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Ai Group in bid to trim hairdresser penalty rates

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:35:07 GMT


Sunday penalty rates for hairdressers would be reduced from double time to time-and-a-half under an Australian Industry Group application for a change to the award.

Australian bird more at risk of extinction than giant panda

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:08:07 GMT


The birds learned to sing from each other, reduced populations mean their song may be lost.

Superquiz and Target, Friday July 28

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:01:00 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

ATO assistant commissioner Tony Poulakis returns after being stood down

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT


A high-ranking ATO official stood down after a $130m tax scandal will remain a senior executive.

Aussie babies among worst in West for antibiotic use, and study blames GP 'fear'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:41:04 GMT


Australian babies are being given antibiotics at rates drastically higher than those in other industrialised countries.

Woman loses $46,000 in 'traumatic' iTunes gift card scam

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:15:03 GMT


A 74-year-old Melbourne woman has been swindled out of $46,000 by scammers who groomed her to buy 330 iTunes gift cards as part of their crime.

Superquiz and Target, Thursday July 27

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:22:02 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

'Hundreds of millions of dollars at risk': China blocks Australian beef exports

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:57:02 GMT


Hundreds of millions of dollars in Australian beef exports are at stake after China raised concerns about the labelling of some recent shipments.

SA calls for Barnaby Joyce to drop lobbyist from water board nomination

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:02:05 GMT


Federal-state tensions over water issues have escalated with South Australia demanding Barnaby Joyce, the federal water minister, drop his nomination of an irrigation lobbyist to the Murray Darling Basin Authority's board.

George Pell: Prince of the Catholic Church walks gauntlet at court

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:28:08 GMT


At the Melbourne Magistrates Court he was simply George Pell, a mere man in a black suit charged with a number of historical sexual offences.

Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to historical sex charges

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:40:07 GMT


Cardinal George Pell has appeared before court for the first time, to answer to charges of historic sex offences.

Protesters, queues, security for Cardinal George Pell's first court appearance

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:01:07 GMT


Cardinal George Pell will be greeted by a large media pack when he fronts court for the first time on historical sex offence charges.

Calls for NSW bureaucrat to step down as ripples from water theft claims spread

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:59:11 GMT


A top NSW bureaucrat was on Tuesday refusing calls to stand down despite allegedly offering privileged access to government documents to irrigation lobbyists.

Superquiz and Target, Wednesday July 26

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:40:14 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

Federal Court judge declines to taste disputed Heinz snack

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:47:09 GMT


A Federal Court judge has rejected a request for him to taste a kids' snack food at the centre of a legal stoush over its nutritional value.

Former NSW water minister, top bureaucrat to be referred to ICAC after ABC investigation

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:44:06 GMT


The Berejiklian government needs to refer the issues of water theft and industry collusion to the corruption watchdog, green groups say.

Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, July 25

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:37:05 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.

Faulty Takata airbags: Government demands answers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:22:04 GMT


The Australian government is demanding urgent updates from car makers undertaking a massive recall program.

All roads lead to William St: World awaits Cardinal George Pell's day in court

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:04:02 GMT


Cardinal Pell could find himself rubbing shoulders with drink-drivers and drug users on Wednesday.

Newcrest FY output drops on Cadia hit

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:35:16 GMT

Gold and copper miner Newcrest Mining's full-year gold production is down 2.4 per cent on lower production at its Cadia mine which was closed following a quake.

Murray Goulburn cuts milk intake target

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:09:18 GMT

Troubled dairy processor Murray Goulburn has cut its expected milk intake for the 2018 financial year but has maintained its farmgate milk price guidance.

Westpac in talks for Hastings sale

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:25:13 GMT

Westpac is in discussions with property giant Charter Hall Group to sell its infrastructure investment business Hastings Management.

Stocks to watch

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:04:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market

Australian shares are set to open lower

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:33:11 GMT

The Australian share market is set to follow the lead of international markets and open lower amid a slump in commodity prices.

NSW leads, WA lags: state of states report

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:04:21 GMT

NSW continues to have the strongest performing economy in the country while WA is the weakest, the latest quarterly CommSec State of the States report says.

The dangerous hidden message in our most popular kids' TV shows

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:07:07 GMT


The lingering gender skew of the shows our fastest growing minds are absorbing is worrying.

Soft opening for the ASX on Monday

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:37:14 GMT

Weak US and European markets coupled with a drop in oil will drive the ASX lower on Monday.

Qantas beefs up security in Philippines over terror fears

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:59:02 GMT


Qantas has denied reports it has banned alcohol, perfumes and other liquids bought at airport duty-free shops in Manila over concerns Islamic State militants may carry out an airborne terror attack.

Young drivers in danger: First month of P-plates the riskiest, research shows

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:50:11 GMT


"They were just 17-year-olds mucking about in the car. There was nothing sinister about them."

A Utopia moment in foreign affairs when life imitates art

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:15:20 GMT


Australia's foreign affairs department told former employee she is unable to learn outcome of a harassment complaint.

Superquiz: Sunday July 23

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:01:00 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz.

Aboriginal leader Yami Lester dies at 75

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:48:02 GMT


Yami Lester, who was left blind by the Maralinga atomic tests and went on to become a tireless campaigner for Aboriginal rights, has died aged 75.

Return of the 'big dry' points to active and early fire season across the south

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT


Weather patterns delivering an exceptionally dry winter across south-eastern Australia show little sign of breaking up.

Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday July 22

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:01:00 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

Australian solider arrested in Victoria for child pornography

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:34:07 GMT


An Australian Army soldier has been arrested at a Victorian army base and charged with producing and sharing child porn.

Stocks of interest on the ASX this week

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:28:13 GMT

Stocks of interest on the ASX this week

'Unprecedented': Draft marine park plans point to reduced protections

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:51:04 GMT


The Turnbull government has released draft management plans for the nation's marine parks that amount to an "unprecedented rollback" of protections, a coalition of 25 environmental groups say.

Copper miner OZ Minerals looks for new CFO

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:01:13 GMT

OZ Minerals is looking for a new chief financial officer after Luke Anderson announced his intention to leave at the end of September.

Bankwest follows rival banks, raises rates

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:36:17 GMT

Commonwealth Bank-owned Bankwest has followed the big lenders by raising its home loan rates for interest-only mortgages.

Census 2016: How well do you know your suburb? Take the quiz

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:21:08 GMT


How well do you know where you live?

Fortescue may appeal Fed Court ruling

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:06:13 GMT

Fortescue Metals is considering its options on a Federal Court ruling that recognised a native title claim to land on which Fortescue mines.

Optus to break Telstra 'stranglehold': Lew

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:52:13 GMT

Australia's second largest mobile provider is investing $1 billion in regional coverage to create an alternative nationally distributed mobile network.

Primary Health shares defy $575m writedown

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:25:14 GMT

Shares in Primary Health Care finished higher on Friday, defying a $575m write down in the value of its medical centre bulk billing division.

Stocks to watch on Friday at noon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:55:13 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market on Friday.

International markets roundup

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:51:11 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets

Profit-takers push Aust market lower

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:14:11 GMT

The Australian share market has closed lower as investors took profits and mining and energy stocks were also weighed down by lower commodity prices.

'A unique gift': National Archives hands back priceless Japanese records

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:05:04 GMT


Canberra's National Archives will return to Japan thousands of archival records seized during World War II

Superquiz and Target, Friday July 21

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

Police investigating after former Don Dale inmate Dylan Voller picture with 'toy' gun emerges

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:16:05 GMT


Investigations launched after photo of Don Dale victim with replica firearm

Aust industry 'a bit of a tragedy': Gupta

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:41:13 GMT

British billionaire and new Arrium owner Sanjeev Gupta says Australia is not fulfilling it's industrial potential.

It All Adds Up podcast: Are kids a luxury or a social necessity?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:08:02 GMT


Listen to It All Adds Up - the podcast that explains the economics of the everyday

Commercial networks want out of kids' TV

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:48:15 GMT

Commercial broadcasters want to scrap their kids shows, with dwindling ratings and restrictive advertising making programs difficult to make money from.

Pilot, 72, charged over plot to fly light plane with $255m of ice from US: police

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:51:04 GMT


Police allege the trio planned to use a six-seater plane to ferry the massive haul of ice across the Pacific.

ACCC calls time on broadband speeds

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:47:13 GMT

The ACCC plans to prosecute broadband companies that don't deliver the internet speeds they promise.

Full-time jobs boost lifts recovery hopes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:21:14 GMT

Economists say the strongest back-to-back monthly rise in full-time employment in 29 years gives hope jobs growth is setting in.

Woodside's output and revenue slip

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:12:18 GMT

Woodside Petroleum's production dropped in the June quarter following outages at facilities and lower share of pipeline gas.

Bellamy's shares plunge as trade resumes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:35:13 GMT

Shares in infant formula maker Bellamy's have fallen more than five per cent, after the company offered to refund money to investors earlier in the week.

Myer CEO defends Topshop strategy

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:46:13 GMT

Myer will take a $45.6 million hit after writing off its stake in Topshop's Australian franchisee and impairing the value of its sass & bide brand.

Strong Q4 helps Evolution hit FY target

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:52:14 GMT

Gold miner Evolution has lifted full year gold production by five per cent to 844,124 ounces, helped by record output in the June quarter

Santos shares boosted by improved outlook

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:09:13 GMT

Shares in Santos are higher after the energy producer improved its guidance for full year production and sales.

Stocks to watch on Thursday

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:28:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market on Thursday.

International markets roundup

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:15:11 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets

Big four banks lead market higher

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:14:11 GMT

The share market has closed higher for a second straight day on the back of strong gains among the major banks.

GE global renewables head Jerome Pecresse warns on clean energy target

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:15:00 GMT


Momentum in Australia's renewable energy industry remains fragile as uncertainty clouds post-2020 prospects, the US energy giant says.

Breach of JK Rowling book embargo led to unfair sacking of courier depot manager

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:10:03 GMT


The depot manager at an Australian courier company was unfairly sacked after he was accused of being responsible for the breach of a worldwide embargo on the J.K. Rowling book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Fair Work Commission has found.

'Outstanding': Banker Steven Skala tapped to lead refresh of green bank board

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT


The Turnbull government has named investment banker and former ABC director Steven Skala as the new chair of its $10 billion green investment agency in a move welcomed by the renewable energy industry.

Superquiz and Target, Thursday July 20

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:22:02 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with superquiz and Target.

Australian woman Justine Damond rescued trapped ducklings weeks before she was shot by police

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:54:07 GMT


Weeks before she was shot dead by police, Justine Damond climbed into a storm drain and rescued a group of ducklings.

Pelvic mesh victims blamed by 'asleep at wheel' health system, inquiry to hear

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:10:02 GMT


Pelvic mesh scandal has exposed a health system "asleep at the wheel' Senate inquiry will hear next month.

Telstra shares drop as dividend in focus

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:31:17 GMT

Telstra finds itself under renewed investor scrutiny after comments from chairman John Mullen added to speculation about dividend sustainability.

Eighth year of growth for super funds

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:51:18 GMT

Super funds have delivered their best returns in three years despite the political and economic uncertainty that dominated financial markets in 2016/17.

Woolies deal boosts sanitiser maker Zoono

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:11:18 GMT

Hand sanitiser maker Zoono Group's shares have jumped by more than five per cent after it announced Woolworths will stock its product.

High density Sydney: How your suburb rates, according to the 2016 census

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:34:02 GMT


Sydney Olympic Park might have the highest density in all of Sydney but there are now 15 suburbs where 90 per cent or more of us live in an apartment.

China the toast of Aussie wine exporters

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:02:15 GMT

Exports of Australian wine to China continue to soar, as consumers there move towards everyday consumption.

IAG centralises Australia operations

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:45:13 GMT

IAG will create an Australian division as part of a move to cut operating costs by $250 million by the end of 2019.

Banks 'well placed' to build APRA capital

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:47:16 GMT

Australia's four biggest banks will have to hold billions of extra dollars after APRA raised their Tier One capital ratio requirement, but they should manage.

Oil, copper weigh on BHP's iron ore growth

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:37:13 GMT

BHP Billiton met its full year target for iron ore production but has fallen short in copper and expects a decline in petroleum output in the year ahead.

Stocks to watch at close on Wednesday

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:24:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market on Wednesday.

International markets roundup

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:16:11 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets

Bank rally leads share market higher

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:19:11 GMT

Shares in the major banks have posted their best gains of 2017 after the financial regulator introduced new capital measures that were not as tough as feared.

Superquiz and Target, Wednesday July 19

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:06:01 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with superquiz and Target.

Calls for drug policy rethink as hospitals ration 'critical' painkiller fentanyl

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:28:04 GMT


Australian hospitals are being forced to ration a painkiller used in millions of operations each year.

'Almost exponential': Green bank eyes rapid renewables growth as doubts linger

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:41:05 GMT


Investments by the government's $10 billion clean energy fund are growing at an "almost exponential" rate but growth could shudder to a halt if the industry's post-2020 policy is not settled, according to the agency's new head.

Weak Asian demand hits cattle exporter

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:46:15 GMT

Cattle exporter Wellard says high prices have hurt demand for Australian cattle in Asian markets, and the company made a loss in the 2016/17 financial year.

Aussie dollar surges on RBA remarks

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:31:13 GMT

An optimistic assessment of the economy in the minutes of the RBA's July policy meeting and a weak greenback has pushed the Aussie dollar to a two-year high.

Spotless waves white flag in Downer battle

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:30:13 GMT

The directors of Spotless Group have recommended shareholders accept a $1.3 billion takeover offer from Downer EDI, after previously advising against it.

Consumer sentiment index edges lower

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:12:13 GMT

The latest weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index has slipped 0.4 per cent with households less optimistic towards their current financial situation.

Tragedy still hurting theme park industry

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:15:13 GMT

Village Roadshow expects a fall in earnings from Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild, as the fatal Dreamworld accident continues to impact the industry.

Oil Search output dips in June quarter

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:40:14 GMT

PNG-focused producer Oil Search has posted a four per cent decline in June quarter output because of planned maintenance at its facilities.

CIMIC boosts dividend as profit grows

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:31:13 GMT

Construction and contract mining giant CIMIC Group has increased its dividend by 25 per cent after achieving 22 per cent profit growth.

Rio Tinto trims iron ore shipment target

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:15:13 GMT

Rio Tinto expects full year iron ore shipments to be at the lower end of its guidance range, after a six per cent dip in the June quarter.

Stocks to watch at Tuesday's close

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:31:11 GMT

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market on Tuesday.

NZ retailer Briscoe gets ASX debut date

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:35:13 GMT

Shares in NZ retailer Briscoe Group will be officially quoted on the Australian Securities Exchange this week, giving it a listing on both sides of the Tasman.

International markets roundup

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:00:11 GMT

News from the world's major stock markets

$A at two-year high as stocks slump

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:19:11 GMT

The share market has fallen as the Australian dollar surged to two-year highs and weighed on export-focused companies.

Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, July 18

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:10:02 GMT


Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.

Australian skydiver Miles Cottman hospitalised after horrific crash

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:04:09 GMT


The Australian, a professional skydiver, clipped a tree while travelling at an estimated 120 km/h and has suffered numerous injuries.

Bellamy's offers investors a refund

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:15:13 GMT

Bellamy's is offering refunds to recent investors, following the suspension of a key licence at the Infant formula maker's Camperdown Powder canning facility.

News Corp names Stacey Brown as CFO in Aus

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:42:18 GMT

Stacey Brown will replace Susan Panuccio as News Corp Australia's new chief financial officer.

Village Roadshow backs anti-piracy tech

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:53:13 GMT

Film distributor Village Roadshow and its co-chairman, Robert Kirby, have between them invested $1.5 million in streaming technology firm Linius.