMER confidence may have improved but many Australians aren't going to take any nonsense when they head to the stores for Christmas shopping. Read more

3:59AM (AEST)

Union chief sworn in to SA parliament

UNION leader and Labor heavyweight Peter Malinauskas is set to be sworn in to South Australia's parliament. Read more

3:59AM (AEST)

Qld parly's last sitting week extended

SEVERAL pieces of key legislation will be debated during an extended final sitting week for the year in Queensland's parliament. Read more

3:59AM (AEST)

'I'm reputationally scorched': Cairns

CHRIS Cairns has been cleared in his London trial of perjury and perverting the course of justice. Read more

3:51AM (AEST)

Business lukewarm on 2016 start

AUSTRALIAN businesses expected a muted start to 2016, with conservative expectations for sales, profit, employment and investment. Read more

3:51AM (AEST)

ICC notes Cairns verdict

THE International Cricket Council has promised to keep fighting corruption in the sport following the not guilty verdict in Chris Cairns's trial. Read more

3:51AM (AEST)

Greece wants debt deal by Feb 2016

GREECE is hopeful it can lock in a deal on debt relief with eurozone creditors by February, to prompt economic recovery. Read more

3:51AM (AEST)

Health minister to canvass AIDS strategies

SENIOR government ministers will canvass responses to HIV/AIDS during a breakfast event at Parliament House. Read more

3:51AM (AEST)

Vic sex offender laws to begin on Tuesday

TOUGH new laws targeting high-risk sex offenders will come into effect in Victoria from Tuesday. Read more

2:33AM (AEST)

Senator pushes to save car manufacturing

SENATOR Nick Xenophon is arguing the car manufacturing sector in Australia should be saved to help Australia's struggling budget. Read more

2:33AM (AEST)

Senate inquiry approves VET changes

A SENATE inquiry has given the all-clear to proposed legislation to clean up the VET sector. Read more

2:33AM (AEST)

Nikkei to build global digital powerhouse

CHAIRMAN of Nikkei Tsuneo Kita is planning to build a global digital powerhouse with the help of the Financial Times, which it has purchased. Read more

2:33AM (AEST)

Two arrested over Tunis bus blast

AUTHORITIES in Tunisia have arrested two Islamist militants allegedly linked to a bus bombing in Tunis. Read more

2:33AM (AEST)

US embraces role to fix climate: Obama

THE US president has addressed world leaders at the UN climate summit in Paris, saying the US recognises its role in reducing emissions. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Elderly pedestrian hit by car in SA

AN 83-year-old pedestrian has died after being hit by a car while crossing a South Australian road. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Modi considering Cairns civil claim

FORMER Indian cricket boss Lalit Modi is considering how the not guilty verdict against Chris Cairns affects his own civil claim. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Cairns game footage 'shows fixing'

VIDEO footage of a cricket game involving Chris Cairns was shown at his trial as an example of match fixing. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Aust won't sign fossil fuel agreement

THE federal government has confirmed Australia won't sign a New-Zealand led communique to phase out fossil fuel subsidies at major climate talks in Paris. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Search for 2 Australians missing in Mexico

FRIENDS of two Australians missing in Mexico for more than a week are trying to check the identities of two bodies found in a burnt out van. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Pope ends Africa trip with mosque visit

POPE Francis has ventured into a Muslim neighbourhood of Central African Republic's capital to bring his message of reconciliation to the city's mosque. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Overseas student changes pass Senate

MOVES to deregulate education services for overseas students have passed the Senate after Labor pushed through some amendments. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Qld public servants in line for pay rise

THE QLD government and key unions have struck a deal to raise the wages of public servants. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Corporates keen to buy out, use startups

THE big end of town is increasingly eyeing startups for partnerships or acquisitions to lead their innovations. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Foreign investment rules come into play

FOREIGN real estate investors who break the rules now face tough penalties including divestment, forfeiture of profits and even jail time. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

Numbers climb in NSW emergency departments

EMERGENCY departments across NSW are under the pump, with a report indicating a significant increase in the number of patients. Read more

1:19AM (AEST)

$1trillion needed to tackle climate change

RESEARCHERS estimate the world's 48 poorest countries will need $US1 trillion between 2020 and 2030 to tackle climate change. Read more


10:38PM (AEST)

Qld man in hospital after robbery

A BRISBANE man has allegedly been bashed and stabbed by a group of men who broke into his home and made off with a computer, phone and wallet. Read more

10:38PM (AEST)

Shorten rejects estimates on carbon target

LABOR Leader Bill Shorten says estimates carbon could cost $200 a tonne under an ALP government are rubbish. Read more

10:38PM (AEST)

Attacker on the run after Adelaide assault

POLICE are searching for one of three men who assaulted another man in Adelaide. Read more

10:24PM (AEST)

Birds, humans evolved same talking system

NEW research suggests the ability of humans and birds to sing and talk evolved in exactly the same way. Read more

10:19PM (AEST)

Testosterone aids men with type 2 diabetes

A STUDY showed type 2 diabetic men with low levels of the hormone saw a dramatic increase in insulin sensitivity after testosterone replacement therapy. Read more

9:53PM (AEST)

Please stop Islam attacks: Burke

LABOR frontbencher Tony Burke has pleaded to fellow MPs whose comments risk reigniting community division to 'please stop'. Read more

9:38PM (AEST)

Bono, Clooney join all-star AIDS charity

BONO is a launching an campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" that can be won after donating to RED, which raises funds to fight AIDS. Read more

9:37PM (AEST)

Citizenship laws 'bloody shambles': Greens

GREENS senator Nick McKim has lambasted the government and opposition, accusing them of trying to sneak citizenship laws through the Senate. Read more

9:17PM (AEST)

Britain's FTSE edges lower, BHP slumps

THE UK mining index has fallen 2.7 per cent, with shares in Anglo American, Antofagasta, Glencore and Rio Tinto dropping 1.8 to 3.5 per cent. Read more

9:14PM (AEST)

US dollar rises versus euro, oil drops

EUROPEAN shares opened lower, following falls in Asia, with investors nervous before the Thursday's ECB meeting. Read more

9:09PM (AEST)

PAS Group acquires JETS Swimwear

THE PAS Group has acquired JETS Swimwear, a local premium swimwear brand, with a newly launched activewear business. Read more

9:09PM (AEST)

Broadspectrum comfortable with funding

BROADSPECTRUM has responded to a newspaper article regarding its funding situation, saying it is completely comfortable with the updated terms of its funding. Read more

9:05PM (AEST)

Protesters booted from PM's office

POLICE have removed six protesters from the Prime Minister's Sydney electorate office after a five-hour sit-in. Read more

9:04PM (AEST)

Grannies shielded from parental cuts

COUPLE families whose youngest kid is over 13 will lose family tax benefit Part B next year. Read more

8:53PM (AEST)

Cardno seeks $78m to reduce debt

CARDNO is looking to raise $78m to reduce its net debt and improve financial flexibility, aiming to go under $200m net debt as at December 31, 2015. Read more

8:53PM (AEST)

Anteo looks to source funds for DIAsource

ANTEO Diagnostics is in the final stages of securing a funding package for the 100% acquisition of DIAsource ImmunoAssays S.A. Read more

8:41PM (AEST)

Gateway Lifestyle to acquire RV Parks

GATEWAY Lifestyle is seeking to acquire RV Parks Australia, owner and operator of the MHE and RV resort at Casino in NSW. Read more

8:37PM (AEST)

Old foes Taiwan, China swap jailed spies

CHINA and Taiwan have swapped high-level convicted spies in a sign of goodwill linked to the first meeting ever between their presidents. Read more

8:31PM (AEST)

Morrison not 'hairy-chested' about surplus

A NEW analysis showing a $38 billion deterioration in the budget highlights the need to grow the economy, Treasurer Scott Morrison says. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Uni considers closing radio station

THE University of Adelaide could be closing its community radio station. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Vic man charged with attempted murder

A VICTORIAN man has been charged with attempted murder after he and a woman presented at a hospital with stab wounds. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Newcrest farms in to Topacio

NEWCREST has farmed in to explore the large, high grade epithermal gold deposits on the Topacio gold project in Nicaragua, held by Oro Verde. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

OneVue secures major win

ONEVUE has been selected to provide a consolidated retail and institutional unit registry offering for one of the worlds most successful investment managers. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Bellamy's secures manufacturing deal

BELLAMYS Australia has entered into a multi-million dollar strategic manufacturing arrangement with Fonterra Australia. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Dick Smith $60m inventory impairment

DICK Smith Holdings will incur an impairment of $60 million from an inventory review after what the company claims as a disappointing October performance. Read more

8:30PM (AEST)

Dead family of veterans can come home

THE federal government will repatriate family members of war veterans buried in Malaysia if it's requested. Read more

8:29PM (AEST)

Labor picks up citizenship bill 'errors'

THE Turnbull government has clarified the immigration minister's powers under draft laws to strip dual national terror suspects of citizenship. Read more

8:29PM (AEST)

Third drug death sparks test kit calls

THE death of a young Sydney pharmacist at a music festival has sparked calls to introduce pill testing kits at major events. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Sleeping man caught with loaded gun in NSW

A 25-YEAR-OLD has been arrested and charged after being caught with a loaded revolver and about 12 grams of a white crystal substance. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Brough slips up on parliament question

MAL Brough has given a wrong reference in answer to a Labor question about his role in the Peter Slipper saga. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Senate demands govt action on HIV drugs

THE Senate has backed a Greens motion urging the government to increase accessibility of HIV prevention drugs. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Take action on puppy farms, Senate urges

THE Senate has urged states and territories to take action against inhumane puppy farms and called on Australians to be careful about where they buy pups. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

New agreement for NT farmers and miners

FARMERS and oil and gas companies will now have a more formalised framework to share the land as the government announces a suite of new regulations. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

12 Days of Christmas items top $47,000

NINE of the 12 gifts listed in the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas has stayed the same price as last year, buy buying all 12 will cost you $47,433. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Campaign to treat horses hurt in SA fire

A SOUTH Australian equine clinic has launched a crowd-funding campaign to cover treatment costs for horses injured in last week's bushfire. Read more

8:13PM (AEST)

Women on grim mission for lost lovers

TWO women are on a grim mission to one of Mexico's most violent places, fearing confirmation their Australian boyfriends have been murdered. Read more

8:08PM (AEST)

Greens demand action against Japan whaling

THE Greens are demanding the government turn up the heat on Japan as it prepares to send whaling ships to the Southern Ocean. Read more

8:04PM (AEST)

Prosecutor didn't apply to handcuff man

QUEENSLAND'S chief magistrate says a prisoner who tried to escape a court wasn't handcuffed because the appropriate application wasn't made. Read more

8:03PM (AEST)

Sydney boy tells of armed robbery terror

A THIEF with a large knife forced a 10-year-old boy and his uncle to hand over the takings at a Sydney convenience store. Read more

8:03PM (AEST)

Terror fear threatens Gallipoli 2016

THE terror threat in the Middle East has prompted the government to consider cutting back on Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli. Read more

8:03PM (AEST)

Two teens critical after car crush in Vic

A TEENAGER has suffered multiple fractures after being in a car that was crushed by a truck in Melbourne. Read more

8:02PM (AEST)

Complaints rise on immigration detention

THE Human Rights Commission reported a 37 per cent jump in complaints about human rights breaches in 2014-15, most due to immigration detention. Read more

7:58PM (AEST)

Suspect denies reports of confessions

THE prime suspect in the case of missing Hobart woman Lucille Butterworth denies confessing to her murder, as recounted by numerous witnesses. Read more

7:57PM (AEST)

Church 'failed to recognise pedophiles'

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart says he has been appalled by the extent and depravity of child sex offenders in the Catholic Church. Read more

7:51PM (AEST)

Qld church manager denies deception

A FORMER manager of Brisbane's Anglican diocese has denied he deliberately concealed information from then Archibishop Peter Hollingworth. Read more

7:51PM (AEST)

HK shares dip, but recovery in mainland

THE Hang Seng index fell 0.3 per cent, to 21,996.42, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.7 per cent, to 9,790.64 points. Read more

7:51PM (AEST)

Revellers fear cops more than overdose

DRUG users turn to hiding drugs in body cavities to evade police detection with fears of getting caught outweighing concerns of overdosing. Read more

7:45PM (AEST)

Festival guards accused of selling drugs

AN industry insider has told Australian Associated Press music festival security guards commonly supplement their income by selling drugs on the job. Read more

7:25PM (AEST)

McClellan seeks 'trauma-informed' justice

THE head of the child abuse royal commission has again called on the legal profession to listen to trauma experts before making decisions in sex abuse cases. Read more

7:25PM (AEST)

Brisbane socialite murder case in court

A RETIRED American doctor charged over the murder of Brisbane socialite Maureen Boyce has had his case mentioned in court. Read more

7:24PM (AEST)

Five dead in one day on Qld roads

IT'S been a horror day on Queensland roads, with five people dead in four separate road accidents. Read more

6:49PM (AEST)

Turned back boat captain named as suspect

THE Indonesian man who skippered a boat with 16 men on board to Christmas Island, only to be turned back, has been declared a people smuggling suspect. Read more

6:49PM (AEST)

Challenger sells Tabcorp shares

INVESTMENT giant Challenger has sold its holding in gaming company Tabcorp. Read more

6:35PM (AEST)

Perth company joins medical marijuana rush

A COMPANY has been formed in Perth on behalf of a US and Australian consortium with the goal of supplying medical cannabis to the US market. Read more

6:34PM (AEST)

Drugs are medical issue, not crime: mum

ADRIANA Buccianti lost her son after he took acid but wants illicit drug use to be treated like a medical problem. Read more

6:26PM (AEST)

Bids close for new submarines

BIDS have closed for the new submarines in what's likely to be the most complex and costly defence procurement project ever conducted. Read more

6:23PM (AEST)

Investa Office ups portfolio value

INVESTA Office Fund said Sydney and Melbourne assets increased by 8% and 6% respectively in value, making up 80% of the portfolio in value. Read more

6:23PM (AEST)

Cyber security company Tesserent IPO

CYBER security company Tesserent is looking to raise up to $7m through an IPO to expand sales of its cyber security as a service platform. Read more

6:22PM (AEST)

Miller to dominate Qld parly's last week

DESPITE a array of legislation to get through during Queensland Parliament's last sitting week of the year, the focus is likely to remain on Jo-Ann Miller. Read more

6:22PM (AEST)

Firefighters control Sydney factory blaze

A BLAZE has torn through a Sydney factory, threatening two neighbouring properties. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Perth company joins medical marijuana rush

A COMPANY has been formed in Perth on behalf of an American and Australian consortium with the goal of supplying medical cannabis to the US market. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Senate inquiry into RAAF contamination

A SENATE inquiry will look into what chemical contamination has occurred at the RAAF Base Williamtown. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Metcash EBIT down for half year

METCASH reports an underlying EBIT decrease of 12.7% to $133.7 million, with gains in liquor and hardware offset by the fall in food and grocery. Read more

6:12PM (AEST)

Anti-govt extremists a growing threat

A NSW Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics command assessment says so-called "sovereign citizens" are growing in number and are a potential terror threat. Read more

6:12PM (AEST)

Slater and Gordon reaffirms guidance

SLATER and Gordon has reaffirmed its 2016 financial guidance, despite the impending changes to relating road traffic accident wihplash cases. Read more

6:12PM (AEST)

Intruder dies in US chimney after fire lit

A 19-YEAR-OLD man has died in US after hiding in the chimney of a house and the homeowner lit a fire not knowing he was there. Read more

5:44PM (AEST)

Lollipops violence 'an aberration': court

SEVEN adults will be sentenced next month for their part in a violent brawl at a children's play centre in western Sydney. Read more

5:40PM (AEST)

Ron Medich to face trial next year

SYDNEY property developer Ron Medich is set to face trial in July next year over the shooting murder of Michael McGurk. Read more

5:33PM (AEST)

Turnbull to boost climate investment

AUSTRALIA is set to join other nations in pledging extra money for clean energy research and development. Read more

5:33PM (AEST)

Red Cross to support SA fire victims

RED Cross volunteers are going from house to house in South Australia's bushfire zone to offer support to victims. Read more

5:33PM (AEST)

NYC's salt warning rule to hit chains

RESTAURANTS in New York City are being forced to put a salt-shaker emblem on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2300 milligrams of sodium. Read more

5:31PM (AEST)

Hames 'not happy' with patient bed in gym

IT'S unacceptable an elderly patient was given a bed in Fiona Stanley Hospital's gym when the wards were full, WA Health Minister Kim Hames says. Read more

5:27PM (AEST)

Qld schools to get $26m maintenance boost

THE Queensland Government will fund $26 million worth of maintenance work at schools over the holiday period to provide jobs for tradies. Read more

5:07PM (AEST)

Xie jury given majority direction

AFTER 11 days of deliberations the jury in the long running murder trial of Robert Xie have again said they are unable to reach verdict. Read more

5:04PM (AEST)

WA govt aware of mayor's threat to quit

THE West Australian local government minister has confirmed he is aware the Perth Lord Mayor is threatening to quit. Read more

5:00PM (AEST)

Man charged over Qld boxer's murder

DETECTIVES have charged a 35-year-old man over the suspected murder of Queensland boxer Landon Delinecort who died last week. Read more

4:46PM (AEST)

Sales slide sparks Dick Smith share slump

DICK Smith has spooked investors with another profit warning, saying it faces a $60m writedown following a sales slump in October and November. Read more

4:36PM (AEST)

Slater and Gordon shares reverse slide

SLATER and Gordon shares have recovered some of the ground they lost in last week's sell-off after the law firm moved to reassure investors. Read more

4:31PM (AEST)

Anti-Muslim narrative helping IS: expert

AS Liberal MPs declare a "problem within Islam" is to blame for recent terror attacks, a US expert has warned such comments only help Islamic State. Read more

4:25PM (AEST)

Qld revellers warned after NSW death

QUEENSLAND'S premier has urged music festival goers to party safely after the death of a young woman following a Sydney event. Read more

4:24PM (AEST)

SA man has murder conviction quashed

A MAN found guilty of murdering a drug dealer in 2012 has had his conviction overturned and will face a new trial. Read more

4:24PM (AEST)

Kiwi little changed as RBA review looms

THE New Zealand dollar had a quiet day on the trading floor ahead of monetary policy reviews in Australia, Canada and Europe. Read more

4:13PM (AEST)

Morrison declines to offer surplus timing

A NEW analysis suggests the government's prediction of a budget surplus will be pushed back even further. Read more

3:57PM (AEST)

Aust boat may monitor Japanese whaling

AUSTRALIA could send a patrol vessel to the Southern Ocean if diplomatic efforts to stop Japan whaling this year don't work, George Brandis says. Read more

3:48PM (AEST)

Qld judge urged not to release rapist

A VIOLENT rapist who attacked and held captive a woman in Noosa National Park on Christmas Day in 2001 has made a bid to be released from prison. Read more

3:48PM (AEST)

Man punched outside Sydney hotel

A MAN has woken from an induced coma in hospital after he was punched in the head outside a hotel in Sydney. Read more

3:33PM (AEST)

Guilty plea over Essendon doping scandal

ESSENDON Football Club say they will plead guilty to charges brought by WorkSafe Victoria after the supplements disaster. Read more

3:31PM (AEST)

Birthing mum's c-section plea 'ignored'

A NSW coronial inquest into the death of a 12-hour-old girl in hospital is examining the procedures around her birth. Read more

3:31PM (AEST)

Navy chief apologises over sailor funeral

NAVY chief Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has said sorry for the navy's involvement in the funeral of a sailor who murdered his ex-girlfriend. Read more

3:31PM (AEST)

Pilot dead after fiery crash in Queensland

A 64-YEAR-OLD man has died in a fiery ultralight aircraft crash in north Queensland. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

SA bushfire claims hit $75 million

THE Insurance Council of Australia says claims from the South Australian bushfire have hit $75 million. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

SA invests $20m in copper exploration

THE South Australian government will spend $20 million on efforts to prevent further job losses in the struggling copper industry. Read more

3:15PM (AEST)

Profits figures point to strong GDP

COMPANY profits figures along with other measures of income on Monday add weight to the view that September quarter GDP will be strong on Wednesday. Read more

2:30PM (AEST)

Nine NT teens arrested after crime spree

POLICE have arrested and charged nine teenage boys with a crime spree which started in Katherine and ended hundreds of kilometres away in Darwin. Read more

2:30PM (AEST)

Priest's victim confided in abuser priest

THE victim of a pedophile priest told another priest about the sexual abuse but the second priest was also an abuser, a royal commission has heard. Read more

2:00PM (AEST)

Greek, Turkey leaders in tweet exchange

THE prime ministers of Greece and Turkey have taken to Twitter to exchange some opinions on local conflict, weapons and refugees. Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

River search resumes in Qld murder probe

QUEENSLAND police divers are again searching the river where the body of teenager Tiahleigh Palmer was found nearly a month ago. Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

Vic police trainee caught drink-driving

A VICTORIA Police trainee has been stopped at a booze bus and fined for drink-driving. Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

CSR eyes school market after funding cut

AN Australian-listed company is offering to help schools slash their power bills, two years after a grants scheme was scrapped by the Abbott government. Read more

1:49PM (AEST)

Pair zapped in storm were 'taking selfie'

TWO backpackers are out of hospital after being struck by lightning while apparently taking a photo of themselves during Queensland's ferocious storms. Read more

Wheat crop downgrade

Crops Harvest.

THE Australian wheat crop has been downgraded to 23.9 million tonnes after a dry spring across most cropping regions.

Favourites in show stakes

Favourites in show stakes

RACING Victoria and the Show Horse Council of Victoria produced a spectacular off-the-track national show horse championship.

Devoted to making lives better

Jeff Robinson

HE flies planes, fights fires with the CFA, cross-country skis, runs a beef and olive farm and volunteers in remote Aboriginal communities.

Wet may not follow dry

Wet may not follow dry

THERE is no guarantee ­Victorian farmers will get a wet 2016, even if the El Nino finishes next year as predicted.