Last Updated: November 28, 2014

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4:38PM (AEST)

Palmer under investigation by WA Police

WEST Australian police have confirmed they are investigating billionaire Clive Palmer's business activities. Read more

4:13PM (AEST)

Govt offered way forward on uni changes

AS federal parliament enters its final week, cross bench senators are working with the government to resolve a deadlock on university changes. Read more

1:23PM (AEST)

Our unit is like a bomb site: storm victim

BRISBANE resident James Marriott says it's a wonder his flatmate is alive after a storm that was "like a bomb" left him running for his life. Read more

1:16PM (AEST)

Miner defies odds on coal and Russia

AUSTRALIAN-LISTED miner Tigers Realm is not letting politics get in the way of business in Russia Read more

12:18PM (AEST)

APRA defends stance on alleged corruption

APRA boss Wayne Byres has defended his stance to allegations of union corruption in some industry superannuation funds, made at a royal commission. Read more

11:46AM (AEST)

APRA still discussing mortgage options

APRA is still in discussions with other financial regulators over what it might do to curb strong investor loan demand in housing. Read more

11:38AM (AEST)

The week in numbers to November 28

A SUMMARY of the big, really big and not so big numbers of the past week. Read more

11:06AM (AEST)

Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

RATS given doses of alcohol designed to simulate binge-drinking in humans and then treated with a new drug, navigated a maze as well as sober rats. Read more

10:26AM (AEST)

Original Alice in Wonderland to visit US

THE Alice in Wonderland manuscript is to be loaned to US museums to mark 150 years since its 1865 publication. Read more

9:38AM (AEST)

Australian wins UK sports book prize

THE rape trial of an Australian sportsman is at the heart of Anna Krien's book Night Games, which has won the British William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Read more

8:54AM (AEST)

Tas industry exaggerates RET: think tank

A LEFT-WING think tank says claims about the cost of the renewable energy target to Tasmanian industry are exaggerated and the RET is a win for the state. Read more

8:29AM (AEST)

Metals in kids' diets a concern: expert

AUSTRALIAN kids may be consuming high levels of potentially dangerous metals, a WA study has found. Read more

5:57AM (AEST)

Toyota recalls 30,000 minivans

TOYOTA has issued global recall for about 30,000 mini vans amid a safety concern over grips on the vehicles' roof rails. Read more

1:15AM (AEST)

Prince William to visit Japan and China

PRINCE William will head to Asia in February next year, but Kate won't be travelling with him. Read more

1:14AM (AEST)

UK convicts 14 for running sex ring

A UK court has convicted 14 men of persuading girls as young as 13 to have sex in return for money, drugs or alcohol. Read more

Yesterday

11:35PM (AEST)

Qld sex offender found in Bali school

AN Australian man convicted of improper dealings with a child in 2009 has been found teaching at an English school in Bali, and will be deported on Friday. Read more

11:35PM (AEST)

Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris?

AMID high tensions between Russia and the West over violence in Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to France says a Christmas tree "is a message of peace". Read more

10:15PM (AEST)

One Briton killed in Kabul suicide attack

ONE Briton and at least five Afghans have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. Read more

9:33PM (AEST)

Lambie will go in fighting to meet with PM

JACQUIE Lambie says the renewable energy target will be a priority in her talks with the prime minister next week. Read more

9:24PM (AEST)

Warning as BBC saves STG1.1bn a year

THE BBC is making major saving as it pushes ahead with an efficiency drive, but the corporation is warning that more cuts would affect content. Read more

8:45PM (AEST)

WA Premier can't defend email insult

WA'S premier says he'll 'take action' after the opposition named a journalist called a 'sanctimonious moll' in a government media adviser's email. Read more

8:20PM (AEST)

Toyota finds new air bag issue

TOYOTA'S recall for driver-side air bags is the latest in the widening safety problems related to Takata Corp air bags. Read more

8:18PM (AEST)

Violent storm lashes southeast Qld

LARGE hailstones, flash flooding and destructive winds have pummelled Queensland's southeast, leaving 70,000 homes without power in Brisbane. Read more

8:02PM (AEST)

WA quarterly finances reflect iron slump

THE WA state budget is tracking south, with a slightly bigger September quarter deficit compared with the same period last year. Read more

7:56PM (AEST)

Vic govt promises $12b, ALP $10b

THE figures are in and the coalition has outspent Labor by $2 billion in the Victorian election campaign. Read more

7:03PM (AEST)

Adelaide Zoo orangutan loses sixth baby

A CRITICALLY endangered Sumatran orangutan at Adelaide Zoo has lost a baby for the sixth time. Read more

7:03PM (AEST)

Vic men charged over $60,000 boat theft

THREE men have been charged after a $60,000 boat was stolen in Melbourne. Read more

6:36PM (AEST)

Former Perth Zoo tiger gives birth

A FORMER Perth Zoo tiger rejected by her own mum has given birth to two cubs at Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand. Read more

6:26PM (AEST)

Obama crafts pardon for Mac and Cheese

US President Barack Obama has pardoned the turkeys Mac and Cheese in the holiday tradition ahead of Thanksgiving. Read more

6:21PM (AEST)

ARIA organiser's respond to Sia

ADELAIDE singer Sia is tweeting about being branded a "no-show" at this year's ARIA awards, but event organiser's say they wanted her there. Read more

6:19PM (AEST)

Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades and shopping

A SLIGHT chance of rain or snow won't deter the throngs of people who'll be in Manhattan for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read more

6:08PM (AEST)

Broad new powers under biosecurity bill

BROAD new powers are contained in a mammoth 600-page bill that updates Australia's century-old biosecurity laws. Read more

5:50PM (AEST)

Abbott stands by GP co-payment aim

FEDERAL ministers are sending mixed signals on the future of the GP co-payment, as the Senate remains firmly opposed. Read more

5:47PM (AEST)

New home sales climb 3% in Oct

NEW home sales rose three per cent in October, following a flat result in September, figures from the Housing Industry Association show. Read more

5:21PM (AEST)

Vic 'hoons' deny racing caused fiery crash

TWO Melbourne men accused of leaving a teenager fighting for life after a high speed crash say they weren't drag-racing. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

Vic man, 93, jailed for abusing boys

A 93-YEAR-OLD Victorian man has been jailed for the abuse of boys under his care while the head of an orphanage in the 1960s. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

Vic Dad spared jail in filth death case

A MAN who let his two sons live in squalid conditions has avoided jail after his five-year-old died from cutting his foot on a can of cat food. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

Vic Labor releases election costings

SHADOW treasurer Tim Pallas says Labor has provided for "the most extreme circumstances" in funding its election promises. . Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

Speaker sin-bins record 18 Labor MPs

SPEAKER Bronwyn Bishop says there was a deliberate campaign of noise and disruption by Labor MPs intent on getting out of parliament early. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

12yo steers car to safety, but loses dad

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl, who took over the wheel of a car in NSW after her father suffered a fatal medical episode, has been praised by police. Read more

4:29PM (AEST)

Dick Smith on track for 10% sales growth

DICK Smith expects its half year sales to grow by around 10 per cent, with particular strength in sales of Apple products. Read more

4:10PM (AEST)

Scorching, dry summer for most, BoM warns

SUMMER will be substantially hotter and drier than normal for most Australians, the Bureau of Meteorology warns. Read more

2:49PM (AEST)

Harvey Norman suffers pay revolt

RETAILER Harvey Norman isn't the only list company to have incurred a first strike against its executive pay - but it had the highest profile no vote. Read more

2:49PM (AEST)

New rules on foreign investment "absurd"

A PROMINENT economist has slammed recommendations from a coalition-led parliamentary inquiry into foreign investment in Australian property. Read more

1:57PM (AEST)

Beach Energy gets new boss from Woodside

BEACH Energy has named its new chief executive Rob Cole, who comes from Woodside Petroleum where he was its corporate and commercial vice president Read more

1:51PM (AEST)

Foreign investment brokers face crackdown

THE chair of a parliamentary committee has launched a blistering attack on the Foreign Investment Review Board. Read more

1:42PM (AEST)

Lazarus won't change mind on uni reforms

A PALMER United Party senator says he has told the prime minister the party won't support university deregulation. Read more

1:30PM (AEST)

Qld 'ecstasy dealer' caught at schoolies

A MAN will face court next week after he was allegedly caught with a stash of ecstasy tablets in Gold Coast schoolies hub. Read more

1:09PM (AEST)

Woolies sticks to profit forecast

SHARES in Woolworths have jumped by more than two per cent after chairman Ralph Waters said the retailer was on track to lift profit this year. Read more

12:52PM (AEST)

Woman granted bail over Sydney gang murder

AMANDA Crowe, who was allegedly involved in the shooting murder of Mahmoud Hamzy, has been granted bail in a Sydney court on $1.4 million surety. Read more

12:50PM (AEST)

Perth bikies charged over bashings

COMANCHERO bikie club members allegedly left two men, including a good Samaritan, with significant head injuries after a bashing at a Muay Thai match. Read more

12:27PM (AEST)

Man drowns in Gold Coast pool

THE drowning death of a man at a Gold Coast apartment complex is not related to schoolies week and is not suspicious, police say. Read more

12:01PM (AEST)

Govt to review cybersecurity threat

THE federal government has announced a review of cybersecurity as intelligence agencies deal with a rise in attacks. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

24/7 pharmacies promised under Vic Labor

LABOR has promised to provide $28.7 million to fund some pharmacies to stay open 24 hours a day if it wins the Victorian election. Read more

10:49AM (AEST)

Hungary looks to develop gas production

HOPING to ensure Europe becomes less dependent on Russian energy, Hungary is looking to start extracting unconventional forms of natural gas. Read more

10:22AM (AEST)

Qld police seize $500k cash in bikie raids

THE Queensland police Taskforce Maxima has raided dozens of properties to dismantle a drug trafficking network with bikie links. Read more

10:18AM (AEST)

SA schoolies generally well behaved

SOUTH Australian police say the 6000-strong crowd at the three-day schoolies festival was generally well-behaved, with 26 arrests and seven people charged. Read more

10:01AM (AEST)

NZ trade deficit hits six-year Oct high

THE NZ trade deficit hits its highest level for the month of October in six years after slumping dairy prices hit exports. Read more

10:01AM (AEST)

Seek forecasts profit growth

JOBS website Seek has re-affirmed guidance for earnings growth this year but for profit growth to be lower than strong revenue rises. Read more

9:56AM (AEST)

Man sought after NZ stabbing found

THE lockdown of schools in an Auckland suburb has ended after police found the man they were hunting in connection with a fatal stabbing. Read more

9:55AM (AEST)

ACTU to launch new asbestos compo fight

THE peak union body says there are plans to change the way asbestos victims are compensated, and it will fight them in the Supreme Court. Read more

9:16AM (AEST)

TattsBet is out, UBET is in

LOTTERIES and wagering firm Tatts Group is giving its wagering division a complete makeover. Read more

3:01AM (AEST)

Applications for US jobless aid jump

THE US Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits rose by 21,000 last week. Read more

3:01AM (AEST)

Greek diplomat dies in Thai train accident

THE Greek Embassy has confirmed a diplomat in Thailand has died after falling under a train in the famous Kanchanaburi area. Read more

3:01AM (AEST)

More UK retailers taking on Xmas staff

RETAILERS in Britain say they will take on extra staff as figures show resilient sales. Read more

12:39AM (AEST)

Sia the Queen of the ARIAs

IGGY Azalea, One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer all picked up ARIA awards but it was Sia who owned the night, winning four gongs. Read more

12:39AM (AEST)

ARIAs honour Molly Meldrum

MOLLY Meldrum and the Countdown music program he hosted have both been honoured at this year's ARIA Awards in Sydney. Read more

RSPCA’s extreme tactics

 Coalition against duck shooting campaign director Laurie Levy with a Pink ear duck and other dead ducks at the Victorian Pre...

SOME farm leaders fear the Victorian election has spawned a dangerous new alliance of animal welfare groups.

McDonald drafted to Melbourne

Oscar McDonald

CHARAM’S Oscar McDonald will join his older brother at Melbourne Football Club.

Dwyer wins Dairy Australia ballot

Dwyer wins Dairy Australia ballot

HAWKESDALE dairy farmer Lisa Dwyer has been elected to the board of Dairy Australia.

Simplicity the secret to D65-D

Simplicity the secret to D65-D

MACDON’S D65-D draper models have been making a splash in the Mallee.

Hollingworth nutures nature

Robert Hollingworth

NOT a flower, frog, bird or smidgen of lichen on Robert Hollingworth’s property has gone unrecorded.

A fresh look at paddock to plate

A fresh look at paddock to plate

ROBERT Pascoe runs The Farmer’s Place, at Freshwater Creek on the Surf Coast. Read his story in FARM, free in The Weekly Times this week.