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Racing NSW to investigate trainer Gerald Ryan over sexual assault allegations

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:07:40 GMT


Racing NSW has launched an investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse by a high-profile Australian horse trainer.

Meet Tim Firth, the panic-room expert

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


Where you might see double-parked delivery vans and hipsters scampering in the rain, Tim Firth spies hazards around every corner.

Returning Olympians add firepower to rowing showdown between universities

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


Returning Rio Olympians are about to add their strength to a struggle between two of Australia's most prestigious universities.

High alert for foreign fighter threat as Islamic State crumbles

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


The battle for the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul has barely begun, but security agencies are on careful watch for foreign fighters attempting to slink out of the city with plans to export terrorism home.

World of Photos: October 22, 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:40:48 GMT


The best photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by Fairfax picture editors

What did Kerr tell the Queen leading up to Whitlam's dismissal? Legal bid to force release of Palace letters

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 GMT


A court is being asked for access to the final piece of one of the most intriguing puzzles of modern history: what did the Queen know, and when?

Coke hopes ginger can restore its fizz

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:08:20 GMT

A cross between Coca-Cola and ginger beer is the latest effort from Coca-Cola Amatil as it aims to boost sales of carbonated soft drinks.

Man accused of eating cannabis he stashed in his backside before strip search

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:07:36 GMT


A Bomaderry man took disposing of evidence to a new level when he ate cannabis he had hidden up his bum before he could be properly searched by police, a court has heard.

Delay for ASIC bank monitoring measures

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:08:43 GMT

Former Commonwealth auditor-general Ian McPhee has praised banks' efforts on reform but says progress on so-called "user-pays" funding for ASIC has been slow.

Qantas warns of industry headwinds

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:07:50 GMT

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has told shareholders the airline is not immune from the aviation industry's challenges despite its improved financial performance.

Santos narrows sales, output guidance

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:18:58 GMT

Santos is forecasting total sales of between 81-83 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) this year, compared to its earlier estimate of 76-83 mmboe.

BHP Billiton chairman to step down

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:09:19 GMT

BHP Billiton chairman Jac Nasser will step down after more than 10 years on the company's board, and a global search will be launched to find his successor.

Footballer Riki Stephens dies after Gold Coast drug overdose

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:27:15 GMT


Tributes are flowing in for Victorian football player Riki Stephens who died on Friday after taking a deadly drug that hospitalised 16 people almost a week ago.

Alleged attacks on Trinity Grammar students but police not told: Royal Commission

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:48:07 GMT


The deputy headmaster of Trinity Grammar was told older boys had attempted to rape a student but did not report it to police, royal commission told.

Healthscope punished after revenue warning

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:46:37 GMT

Healthscope says revenue growth in its hospitals division could feel the impact if a slowing in patient volume growth continues in the second quarter.

Northern Star, Pioneer in WA gold mine JV

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:05:42 GMT

Pioneer Resources has struck a deal to enter a West Australian gold joint venture with Northern Star, pending state government approval.

Stocks to watch

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:27:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

Health sector ills pull share market lower

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:58:14 GMT

Heavy bleeding from private hospitals operator Healthscope has contributed to a slight fall for the share market.

BHP says it will defend Brazil charges

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:38:46 GMT

BHP Billiton has rejected criminal charges including qualified homicide filed by Brazilian prosecutors in relation to the deadly Samarco dam collapse.

$A continues to fall on poor jobs data

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:18:14 GMT

The Australian dollar continues to drop against the greenback because of weak employment data released on Thursday.

Australian coach kidnapped in Yemen appears in video

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:49:11 GMT


A soccer coach kidnapped in Yemen has appeared in a video recording saying his captors demand the Australian government pay a ransom for his release

Young Asian workers: 'younger, cheaper and faster than locals who are old and slow'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:15:15 GMT


A Sydney labour-hire company owner who says she hired young Asian workers because they are 'younger, cheaper and faster than locals who are old and slow'.

Walkleys 2016: Fairfax Media nominated in 11 categories as finalists named

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:17:48 GMT


Fairfax Media has been nominated in 11 categories at this year's Walkley Awards for excellence in Australian journalism.

China now Australia's biggest wine market

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:27:49 GMT

China just became Australia's biggest wine market by value and there's no sign that growth will slow down.

Triple M owner set to meet 1H guidance

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:56:05 GMT

Southern Cross Media, the owner of radio stations and regional television assets, says it is on track to meet its first-half earnings guidance.

Medicinal cannabis developer lists on ASX

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:35:57 GMT

Creso Pharma, a developer of medicinal cannabis therapies for both humans and animals, has enjoyed a strong debut on the share market.

Former Telstra digital boss joins Tyro

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:58:47 GMT

The man that used to lead Telstra's digital operations has been appointed the CEO of a payments processor.

Full-time work collapse may spark RBA cuts

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:19:14 GMT

Australia lost 53,000 full time jobs last month, pushing job creation closer to the "deterioration" the Reserve Bank warned about earlier this week.

NAB survey shows retail sector flagging

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:36:34 GMT

Weakness in retailing stands out in the NAB quarterly business survey, although the non-mining sector is still set for increased capital spending and growth.

South32 manganese production falls

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:59:19 GMT

South 32 says it is on track to achieve cost guidance for most of its production, but has reported a four per cent fall in manganese production.

Woodside lifts Sept quarter output

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:37:00 GMT

Oil and gas giant Woodside has lifted September quarter production by 22 per cent, while revenue is up nearly 20 per cent.

Murray Goulburn to pay less for milk

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:28:36 GMT

Dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn will pay its farmers less than previously forecast as wet weather and defections to other producers dents its supply of milk.

Fortescue cashes in on rising production

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:58:14 GMT

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals lifted shipments and lowered costs in the September quarter, even as larger rival Rio Tinto's shipments dropped.

Alleged abuse victim told he 'bore some blame' for bullying, royal commission hears

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:24:08 GMT


Students were sexually abused by other children at some of Australia's most prestigious schools, a royal commission has heard.

Ten shares hammered on $157m loss

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:59:23 GMT

Shares in the Ten Network dropped 19 per cent after the third-placed free-to-air broadcaster reported a $156.8 million annual loss.

Crown still in dark about China arrests

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:27:11 GMT

Crown Resorts says its priority is helping 18 employees held in China and their families, while DFAT staff will meet three Australians among them on Friday.

Rio Tinto trims FY shipment guidance

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:16:29 GMT

Mining giant Rio Tinto has posted a five per cent fall in September quarter iron ore shipments, forcing it to trim full-year shipment guidance.

Stocks to watch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:26:49 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

International markets roundup

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:16:23 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets

Miners drive share market to modest gain

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:17:11 GMT

The resources sector has continued its golden run to help the share market edge higher.

Falling employment weighs on $A

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:28:12 GMT

Disappointing monthly jobs figures have pulled the Australian dollar back after a bullish run through 77 US cents.

Job seekers to be quizzed on Duke of Edinburgh Award

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


Doing well in the final year of high school may no longer be enough to land that first job.

One in four Australian workers feel financially stressed

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:45:50 GMT


More than one in four Australian workers feel financially stressed and find it difficult to make ends meet.

'No-brainer': Calls for CSIRO to make its CSG gas research more independent

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:26:21 GMT


The CSIRO needs to ensure its research into the coal seam gas remains independent of industry.

Reject Shop warns on weak sales growth

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:47:52 GMT

Discount retailer The Reject Shop says its performance in the half year to December could be weaker than a year ago.

Crown Resorts' China crisis rolls on

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:28:43 GMT

How the story of the Crown Resorts arrests in China has unfolded

Growth prospects rise, job vacancies dip

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:46:19 GMT

An indicator of economic growth has hit its highest level in almost three years, but job vacancies have slumped to a 12 month low.

Crown 'should have expected China action'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:36:32 GMT

Casino operator Crown Resorts should have expected tough action from China, says an expert in Asian business law.

Vodafone moves into fixed broadband

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:07:33 GMT

Mobile phone operator Vodafone will expand its services to include fixed broadband, saying it's time to jump on board the NBN as the network gains momentum.

What Tabcorp and Tatts bring to a merger

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:48:15 GMT

Tabcorp and Tatts plan to form a single gaming giant worth $11.3 billion, but what does each party bring to the table?

Origin Energy on track for earnings lift

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:37:01 GMT

Origin Energy says improving oil prices and a ramp up in LNG production will keep it on track for a significant increase in underlying earnings.

BHP sees signs of recovery in commodities

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:05:54 GMT

BHP Billiton's iron ore production is steady at 58 million tonnes, and the miner has maintained FY output guidance across its commodities segments.

Tabcorp, Tatts bet on $11.3b mega-merger

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:46:21 GMT

Tabcorp and Tatts will merge into a single $11.3 billion gaming giant with annual revenue of more than $5 billion and a grip on Australian tote betting.

Stocks to watch

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:29:10 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

Tatts, Tabcorp highlight of quiet market

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:05:07 GMT

The announcement of an $11.3 billion merger between gaming firms Tabcorp and Tatts Group has highlighted a mundane day on the Australian share market.

$A steady as China's growth meets targets

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:47:52 GMT

China's latest economic growth numbers have met expectations, meaning little movement by the Australian dollar.

Adani coal mine would wipe out Direct Action gains within a year, estimates show

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:45:00 GMT


New doubts raised about the effectiveness of the government's centrepiece climate policy.

Grande Grange: big bottle with a big price

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:06:15 GMT

Winemaker Penfolds' latest release of its luxury Grange features a rare six-litre bottle and cradle costing $185,000.

Workplace culture a deal breaker for many employees

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:24:53 GMT


The vast majority of employees rate workplace culture as a decisive factor when seeking a new job and more than half believe it is misrepresented by future employers in their job interview, a new survey has found.

Mortgage Choice chair blasts proxy firms

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:08:14 GMT

Mortgage Choice chairman Peter Ritchie has taken a parting shot at proxy advisers in his last address at the helm.

Narev admits CBA took too long to change

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:14:52 GMT

CBA CEO Ian Narev says it took too long for the lender to recognise that "what was acceptable a number of years ago, was no longer acceptable" in business.

Openpay joins fintech retail race

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:49:13 GMT

Tech start-up Openpay wants a slice of the $300 billion retail market in Australia with an app that gives shoppers instant access to small interest-free loans.

Interest rates hinge on inflation: RBA

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:57:41 GMT

The RBA will consider the economic outlook, the effects of two rate cuts this year, and the labour and housing markets before its next rate move.

Tabcorp, Tatts revive merger speculation

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:07:56 GMT

Shares in wagering giants Tabcorp and Tatts Group are in a trading halt, pending discussions related to a potential change in control.

Super typhoons and a soaking for Australia: weird weather explained

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:59:07 GMT


Take your pick: there's some bizarre weather and climate signals out there.

Oil Search Q3 revenue up 16%

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:08:31 GMT

Papua New Guinea-focused Oil Search has lifted September quarter revenue to $A406 million on improved gas prices and higher production.

Cochlear warns R&D may move overseas

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:56:43 GMT

Chairman Rick Holliday-Smith says tax concession changes in the budget savings bill could lead to Cochlear moving research and development overseas.

Caltex bids for Woolies' fuels business

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:27:13 GMT

Caltex has made an offer for Woolworths' 530 service stations that made $4.6 billion in sales in 2015/16.

Public interest an inflation factor: RBA

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:07:30 GMT

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe remains committed to the central bank's flexible inflation target.

Stocks to watch

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:04:38 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

Miners help drive ASX higher

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:16:45 GMT

Better commodity prices continue to boost major mining stocks and helped lead the wider share market higher.

Kiwi boosts rising Aussie dollar

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:28:11 GMT

A surprise New Zealand inflation result helped the Aussie dollar build on overnight gains during the local session.

Crown arrests 'won't change China market'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:09:14 GMT

The booming Chinese gambling market will continue despite the arrest of 18 Crown Resorts employees, an expert on Asian business law says.

Best of the world: October 18, 2016

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:01:56 GMT


The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.

NT royal commission: Tiwi Islands community feels betrayed by government

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:09:08 GMT


On Monday, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory held a community meeting at Wurrumiyanga, the largest Tiwi Island settlement, and it was Sister Anne Gardiner who set the tone.

Home prices down, clearance rate up

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:45:12 GMT

Capital city housing prices have edged lower despite a rise in auction clearance rates to a 17-month high.

Airtasker increases recommended hourly rates to above national minimum

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:17:03 GMT


Gig economy website Airtasker has heavily revised its recommended hourly rate to exceed the national minimum wage of $17.70 an hour, after allegations on underpayment.

Full moon party called off amid Thai terror threat warning

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:38:48 GMT


Thailand's wildly popular Full Moon Party set to be held this evening has been cancelled, and Smart Traveller has warned Australian tourists their travel insurance could be voided if they visit certain spots during the country's mourning period.

Crown Resorts leads Aust market lower

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:05:55 GMT

A 14 per cent plunge in the shares of casinos operator Crown Resorts has marked a weak day for the Australian share market.

Whitehaven expects higher coal prices

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:09:11 GMT

Whitehaven Coal has lifted September quarter production by 20 per cent, helped by higher output from its new mines.

Packer's Crown rocked by China detentions

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:47:56 GMT

Crown Resorts shares have plummeted as investors fear the detention of Crown employees in China may point to a crackdown on gambling by the Chinese government.

AngloGold, Saracen in $25m farm-in deal

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:34:38 GMT

AngloGold Ashanti has signed a farm-in agreement to participate in Saracen Minerals' Butcher Well and Lake Carey tenements in Western Australia.

Evolution buying Newcrest copper-gold mine

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:47:42 GMT

Evolution says it will pay Newcrest $3 million up front for the Marsden copper-gold project and another $7 million if it decides to press ahead with mining.

Senex Sept quarter revenue down 36%

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:05:10 GMT

Oil producer Senex Energy has posted a 36 per cent slide in September quarter revenue on the back of lower oil prices and a declining field production.

'Russian roulette': Drug adviser warns teens of new drug ahead of schoolies celebrations

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:24:35 GMT


Schoolies are warned to stay away from street drugs following violent and bizarre behaviour on the Gold Coast thought to be from the new hallucinogen flakka.

Stocks to watch

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:07:20 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

$A edges higher on better commodity prices

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:27:01 GMT

The Australian dollar has made a small gain on the back of consistently strong commodity prices and on diminished hopes of another rate cut.

Crown employees held in China after late-night raids on homes

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:55:15 GMT


Crown Resorts employees including three top Australian executives have been held incommunicado since Chinese police executed a series of late-night raids at their homes across several mainland cities on Thursday.

Government regulator to force sale of radio station 2CH

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:17:04 GMT


"Who the hell does ACMA think they are?" said an angry John Singleton after the government regulatory body announced late on Friday afternoon it was effectively forcing the sale of radio station 2CH.

Man shot dead in Tasmania

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:36:49 GMT


A man is in police custody after the fatal shooting of another man in Tasmania.

Australian cinematographer Nathan Tomlinson charged with multiple child sex offences

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


An award-winning Australian cameraman has been remanded in custody after he was charged with multiple child sex offences.

'Half a degree avoided': Breakthrough in talks to limit global warming

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:24:13 GMT


Nearly 200 nations hammered out a legally binding deal to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners

Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin, Tigerair ban Note7 on all flights due to fire risk

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:08:33 GMT


Qantas and Jetstar have banned Samsung's Galaxy Note7 on all flights from mid-night due to fire risks. 

Migrants at higher risk of problem gambling: report

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:19:03 GMT


Foreign-born Australians are in far greater danger of developing a destructive gambling addiction, new research reveals.

Australia's fourth-biggest bust of MDMA nabs drugs worth $145 million

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:07:32 GMT


Federal Police have seized a massive haul of MDMA in its biggest haul this year.

The gas boom is on but the riches for Australia are far from assured

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:15:00 GMT


They are the set-piece photo opportunities that prime ministers will fly across the continent to take part in.

ASIC gagged on life insurance review

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:24:16 GMT

ASIC says the use of its powers to compel insurers to release information about their practices makes those details confidential.

Whale calf rescued from shark net as debate rages over NSW beach safety

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:27:05 GMT


Baird government's decision to back a trial of shark nets "not based on data".

NT Royal Commission: Child protection system 'broken', department should be closed

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:05:48 GMT


Eighty per cent of boys at the controversial Don Dale Youth Detention Centre had been sexually abused, those attending a public meeting in Darwin have been told.

Beer maker Broo makes strong market debut

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:55:39 GMT

Shares in Broo have jumped 40 per cent in the fledgling brewer's market debut.