Last Updated: April 02, 2015

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12:06PM (AEST)

Government prepares to shift on pensions

THE government may revive a pension benefits scheme and tighten access to the part pension as alternatives to deadlocked budget changes. Read more

12:01PM (AEST)

The week in numbers to April 2

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

12:01PM (AEST)

Future looking brighter for Vic frog

AN endangered frog, only found on Victoria's Mt Baw Baw, has been successfully bred at Melbourne Zoo and the tiny froglets have turned one year old. Read more

12:01PM (AEST)

Bradken soars on takeover speculation

A MEDIA report that private equity group Pacific Equity Partners and US-based Koch Industries have put a takeover offer to Bradken has pushed its shares up Read more

12:01PM (AEST)

Economist expect Fonterra to lift payout

ECONOMISTS at the four main banks which forecast Fonterra's payout expect the co-operative to pay over a dollar more per kilogram of milksolids in 2015/16. Read more

12:00PM (AEST)

Greyhound grave 'tip of iceberg'

POLICE say the discovery of a mass greyhound grave and mounting allegations of live-baiting in the Queensland industry are just the tip of the iceberg. Read more

11:54AM (AEST)

Baird's new cabinet sworn in

NSW Premier Mike Baird's new treasurer and attorney-general, Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton, have delivered oaths of service. Read more

11:46AM (AEST)

PaperlinX gives up on UK operations

PAPER merchants PaperlinX has placed its struggling UK businesses in administration, with up to 693 jobs to go, as demand for products falls. Read more

11:32AM (AEST)

Police hunt Melbourne alley attackers

POLICE are seeking four men after a woman was sexually assaulted and punched in a Melbourne laneway by one, as his mates verbally abused her. Read more

11:21AM (AEST)

Rio getting driverless trucks rolling

MINING giant Rio Tinto is just starting its automation of trains and trucks in the Pilbara, as it continues to boost iron ore production. Read more

11:15AM (AEST)

Budget in chronic position: JP Morgan

JP Morgan has warned that Australia could lose its triple-A status from the world's major credit rating agencies if it doesn't change its budget course. Read more

11:09AM (AEST)

Great artists at Melbourne Masterpieces

WORKS by Rembrandt and Rubens will headline more than 400 paintings from the personal collection of Catherine the Great to be displayed in Melbourne. Read more

11:02AM (AEST)

The ABC laughs its way into top 10

THE TV ratings belonged to the ABC on Wednesday night with two of its locally produced shows, including Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, in the top 10. Read more

11:02AM (AEST)

One third of young women now tattooed

RESEARCHERS say figures on the number of young people getting tattoos suggest the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Read more

11:02AM (AEST)

Monsanto donates $US4m to save butterflies

THE maker of a well known weed killer is handing $US4 million to efforts to save an under threat US butterfly species. Read more

11:02AM (AEST)

Madonna to pen autobiography

MADONNA wants to write an autobiography, saying she thinks of herself as a storyteller. Read more

10:55AM (AEST)

Cynthia Lennon dies of cancer at 75

JULIAN Lennon has paid a touching tribute to his mother, Cynthia Lennon, who has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 75. Read more

10:51AM (AEST)

Anonymous tip-off leads to stabbed man

A 39-YEAR-OLD man is being treated in Royal Perth Hospital after being stabbed several times in the northern suburbs. Read more

10:43AM (AEST)

RBA rate cut on the way, experts say

ECONOMISTS are divided on the timing but whether it happens in April or May, the Reserve Bank is widely expected to cut interest rates again. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Explosive device found in Geelong home

AN explosive device has been found in a home in suburban Geelong, with streets around the house placed in lockdown. Read more

10:42AM (AEST)

Flow of foreign fighters at record level

AS radicalised Australians continue to attempt to join conflicts overseas, a UN report has revealed the flow of foreign fighters is at record levels. Read more

10:40AM (AEST)

Dead man remembered after balcony fall

COLLEAGUES have gathered at the home of IT worker Pankaj Saw after the Indian national fell from a third-floor balcony in Sydney and died. Read more

10:29AM (AEST)

Greens call for ASADA inquiry

GREENS senator Richard Di Natale has queried whether Australia's anti-doping code is appropriate for team sports such as AFL and NRL. Read more

10:24AM (AEST)

QBE reviewing dividend payout policy

QBE'S chairman says he understands why shareholders might want a review of its dividends payout policy. Read more

10:16AM (AEST)

Earth biochemical balance 'change'

SCIENTISTS fear the planet could today suffer similar consequences that wiped out half of all plant, animal and marine life 200 million years ago. Read more

10:16AM (AEST)

Aussie sentenced to death in China

AN Australian drug smuggler has reportedly been sentenced to death in China for trying to traffic methamphetamine out of the country. Read more

10:16AM (AEST)

Woman `lying on highway' dies in accident

A WOMAN who police think was lying on the Stuart Highway near Alice Springs has died after being hit by a car. Read more

10:14AM (AEST)

PM working on drought projects

TONY Abbott is working on developing local projects to help drought affected communities. Read more

10:11AM (AEST)

PM stands by sports minister over ASADA

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the previous Labor government seems to have made mountains out of molehills on accusations of doping in sports. Read more

10:08AM (AEST)

Oil heir Getty had serious health problems

OIL heir Andrew Getty had made a court filing in March seeking a restraining order against his girlfriend and stating he had a serious health problem. Read more

9:54AM (AEST)

CommBank calls for confidence boost

AUSTRALIA'S biggest lender, the Commonwealth Bank, has renewed calls for government action to address sagging consumer and business confidence. Read more

9:53AM (AEST)

The Queen to appear on two new stamps

AUSTRALIA Post is issuing two new stamps featuring Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her 89th birthday. Read more

9:50AM (AEST)

Spark sells international voice business

AUSTRALIA'S MyNetFone is buying Spark New Zealand's international voice business for $22.4 million. Read more

9:33AM (AEST)

Study links TV to diabetes risk

RESEARCH indicates that watching TV increases the risk of developing diabetes. Read more

9:31AM (AEST)

Man stabbed to death in Brisbane

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has died after being stabbed multiple times in Brisbane's southwest. Read more

9:02AM (AEST)

Qld shooting survivor's frantic texts

A MAN who ran from the scene of an apparent murder-suicide has told how he dodged bullets to escape the gunman. Read more

9:00AM (AEST)

Drugs, cash and military equipment seized

POLICE allegedly found a cache of drugs as well as military equipment during a search of a house in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Read more

8:59AM (AEST)

No Land Tax workers to be paid 'next week'

THE No Land Tax party's lead candidate says workers who handed out 'how to vote' cards at Saturday's state election will be paid next week. Read more

8:55AM (AEST)

Pay rise for co-owned McDonald's workers

WORKERS at McDonald's-owned restaurants in the US will get a pay rise, starting with a dollar above the minimum wage from July. Read more

8:53AM (AEST)

More than 25,000 join terrorist: UN

A UN report says the number of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide increased by 71 per cent between mid 2014 and March this year. Read more

8:54AM (AEST)

Liberal senator questions Defence cuts

ZED Seselja has questioned how the government plans to grow the Defence budget at the same time as cutting jobs. Read more

8:50AM (AEST)

UK couple wins lottery a second time

A UK couple have beaten odds of more than 283 billion to one to win STG1 million in the EuroMillions lottery for a second time. Read more

8:36AM (AEST)

Car fire on Melb freeway could affect peak

FIRE crews are responding to a car fire on the outbound lane of a busy Melbourne freeway. Read more

8:36AM (AEST)

4 dead in massive blast on Pemex oil rig

FLEETS of helicopters have ferried workers from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico to shore after an explosion, which killed four people. Read more

8:36AM (AEST)

Worth a look, PM says of aged worker bonus

TONY Abbott says he wants to encourage people to stay in the workforce beyond retirement and wants to revive a Howard government pension benefits scheme. Read more

8:34AM (AEST)

Image of would-be thief released in Melb

POLICE have released an image of a man they wish to speak to over an attempted armed robbery in Melbourne's west. Read more

8:34AM (AEST)

Gold's up as $US retreats on poor jobs fig

GOLD futures prices have lifted 2.1 per cent as the US dollar weakens following a jobs report that came in worse than expected. Read more

8:34AM (AEST)

Iron ore falls below $US50

THE iron ore price fell to a fresh record low overnight, dropping below $US50 a tonne. Read more

8:31AM (AEST)

Three women charged over SA robbery

THREE young women will face court after allegedly assaulting another woman and stealing her mobile phone in Adelaide. Read more

8:21AM (AEST)

Nemtsov suspect 'was pressured to confess'

A MAN accused of killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov says he was kidnapped, beaten and pressured to confess. Read more

8:19AM (AEST)

Nickel bounces off near-six-year low

NICKEL jumps 2.5 per cent, rebounding from near-six-year lows, as some investors lock in profits amid news that traders are stepping up imports. Read more

8:19AM (AEST)

Man dies a week after hit by car in SA

AN 84-year-old man has died in an Adelaide hospital after being hit by a car in Linden Park last week. Read more

7:57AM (AEST)

Alps avalanche kills three tourists

THREE tourists, two Austrians and one Italian, have died in an avalanche in the French Alps. Read more

7:57AM (AEST)

Finance News Update, what you need to know

FINANCE News Update, what you need to know Read more

7:57AM (AEST)

Share the load this Easter, police urge

POLICE are warning drivers to stay safe over the Easter long weekend, with more cars expected on Victorian roads. Read more

7:57AM (AEST)

Bahamas to develop solar power

SOLAR powered utilities are being developed for eleven Bahamas islands as the country tries to fast track the shift toward renewable energy. Read more

7:57AM (AEST)

Stocks to watch at close on Thursday

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

7:21AM (AEST)

Man dies in three-car crash in Qld

A THREE-CAR crash at Jimboomba in southeast Queensland has claimed the life of a 73-year-old man. Read more

7:21AM (AEST)

Man charged after shots fired at car

A MAN will face court on firearms, stalking and intimidation charges after a shot was fired at a car on the NSW Central Coast. Read more

7:21AM (AEST)

Penalties for dodgy training providers

REGISTERED training organisations could be fined if they fail to provide clear information to prospective students under a new penalty regime. Read more

7:21AM (AEST)

Pistols disguised as pens found in Melb

A MELBOURNE man will face court on Thursday charged with a number of firearms, weapons and drug offences after pistol pens and drugs were found in his car. Read more

4:45AM (AEST)

Son of Canadian diplomat dies in drug deal

THE son of a Canadian diplomat has died in a drug deal gone bad, according to the teenager's father. Read more

4:04AM (AEST)

Tikrit win boosts bid to oust jihadists

THE liberation of Tikrit opens the way for Iraqi forces to push on to Mosul, with the prime minister vowing to "liberate every inch of Iraqi land". Read more

3:00AM (AEST)

Turkey vows to track down hostage-takers

TURKEY'S prime minister has pledged to track down those who gave orders to two assailants who kidnapped a prosecutor before all three died in a shoot-out. Read more

2:48AM (AEST)

Polish priest shows beheading to students

A ROMAN Catholic Priest in Poland has shown a video of Egyptian Christians being beheaded by Islamic State militants to high school students. Read more

Yesterday

10:33PM (AEST)

Vic boy, grandma killed with shears: court

A WOMAN has been charged with murdering a four-year-old Melbourne boy and his grandma with garden shears. Read more

10:06PM (AEST)

Bodies of WWII soldiers found in cave

THE bodies of what's believed to be six Japanese World War II soldiers have been discovered in a cave on the Pacific island of Palau. Read more

9:43PM (AEST)

Abducted Qld teen still missing

POLICE are still searching for an 18-year-old Queensland woman who was forced into a car at gunpoint by her ex-partner early on Tuesday morning. Read more

9:25PM (AEST)

Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalised in US

WOODSTOCK-GENERATION singer Joni Mitchell has been taken to a Los Angeles hospital where she is in intensive care after being found unconscious. Read more

8:51PM (AEST)

Banksy door owner says he's been duped

A MAN in Gaza says an artist has tricked him into selling a valuable Banksy graffiti work painted on a door for about $230. Read more

8:17PM (AEST)

Vic boy, grandma killed with shears: court

A WOMAN has been charged with murdering a four-year-old Melbourne boy and his grandmother with gardening shears. Read more

8:08PM (AEST)

NT Labor leader's future in doubt

THE leader and deputy of NT Labor will be referred to the privileges committee next month for making misleading statements about the Stella Maris affair. Read more

7:57PM (AEST)

Storm kills at least nine in Europe

A POWERFUL storm that's lashed Germany, Austria and Switzerland is believed to have killed at least nine people. Read more

7:57PM (AEST)

55 dead greyhounds found in Qld bush

A JOINT RSPCA and Queensland Police taskforce is now investigating the grisly discovery of more than 50 dead greyhounds in Queensland bushland. Read more

7:09PM (AEST)

Do beards signal status in big societies?

OSTENTATIOUS physical traits help animals signal their status in big communities, and researchers suggest beards may play the same role in human society. Read more

6:46PM (AEST)

Upton continues political rise as NSW A-G

GLADYS Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton have been rewarded with plum positions in the new Baird cabinet. Read more

6:45PM (AEST)

Qld toddler's final days of pain: court

SHOCKING details of the alleged circumstances surrounding Queensland toddler Kyhesha-Lee Joughin's death have been revealed in court. Read more

6:44PM (AEST)

FSH alarm bells rang months before death

WA Labor has called for an independent inquiry after a man died at Perth's new hospital after being admitted with stomach pain. Read more

6:43PM (AEST)

Qld Labor on the ropes, LNP denies plot

QUEENSLAND'S Labor government is teetering on the edge as the Liberal National Party strenuously denies playing any part. Read more

6:38PM (AEST)

Two men killed were father and son: police

TWO Royal Flying Doctor Service employees fatally shot in Rockhampton in an apparent murder-suicide were father and son. Read more

6:28PM (AEST)

Model allowed manager to sell drugs

FORMER swimsuit model Simone Farrow, who is accused of smuggling amphetamines into Australia, says she let one of her managers send packages of drugs. Read more

6:24PM (AEST)

World's oldest person dies at 117 in Japan

A JAPANESE woman born in 1898, who was recognised as the world's oldest person, has died in an Osaka nursing home aged 117. Read more

6:10PM (AEST)

Paper-reading NZ bus driver 'idiot'

A BUS company boss in New Zealand is furious at one of his drivers, who was caught reading a newspaper while driving through Auckland. Read more

6:10PM (AEST)

The Billy Gordon crisis in Queensland

THE pressure is still on Billy Gordon but he is refusing to resign from Queensland's parliament and LNP figures have been linked to revelations about him. Read more

6:00PM (AEST)

Defence Dept sheds jobs, revamps role

DEFENCE could shed about 1650 public service jobs in a major shake-up of the way the department is structured. Read more

6:00PM (AEST)

New Victoria CFA district for Morwell

VICTORIA has a new fire district around the town of Morwell, which was blanketed in toxic smoke during a mine fire in 2014. Read more

6:00PM (AEST)

More will be happy with budget: Frydenberg

ASSISTANT Treasurer Josh Frydenberg concedes there will always be people unhappy with a budget but he expects this year's will be more warmly received. Read more

6:00PM (AEST)

Canberra man dies after falling off bike

A 69-YEAR-OLD Barton man has died after falling off his bike. Read more

5:58PM (AEST)

Labor will lead the debate on super: Bowen

LABOR is holding talks on Thursday with superannuation bodies and other interested parties to see what can be done on super tax concessions. Read more

5:53PM (AEST)

Ship builder Austal cuts 300 jobs in WA

SHIP builder Austal is cutting 300 jobs at its Henderson operations south of Perth as it completes contracts for customs and the Oman Navy. Read more

5:51PM (AEST)

Victoria parole reforms almost complete

THE Victorian government has just one more parole reform to implement after a review which followed high-profile murders, including that of Jill Meagher. Read more

5:22PM (AEST)

Labor asks Ombudsman to probe G20 leak

THE leaking of G20 leader passport and visa details could be investigated by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Read more

5:20PM (AEST)

Mother had suspicions son was on 'ice'

A MOTHER of a young man accused of holding his teenage girlfriend captive while smoking ice says she was suspicious her son was on drugs. Read more

5:14PM (AEST)

NSW and Vic economies lead the nation

NATIONAL Australia Bank says the NSW and Victorian economies outperformed in 2014, due to booming housing markets. Read more

5:12PM (AEST)

Nepal says climbers returning to Everest

THE climbing industry is recovering from the deadly disaster on Mount Everest with four teams already permitted to climb the world's highest peak. Read more

5:02PM (AEST)

Big retailers fear new market power check

SUPERMARKET giants Coles and Woolies have rejected calls for an "effects test" to check whether big businesses abuse their market power. Read more

5:01PM (AEST)

FMG, BHP to flood market with more ore

FORTESCUE Metals and BHP Billiton have applied for approvals to further increase iron ore output as the price falls to fresh seven-year lows of $US51 a tonne. Read more

5:00PM (AEST)

Early warning provider joins share market

EARLY warning provider Aeeris sees no limit to the potential of its technology. Read more

4:59PM (AEST)

NT man charged over sex with underage girl

POLICE have charged a man in a remote community who was allegedly in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Read more

5:00PM (AEST)

Supermarket giants reject effects test

SUPERMARKET giants reject effects test Read more

4:50PM (AEST)

Commodity prices fall by 1.7 per cent

COMMODITY prices were down 1.7 per cent in March and fell 19.7 per cent in annual terms, weighed down by weaker iron ore prices. Read more

4:50PM (AEST)

What's new in 2015 flu vaccine?

HEALTH experts are hoping an updated influenza vaccine will keep Australians out of hospital this flu season. Read more

4:40PM (AEST)

Darwin boys arrested over joyride

NT police have chased down a pair of teenagers on foot after they allegedly dumped a stolen car in a ditch in Palmerston. Read more

4:33PM (AEST)

Aust warned against US climate deal

IN a move expected to put pressure on Australia, Canada and other nations, US President Barack Obama has submitted his greenhouse plan to the United Nations. Read more

4:33PM (AEST)

RBA weighing up its options

FINANCIAL markets widely expect a further interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank in May, although next week's board meeting is still a possibility. Read more

4:31PM (AEST)

Naked man gyrates in front of speed camera

POLICE are hunting for a man who gyrated naked in front of a speed camera and its operator in Melbourne. Read more

4:28PM (AEST)

Bushfire at SA's Mount Lofty Ranges

THE CFS has issued a watch and act alert over a SA bushfire at Auburn in the North Mount Lofty Ranges. Read more

4:27PM (AEST)

Qld human Hendra trials begin this month

RESEARCHERS are looking for 40 people to take part in human clinical trials of a treatment thought to protect humans against the deadly Hendra Virus. Read more

4:27PM (AEST)

CBA says deposit tax could hit customers

TWO of the big four banks are critical of any changes to the deposit insurance scheme that will introduce an upfront levy on deposits. Read more

4:27PM (AEST)

Qld govt funds domestic violence support

QUEENSLAND'S Labor government has allocated $17 million in funding for nine organisations that provide domestic violence support services. Read more

4:27PM (AEST)

Darwin pair charged with sexual assault

TWO Darwin men have been remanded in custody and will face court after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman. Read more

4:24PM (AEST)

Spark and A2 Milk buoy NZX 50 Index

WHILE the NZX 50 Index nudged 0.03 per cent higher, falling stocks outnumbered risers by 28 to 14. Read more

4:21PM (AEST)

Tech firm linked with Michael Jackson

AN Australian-listed company says a social media app it is investing in is like 'Tinder for music'. Read more

4:08PM (AEST)

Firefighters extinguish burning Sydney bus

FIREFIGHTERS have put out a fire that engulfed a bus in Sydney's north. Read more

4:06PM (AEST)

Kiwi slips against Aussie dollar

THE New Zealand dollar has fallen below 98 Australian cents with dairy prices expected to weaken in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction. Read more

4:06PM (AEST)

Carmody asked to explain judge's claims

CIVIL libertarian Terry O'Gorman has sent an open letter to Queensland's chief justice seeking a better explanation of allegations against him. Read more

3:59PM (AEST)

One injured after car rolls into creek

IT'S thought a man aged in his 70s might have been the only victim of a crash that saw a car and caravan roll into a flooded creek. Read more

3:59PM (AEST)

Drugs, guns seized in Qld bikie raid

A TASKFORCE investigating the Bandidos bikie gang has seized drugs, fireworks and guns after a raid in Brisbane. Read more

3:59PM (AEST)

NSW cabinet reshuffle: Winners and Losers

GLADYS Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton will become the first women to serve as NSW treasurer and attorney-general, but there are lots of other changes, too. Read more

3:44PM (AEST)

Missing NSW teacher a now homicide case

THE husband of a popular teacher who disappeared more than two weeks ago says someone must know something about his missing wife. Read more

3:20PM (AEST)

Iron ore lobby group shuts down

AN iron ore lobby group shuts down as members cut costs because of tough industry conditions and plunging prices. Read more

3:14PM (AEST)

Moscow criticises Aust over new sanctions

A RUSSIAN Foreign Ministry official says Australia lacks impartiality in its assessment of Ukraine, and should re-think its position on sanctions. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Bikie had $1.5m worth of meth: police

WA Police claim they've seized a large supply of methamphetamine from a Rebels bikie gang member. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

RBA to tread fine line on housing

IF, as seems likely, the RBA cuts interest rates it will push the housing market closer to conditions which generate an oversupply. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

The First Principles Review of Defence

THE Defence review - what it's all about Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Vic desal plant continues to sit idle

VICTORIA'S $6.1 billion desalination plant won't produce any water in 2015-16, after remaining idle since it opened in 2012. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Cyclist hit by car suffers head injuries

A CYCLIST has been airlifted to a Sydney hospital with a serious head injury after he was struck by a car. Read more

3:07PM (AEST)

Toll takeover ruled fair, reasonable

AN independent expert has found Japan Post's $6.5 billion takeover offer for Toll to be in the best interests of the target's shareholders. Read more

3:01PM (AEST)

Vic church fire pedophile link probed

VICTORIA Police are investigating the third suspicious fire in a week at a church with sex abuse links. Read more

2:29PM (AEST)

East West alternatives looked at: Andrews

MONEY meant for Victoria's dumped East West Link will not be used for suburban level crossing removals, Treasurer Joe Hockey says. Read more

2:07PM (AEST)

Royal archives to be digitised

KING'S College London is working with the royal archives to digitise King George III's private papers to shine a light on Britain's Georgian period. Read more

2:07PM (AEST)

Hunger striker 'separated from brother'

AN asylum seeker hospitalised in Perth after a prolonged hunger strike may have refused water after being separated from his brother, advocates say. Read more

2:07PM (AEST)

Gibson concerned about Gordon

A FORMER Queensland MP who suffered a mental breakdown after his criminal history was leaked by rivals can see parallels with Billy Gordon's situation. Read more

2:06PM (AEST)

Warnings as Sydney home prices skyrocket

INVESTORS are being warned to exercise caution as February's rate cut fuels another boom in Sydney's housing market. Read more

1:29PM (AEST)

Three unconscious on Vic boat

TWO men and a woman are being treated after being found unconscious on a boat circling Port Phillip Bay. Read more

1:29PM (AEST)

1400 hospital beds sit empty: report

MORE than 1400 Victorian hospital beds and 53 operating theatres are unused, a review has found. Read more

1:08PM (AEST)

Granny's remedies can help save the world

WWF Australia has nine inventive natural alternatives for Australians to use at home, to reduce our ecological impact on the globe. Read more

12:51PM (AEST)

Google Maps includes Pac-Man

IN celebration of April Fools' Day, streets in Google Maps have been converted to include the Pac-Man video game. Read more

12:34PM (AEST)

Baird's double celebration

NSW Premier Mike Baird has celebrated his birthday and re-election at the Liberal party's first post-election meeting. Read more

12:34PM (AEST)

NSW man allegedly assaulted disabled woman

A MAN has been charged in relation to the alleged sexual and indecent assault of an intellectually disabled woman in Sydney. Read more

12:29PM (AEST)

Boomtish: Abbott an April Fool's joke

TONY Abbott's onion eating foray has left him the butt an April Fool's joke. Read more

12:05PM (AEST)

Lambie's Sharia fear 'like comets, Elvis'

INDEPENDENT senator Jacqui Lambie has been accused of whipping up fear about Sharia law to get media attention. Read more

11:56AM (AEST)

News dominates the TV ratings

HOME and Away was the only drama to crack the top ten in the free to air television ratings on Tuesday night. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

Teen charged over restaurant rampage

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was allegedly one of three people involved in a violent rampage at a Perth restaurant. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

AOFM sells $700m of Treasury bonds

THE AOFM has sold $700 million of April 21, 2024, Treasury bonds. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

Urban ants 'enjoy junk food diet'

INSECTS collected from pavements and traffic islands in Manhattan show that their bodies contain the molecular fingerprint of junk food. Read more

11:55AM (AEST)

Bull trots on: S&P 500 higher for 9th Q

WALL Street stocks have edged higher for the nineth straight quarter despite being buffeted by plunging oil prices and a surging US dollar. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

Plea for pregnancy care blood tests

REGULAR blood pressure checks are the best way to diagnose potentially deadly hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

Plan to boost education exports

THE federal government believes international education can grow into a major export industry. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

NSW students mourn teen crash victim

STUDENTS have gathered to mourn 17-year-old Hazel Kirkbride, who was killed when her car collided on Tuesday with a garbage truck on NSW's mid north coast. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

World's largest crab scuttles into Vic

MELBOURNE aquarium has opened its doors to a giant of the deep with Japanese spider crabs on display for the first time. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

Taxpayer subsidies for three drugs

A DRUG to treat early puberty and medicines for multiple sclerosis and pancreatic cancer have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Read more

10:54AM (AEST)

Dairy farmers protest milk quota removal

EUROPEAN dairy farmers have protested outside parliament, saying they fear they'll be pushed out of a market flooded by milk after the quota is lifted. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Uni reforms can't wait: Pyne

EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne is resisting calls to put his university overhaul plans to voters, saying change can't wait that long. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

School children in Sydney bus collision

THREE children have been taken to hospital and treated for shock after two buses collided at a Sydney intersection. Read more

10:46AM (AEST)

Barnett chief heads to OECD in Paris

BRIAN Pontifex, a barrister who is chief of staff to WA Premier Colin Barnett, will be Australia's next ambassador to the OECD. Read more

10:09AM (AEST)

Common drug 'ineffective for back pain'

PARACETAMOL is ineffective in the treatment of low back pain and provides minimal benefit for people with osteoarthritis, an Australian study has found. Read more

10:09AM (AEST)

Lend Lease wins major Singapore deal

LEND Lease has signed its second multi-billion dollar deal in South East Asia in a fortnight, as part of the winning bidders to develop a Singapore site. Read more

10:09AM (AEST)

Norway signals wish to join China-led AIIB

NORWAY says as a major contributor to global development efforts, it wants to be among the founding member countries of the proposed Asian Investment Bank. Read more

10:09AM (AEST)

Indonesia slammed in death penalty report

REPORTS of corruption in the Indonesian judiciary have been raised in a global report on the death penalty. Read more

10:09AM (AEST)

Diggers rampaged ahead of Gallipoli

THREE weeks before landing on Gallipoli and launching the Anzac legend, drunken Australian and New Zealand soldiers rioted in Cairo. Read more

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ACTU proposes portable leave scheme

THE ACTU wants accrued annual and sick leave to follow workers to a new job. Read more

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Bosses want Work Choices back: ACTU

THE ACTU says employers want the Productivity Commission to recommend a return to a Work Choices-like industrial relations system. Read more

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ACTU turns its back on Ferguson

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver has distanced himself from former trade union movement leader Martin Ferguson. Read more

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Competition like football: Harper

THE man behind a review of competition laws has compared the misuse of market power by big business to football. Read more

$5b windfall for rural Vic

Macarthur wind farm in western Victoria..

WIND farms worth almost $5 billion are poised to be built across Victoria.

Saints to atone for past sins

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

BENALLA Saints will be out to exorcise its demons when the Goulburn Valley Football League kicks off.

Kelly’s can-do attitude saved day

 Peter Kelly is the CEO of SPC Ardmona, pictured at their factory in Shepparton.

THERE to shut down the company, this managing director found a nation willing him to do the opposite, writes ROB HARRIS

Aussie baling history on show

Aussie baling history on show

A TWO-horse pull-power hay press will be displayed at the International Harvester Historic Baling Festival.

Going native one step at a time

Jindi Farm Bush Foods

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