News: Australia

Ipswich council by-election underway after Paul Pisasale's retirement

Saturday  11:12,   19 august 2017
ABC News

Acting Mayor Paul Tully and councillor Andrew Antoniolli are the only sitting Ipswich City councillors to run for the top job, which was vacated by Paul Pisasale in June. Incumbency is often regarded as an advantage, however, Cr Antoniolli believed[...]

Perth emergency services are earthquake-ready after responding to fake magnitude-5.6 tremor

Saturday  11:11,   19 august 2017
ABC News

Urban search and rescue teams and firefighters comb through rubble for survivors, attend a service station explosion and don protective gear to respond to a fake chemical incident.It is all part of a simulated response to a magnitude-5.6 earthquake[...]

Machine Gun Preacher tours Australia

Saturday  05:42,   19 august 2017

Former US Outlaws biker Sam Childers is in Australia to raise awareness of the orphanages and schools he has built in East Africa.It was the moment former US Outlaws bikie Sam Childers decided to devote the rest of his life to saving the children of [...]

Australians called to step up and meet the need for organ transplants

Saturday  03:25,   19 august 2017

Mason is six years old, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, and waiting on a call from the hospital that could save his life. The Melbourne boy is one of more than a thousand Australians waiting for a vital organ transplant, as hospitals struggle[...]

Comment: Was Pauline's burqa stunt dangerous?

Friday  15:51,   18 august 2017
Now To Love

Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to Senate yesterday, eliciting condemnation from those in Parliament, but just how dangerous will the ramifications be?We all know what Pauline “too-Islamophobic-for-Trump” Hanson did yesterday in Senate and whether you[...]

Mother found not guilty of murdering toddler in Scone due to mental illness

Friday  11:52,   18 august 2017
ABC News

<p>A New South Wales woman has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness of murdering her 16-month-old daughter, who was last seen in the NSW Hunter Valley in 2000.</p>The 44-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused [...]

Comment: There’s nothing beneath that burqa

Friday  05:20,   18 august 2017

What was beneath Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt? Nothing. There's no deeper meaning than a publicity-seeking bigoted stunt.“Oh my God,” yelled someone in the corridor outside the rambling Crikey offices in Parliament House. I glanced at the[...]

TURNBULL: Brandis 'spoke with eloquence and wisdom' in response to Hanson's Senate burqa stunt

Friday  05:16,   18 august 2017
Business Insider Australia

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised attorney-general George Brandis, who he says "spoke with eloquence and with wisdom" yesterday after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson called for the banning of the burqa in the senate. Hanson[...]

Australia is set to introduce new safety measures to protect people in crowded places

Friday  05:11,   18 august 2017
Business Insider Australia

The Turnbull government is set to release a number of new safety measured designed to keep Australians safe in crowded public places.&nbsp;The Turnbull government is set to release a number of new safety measured designed to keep Australians[...]

Govt and mayor yet to hold Aust Day talks

Friday  04:35,   18 august 2017

Yarra City mayor Amanda Stone will speak with the federal government on Friday about her council's controversial decision to axe Australia Day ceremonies.The Melbourne council at the centre of national row about Australia Day is still yet to[...]

Canberra hospital has same combustible cladding as Grenfell Tower

Thursday  15:24,   17 august 2017

The ACT Government will replace cladding on the facade of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, after the panelling was found to contain the same combustible core as that on London's Grenfell Tower.The UK tragedy prompted an audit of all[...]

Snake found wrapped around child's toys

Thursday  10:41,   17 august 2017

A deadly snake found inside a Gold Coast home had become trapped while "on a mission" to find a mate, experts say.Snake catchers Tony and Brooke Harrison were called to the Tallebudgera home on Thursday afternoon to catch what they had[...]

Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

Thursday  09:56,   17 august 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally[...]

Melbourne is not the world's most liveable city, Canadian expert says

Thursday  07:41,   17 august 2017
ABC News

Melbourne stole the title of world's most liveable city from Vancouver in 2011 and remains in top spot, but a Canadian town planner questions the rankings, arguing the "below-average suburbs" should be taken into account.Melbourne may[...]

Tiah's foster mum to be sentenced

Thursday  06:17,   17 august 2017

The foster mother of slain Brisbane schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is due to be sentenced for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in November.Julene Thorburn, 55, was on Thursday ordered to face a sentencing hearing at Beenleigh[...]