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Prosecutors try to remove ACT's top magistrate from plane cleaner injury case

Thu Dec 08 08:35:55 UTC 2016

Prosecutors argue chief magistrate's comments on 'abysmally run' cases may create a perception of bias.

Cricket Australia officials wine and dine Steve Smith and David Warner ahead of pay war

Thu Dec 08 08:32:58 UTC 2016

Cricket Australia officials wined and dined Australian captain Steve Smith and David Warner in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Hard Bargain: How to choose better clothes ... and justify a pair of $600 shoes

Thu Dec 08 08:32:15 UTC 2016

Do you have a bunch of clothes in your wardrobe but they just... aren't quite right?

Man who caused McDonald's gas explosion was once addicted to ice, court hears

Thu Dec 08 08:30:35 UTC 2016

A man has appeared for a sentencing hearing after he lit a gas bottle on fire in McDonald's.

Putting on the Ritz-Carlton: The Star heralds return of luxury hotel

Thu Dec 08 08:29:35 UTC 2016

The Sydney skyline is set to be transformed with the development of the new $500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel, including apartments and an updated restaurant strip at Pyrmont, as part of the Star Entertainment group's renovation of the city's main casino as it prepares to take on James Packer's Crown resort at Barangaroo.

ABS figures show slide in ACT economy in September quarter

Thu Dec 08 08:26:31 UTC 2016

The ACT's performance worse than anywhere except Western Australia, but probably just an anomaly, say economists.

Western Warriors break losing streak with WACA win

Thu Dec 08 08:25:45 UTC 2016

He missed out on reclaiming his Test spot, but Adam Voges cracked an unbeaten 78 to help guide Western Australia to a drought-breaking eight-wicket win over Queensland in the Sheffield Shield clash at the WACA Ground.

Mel Gibson had no idea who Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew was on AACTA red carpet

Thu Dec 08 08:19:23 UTC 2016

Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew introduced herself simply as "Edwina", leaving Gibson to ask who she was not once, but twice.

Water safety is no accident

Thu Dec 08 08:19:04 UTC 2016

While Canberran's need to do more to ensure their children have appropriate water safety skills, it is not a given that making this happen is just one more job for the ACT Government job. Parental responsibility must also play a part.

Soon-to-be director of the National Library of Australia Marie-Louise Ayres is already an old hand

Thu Dec 08 08:15:12 UTC 2016

Marie-Louise Ayres has spent 14 years working in senior roles at the NLA, but the last five have been something of an apprenticeship.

Severe storm warning for south-east Queensland

Thu Dec 08 08:17:09 UTC 2016

A warning for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rain has been issued for south east Queensland.

Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 billion off electricity bills

Thu Dec 08 08:12:41 UTC 2016

The Turnbull government is sitting on advice that an emissions intensity scheme would make electricity bills cheaper.

State of the ACT's children report finds one quarter are overweight or obese

Thu Dec 08 08:12:33 UTC 2016

Canberra's children doing better than the rest of the country, but some problems not improving.

Police hunt brazen Morley 'puppy-napper' caught on CCTV

Thu Dec 08 08:10:57 UTC 2016

WA Police wish to speak to a man and woman who are believed to have stolen a six week old Jack Russel puppy from a Morley pet store on Tuesday afternoon.

Cost of FIFO Christmas flights renews calls for Parliamentary Inquiry

Thu Dec 08 08:10:26 UTC 2016

The high price for a person working in regional WA to fly home for Christmas has prompted renewed calls for a Parliamentary Inquiry to look into the cost of regional flights, particularly in mining towns.

VCE bodies branded "incompetent" after fresh blunder

Thu Dec 08 08:08:29 UTC 2016

Agencies guarding sensitive VCE data have been called "incompetent", after schools were sent inaccurate information about students affected by an unprecedented student data leak.

WorkSafe ACT investigates two Canberra worksite incidents

Thu Dec 08 08:07:30 UTC 2016

WorkSafe ACT is investigating two separate serious workplace incidents from this week.

Restaurant manager sentenced after throwing chlorine on North Bondi neighbour's face

Thu Dec 08 08:06:54 UTC 2016

A magistrate has pilloried a man's claim that he was rigorously cleaning his eastern suburbs backyard when he accidentally splashed chlorine on the face of a neighbour with whom he had an ongoing feud.

Assisted dying laws don't offer free choice, says terminal patient

Thu Dec 08 08:11:15 UTC 2016

Julie Morgan is exactly the sort of person likely to qualify should Victoria's proposed assisted dying laws pass next year. And she doesn't want them.

Collarenebri woman Mary Miller charged over moonshine alcohol deaths

Thu Dec 08 08:16:28 UTC 2016

A shop owner has been charged with selling toxic moonshine alcohol that killed three people near the north-western NSW town of Collarenebri.

State coroner closes files on unsolved underworld murders

Thu Dec 08 08:04:07 UTC 2016

Victoria's state coroner is set to close the court's files of three high-profile underworld murders without being able to rule on who pulled the triggers.

Lockout, last drinks laws relaxed after review

Thu Dec 08 07:57:33 UTC 2016

Premier Mike Baird will implement key recommendations of former judge Ian Callinan

Want to become a Mercedes Formula 1 driver? Check the job ads

Thu Dec 08 07:49:26 UTC 2016

So, what does Mercedes Formula 1 do now that they need to fill an important vacancy with a fair degree of urgency? They place an advertisement in a motorsport magazine looking for a new driver.

Pool safety campaign launched by ACT government

Thu Dec 08 07:45:44 UTC 2016

The ACT government is calling on all Canberrans to become backyard lifeguards this summer in a campaign aimed at decreasing drowning deaths in the ACT.

St Vincent's Hospital calls on NSW government to rethink bottleshop changes

Thu Dec 08 07:41:22 UTC 2016

St Vincents Hospital has called on the Baird government to reconsider its plans to extend bottle shop trading hours, saying a 10 pm closing time has "stopped a conveyor belt of carnage".

Woman tried to drug elderly couple before torching their home: police

Thu Dec 08 07:37:57 UTC 2016

Arson Squad arrests woman who allegedly tried to drug elderly couple in Ballajura, before setting their house on fire.

New app launched in WA claims to be the Uber of roadside assistance

Thu Dec 08 07:33:48 UTC 2016

The days of paying a yearly roadside assistance fee could be numbered, thanks to a new app recently launched in Perth.

Thank you very (Kobe) Mutch

Thu Dec 08 07:21:26 UTC 2016

Kobe Mutch grew up playing in the same junior teams as Isaac Cumming and Lachlan Tiziani, who were drafted like he was two weeks ago. Their North Broken Hill side used to win by a pile of points every weekend, so his dad would send him out to play with something specific to work on. "One week he said, only kick with your left foot,' he said. "And the next week, it was my right."

NRL takes advice from AFL on new football department spending cap

Thu Dec 08 07:20:36 UTC 2016

The NRL has sought the counsel of its greatest competitor, the AFL, as it prepares to adopt the biggest equalisation measure since the introduction of the salary cap.

New speed camera on Perth freeway angers drivers

Thu Dec 08 07:18:13 UTC 2016

A new fixed speed camera on Graham Farmer Freeway has prompted calls for the Road Safety Commission to better explain the criteria used in determining where they are placed.

There is nothing illegal about Stephen Conroy's new job - but it smells bad

Thu Dec 08 07:22:15 UTC 2016

Stephen Conroy is hardly the first elected public servant to augment his or her generous publicly-funded superannuation scheme like this. But for some reason, the Conroy example smells worse than others.

Renegades implement youth policy for aggressive, high-octane cricket

Thu Dec 08 07:12:34 UTC 2016

With six teenagers in their squad, the Melbourne Renegades are doing things differently to their competitors.

Canberra's 'real Santa Claus': Couple spread Christmas joy, giving wooden toys to children

Thu Dec 08 07:06:18 UTC 2016

A Kambah couple in their 80s are sharing the Christmas spirit in the most beautiful way.

Victorian parliament to vote on assisted dying laws next year

Thu Dec 08 07:03:36 UTC 2016

Assisted dying laws will be introduced to the Victorian parliament with the support of Premier Daniel Andrews next year. 

'Fake news' just lies and deception, Network Ten chairman David Gordon says

Thu Dec 08 07:57:41 UTC 2016

Network Ten chairman David Gordon has taken aim at Facebook and its fake news scandal. "Lies and deception," he says.

Bad weather 'most likely' caused the death of paragliders Robert Lithgow and Bruce Ottoway

Thu Dec 08 07:00:16 UTC 2016

In 2013, a paraglider carrying two men flew off a cliff near Warrnambool and disappeared.

Woolworths did not break any law with Mind the Gap scheme: Federal Court

Thu Dec 08 07:00:14 UTC 2016

The Federal Court has ruled Woolworths did not break the law by demanding retrospective payments from suppliers to bolster its profit result.

The easy way to scrap Sydney's lockout: actually enforcing the existing liquor laws

Thu Dec 08 06:58:50 UTC 2016

The current regime offers no incentives for restraint. Instead, to the contrary, there's an incentive to smash bevvies before the nanny state sends you home.

Delayed Brisbane train commuters offered refunds

Thu Dec 08 06:57:52 UTC 2016

Storms, a dodgy mould, an overhead line issue and a broken down train combined to create a public transport meltdown on the Queensland Rail network on Thursday.

CBA figures show few customers pay on smart phones

Thu Dec 08 06:50:52 UTC 2016

There is a long way to go before smart phones rival credit or debit cards as a means of making tap-and-go payments, new figures show.

Victoria's two-speed economy: slumping regions need urgent policy response

Thu Dec 08 07:10:15 UTC 2016

Victoria is the only state whose regional economy went backwards in 2015-16.

Welcome to aged-care season: what you need to know about nursing-home costs

Thu Dec 08 06:46:07 UTC 2016

The festive season can be as overwhelming as it is merry, especially when you're confronted by the frailty of elderly relatives.

Queen of Curtin crowned as suburb celebrates a book marking its 50th birthday

Thu Dec 08 06:43:50 UTC 2016

Who has been crowned the Queen of Curtin?

Euthanasia bill: No guarantee of a debate with dignity when votes are at stake

Thu Dec 08 07:06:09 UTC 2016

At a caucus meeting of State Labor MPs on Thursday, Daniel Andrews told his colleagues that he wanted a respectful, mature debate about assisted dying.

Bawley Point gantry being restored thanks in part to donation by Canberra's Terry Snow

Thu Dec 08 06:41:38 UTC 2016

The kids will soon be jumping off the Bawley Point gantry again. But don't tell anyone.

Australia's 'leadership group' a Darren Lehmann staple behind the scenes of national team

Thu Dec 08 06:41:33 UTC 2016

David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood sit on the informal body in the current Australian team - but not the captain Steve Smith.

Santos signals possible NSW CSG exit, raising doubts about government gas plan

Thu Dec 08 06:37:40 UTC 2016

Energy giant Santos has relegated its billion-dollar Narrabri gas project to a "non-core asset", stoking speculation the company plans to sell or spin off the venture.

City bid to close the gap on Sydney in season's first 'six pointer'

Thu Dec 08 06:36:18 UTC 2016

Its the first genuine six pointer of the season as Sydney look to gain revenge for their FFA Cup Final defeat at the hands of Melbourne City _ and stretch their lead at the top of the A_League table still further.

Give western Sydney a Super Rugby club: Sydney Rugby Union president David Begg

Thu Dec 08 06:35:33 UTC 2016

Western Sydney must have a Super Rugby team, according to the new man in charge of the Shute Shield.

Paul Gallen begins mind games ahead of footy fight night with Junior Paulo

Thu Dec 08 06:32:35 UTC 2016

Moments after Junior Paulo took off his shirt, revealing a rippling frame almost 20kg heavier than his own, Paul Gallen spoke with a bravado befitting his second occupation.

Andrew Catterall returns to oversee

Thu Dec 08 06:31:14 UTC 2016

As expected, former AFL executive and Racing Victoria strategy officer, Andrew Catterall, has formally been announced as the new chief executive.

Western Sydney Wanderers set to be given safe standing section in new Parramatta Stadium

Thu Dec 08 06:29:55 UTC 2016

Western Sydney Wanderers are celebrating a major victory in the design for the new stadium in Parramatta after a safe standing section for active fans was included in the final plans for the new 30,000 seated venue.

Santos to carve out non-core assets to cut costs, slash debt by $US1.5b by 2019

Thu Dec 08 06:28:10 UTC 2016

Santos will package up its non-core assets to run as a separate business, aiming to slash net debt by $US1.5b within three years.

Euthanasia move is conservative but correct

Thu Dec 08 06:24:20 UTC 2016

Today's news that the Andrews government will set up an expert panel to design assisted dying laws is good public health policy.

The police 'ride along' that I never expected

Thu Dec 08 07:27:08 UTC 2016

When I was asked if I wanted to go for a 'ride-a-long' with police it conjured up images of listening to Cold Chisel, some odd banter about how to best put a buffalo in a headlock and why the psychotic warden in The Shawshank Redemption is misunderstood.

NT Government fails to stop witnesses giving evidence to juvenile detention royal commission

Thu Dec 08 06:22:02 UTC 2016

The Royal Commission into juvenile detention rejected a last minute attempt by the Northern Territory government to stop witnesses giving evidence. With the push on to complete the Royal Commission by March 31, staff have been working seven day weeks since September and concerns about difficulties with young witnesses giving evidence have started to impact on the inquiry

Australia v New Zealand one-day cricket: Glenn McGrath rates Josh Hazlewood as best paceman in world cricket

Thu Dec 08 06:20:00 UTC 2016

Josh Hazlewood's career-best summer has earned him rave reviews from the great Glenn McGrath, who rates the giant quick as the best fast bowler in world cricket.

South Sydney's Robbie Farah hellbent on playing Wests Tigers in opening round despite torn biceps

Thu Dec 08 06:17:24 UTC 2016

Robbie Farah is hellbent on featuring in an opening round grudge match against his former club the Wests Tigers and will forego surgery on a torn biceps sustained at training during the week.

Netball star Sharni Layton takes second straight ANZ Championship honour

Thu Dec 08 06:16:15 UTC 2016

Sharni Layton has won her second straight ANZ Championship player of the year gong.

Dick Smith has gone from beloved entrepreneur to just another lobbyist

Thu Dec 08 06:15:54 UTC 2016

This sudden support of One Nation is less about immigration and more about rent-seeking for the aviation industry

Football Federation Australia asks TV networks to state preferred A-League expansion clubs

Thu Dec 08 06:12:07 UTC 2016

Football Federation Australia has asked TV networks to state their preferred A-League expansion club locations as part of negotiations for what they hope is a bumper new broadcast deal.

Police hunt person covered in blood after grisly killing

Thu Dec 08 06:12:01 UTC 2016

Police said they are "leaving no stone unturned" in the hunt for a suspect, following a grisly killing in Townsville overnight.

'I carried his body': Grim work at the heart of Aceh's killer quake as toll passes 100

Thu Dec 08 06:10:27 UTC 2016

Villager Taufik Hidayat has seen a baby in the claws of an excavator and the corpses of a father and his son, still clinging to each other in death.

Nick Kaldas accuses ombudsman of bias in bid to halt bugging report

Thu Dec 08 08:27:23 UTC 2016

Former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas has accused the state's ombudsman of being biased against him.

#truelove: Couple get engaged outside Wodonga court after release from jail

Thu Dec 08 06:16:09 UTC 2016

It's a liberated love story for the ages. A couple prosecuted for trafficking drugs in Wodonga have celebrated their freedom with a marriage proposal outside court.

Markets Live: Jingle bells? ASX rides high

Thu Dec 08 06:05:17 UTC 2016

The ASX 200 jumps back above 5500 points as miners surge, prompting talk of an early Santa rally.

ASX hits three-month high as banks join the party

Thu Dec 08 06:28:05 UTC 2016

Banks helped lift the local sharemarket to its highest in more than three months, prompting talk of an early Santa rally.

Call for Metro, Yarra Trams to be stripped of contracts after critical report

Thu Dec 08 06:15:16 UTC 2016

Victoria's rail union has amplified its call for Melbourne's train and tram systems to be returned to public ownership following a report that identifies major deficiencies in how the government handles the contracts..

Office worker's lucky escape as sheet of glass falls from Southbank building

Thu Dec 08 05:59:02 UTC 2016

An office worker was lucky to escape uninjured after a large sheet of glass fell from a building and landed on him.

City of Fremantle banned from holding citizenship ceremonies by Turnbull government

Thu Dec 08 05:58:58 UTC 2016

The Turnbull government has ramped up its fight with Fremantle council by banning the city from holding citizenship ceremonies "under any circumstances" at its "culturally-inclusive alternative event" on January 28.

Should all men be penetrated? Not for the reasons given by Tom Ford

Thu Dec 08 06:08:27 UTC 2016

Men should work to understand what it's like to be a woman, but if Tom Ford thinks it's about being sexually "passive" he hasn't learned anything.

Mike Baird's next test: axing super for criminal MPs

Thu Dec 08 05:54:51 UTC 2016

Taxpayers continue to fund the generous pension plans of criminal former politicians.

'Fish towers' to be sunk off Perth this summer to help bring bumper catches

Thu Dec 08 05:54:16 UTC 2016

The chances of Perth fishers reeling in a decent catch this summer are set for a boost as Recfishwest prepares to sink two 'fish towers' off the city's coastline.

Defence is still failing the victims of abuse

Thu Dec 08 05:52:42 UTC 2016

It is a continuing disgrace that some of these victims are not receiving veterans' benefits to which they are entitled.

Large Hadron Collider exhibition opens at Queensland Museum

Thu Dec 08 05:52:30 UTC 2016

The exhibition is the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site.