Last Updated: May 22, 2015

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7:19PM (AEST)

Ballarat cop complaints triple the average

COMPLAINTS about assaults by police in Ballarat are three times higher than comparable police stations, documents filed in the Supreme Court reveal. Read more

7:06PM (AEST)

Nuttall to be released from jail in July

FORMER Labor minister Gordon Nuttall, who was jailed for perjury and corruption, will be released on parole on July 20. Read more

7:02PM (AEST)

Man charged over Gold Coast shootings

A GOLD Coast man has been hit with a string of weapons charges after two alleged drive-by shootings. Read more

6:53PM (AEST)

Ridsdale 'went haywire' abusing altar boys

THE child abuse royal commission has released church documents and correspondence dealing with Australia's worst pedophile priest, Gerald Ridsdale. Read more

6:45PM (AEST)

Risks in region drive defence budget rise

DEFENCE Minister Kevin Andrews says spending needs to rise as risks continue in the Indo-Pacific region. Read more

6:43PM (AEST)

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips

MORTGAGE giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the US ticked down to 3.84 per cent this week. Read more

6:07PM (AEST)

Murdered WA man's name released

WA Police have released the name of a 25-year-old man who was murdered at his home in East Fremantle, and are calling for witnesses. Read more

5:53PM (AEST)

Qld pursuit policy to stay

QUEENSLAND'S police minister says she has no intention of changing a police pursuit policy that contributed to the standing down of two officers. Read more

5:53PM (AEST)

Thorne associate flew under a fake name

AN associate of self-proclaimed Islamic sheik Junaid Thorne has admitted to using a fake name to travel from Perth to Sydney on a domestic flight. Read more

5:53PM (AEST)

Vic Freedom of Information watchdog probed

VICTORIA'S Freedom of Information watchdog has been investigated over a serious allegation, but the nature of it has not been revealed. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

Qld treasurer denies talking down economy

QUEENSLAND'S treasurer is talking up the economy after being accused of doing the opposite when he claimed the state had a recession last year. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

WA child pornographer loses appeal bid

A WA court has rejected an appeal against the 20-month sentence handed down to a man who filmed two young girls in his home while they were naked. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

Qld council cleared over cliff fall

A MAN who suffered serious spinal injuries when he fell from a cliff on a popular Queensland holiday island has lost a bid to sue the local council. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

NSW psychologist on sex assault charges

A SYDNEY psychologist will face court after allegedly sexually assaulting a client in his rooms. Read more

5:42PM (AEST)

UK police payout for rape victim

A UK woman who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after she reported she had been raped has won a STG20,000 payout. Read more

5:02PM (AEST)

Man dies in Bobcat accident in Qld

A MAN has died after suffering crush injuries to his chest while operating a Bobcat at a property south of Brisbane. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

No IS Facebook hack: ACT Police

ACT police have confirmed claims a Canberra teenager was approached on Facebook by an IS recruiter are false. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

WA child killer a high risk of reoffending

A WA judge has sentenced convicted child killer Mervyn Bell to five years for another crime and says he presents a high risk of future violent reoffending. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

Celebs have fun for Red Nose Day

ED Sheeran has teamed up with Kermit The Frog for a duet of The Rainbow Connection to help raise funds for America's first Red Nose Day. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

States to back new laws on unsafe trucks

SOUTH Australia has secured support from other states for new roadworthiness laws for heavy vehicles. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

Online dater charged with multiple rapes

A MELBOURNE man has been charged with raping three women in six days, the last one on the day he was charged by police. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

Queensland detective stood down

A QUEENSLAND detective has been stood down over allegations he inappropriately received gifts and benefits. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

First arrest by unions inquiry task force

A BRISBANE man will face court in June after the first arrest by a joint police task force created to assist the trade unions royal commission. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Friday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Friday Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

Scuffles as NZ leader makes budget speech

PROTESTERS and police have had pushing matches outside Auckland's SkyCity Convention Centre ahead of the NZ prime minister's post-budget speech. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

Vic man invades home, attacks teen girl

THE father of a sexually assaulted teenage girl says he spoke to the young offender hours before the attack, outside his home. Read more

4:37PM (AEST)

'Unboil egg' device used for cancer drug

A DEVICE responsible for unboiling an egg has been used to make a type of cancer drug treatment much more effective. Read more

4:33PM (AEST)

New towers for South Melbourne

SEVEN new residential towers, containing almost 2000 apartments, will be built at Fishermans Bend as part of a revamp of the South Melbourne area. Read more

4:21PM (AEST)

Overcrowded Qld jails put staff at risk

GUARDS at Queensland's two privately-run jails say overcrowding and rostering problems need to be addressed, with assaults on officers up 47 per cent. Read more

4:15PM (AEST)

Nuclear commission criticised

THE South Australian nuclear royal commission has been criticised for putting barriers in the way of some people presenting submissions. Read more

3:57PM (AEST)

Animal activists target NFF building

THE National Farmers Federation building in Canberra has been vandalised with the words "ban live exports" spray painted on its front signage. Read more

3:52PM (AEST)

Pedophile Best still a Christian Brother

ALMOST four years after his last sentence for abusing children, the Christian Brothers have still not moved to kick Robert Best out of the order. Read more

3:39PM (AEST)

Atlas accepts royalty relief from WA gov

ATLAS Iron has accepted a package of a 50 per cent deferral of royalties from the West Australian government, providing the miner with $12.5 million Read more

3:36PM (AEST)

Qld women charged over horse drug 'theft'

TWO women will face a Queensland court next month after they allegedly stole two cars from a veterinary surgery that contained dangerous drugs. Read more

3:31PM (AEST)

Abbott pledges 15 years of projects

AS congestion squeezes the major capitals, Tony Abbott says new thinking is needed to roll out infrastructure over the next 15 years. Read more

3:27PM (AEST)

InvoCare withdraws CEO termination package

THE company says the proposed package has been withdrawn and an alternative package will be formulated. Read more

3:25PM (AEST)

How dare ewe: shear rudeness against sheep

A STATION operator outside Broken Hill in NSW has been accused of sanctioning abusive behaviour - swearing at his sheep. Read more

3:25PM (AEST)

Kiwi slips over the past week

THE kiwi dollar has lost ground over the week against the greenback and on a trade-weighted basis, as investors weigh the chances of rates cuts. Read more

3:21PM (AEST)

Payouts by Christian Brothers in Ballarat

THE Christian Brothers have now paid almost $4 million to abuse victims in the Ballarat diocese. Read more

3:18PM (AEST)

Cadbury to shed 80 jobs in Hobart

THE loss of 80 jobs at Cadbury's Hobart factory is about keeping the plant open long term, the company says. Read more

3:06PM (AEST)

PM urges states to back building plan

AN Infrastructure Australia audit will lay the foundation for a 15-year infrastructure plan to cover roads, water and telecommunications, Tony Abbott says. Read more

2:53PM (AEST)

Further abuse charges for NSW deputy head

A 50-YEAR-OLD deputy principal has been charged with three further counts of indecent assault relating to teenage girls at a school in NSW's south. Read more

2:36PM (AEST)

Oroton loses its shine

SHARES in Oroton have plunged after the luxury brand retailer said full year earnings will fall significantly. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

Vic wall collapse contractor fined

A SUB-CONTRACTOR has been ordered to pay $33,500 for performing buildling work without a permit on a wall that later fatally collapsed in Melbourne. Read more

2:35PM (AEST)

WIN shuts Mildura, Mackay newsrooms

WIN news broadcasts in Mildura and Mackay will be shut down due to commercial viability problems, the network says. Read more

2:32PM (AEST)

Schools still out for Nepal kids

SAVE the Children says it's important Nepalese children get back to school as soon as possible so they can recover from the trauma of the quake disaster. Read more

2:30PM (AEST)

States agree on organised crime plan

THE National Organised Crime Response Plan has been endorsed by the nation's attorneys-general and justice and police ministers at a meeting in Canberra. Read more

2:28PM (AEST)

Cops appeal over brutal Wollongong death

POLICE have received anonymous information about the brutal death of 56-year-old Wollongong man Mark Dower and want those people to come forward. Read more

2:27PM (AEST)

Queensland police suspended in 2015

SIX Queensland police officers have been suspended in May - an average of almost one every three days. Read more

2:15PM (AEST)

Six Qld police officers suspended in May

QUEENSLAND police officers have been suspended at a rate of almost one every three days so far in May. Read more

2:06PM (AEST)

Church won't question victim witnesses

CHURCH parties will not be recalling any survivor witness for cross-examination at the Ballarat abuse royal commission hearing. Read more

2:06PM (AEST)

Middle class struggle for retirement

PEOPLE, including the middle class, are finding the struggle to prepare for retirement is getting harder and harder. Read more

2:01PM (AEST)

Dutton open to revoking citizenship

PETER Dutton says Australia should be looking at the UK's model of stripping the citizenship of dual nationals who fight for terror groups. Read more

1:57PM (AEST)

Hot air balloon clips Yarra power lines

A HOT air balloon has flown into power lines in the Yarra Valley, cutting power to 300 residents but no one was injured in the incident. Read more

1:23PM (AEST)

Australian, NZ troops start Iraq training

TRAINING of a new brigade of Iraqi soldiers has begun just north of Baghdad, involving Australian and New Zealand forces. Read more

1:23PM (AEST)

Pell should give evidence: Shorten

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten believes Australia's most senior Catholic should return from Rome to give evidence to the child abuse royal commission. Read more

1:03PM (AEST)

Twiggy says Vale a responsible producer

FORTESCUE Metals chairman Andrew Forrest says the world's biggest iron ore miner, Vale, is a responsible producer Read more

12:30PM (AEST)

Qld wants same federal funding as WA

QUEENSLAND'S government wants another $499 million in Commonwealth funding for infrastructure. Read more

12:28PM (AEST)

More 'soon' on Mersey money: Abbott

NORTHWEST Tasmania is still to learn how the Mersey Community Hospital will be funded, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet to announce future money. Read more

12:21PM (AEST)

Man dies after quad bike crash

A MAN lost control of his quad bike and suffered fatal head injuries in the crash in west Tasmania. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

Armed woman robs bank in Ipswich

A WOMAN armed with a gun has held up a bank in Ipswich, sending some local schools into lockdown. Read more

11:41AM (AEST)

Scrapped co-payment won't hit budget: Govt

THE government says it'll find alternative savings after it scrapped its proposed $5 co-payment for prescription medication. Read more

11:40AM (AEST)

Online dating lures Melbourne rape victims

A MELBOURNE man has been charged with seven counts of rape following a string of sexual assaults in the city's south. Read more

11:40AM (AEST)

PM stands ground on resettlement refusal

TONY Abbott has hit back at criticism from Indonesia that Australia's not pulling it's weight on the southeast Asia asylum seeker boat crisis. Read more

11:40AM (AEST)

Ore market issue for ACCC, says Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says he was initially attracted to an iron ore inquiry but now felt it would generate 'more heat than light'. Read more

11:40AM (AEST)

Abbott wants to unlock 'latent energy'

THE prime minister is out spruiking his budget in Tasmania, saying he wants it to unlock 'latent energy' in the economy. Read more

11:27AM (AEST)

SA man arrested in Alice for child abuse

A MAN accused of child abuse has been remanded in custody and will appear in Alice Springs Court on Friday. Read more

11:26AM (AEST)

Greste still faces terrorism conviction

JOURNALIST Peter Greste fears he could still be convicted of terrorism charges in Egypt, despite being deported on the orders of the president. Read more

11:10AM (AEST)

LPG conversion could bring jobs to Geelong

A GOVERNMENT study will decide if there is demand for an LPG conversion facility in Victoria and whether it could be based in Geelong. Read more

10:59AM (AEST)

Govt to restrict Centrepay lease payments

THE federal government says it will restrict the type of consumer leases welfare recipients can access following proposed reforms to Centrepay. Read more

10:57AM (AEST)

Bid to defuse London wartime bomb

BUILDERS have discovered a World War II bomb near Wembley Stadium in London, sparking an evacuation. Read more

10:40AM (AEST)

Scholarship named for Vic air crash nurse

THE legacy of a Victorian maternal child health nurse who died in the Germanwings air disaster will live on in a scholarship named after her. Read more

10:36AM (AEST)

Job losses at Cadbury disappointing: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says a decision by Cadbury to shed 80 jobs at its Hobart factory is disappointing but about an efficiency drive. Read more

10:28AM (AEST)

MasterChef aces TV ratings again

NETWORK Ten's MasterChef has again topped the ratings while its masterclass episode was the second most watched non-news show. Read more

10:28AM (AEST)

Abbott wants to unlock 'latent energy'

THE prime minister is out spruiking his budget in Tasmania, saying he wants it to unlock 'latent energy' in the economy. Read more

10:22AM (AEST)

Logan worst for home theft in SE Qld

THE Logan suburbs of Crestmead and Marsden are the worst suburbs for home theft in southeast Queensland, according to an RACQ survey. Read more

9:52AM (AEST)

Cannabis set-up found at Vic unit fire

A SMALL hydroponic set-up was uncovered when emergency crews were called to a unit fire in Melbourne's north. Read more

9:44AM (AEST)

No boats policy firm amid refugee crisis

THE federal government won't be easing its no boats policy in the face of the Southeast Asia asylum seeker crisis, frontbencher Christopher Pyne says. Read more

9:44AM (AEST)

What is an east coast low?

AN east coast low is an intense low-pressure system that forms close to the NSW coast in the Tasman Sea - and it can spell trouble. Read more

9:24AM (AEST)

Archbishop backs new look at abuse claims

THE Archbishop of Sydney says modern standards of justice should be applied in historic abuse cases already dealt with against the church. Read more

9:06AM (AEST)

McDonald's CEO 'proud' of pay hike

IN the face of hundreds of protesters, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook has expressed his pride at a recent pay rise for workers. Read more

8:18AM (AEST)

War graves vandalised in Melb cemetery

PLAQUES have been stolen from almost 50 graves at Frankston Cemetery, including a dozen war graves, and may be sold for scrap metal, Victorian police say. Read more

8:18AM (AEST)

Ukraine suspends co-operation with Russia

UKRAINE has scrapped five military cooperation agreements with Russia, in a further deterioration in relations between the countries. Read more

8:10AM (AEST)

Gold prices fall

GOLD prices are lower as US economic data showed a continuing strengthening trend. Read more

8:06AM (AEST)

Aust could host B-1 bombers: reports

THE government is reportedly in talks with the US over B-1 bombers being rotated through northern Australia. Read more

8:06AM (AEST)

Man charged over Qld chopper laser attack

THE pilot of a police helicopter had to take evasive action to avoid being blinded by a laser aimed at the aircraft on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Read more

8:06AM (AEST)

Hopes of China stimulus boosts copper

HOPES that weaker Chinese manufacturing activity will spark stimulus measures have pushed copper prices higher. Read more

7:38AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know. Read more

7:38AM (AEST)

Govt 'monstered' by miners: Xenophon

INDEPENDENT Senator Nick Xenophon says the government was 'monstered' into backing down on a parliamentary inquiry into iron ore prices. Read more

7:30AM (AEST)

No talk of replacing Shorten: Albanese

LABOR frontbencher Anthony Albanese says there's no talk of replacing Bill Shorten as Opposition Leader and he's not available to take on the job. Read more

5:31AM (AEST)

Man pays $US350K to kill endangered rhino

A US man has shot an endangered black rhino in Namibia after paying $US350,000 for the privilege. Read more

3:50AM (AEST)

Questions raised of Tunis museum suspect

A SUSPECT arrested in relation to March's deadly attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis was reportedly in Italy when the strike took place. Read more

Yesterday

10:32PM (AEST)

Britain marks Quintinshill rail disaster

A HUNDRED years ago, 214 soldiers from the Royal Scots on their way to fight at Gallipoli and 12 civilians were killed in Britain's worst rail disaster. Read more

10:32PM (AEST)

Rowling vindicated over 'sob story' claim

HARRY Potter series author JK Rowling will donate to charity the substantial damages she will receive from a newspaper that could not back its allegations. Read more

10:00PM (AEST)

PM rules out offering resettlement

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will not be resettling refugees stranded at sea in the southeast Asia asylum seeker boat crisis. Read more

9:32PM (AEST)

IS controls more than half of Syria

THE Islamic State group now controls more than half of Syria, comprising 95,000 square kilometres and nine provinces. Read more

8:42PM (AEST)

Ag dept defensive over Vietnam cattle

AN outspoken Labor backbencher has accused the federal agriculture department of a conflict of interest over regulating animal welfare. Read more

8:18PM (AEST)

Little ships mark 75th Dunkirk anniversary

FIFTY small ships have sailed for Dunkirk in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation that rescued thousands of soldiers during WWII. Read more

8:01PM (AEST)

Don't rush referendum: new LNP senator

NEW LNP senator Joanna Lindgren believes a referendum on constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians is important but should not be rushed. Read more

7:50PM (AEST)

Nope, nope, nope to resettlement: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says Southeast Asian asylum seekers will need to come through the front door and not on boats arranged by people smugglers. Read more

7:04PM (AEST)

Meeting soon on indigenous recognition

THE prime minister and opposition leader will soon sit down to discuss a referendum on constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians. Read more

7:02PM (AEST)

Clergy told child victims they're evil

CLERGY offenders told their child victims it was their fault they were being abused, the royal commission has heard. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Tabcorp scores $128.9m tax win

TABCORP and the Tax Office have settled a tax issue relating to a payment of almost $600 million it made to the Vic govt 20 years ago. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Child care worker allegedly assaults girl

A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with indecently assaulting a two-year-old girl at a child care centre in Sydney's inner west. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

WA health minister takes swipe at AMA

WA health minister Kim Hames says he is becoming concerned about the AMA's criticism of government projects. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Escort's kids ordered to pay Pratt costs

AFTER losing their bid for a $5 million trust fund, the children of former escort Madison Ashton have been ordered to pay costs to the estate of Richard Pratt. Read more

6:07PM (AEST)

Elderly Qld pedestrian struck by van dies

AN elderly man has died in hospital after he was hit by a van while walking his dog in central Queensland. Read more

5:41PM (AEST)

WA Labor blasts 'dishonest budget'

WA Labor is claiming the government has released a dishonest budget that does not show the true effect of voluntary redundancies on departments. Read more

5:40PM (AEST)

Minister backs away from medicine co-pay

THE federal government is backing away from a 2014 budget measure to hike the cost of medicines. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Super below 12 pct 'vandalism': Keating

A SUPERANNUATION guarantee less than 12 per cent is 'economic vandalism', the architect of the system Paul Keating says. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Federal probe into polling place actions

THE federal parliament's electoral matters committee will look at claims of intimidation and misleading information at polling places. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

WA man loses $15,000 in 'Centrelink' scam

AN 80-year-old WA man has lost more than $15,000 in a phone scam involving a man posing as a Centrelink worker, prompting a warning from authorities. Read more

5:26PM (AEST)

Barnett predicts iron ore price rebound

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says Australia's biggest miners have offended the Chinese and production should be adjusted to meet the market Read more

5:14PM (AEST)

James Hardie's profit almost triples

GROWING sales and a lower Aussie dollar have helped building materials supplier James Hardie to a strong rise in annual profit. Read more

5:09PM (AEST)

New allegations into murder of WA madam

A RECENTLY retired WA officer has broken his silence to reveal detectives were with murdered brothel madam Shirley Finn the night she died. Read more

5:08PM (AEST)

Kiwi criminals get visas cancelled

LARGE numbers of New Zealanders have had their Australian visas cancelled after being convicted of serious crimes. Read more

4:58PM (AEST)

Understanding the SE Asian boat crisis

THOUSANDS of would-be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are crowding aboard boats in southeast Asia, in the hopes of finding a new home. Read more

4:49PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Thursday

STOCKS of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Thursday. Read more

4:49PM (AEST)

Labor MP hits out at Ag dept over cattle

LABOR MP Melissa Parke says not enough is being done federally amid new allegations Australian cattle are being slaughtered with sledgehammers in Vietnam. Read more

4:47PM (AEST)

Things to think about when renovating

IF you plan a renovation there's a lot more to think about than just what colour to paint the walls. Read more

4:47PM (AEST)

Snapshot of home renovations in Australia

AUSTRALIA'S renovations market is worth about $30 billion. Read more

4:46PM (AEST)

Planning and budget key to renovations

IF you plan to embark on a renovation you need to do your homework and get advice first. Read more

4:41PM (AEST)

Tunnel an 'easy' option in WA freight link

WA premier says a freight link tunnel could save homes and criticised the decision to send out letters before a route was finalised as "clumsy". Read more

4:36PM (AEST)

Nuttall moved to 'cushier' jail under LNP

QUEENSLAND'S Liberal National Party oversaw the transfer of former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall to a minimum security prison farm, the government says. Read more

4:25PM (AEST)

Missing NSW 14-year-old found safe

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl who failed to return home from school a week ago has been located by NSW police safe and well. Read more

4:23PM (AEST)

Letterman says 'thank you and goodnight'

TV personality David Letterman, an American cultural institution, has gone into retirement after 33 years and 6028 broadcasts of his late-night show. Read more

3:20PM (AEST)

Early warning scheme for domestic violence

THE public, advocates and legal experts will be asked to help shape a domestic violence disclosure scheme the NSW government hopes will save lives. Read more

2:45PM (AEST)

Over 1400 suspects in UK sex abuse case

MORE than 1400 suspects have been identified in a UK investigation into past child sex abuse. Read more

2:26PM (AEST)

Old fire methods putting animals at risk

VICTORIAN National Parks Associations believe old approaches to reducing bushfire fuel is putting native plants and animals at risk. Read more

1:49PM (AEST)

Melb port sale price high enough: Andrews

THE sale of Melbourne's port lease will bring in enough money to cover the government's level crossing removal plan, Premier Daniel Andrews says. Read more

1:44PM (AEST)

NSW police oversight review kicks off

FORMER Attorney General Andrew Tink will consider whether the oversight system for NSW Police should be streamlined into a single model. Read more

1:18PM (AEST)

Domino's seeks 3,000 new delivery drivers

PIZZA chain Domino's is looking for thousands new staff to meet demand expected to be sparked by its new GPS delivery tacking system. Read more

1:18PM (AEST)

Up to Pell to return: Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says he understands Cardinal George Pell has dealt with matters raised at the Royal Commission into child abuse with a statement Read more

1:10PM (AEST)

Johnny Depp remains in Australia

JOHNNY Depp is still on the Gold Coast filming Pirates of the Caribbean despite reports he had returned to the US, his publicist says. Read more

1:05PM (AEST)

Qld recession claim is political: CCIQ

THE Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland says the state treasurer's recession claim relies on data often used for political purposes. Read more

12:45PM (AEST)

Economy growing but tax take slips

NEW Zealand's economic growth is expected to peak at 3.3 per cent but then taper off with unemployment also expected to drop. 5 per cent. Read more

12:26PM (AEST)

Adelaide man charged over fatal crash

A MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other offences after a fatal car crash in the South Australian Riverland. Read more

12:26PM (AEST)

Labor will act on climate change: Shorten

BILL Shorten has accused the government of misleading Australians by saying Labor wants to resurrect the carbon tax. Read more

11:47AM (AEST)

Former HSU boss to face appeal hearing

FORMER Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson has been listed to have his appeal against his sentence heard in August. Read more

11:46AM (AEST)

Mass funeral for Colombia landslide dead

AUTHORITIES say the death toll in the Colombian mudslide has risen to 83, with the number of people still missing unclear. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

No charges in Qld council corruption case

QUEENSLAND'S Crime and Corruption Commission won't pursue criminal charges against Cook Shire Council workers accused of corruptly awarding contracts. Read more

11:42AM (AEST)

Headphones help diagnose brain injuries

A NEW technique using headphones with an ear plug linked to a computer lets doctors measure fluid pressure in the skull and helps detect brain injuries. Read more

11:23AM (AEST)

Wife of IS recruit facing passport charges

THE Sydney wife of an Islamic State recruit accused of supporting overseas terrorism is facing four passport charges. Read more

11:13AM (AEST)

Teddy bears may move off threatened list

THE Louisiana black bear population, once down to fewer than 100, has recovered and may be taken off the list of threatened species. Read more

11:13AM (AEST)

Mental health staff strain may delay trial

VICTORIA'S forensic mental health service is over-stretched to the point that a murder trial risks being delayed, a Victorian court has heard. Read more

11:08AM (AEST)

Grief bonds women in plea for track safety

THE families of men who died in a truck crash have called for companies to ensure safer driving practices for trucks. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

Ridsdale to give evidence at commission

THE child sexual abuse royal commission hearing in Ballarat will hear evidence from Australia's worst pedophile priest. Read more

11:05AM (AEST)

Scrabble stays dench with new words

LOLZ, shizzle and cakehole are among 6500 new words added to the existing quarter of a million in the latest Collins Scrabble word list. Read more

11:05AM (AEST)

Pell must face abuse commission: victims

CARDINAL George Pell must face the child abuse royal commission to answer allegations he covered up priestly abuse, survivors say. Read more

11:04AM (AEST)

Qld links MPs' raises to public servants

THE Queensland government has delivered one of its election pitches by passing laws linking MPs' wage increases to those of public servants. Read more

11:04AM (AEST)

MasterChef still the hottest show around

THERE'S no shaking MasterChef from its lead at the top of the Australian TV ratings as the most watched TV show on Wednesday. Read more

10:59AM (AEST)

Model Janice Dickinson sues Bill Cosby

US model Janice Dickinson is seek unspecified damages on defamation she alleged was made by Bill Cosby's representatives after she accused him of rape. Read more

10:57AM (AEST)

Cardinal Pell will co-operate: friend

GREG Craven expects his close friend Cardinal George Pell to fully comply with any requests made by the royal commission into child sex abuse. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Committal hearing set for terror accused

A COMMITTAL hearing date has been set for two men facing terror-related charges in Queensland. Read more

10:36AM (AEST)

'Excessive' card surcharges persist: RBA

THE RBA says it's investigating ways to clamp down on excessive surcharging on credit card payments. Read more

10:36AM (AEST)

Quickflix raises $775,000 in new funds

STRUGGLING streaming service Quickflix has raised new funds from investors as it works to meet growing competition. Read more

10:36AM (AEST)

US dollar echoes around the world

CURRENCY fluctuations are being felt around the world as the US dollar strengthens against the euro. Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

QV Melbourne to become smoke free

THE City of Melbourne plans to make a whole city block smoke free. Read more

9:55AM (AEST)

Cardinal Pell moves to 'correct record'

CARDINAL George Pell has denied claims he bribed a victim of a pedophile priest to keep quiet and dismissed another victim's complaints as "ridiculous". Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Girl indecently assaulted on Sydney bus

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was assaulted on a bus by a man who then followed her to school. Read more

9:45AM (AEST)

Qld 'terror' teen wants to return: report

TOOWOOMBA teenager Oliver Bridgeman reportedly wants to come home from Syria and has told his parents he has not taken up arms. Read more

9:45AM (AEST)

QV Melbourne to become smoke free

THE City of Melbourne plans to make a whole city block smoke free. Read more

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3D films may slow brain decline

AN experiment led by a neuroscientist has found that people who watch video in 3D have improved cognitive skills compared to those who watch in 2D. Read more

9:33AM (AEST)

Australian unis among the world's best

A NEW ranking of university systems in 50 countries has put Australian institutions 10th in the world. Read more

9:18AM (AEST)

Third of Centrelink calls abandoned

AN audit office report has found customer satisfaction with Centrelink telephone services is falling. Read more

9:17AM (AEST)

Legionella in Qld hospital water supply

THE Hervey Bay Hospital is disinfecting its water system after it tested positive to legionella bacteria. Read more

8:37AM (AEST)

Square to open Melbourne headquarters

A CALIFORNIAN technology developer has chosen Melbourne as the site of its Australian headquarters. Read more

8:33AM (AEST)

Police target Melbourne jaywalkers

POLICE are cracking down on jaywalkers on a busy Melbourne street to prevent pedestrian injuries. Read more

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Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya

A TROVE of stone tools found in Kenya are 3.3 million years old, pushing back the record of stone tools by about 700,000 years. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Gold prices rise as US rate rise dims

GOLD prices are higher after the US Federal Reserve indicated a rate rise in June is not likely. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Base metals fall as US dollar rises

A STRONGER US dollar has weighed on base metals prices. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Man charged over Brisbane hammer hold up

A MAN who allegedly used a hammer and a knife to hold up a Brisbane bank will face court. Read more

7:56AM (AEST)

New offshore tax laws not powerful enough

UNIVERSITY of Sydney academic Anthony Ting says a close look at draft tax laws suggests it won't be powerful enough against multinational companies. Read more

7:50AM (AEST)

B.B. King to be laid to rest next week

THE body of blues legend B.B. King will return next week to the Mississippi Delta to be buried at the museum named after the 15-time Grammy winner. Read more

7:50AM (AEST)

'Baby face' thief steals diamond ring

A MAN with a tattoo of a baby's face on his leg is wanted by police after he stole a diamond ring worth almost $25,000 from a Melbourne jewellery store. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

One-year-old boy dies in Qld car crash

A ONE-YEAR-OLD boy has died at the scene of a single vehicle crash near Mackay, police say. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

NZ dollar slides to two-month low

THE NZ dollar dips to a two-month low against the greenback ahead of the budget's release with it dipping below 73 US cents for a time. Read more

7:34AM (AEST)

Cardinal Pell responds to inquiry claims

CATHOLIC Cardinal George Pell has responded to claims made at the child sexual abuse royal commission sitting in Ballarat this week. Read more

5:54AM (AEST)

Chilean spy amasses 500 years in prison

EIGHTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD General Manuel Contreras has racked up 500 years in prison sentences as the former chief of a fear spy agency in Chile. Read more

5:22AM (AEST)

French forces kill four militants in Mali

TWO suspected leaders of al-Qaeda branches have been killed in northern Mali by French troops. Read more

1:44AM (AEST)

Target profit rises as product revamp pays

US-BASED retailer Target is reporting a near 52 per cent surge in its first quarter profits. Read more

Media to fight Bill

 Screen grab taken from ABC TV's 'Four Corners' report 'A Bloody Business' by Sarah Ferguson which focused on the treatment o...

AUSTRALIA’S biggest organisations have united to condemn proposed new laws aimed at the reporting of animal cruelty.

Millewa triple-header

 Nangiloc's Scott Golding juggles the ball under pressure. Cardross 22.11-143 vs Nangiloc 14.11-95.

ONE competition not taking part in interleague matches this weekend has taken the chance to go completely outside the box.

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

Claas CVT makes Aussie debut

AUSTRALIA is about to get its first shipment of Arion tractors featuring the new Claas-developed CVT.

Wyche welcomes Wig’s snags

Wycheproof retail revival

WHILE towns across the nation feel the pinch of a decline in services, Wycheproof is cooking up its own storm.

Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

Rain falls in ‘dribs and drabs’

IT HAS been called a “dribs and drabs” rain but most Victorian grain growers are now well into their sowing programs.