News: Australia

The history of the same-sex marriage debate, as told by Q&A

Monday  12:01,   23 october 2017
ABC News

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ADF troops post vile rape material: group

Monday  09:36,   23 october 2017

About 100 Defence personnel have allegedly been identified on a Facebook group that shares material promoting domestic violence, rape and child abuse.The Victims of Abuse in the Australian Defence Force Association has undertaken an analysis of[...]

Parliament House security manual lost by contractor, but there is 'no compromise' to safety

Monday  09:10,   23 october 2017
ABC News

A 1,000-page manual on future security arrangements for Parliament House has been lost by a contractor.Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching used Senate Estimates to grill DPS staff about the security breach, alleged to have happened because a contractor [...]

Police’s ‘spy in the sky’ captures teens dodging death

Monday  09:10,   23 october 2017

The Victoria Police taskforce has been secretly monitoring hoons and large hoon gatherings in Melbourne's inner north-western suburbs. Police said that sometimes there are more than 150 cars at the events and then large numbers of spectators on[...]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set for a 'super majority' election win

Monday  06:16,   23 october 2017
Business Insider Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to retain power with a "super majority" of seats after Sunday's national election. Abe was elected in 2012 and was predicted to win in a landslide after calling a snap election last[...]

Vic cops hunt public transport deviants

Monday  06:16,   23 october 2017

Victorian authorities are on the hunt for opportunistic sexual offenders who prey on women on busy trams and trains.Perverts who grope women on crowded trams and trains may think they can get away with it but Victorian authorities have vowed to[...]

Storm damage smacks south-east Queensland hard, insurance data shows

Monday  04:35,   23 october 2017
ABC News

The top-five most storm-affected regions in Queensland are in the state's south-east, research shows, with three Brisbane suburbs accounting for a quarter of all insurance claims.Capalaba, Cleveland and Belmont took the number one spot when[...]

Samuel Johnson, Magda Szubanski among Victorian nominees for Australian of the Year

Monday  03:42,   23 october 2017
ABC News

Actor turned cancer fundraising campaigner Samuel Johnson as well as author and same-sex marriage advocate Magda Szubanski are among the Victorians in contention for the 2018 Australian of the Year award. Johnson co-founded the Love Your Sister[...]

Calls to save TAFE as vocational training sector reaches 'tipping point'

Monday  02:52,   23 october 2017
ABC News

With warnings the vocational training sector is on the brink of collapse, experts are calling on the Federal Government to start reinvesting in TAFE.Courses have been cut, campuses have been closed and enrolments are down 25 per cent in the past[...]

Westpac shuts bank accounts 'linked to Islamic State terrorists'

Monday  02:52,   23 october 2017

A group claiming to support Muslims jailed in Australia has hit back at claims it was raising money to support Islamic State terrorists, after Westpac shut its bank accounts.  Brothers Behind Bars has denied any wrongdoing after a report by The [...]

Finally! Sydney gets the rain it waited 76 days for

Sunday  00:21,   22 october 2017

Don’t forget your umbrella – the promised east coast deluge is here.That same system may see some of the city’s eastern suburbs receiving more than 30mm of rain, bringing rainfall totals not seen in[...]

Rise of the female firefighter: Bushfire brigade ranks filling up with women

Friday  04:47,   20 october 2017
ABC News

Firefighting roles that were once the preserve of men, are increasingly being filled by female volunteers.Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service's volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in[...]

Thunderstorm asthma warning for Melbourne and parts of Victoria

Friday  04:12,   20 october 2017

A moderate thunderstorm asthma warning has been issued for people in Melbourne and parts of Victoria ahead of a squally afternoon. Central, North Central, North Country and South West areas of the state have been warned that the current weather[...]

Fake nurse jailed after doing shifts at hospitals across Australia

Thursday  13:26,   19 october 2017

A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to four years jail in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for falsely claiming to be a registered nurse and working at Royal Darwin Hospital. Nicholas Crawford today pleaded guilty to ten offences including[...]

Quick-thinking tradies trap thieves using GPS

Thursday  12:36,   19 october 2017

A savvy group of Melbourne workmen have tracked down a gang of thieves using a GPS tracking device. Tradesman Paul Price told 9NEWS that he arrived at E&S Trading, Noble Park, yesterday morning to find that the offenders had cleared off with a[...]