News: Australia

MFB president resigns as Melbourne's fire brigade finally strikes deal with union

Thursday  19:22,   18 january 2018
ABC News

A deal is finally struck between Melbourne's fire brigade and the firefighters' union, with MFB president Andi Diamond quitting her post immediately following the agreement. There has been a protracted, bitter and political battle over a[...]

Australia's cyber defences 'relatively weak, uncoordinated', former ASIO boss David Irvine warns

Thursday  17:01,   18 january 2018
ABC News

A former ASIO chief David Irvine urges the Federal Government to create a "single Commonwealth-led cooperative agency" charged with countering cybercrime in Australia. "Australia's national capacity to counter threats and criminal activity [...]

Shorten backs Aust Day but hits out at PM

Thursday  12:17,   18 january 2018

Labor leader Bill Shorten has confirmed he supports January 26 remaining Australia Day but respects people have different views.Bill Shorten has restated his support for January 26 remaining Australia Day but hit out at Malcolm Turnbull for using[...]

SA Liberal still funding ousted MP Troy Bell who is facing corruption charges

Thursday  11:47,   18 january 2018
ABC News

Ex-Liberal MP Troy Bell is still receiving financial support from a former deputy leader, despite declaring his intention to run against his former colleagues at SA's March election.Neighbouring MP and former deputy Liberal leader Mitch Williams [...]

Dastyari to formally resign next week

Thursday  11:46,   18 january 2018

Kristina Keneally appears set to secure a NSW Senate seat being vacated by Sam Dastyari.Labor senator Sam Dastyari will formally resign from parliament next week, making way for former NSW premier Kristina Keneally as his likely[...]

Fire contained in SA wine region

Wednesday  14:00,   17 january 2018

A bushfire has been contained at McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide.A bushfire burning in stubble in one of South Australia's premier wine regions has been[...]

Expert to be questioned in SA murder case

Wednesday  12:26,   17 january 2018

A forensic pathologist will be questioned in Adelaide Magistrates Court on the death of a man during a brawl last year. Brothers Dominic and Jordon Von Stanke are charged with the murder of Rex Court at Mount Gambier last May and are yet to enter[...]

'Stressed' principals in NT to receive $600 from the Government

Wednesday  10:35,   17 january 2018
ABC News

Principals in the Northern Territory feeling under pressure can apply for $600 to go towards gym memberships and wellness programs, but concerns are raised about whether making a claim could impact an individual's career.NT Education Minister[...]

160 suffer smoke inhalation in Parklea prison blaze

Wednesday  07:50,   17 january 2018

A 28-year-old inmate was responsible for igniting the fire in the maximum-security section of Parklea Correctional Centre.Around 12.30pm, security staff at the centre found the cell of a 28-year-old inmate on fire in the maximum-security section of[...]

'Simply outrageous': Train strike could cost Sydney economy $100m

Wednesday  07:20,   17 january 2018
Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Business Chamber said the rail union has picked the day for "maximum disruption".Patricia Forsythe, executive director of the Chamber, also said the rail union's call for people to stay home on the day of the planned strike on[...]

NT killer handed jail keys, escapes

Wednesday  04:50,   17 january 2018

A convicted killer with a serious cognitive impairment escaped from an NT jail when staff gave him keys to "play with", after which he stole and crashed a car.Malcolm Morton, who stabbed his uncle to death when he was 14, fled the Alice[...]

Owner 'walked away' as dog viciously attacked man in Perth park

Wednesday  00:50,   17 january 2018

"She continued to walk around the park like it was any other day. It was all quite bizarre."A 28-year-old man is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by a dog while out walking his own pet in Saint James on Tuesday[...]

NSW road toll climbs after major crash

Tuesday  22:31,   16 january 2018

Two people have been killed and two men were trapped for more than four hours while eight others were taken to hospital following a seven-vehicle crash in NSW.A crash that claimed the lives of two people and involved seven vehicles has been[...]

Hobart City Deal signed but no firm funding commitments

Tuesday  20:31,   16 january 2018
ABC News

The Prime Minister signs an agreement progressing formal talks on a revamp of Macquarie Point and better public transport in Hobart, but no funding commitments are announced.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who visited the city on Tuesday morning,[...]

Ash-cloud bushfire costs WA loggers $1.6m

Tuesday  12:52,   16 january 2018

The bushfire that caused a cloud of ash to hang over Perth has cost a logging company $1.6 million in damages.The suspected work of arson was lit on Sunday morning at two ignition points about 10km into the bush off Great Eastern Highway in Sawyer's [...]