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First Black Hawk to respond to fire lands in Goulburn

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:22:16 GMT

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An American Black Hawk helicopter will stay in Goulburn for longer than planned to assist local fire teams across the region.



Did you get a first round university offer?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:10:01 GMT

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This supplement lists domestic applicants who have given VTAC permission to have their name published and have been made an offer to an undergraduate course through VTAC in January 2015.



Accepting, declining or deferring an offer

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT

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For all 2016 year 12 students and adults who have applied for an undergraduate tertiary course in 2017, the wait is over. Now decisions have to be made.



How the offers process works

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT

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Application processing fees must be paid to be considered for an offer.



Change of preference: frequently asked questions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT

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Last year more than 90 per cent of offers were made in the first round, and courses are not required to participate in subsequent rounds.



You missed out on your first preference, now what?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT

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So, you missed out on your first preference, now what?



First round offers 2017: securing a spot at university has become more difficult

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:27:59 GMT

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Securing a spot at university has become more difficult, with students needing a higher ATAR to get into most courses.



EU approval for maker of medicinal pet pot

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:38:29 GMT

Medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma, which aims to launch two medicinal cannabis pet products by April, has been registered by the EU health authority.



Unemployment tipped be flat at 5.7% in Dec

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:47:56 GMT

Economists expect the number of Australians with a job rose again in December, but the jobless rate is tipped to have remained steady.



S&P; lifts iron ore price forecasts

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:45:01 GMT

Ratings agency Standard & Poors has raised price targets on iron ore, zinc, and copper for 2017 and 2018.



Cameron linked to Bellamy's board ructions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:30:24 GMT

Bellamy's says Kathmandu co-founder Jan Cameron and other directors involved with its biggest shareholder want to restructure the company's board.



Same-sex marriage bill amendment would 'legalise' LGBTIQ discrimination

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:39:30 GMT

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An amendment to the same-sex marriage bill that would effectively legalise discrimination against LBGTIQ people.



The summer I ... froze in the Cold War

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:22:58 GMT

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The summer I found myself under KGB surveillance in the winter of the Cold WarBy TONY WRIGHTThe secret men on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru must have been disappointed.There I was, a Western journalist, witnessing what would turn out tobe the final chapter of one of the most consequential periods of the20th century - and I was a dead loss to the secret police.I was meeting no one and saying nothing in my room, unless I wasspeaking in my sleep.I had no idea the KGB was monitoring me with microphones and hidden cameras.It would be many years before I discovered that I was, apparently,worth spying upon. It still seems absurd.It was December 1988.Summer in Australia. All my life I had celebrated the Australiansummer by catching waves and lying about on a beach.But here I was resting my head in deepest winter in the dying days ofthe Cold War, though no one quite knew yet that the Soviet Union wouldsoon expire in shocking haste.I had come by overnight train from Moscow to the city of Tallinn onthe Baltic ...



GDP fall weighing on consumers: Westpac

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:37:16 GMT

Consumers' concerns about the 0.5 per cent fall in gross domestic product are keeping their confidence low, according to a new survey.



Aurizon volumes steady in December quarter

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:25 GMT

Rail freight operator Aurizon has reported slightly higher coal haulage volumes for the December quarter, while iron ore volumes have dipped slightly.



Qantas grounds 10 planes, cancels flights

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:09:20 GMT

Australia's biggest airline, Qantas, has cancelled some flights after temporarily grounding 10 Bombardier Q400 planes.



Stocks to watch

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:29:29 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



Wesfarmers has brighter mining outlook

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:21:40 GMT

Wesfarmers has upgraded its earnings forecast for its coal mining business following improved production and higher coal prices.



International markets roundup

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:13:01 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Big banks drag share market lower

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:29:17 GMT

Falls by the big four banks have weighed on the share market as investors show concerns about US president-elect Donald Trump's policy plans.



More than half of young Australians do unpaid work

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:25:00 GMT

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More than half of Australia's young adults have done unpaid work as part of an internship or a job trial raising questions about the need for greater regulation of unpaid work.



NBN rollout to hit halfway mark by June

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:15:45 GMT

Half of Australia's homes and businesses will have access to the national broadband network by June 30, the company in charge of the project says.



Square launches Australian online payments

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:21:42 GMT

US mobile payments group Square has boosted its Australian offering, enabling businesses to process online transactions.



Big firms embrace artificial intelligence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:10:35 GMT

Large Australian companies are among those spending on artificial intelligence to boost revenue, a technology consultant says.



Goodman Fielder jobs to go in WA, Qld

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:59:34 GMT

The company behind Wonder White and Helga's bread plans to close bakeries in WA and Queensland, potentially leaving more than 200 workers jobless.



Tigerair cancellations: Virgin Australia flies Bali customers into Brisbane

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:26:15 GMT

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Embattled Tigerair deserves a "spanking" for its handling of Bali flight cancellations, according to a disgruntled customer missing work as a result of delays.



Aust vehicle sales rise 0.3% in December

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:43:29 GMT

New motor vehicle sales have risen slightly in December after November's 0.6 per cent drop, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.



Low rates not helping first home buyers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:29:03 GMT

Despite record low interest rates, first home buyers have slipped to just 8.7 per cent of total housing finance commitments, economists warn.



Vodafone customers hit by another outage

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:18 GMT

Mobile operator Vodafone has been hit with network dramas, only months after the carrier left customers without coverage for several hours in September.



Fortescue picks new CFO

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:12:17 GMT

Fortescue Metals has appointed Elizabeth Gaines, the former chief of travel group Helloworld, as its new chief financial officer.



Confidence remains robust despite dip: ANZ

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:14:44 GMT

Consumers are more downbeat about their own finances, but confidence levels are still high., according to an ANZ-Roy Morgan survey.



Uncertainty for Rio Tinto's copper output

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:38:34 GMT

Rio Tinto has maintained its 2017 iron ore production target, but a wide guidance range for copper indicates uncertainty ahead for that key division.



Stocks to watch

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:28:32 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



'I got lost': Australian family missing from Japanese ski resort found safe and well

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:10:30 GMT

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An Australian woman and her family missing from a ski resort west of Tokyo have been found.



Snakes? Spiders? Jellyfish? Nope. Australia's most dangerous animal is the bee

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:41:44 GMT

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An analysis of more than a decade of Australian bites and stings has found that the bee poses the biggest public health threat.



International markets roundup

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:49:15 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Shares fall on political uncertainty

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:18:12 GMT

The share market has lost ground as investors play it safe ahead of major political events in the US and Europe.



Virgin Australia to return Tigerair customers from Bali to Australia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:28:24 GMT

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Hundreds of Australian holidaymakers stranded in Bali after Tigerair was forced to cancel flights to and from the tourist island will be flown home on Tuesday.



Michael Chamberlain spent 36 years an ordinary man, then 36 in shadow of Uluru

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:34:09 GMT

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Michael Chamberlain lived half his life an ordinary man, the other half in the shadow of Uluru.



Motorists suffer the single biggest weekly jump in petrol prices in two years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:20:18 GMT

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Petrol prices are on the up and up, and the OPEC deal is going to further fuel this trend.



Roads, bridge building to thrive in 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:49:21 GMT

Road and bridge building is set to surge in 2017, but heavy industrial construction is set to contract, says market researcher IBISWorld.



Woolies hires Tesco exec to lead food unit

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:59:04 GMT

Tesco executive Claire Peters has been appointed the new boss of Woolworths Supermarkets from July 1.



NAB raises fixed home loan rates

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:10:32 GMT

NAB is increasing a range of its fixed home loan rates only weeks after rival banks Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ raised their equivalent rates.



IOT says strong interest in selfie drone

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:59:20 GMT

Drone developer IOT Group says its ROVA flying selfie camera has generated highly favourable customer reaction.



Sirtex shares up and down after CEO axed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:21:08 GMT

Shares in liver cancer biotech Sirtex leaped 1.52 per cent and then slipped 0.57 per cent into the red before closing lower at $15.82.



Housing prices flat last week

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:09:22 GMT

The only capital city to experience a rise in home prices last week was Melbourne, despite the number of listings falling 4.1 per cent nationally.



Fitch downgrades Australia banking outlook

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:19:06 GMT

Fitch says Australian banks' strong asset quality, profitability and capitalisation could be weakened if China's growth slowed more than expected.



DUET shareholders to vote on CKI takeover

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:12:55 GMT

DUET Group's shareholders will vote on a $7.3 billion takeover bid from Hong Kong investor Cheung Kong Infrastructure in April.



Regis gold output rises 7 per cent in Q2

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:59:31 GMT

Regis Resources' second-quarter gold output puts it within the upper half of its 2017 financial year guidance and it expects that rate of output to continue.



Stocks to watch

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:30:33 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



International markets roundup

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:51:29 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Share market closes stronger

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:20:05 GMT

Australia's share market has closed stronger, but Donald Trump's inauguration and the looming Brexit keep investors cautious.



Mother posts video of son on Facebook to send message about pool fences

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:10:49 GMT

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NSW fair trading requires fences around pools to be at least 2.1 metres tall. Wendy Atkinson's 2-year-old son scaled an even higher pool fence in 21 seconds, unassisted and with ease.



Don Dale Youth Detention Centre resident in medical emergency

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:39:21 GMT

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An inmate at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has been flown to Melbourne for treatment following a medical emergency.



Tigerair: chaos and confusion replaces holiday bloom for Bali travellers

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:49:36 GMT

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Jason Maiolo was meant to be in Melbourne on Monday to start a new job.



Early skirmishes point to a war over renewable energy lasting well into 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:44:30 GMT

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A political divide is forming over renewable energy's future in Australia.



Tigerair temporarily suspends sales of flights to Bali

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT

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Tigerair has temporarily suspended sales of flights to Bali after the Indonesian government unexpectedly cancelled an agreement with the airline.



Blue Monday formula fake but it's true that millennials dread going back to work

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:29:52 GMT

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The feeling is more intense the younger you are.



Primary Health CEO quits after ASIC probe

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:49:26 GMT

Primary Health Care chief executive Peter Gregg has resigned after ASIC alleged he had twice breached the Corporations Act.



Huge haul of fake car parts bound for Australia seized in Middle East

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:18:46 GMT

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A huge haul of counterfeit car parts have been seized in the UAE, with car manufacturers warning they were probably headed to Australia.



Premier Daniel Andrews in emergency talks over Alcoa

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:18:51 GMT

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Premier Daniel Andrews weighs in over Alcoa stalemate



Bubs chairman Alan van Noort retires

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:38:18 GMT

The chairman of baby food supplier Bubs Australia has retired after the successful listing of the company on the Australian Securities Exchange.



Explainer: What election candidates can and can't say on social media

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:21:54 GMT

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A need to be heard



Insolvencies down, but retail threatened

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:44:09 GMT

The number of insolvencies in Australia is falling, but retailers still face challenges, including the pending arrival of Amazon.



Share market set to gain steam in 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:38:24 GMT

The Australian share market is expected to extend gains this year, led by earnings growth from the resource sector and gains on Wall Street.



David Jones lifts its first-half sales 4%

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:00:07 GMT

David Jones has lifted its adjusted first-half sales four per cent once the collapse of Dick Smith and Boxing Day trade are stripped out of the numbers.



AGL pay deal at Vic plant to end Jan 30

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:42:35 GMT

AGL Energy says it has been granted approval to end its enterprise agreement at the Loy Yang power plant in Victoria.



Stocks to watch

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:30:43 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



International markets roundup

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:10:04 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Big banks pull back Aust share market

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:10:38 GMT

The share market has closed lower as investors continue to feel disappointment over the lack of detail on US president-elect Donald Trump's economic plans.



Snow worries: Mates' early birthday gift helps Australian escape avalanche

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:29:12 GMT

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An Australian man has survived an avalanche in Canada thanks to an early surprise gift by his friends.



Penfolds maker wins Chinese trademark case

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:47:41 GMT

The maker of Penfolds wine has won an important legal case in China, earning the right to use the Chinese version of the trademark.



Business chiefs more cautious in 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:47:56 GMT

Fewer Australian CEOs are expecting business conditions to improve in 2017, but there is still optimism in the business community, an industry body says.



Prominent philanthropist and arts patron James Fairfax dies

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:54:04 GMT

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James Fairfax, the former chairman of publisher John Fairfax Ltd, died on Wednesday at his home at Retford Park in Bowral. He was 83.



Millions wiped from Bellamy's market value

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:48:13 GMT

The market value of infant formula supplier Bellamy's continues to shrink following the departure of its CEO and another profit warning.



Stocks to watch

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:44:19 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



International markets roundup

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:11 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Trump disappoints investors, market falls

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:29:11 GMT

Shares slipped and the Australian dollar is higher after US president-elect Donald Trump failed to provide the policy details investors are seeking.



Tigerair forced to cancel all flights to and from Bali

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:17:59 GMT

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The travel plans of hundreds of Australian holidaymakers are uncertain with Tigerair cancelling all flights in and out of Bali.



Shane Warne shuts charity to avoid potential deregistration

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:20:11 GMT

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Shane Warne has avoided having his signature charity stripped of its registration by the state government regulator by agreeing to instead shut down the financially troubled foundation.



Rapid fall for successful baby formula CEO

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:21:31 GMT

Laura McBain's decade at the helm of successful baby formula supplier Bellamy's has come to an abrupt, and costly, end.



VCE assessors: The secret weapons helping schools achieve top results

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:18:08 GMT

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They are the secret weapons helping schools achieve impressive VCE results.



Bellamy's CEO exits as China story sours

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:40:12 GMT

The chief executive of embattled baby formula maker Bellamy's is leaving the company as its makes several changes to deal with weaker-than-expected sales.



BHP bosses meet with Donald Trump

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:57:14 GMT

BHP chairman Jac Nasser and chief executive Andrew Mackenzie have met with US President-elect Donald Trump in New York.



Pensioners get first reduced payments amid anger over politicians' entitlements

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:59:50 GMT

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Almost 330,000 pensioners will receive their first reduced payments in coming days, as anger continues to grow over the politicians' entitlements scandal, and the government's ham-fisted Centrelink clawback.



Jobs on the rise, but most are part-time

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:39:14 GMT

The number of job vacancies are rising, which should put some downward pressure on the unemployment rate.



ANZ offloads NZ finance unit for $626m

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:29:09 GMT

Lender ANZ is offloading its NZ asset finance business to China's HNA Group for $626 million.



Stocks to watch

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:49:18 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market



International markets roundup

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:10:26 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets.



Materials sector boosts share market

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:49:01 GMT

The share market has been lifted by strength in the resources sector, offsetting falls in the banking and health care sectors.



Spectacular cloud formation photographed on Australian flight

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:51:14 GMT

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A spectacular cloud formation captured during a flight over the Great Australian Bight has delighted weather enthusiasts and enraged conspiracy theorists.



Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks charged with assaulting partner

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:53:02 GMT

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Former Guantanamo Bay detainee and terror suspect David Hicks has faced court in Adelaide charged with assaulting his partner.



Why that porn site you looked at might be nasty in divorce

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:09:27 GMT

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Close your eyes for a moment and make a mental list. The porn sites you guiltily visit when your partner is away. The emails between you and the work colleague you like to flirt with, all quickly deleted the second they are sent or received. The long-forgotten Ashley Madison membership you anonymously signed up for after a massive argument, but quickly cancelled when things calmed down.



REA to buy stake in India's PropTiger

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:43:13 GMT

REA Group has turned its sights to India, agreeing to buy a 14.7 per cent stake in online real estate marketing company PropTiger.



ABS retail data shows hardware performed strongly while electronics struggled pre-Christmas

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:47:23 GMT

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Hardware performed strongly in the lead-up to Christmas, attracting lots of shoppers, but electrical and recreational goods struggled.



Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks on death of ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:43:31 GMT

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Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, who was wrongly convicted in the death of her nine-week-old baby Azaria in 1980, has broken her silence on the death of the baby's father, Michael Chamberlain.



Economy may be swayed by Xmas shoppers

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:57:46 GMT

With just a modest rise in retail sales in November, a rebound in economic growth in the final quarter of 2016 could hinge on Christmas spending.



Primary Health CEO faces charges from ASIC

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:43:33 GMT

Primary Health Care boss Peter Gregg has been charged with two counts of falsifying company documents in 2011 during his time at Leighton Holdings.



James Packer back on the Crown board

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:43:42 GMT

A year after stepping down, James Packer has rejoined the board of Crown Resorts as the company changes track in the wake of troubles in China.



Stocks to watch

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:43:22 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market