Last Updated: May 04, 2015

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9:50AM (AEST)

Labor offers new renewable energy target

LABOR is prepared to accept a lower renewable energy target if it helps break deadlocked negotiations, leader Bill Shorten says. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

Cormann puts on a brave budget face

FINANCE Minister Mathias Cormann has declined to speculate on the size of the budget deficit amid prediction of a blowout. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

SA opposition concern for Tour Down Under

THE South Australian opposition has concerns for the future of the Tour Down Under cycling race. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

Westpac posts flat $3.78b half year profit

WESTPAC has recorded a flat first half cash profit of $3.78 billion as weakness from its investment bank offset solid housing lending growth. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

Doping hits sport without boosting results

RESEARCHERS from the University of Adelaide's School of Medical Sciences have found that doping in sport hasn't improved performances. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

Vic ditches Metro case for fare increases

THE Victorian government says an old business case for the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel that included increasing public transport fees has been ditched. Read more

9:41AM (AEST)

Stockland lifts earnings guidance

STOCKLAND has lifted its earnings guidance slightly after a stronger sales result from its retail business. Read more

9:39AM (AEST)

Bickmore hopes to get trending on Twitter

GOLD Logie winner Carrie Bickmore hopes #beaniesforbraincancer will be trending on Twitter. Read more

9:30AM (AEST)

New trams and trains in Vic budget

VICTORIAN Treasurer Tim Pallas says Tuesday's budget will deliver a strong surplus while restoring services and funding the right infrastructure. Read more

9:22AM (AEST)

Bindi's bid to clear Rolf's name

BINDI Nicholls, the daughter of convicted pedophile Rolf Harris, has called for his case to be reviewed saying he's the victim of a "witch hunt". Read more

9:11AM (AEST)

Severe bushfire risk in SA

A SEVERE bushfire risk has been declared in four South Australian districts on Monday. Read more

9:01AM (AEST)

Sinkhole keeps residents out of homes

DOZENS of people evacuated from their western Sydney unit blocks on Saturday because of a sinkhole are still waiting for the all clear to return. Read more

8:56AM (AEST)

Former Labor minister wants his seat back

FEDERAL Labor has given Mike Kelly the chance to win back the marginal seat of Eden-Monaro at the next election. Read more

8:49AM (AEST)

Salt tax could avert heart disease

A SIMPLE tax on salt could be the answer to cutting salt from the diet, saving lives as well as millions of dollars, a NZ study has found. Read more

8:39AM (AEST)

AFP betrayal 'imported death penalty'

THE barrister who tipped off the AFP about the Bali Nine drug plot says it will never be able to explain its betrayal of Chan, Sukumaran and the others. Read more

8:34AM (AEST)

Nigerian troops 'kill dozens'

COMMUNITY leaders in Nigeria have accused troops of massacring up to 80 villagers to avenge the killing of six soldiers. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Copper prices rise as demand increases

COPPER prices are higher on hopes about increased demand amid hopes that China will take steps to stimulate its economy. Read more

8:24AM (AEST)

Budget repair levy won't be extended

ASSISTANT Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the government will not extend the deficit repair levy it imposed on high earners in last year's budget. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Rail line blamed for worsening Qld floods

CLAIMS a new rail line made flooding in the Queensland community of Deception Bay worse must be thoroughly investigated, the local mayor says. Read more

8:17AM (AEST)

Gold futures prices fall to six week low

GOLD futures prices have fallen more than one per cent to a six week low on expectations of a US interest rate rise. Read more

8:12AM (AEST)

Defence said subs should be built in Aust

JUST released ministerial advice shows Defence told the Abbott government an Australian ship builder was the only option for constructing new submarines. Read more

8:05AM (AEST)

Carrie Bickmore wins Gold Logie

CARRIE Bickmore has taken out the Gold Logie and used her triumph to get the nation talking about brain cancer, which killed her husband in 2010. Read more

7:56AM (AEST)

Migrant entry fees under review

THE Productivity Commission is considering a proposal for Australia to select migrants based mainly on how much they could pay in entry fees. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Carrie Bickmore wins the Gold Logie

CARRIE Bickmore has taken out the Gold Logie in Melbourne. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Changes to card fees to save millions

EFTPOS systems provider Tyro Payments says proposed changes to the fees banks charge each other could save people $500 million a year. Read more

7:54AM (AEST)

Winners of the Logie Awards

ALL the winners of the 2015 Logie Awards, led by Carrie Bickmore being named as the most popular personality on Australian television. Read more

7:50AM (AEST)

11 adults, children escape house Vic fire

FIVE children are among those to have escaped a house fire in Melbourne's west, with the cause still unknown. Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

World News Update, what you need to know

WORLD News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

Driver caught at six times alcohol limit

A MAN is facing numerous charges after crashing his car into a pole in Adelaide and returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.308. Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

Man accused of stabbing elderly Qld woman

A YOUNG man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after allegedly breaking into an elderly woman's home and stabbing her in the head and neck. Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

British leaders in final push before May 7

BRITISH party leaders are making their final bids to rally support ahead of the coming election, widely predicted to be the most unpredictable in decades. Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

NZ dollar down ahead of US jobs data

A FALL in the NZ dollar is being attributed to investors expecting better US jobs data out later this week. Read more

7:45AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch on Monday

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

7:45AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

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

7:45AM (AEST)

Car crashes into Adelaide cafe

A MAN has only minor injuries after crashing his car into a cafe in Adelaide's eastern suburbs. Read more

7:40AM (AEST)

Great Kate Wait replaced by Name Game

WILLIAM and Kate have introduced their baby princess to family members as the world waits for the new bub's name to be announced. Read more

7:25AM (AEST)

Harry: Niece "absolutely beautiful"

PRINCE Harry, who is in Australia on secondment with the defence force, says his new niece is "absolutely beautiful". Read more

7:05AM (AEST)

Aust ambassador to Indonesia due back

THE Australian Federal Police will take questions over the Bali Nine investigation as Australia's ambassador returns from Indonesia after the executions. Read more

6:59AM (AEST)

Building approvals to rise in March

ECONOMISTS expect approvals for the construction of new homes to have rise one per cent in March. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Firms see company tax cut a high priority

A COMPANY tax cut for all businesses is seen as a top-three priority for the May 12 budget, the Australian Industry Group says. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Cataract blitzes not long-term solution

SURGICAL blitzes to treat eye disease don't fix long-term problems in Indigenous eye care, say experts. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Sydney to feature on US breakfast show

TOP-RANKING US breakfast show NBC Today will broadcast live from Sydney on Monday in a bid to draw more visitors to NSW. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Economic data to help Hockey with budget

A HOST of economic figures and a Reserve Bank board meeting will help Treasurer Joe Hockey set the tone for his May 12 budget. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Bikie brawl trial set to start in Qld

SIX men who were allegedly involved in a huge bikie brawl on the Gold Coast are expected to face trial on Monday. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Four charged over fight in Sydney's north

FOUR people will face court charged with affray after a fight in Sydney's north left a man with a large cut to his head. Read more

6:38AM (AEST)

Man shot in shoulder on Sydney street

POLICE have asked the public for help after a 23-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder in western Sydney. Read more

4:09AM (AEST)

Sleep apps not so smart says expert

MILK drinks and smartphone apps are on the agenda of a two-day conference in New Zealand looking at sleep disorders. Read more

4:09AM (AEST)

Egypt charges 40 over IS membership

EGYPT has charged 40 people over alleged membership of Islamic State, accusing them of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks. Read more

12:34AM (AEST)

3,400 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

A TOTAL of 3,427 migrants have been rescued by French and Italian ships after their boats got into trouble off the Libyan coast. Read more


10:52PM (AEST)

Aust ambassador returning after executions

AMBASSADOR Paul Grigson is returning to Australia for talks after drug smugglers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were shot by firing squad in Indonesia. Read more

10:16PM (AEST)

At least 18 dead in Afghan bus crash

AT least 18 people have died following a minibus crash in Afghanistan's northwest. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Qlders to lose out from energy merger

THE merging of state electricity assets including Energex and Ergon will lead to poorer service and job losses, the opposition is warning. Read more

6:06PM (AEST)

Thousands rally for Labour Day in Qld

THOUSANDS of union members have rallied for a Labour Day march in Brisbane, coinciding with May Day events around the nation. Read more

5:20PM (AEST)

Victoria to spend $25m to tackle extremism

VICTORIA will spend $25 million on a taskforce of young, positive role models who can offer support to their vulnerable peers. Read more

5:16PM (AEST)

Two dead as fire rips through Sydney home

A HOUSE fire that killed an elderly man and woman on Sydney's north shore took hold within moments, a neighbour says. Read more

3:19PM (AEST)

Vic house fires suspicious

FIRES in two neighbouring homes in Broadmeadows are being treated as suspicious. Read more

2:49PM (AEST)

Charity money box suspect charged

A WOMAN has been charged over a spate of charity money box thefts in Melbourne's southeast. Read more

2:14PM (AEST)

Childcare deal good for parents: Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott hopes parents will be smiling when they see the detail of the government's new system of childcare subsidies. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Japanese hotel offers crying rooms

A TOKYO hotel is offering special rooms for women to cry in, with sad movies and comics and high quality tissues included in the deal. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Baltimore activists hold 'victory rally'

A RALLY has been held in Baltimore to celebrate a decision by the city's top prosecutor to charge officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Cambodian men charged with raping Aussie

TWO Cambodian men are facing rape charges after an Australian woman made a complaint to local police. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Vic taskforce targets disaffected youth

TONY Abbott has welcomed the Victorian government's decision to set up a taskforce aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalised. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

A budget to make people confident: Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the May 12 budget will make people more optimistic and confident about their future. Read more

2:12PM (AEST)

Storm clean up to end on Monday

THE SES expects to soon finish helping the nearly 20,000 people who called for help during the recent storms across NSW. Read more

2:06PM (AEST)

Morrison wants jobs for young, vulnerable

SOCIAL Services Minister Scott Morrison says the May 12 budget aims to get young people into work. Read more

2:03PM (AEST)

Budget will lift optimism: Abbott

PRIME Minster Tony Abbott believes the May 12 budget will lift confidence and optimism. Read more

1:07PM (AEST)

$840m budget boost for preschoolers

THE government will guarantee four-year-olds get access to preschool for another two years with an extra $840 million in the budget. Read more

12:41PM (AEST)

Macklin backs binding vote on gay marriage

LABOR frontbencher Jenny Macklin agrees the party's platform should change to bind MPs in support of same-sex marriage. Read more

12:41PM (AEST)

Market attention on RBA and rate cut

THE spotlight will be on the Reserve Bank of Australia and an expected rate cut during a busy week of economic data. Read more

12:41PM (AEST)

Jodie Kidd's husband granted divorce

A LONDON court has granted Jodie Kidd's husband David Blakeley a fast-track divorce due to the model's "continuing unreasonable behaviour". Read more

12:41PM (AEST)

Royal baby dominates UK headlines

PICTURES of the sleeping princess have managed to push photos of political party leaders off most of Britain's front pages. Read more

11:49AM (AEST)

Birthday boy Beckham joins Instagram

DAVID Beckham has celebrated his 40th birthday in Morocco with family and friends, and has marked the occasion by joining Instagram. Read more

11:09AM (AEST)

Labor to consider income tax cuts: Bowen

ANY tax cuts to offset the impact of bracket creep would have to be "feasible and sustainable", says Labor's Chris Bowen. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Labor ready for early election: Bowen

SHADOW Treasurer Chris Bowen says Labor is ready for any eventuality should Prime Minister Tony Abbott call an election this year. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

William and Kate show off new princess

PRINCE William and his wife, Kate, left St Mary's hospital with their new bub less than 10 hours after the duchess gave birth. Read more

9:04AM (AEST)

Reports 300 Yazidi executed

THE Yazidi Progress Party says Islamic State militants have killed more than 300 Yazidis near Mosul, in northern Iraq. Read more

8:25AM (AEST)

I'm very happy: Prince William

PRINCE William has picked up Prince George and taken him to St Mary's hospital after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl. Read more

7:58AM (AEST)

Two western Sydney unit blocks evacuated

SIXTY residents from two apartment buildings have stayed with friends or family after fears for the structural integrity of a nearby construction site. Read more

1:48AM (AEST)

Bickmore's fourth stab at Gold Logie

CARRIE Bickmore, Andy Lee and Steve Peacocke are aiming for their first Gold Logie, with Bickmore the punters' favourite. Read more

12:52AM (AEST)

Guessing game over royal baby's name

CHARLOTTE or Alice? William and Kate aren't expected to get too adventurous with the name of their second royal child. Read more

Country footballer dies

Country footballer dies

A YOUNG father and footy club captain has died during a country match after collapsing on to the field following a tackle.

Country footballer dies

Country footballer dies

A YOUNG father and footy club captain has died during a country match after collapsing on to the field following a tackle.

MG to finish on $6.051 kgMS

Coles First MG Milk

MURRAY Goulburn supplies will finish next season, 2015-16 at $6.051 kilogram milk solids.

A gateway to fast flock handling

A gateway to fast flock handling

A PORTABLE sheep handler you can tow behind a ute or ATV is what Clipex brings to the table.

Champion of the birds

Rotamah Island

SARAH HUDSON discovers Don Ripper’s plans to preserve natural history using an island observatory.

Going native one step at a time

Jindi Farm Bush Foods

LESLIE Smith wanders through her farm at Jindivick in Gippsland with daughter Leila.