Last Updated: July 30, 2014

Weather: Canberra 5°C - 14°C . Possible shower.


10:44AM (AEST)

Film studio apologises over Turtles poster

PARAMOUNT Australia has faced a social media backlash over a poster publicising a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that seems to reference 9/11. Read more

10:44AM (AEST)

Looking for work a full-time gig, PM says

TONY Abbott says the government is ensuring job seekers are as active as possible as it prepares to force them to apply for 40 jobs a month. Read more

10:39AM (AEST)

Tabcorp buys ACT gaming business

TABCORP will buy the ACT government's gaming busness ACTTAB for $105.5 million, subject to ACCC approval. Read more

10:34AM (AEST)

Race to clear roads for stricken Qld plane

POLICE have told of frantic efforts to clear traffic from major Brisbane roads before a light plane made a crash landing on a football field. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Choosing small lenders can save you money

THE big four banks dominate the mortgage market but smaller lenders often offer the cheapest interest rates. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Argentina fights with debt holdouts

A LOOK at the key issues behind Argentina's risk of default if it fails to reach an agreement with a group of holdout bond holders. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Urgent action vital on warship project: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says significant cost overruns and delays in major naval shipbuilding projects must be dealt with urgently. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Fly-away fighters will be jailed: Abbott

THE PM has put jihadists and guerilla fighters on notice with a warning that anyone going overseas to fight will be jailed if they return. Read more

10:30AM (AEST)

Bomb squad in Kalgoorlie for explosives

BOMB squad officers have arrived in the WA town of Kalgoorlie to deal with old and unstable sticks of gelignite found in the front yard of a house. Read more

10:29AM (AEST)

SA Senate euthanasia candidate dies

DR Philip Nitschke says that terminally ill man, Max Bromson, who was SA senate candidate for Voluntary Euthanasia Party, has taken his life. Read more

10:29AM (AEST)

Melb council will repay $1.5m in fines

MELBOURNE City Council will hand back $1.46 million worth of parking fines issued in error and cancel a further 18,000. Read more

10:26AM (AEST)

Five-a-day of fruit, veg sufficient: study

EATING in excess of five portions of fruit and veg a day has little or no effect in lowering the risk of early death, a study says. Read more

10:13AM (AEST)

Suzuki recalls 26,000 cars in US

SUZUKI is recalling nearly 26,000 units of its Verona model for the 2004-06 years in the US over a fire risk. Read more

10:13AM (AEST)

Hollywood abuse accuser's lawyers to quit

THE lawyers representing a US man who has accused the director of the X-Men movies of sexual abuse have applied to withdraw from the case. Read more

10:13AM (AEST)

No plans for tougher Russia sanctions: PM

TONY Abbott has indicated Australia won't follow the US and Europe in imposing further sanctions on Russia - at least for now. Read more

10:13AM (AEST)

Metroglass shares gain on debut

SHARES in New Zealand's largest glass processor, Metroglass, have debuted on the NZX at a 2.9 per cent premium. Read more

10:13AM (AEST)

The magic of compound interest

WISE investment and compounding interest are the secrets to wealth, but watch out for those "free lunches". Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

American Express' 2Q earnings are up 9%

AMERICAN Express reports a nine per cent increase in second quarter earnings to $US1.52 billion, topping analysts' expectations. Read more

9:58AM (AEST)

Brambles chairman to step down

BRAMBLES chairman Graham Kraehe will stand down at the end of September after 14 years with the company. Read more

9:51AM (AEST)

Woman's death in Perth's north suspicious

WA Police are investigating a woman's death at a home in Perth's northern suburbs as a suspected homicide. Read more

9:44AM (AEST)

Spike in US skin cancer sparks warning

THE US has seen a 200 per cent jump in deadly skin cancer cases in four decades and the top health official has urged policy and behavioural changes. Read more

9:39AM (AEST)

Carmody faces new criticism from Qld judge

A COURT of Appeal judge has again taken aim at the appointment of Tim Carmody as Queensland's chief justice. Read more

8:55AM (AEST)

Teen gagged, assaulted in Vic park

A MAN has grabbed a teenage girl from behind, gagged her and sexually assaulted her in a Melbourne park. Read more

8:44AM (AEST)

Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in US

THEODORE VanKirk, the last crew member of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII, has died aged 93. Read more

8:15AM (AEST)

Gold is lower on interest rate concern

GOLD has fallen 0.4 per cent amid concern US interest rates may soon start to rise. Read more

8:15AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Wednesday

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

7:42AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:42AM (AEST)

Dairy drop helps drag kiwi below US85c

FONTERRA'S forecast of a lower milk solid payout than previous years has helped drag the NZ dollar below US85 cents for the first time in seven weeks. Read more

7:42AM (AEST)

All base metals bar tin fall on the LME

TIN is 1.1 per cent higher on the LME but the other base metals on the complex fall: copper is down 0.55 per cent and aluminium is 1.6 per cent lower. Read more

7:40AM (AEST)

Saboteur targets bike riders in Qld forest

A QUEENSLAND man is suspected of injuring a number of bike riders by deliberately leaving rocks and logs on forest tracks. Read more

7:22AM (AEST)

Mosley legal bid over Google images

FORMER F1 boss Max Mosley is set to sue internet giant Google for continuing to publish images of him at a sex party. Read more

6:31AM (AEST)

Family want space scientists on MH17 probe

GEORGE and Angela Dyczynski have arrived back in Amsterdam following a five-day trip to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. Read more


11:52PM (AEST)

Talks aim to get experts to MH17 site

OSCE chief monitor Ertugrul Apakan says there's been some progress regarding a plan to get Australian and Dutch police to the MH17 crash site. Read more

8:58PM (AEST)

Another whale freed from Qld shark nets

AT least three whales have been caught in shark nets off the Gold Coast this month, including a humpback freed off Kirra Beach on Tuesday. Read more

8:58PM (AEST)

Govt pays $330,000 for media briefing room

FREEDOM of information documents show a $330,000 room purpose-built for border security media briefings in Canberra features an $800 doorknob. Read more

8:52PM (AEST)

Aussies warned about deadly Ebola outbreak

ALMOST 700 people in West Africa have died from the Ebola virus, and Australian travellers are being warned to avoid affected areas. Read more

8:18PM (AEST)

Warning over stolen WA railway explosives

WA police are urging people who may have found missing railway detonators not to touch them and warn they could cause serious injury. Read more

7:53PM (AEST)

Warrants issued for Aussie jihadists

THE Australian Federal Police has issued arrest warrants for two Australians believed to be fighting with terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Read more

7:34PM (AEST)

SA asylum seekers living in fear: bishop

AN Adelaide bishop says a dozen young asylum seekers remain at large after going missing from community homes in Adelaide several weeks ago. Read more

7:34PM (AEST)

Cow herd kills woman hiker in Austria

A 45-YEAR-OLD German hiker has been trampled to death by a heard of cows spooked by her dog while she was walking through a field in Austria. Read more

7:34PM (AEST)

Aust police abandon MH17 site attempt

AUSTRALIAN and Dutch police remain frustrated over a lack of access to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine but Tony Abbott is hopeful. Read more

7:34PM (AEST)

UK mothers 'turn to Google before GP'

A UK survey found that GPs are third on the list of sources of health advice for mothers, behind seeking help from their own mothers and going online. Read more

7:00PM (AEST)

Another Qld tiger handler bitten at work

ANOTHER tiger handler at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast has been bitten, this time on the leg by a 130kg Sumatran called Juma. Read more

6:51PM (AEST)

Choosing small lenders can save you money

THE big four banks dominate the mortgage market but smaller lenders often offer the cheapest interest rates. Read more

6:48PM (AEST)

Missing NSW man found dead in Queensland

A MAN reported missing from Tweed Heads has been found dead in Queensland after a car crash, police say. Read more

6:12PM (AEST)

Complaints about NZ balloon pilot revealed

COMPLAINTS had been made about NZ pilot Lance Hopping being too impaired to fly a balloon more than a year before a fatal crash, an inquest has been told. Read more

6:02PM (AEST)

Don't mess with cheap loan scheme: REIWA

WA'S Real Estate Institute is warning the state government not to heed calls to abolish its cheap loan scheme that helps high risk borrowers buy a house. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Kiwi drops after Fonterra cuts forecast

A LARGER-THAN-EXPECTED fall in Fonterra's forecast milk payout has pushed the kiwi dollar to its lowest level in nearly seven weeks. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

NZ stocks fall led by Telecom

THE NZX 50 Index has dropped 0.4 per cent, with Telecom posting the biggest fall among leading stocks. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at close on Tuesday

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

5:23PM (AEST)

Rebel bikie $20m drug syndicate busted

FOUR alleged Rebels bikies are among six men accused of importing drugs worth $20 million from the United Kingdom. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

WA hospital staff walk off the job

HUNDREDS of hospital support workers in Perth have walked off the job over fears for their job security. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Carbon tax savings must be passed on: ACCC

THE consumer watchdog has vowed to aggressively use its powers to force reluctant companies to pass on savings from the carbon tax repeal. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

AAP buys Margaret Gee's, Who's Who

NATIONAL news agency Australian Associated Press has bought the Crown Content directories business that includes Margaret Gee's Media Guide and Who's Who. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Floods predicted with more Tas bad weather

A DAY after strong winds damaged roofs and trees in Tasmania, more wind and rain is expected to hit the state. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

NSW man 'kidnapped' and forced to drive

A MAN who was forced to drive more than 100km up the NSW coast told a witness he had been kidnapped and hijacked. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

Report sparks WA shopping debate again

THE Economic Regulation Authority has recommended retail trading hours be further deregulated in WA, sparking an uproar from independent grocers. Read more

5:23PM (AEST)

NT by-election as ALP's Vatskalis retires

LABOR'S Kon Vatskalis has announced he will retire from politics triggering the Northern Territory's second by-election this year. Read more

4:56PM (AEST)

Jobs to go in Vic factory, station closure

THE closure of a briquette factory and the power station that fuels it is expected to result in the loss of about 70 jobs in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. Read more

4:51PM (AEST)

Qld governor hails Joh era predecessor

PAUL de Jersey paid tribute to a predecessor appointed by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as he was sworn in as Queensland's 26th governor. Read more

4:45PM (AEST)

QBE profit downgrade a 'one off'

QBE has issued yet another profit downgrade but chief executive John Neal says the insurer is continuing to improve. Read more

4:43PM (AEST)

Consumers get their groove back

CONSUMER and business confidence levels are improving, with people shaking off their budget woes and company startups on the rise. Read more

4:16PM (AEST)

Car theft tops off Vic pizza shop dance

FOUR thieves have been caught dancing on camera before taking the keys to a Melbourne pizza shop's delivery car. Read more

4:16PM (AEST)

DNA computer could curb virus spread

A QUEENSLAND researcher has developed a molecular computer which could more quickly detect and contain the spread of deadly viruses such as Ebola. Read more

4:16PM (AEST)

ALS shares slide on profit warning

ALS shares have fallen after the analytical testing services group forecast a 26.5 per cent fall in its first half year profit. Read more

4:15PM (AEST)

Rhapsody's unRadio hits 2m subscribers

RHAPSODY'S unRadio service, a tie-up with T-Mobile in the US, has netted the company two million paying subscribers. Read more

12:59PM (AEST)

Choosing small lenders can save you money

THE big four banks dominate the mortgage market but smaller lenders often offer the cheapest interest rates. Read more

12:54PM (AEST)

Beach Energy flags lower production

BEACH Energy's shares are under pressure after the energy company warned of a fall in production next year. Read more

11:43AM (AEST)

Indigenous Aussies suffering depression

CHARITY beyondblue has launched a new campaign highlighting the link between racism against indigenous Australians and depression. Read more

10:27AM (AEST)

Killer Ibrahim granted parole hearing

A NEW parole hearing for convicted killer Michael Ibrahim has been granted as he was denied procedural fairness during an earlier application for release. Read more

9:26AM (AEST)

Removing key molecule helps fight cancer

THE molecule that helps repair the body after chemotherapy or radiotherapy actually helps shield the deadly cells from the lifesaving treatment. Read more

9:26AM (AEST)

Allied Press scoops up Oamaru Mail

THE owner of the ODT has bought neighbouring NZ newspaper the Oamaru Mail for an undisclosed sum. Read more

8:54AM (AEST)

NSW mining 'caused Antarctic pollution'

POLLUTION from industrial activities in southern Australia contaminated Antarctica more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole. Read more

8:51AM (AEST)

Former speaker Peter Slipper found guilty

FORMER parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of dishonestly using taxpayer-funded travel vouchers. Read more

8:04AM (AEST)

Petrol bomb lobbed at Vic shop

A MOLOTOV cocktail has been hurled into a shop undergoing renovations in South Melbourne, police say. Read more

8:04AM (AEST)

Vic woman burnt in heater accident

A WOMAN has suffered burns when an electric heater set her clothes alight in her East St Kilda flat. Read more

7:11AM (AEST)

Bishop undeterred despite second setback

AUSTRALIAN and Dutch experts have again been prevented from accessing the MH17 crash site where they want to search for any remaining victims. Read more

4:45AM (AEST)

Liberia orders new anti-Ebola measures

PRESIDENT Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed all but three of Liberia's land border crossings in response to the West African nation's Ebola outbreak. Read more

Stink over right to farm

Right to farm Echuca

A CAMPAIGN by Echuca residents to kick a farmer off his land will have statewide ramifications.

Breakaway Bears wary of trap

 Picola & District Football League, South East Division. Senior Premiers, Tungamah

SHOULD reigning premier Tungamah lose its last three home-and-away matches, the club would still finish top.

Russia wheat worries

Crops Harvest. North Central Victoria.

GLOBAL wheat prices are being driven down as grain traders rush to sell crops from Russia and Ukraine.

Xerion 5000, top of the class

Xerion 5000, top of the class

CLAAS has stepped into the 500hp-plus heavyweight division with the Australian arrival of its Xerion 5000.

Pub the hub of Warracknabeal

 Kevin and Sally Gebert, who made a creek-change to Warracknabeal's Commercial Hotel from inner-city Sydney in 2011. Pictured...

WARRACKNABEAL is still catching its communal breath after Sally and Kevin Bert moved to town.