News: Australia

Sydney beaches reopen after shark attack

Sunday  00:55,   25 february 2018

Sydney beaches around the site of a shark attack in Botany Bay will reopen on Sunday as a 55-year-old woman recovers with deep cuts to her leg. Dr Neff shut down calls for shark nets in the area, saying there was no data to back up their[...]

The Block designer breathes new life into charity shelter

Saturday  23:06,   24 february 2018

Celebrity interior designer Darren Palmer is turning his special skills to helping out some of Australia's neediest people.Away from The Block, Palmer has lent his expertise to a special redesign project for the San Miguel Family Centre in[...]

Vic govt announces free flu shots for kids

Saturday  02:05,   24 february 2018

Victorian families with children aged under five can have their kids vaccinated from the flu for free from May, the state government has announced. Victorian children aged under five can receive free flu vaccinations before the peak season under[...]

Man denied bail over fire linked to Obeids

Friday  13:51,   23 february 2018

A Sydney man accused of setting fire to a Bankstown function centre linked to the Obeid family will remain behind bars after he was denied bail. Court documents detail several intercepted telephone calls from Derbas appearing to suggest his[...]

Mardi Gras sheds violent past, but still 'a lot to be done' for gay rights, original marcher says

Friday  13:50,   23 february 2018
ABC News

As the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras prepares to celebrates its 40th anniversary, one of the original marchers says there is a long way to go in the treatment of gay people and the understanding of their past battles.Forty years ago gay men and[...]

Turnbull honours RAAF pilot in US

Friday  12:39,   23 february 2018

Malcolm Turnbull has visited the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, laying a wreath at the grave of an RAAF pilot killed in World War II.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has honoured the only Australian buried at Arlington National Cemetery in[...]

Melbourne legionnaires' cases prompt alert

Friday  12:39,   23 february 2018

Three linked cases of legionnaires' disease in Melbourne have prompted action by the state's health regulator.Victorians over 50, heavy smokers, drinkers and those suffering chronic diabetes, lung and immune illnesses have been told to be on [...]

Benefits of population growth 'immense'

Friday  12:38,   23 february 2018

Infrastructure Australia is warning MPs not to turn their back on migration, saying the potential benefits of population growth are immense.A high-powered agency that oversees major infrastructure projects has waded into an explosive political[...]

Meet Australia's first transgender priest

Friday  12:38,   23 february 2018
ABC News

Raised as a boy, Anglican minister Jo Inkpin always knew she was different. But it is only now that she has decided to live truthfully: as a transwoman. For the first time, she tells ABC News her story.In it were piles of sumptuous clothes, a[...]

M12 Motorway announcement leaves Kemps Creek residents out of the loop

Friday  12:37,   23 february 2018
ABC News

Residents who will be forced to leave their homes to make way for the M12 Motorway say they have been left in the dark by the Government about whether their properties will be compulsorily acquired.The NSW and Federal Government today released[...]

Marles: no comment on abusive Vic MP texts

Friday  03:10,   23 february 2018

Text messages allegedly sent by Victorian Labor powerbroker Adem Somyurek included abusive remarks directed at federal Labor MP Richard Marles. A federal Labor MP has declined to comment on abusive text messages directed at him by Victorian Labor[...]

Nauru detention mould sparks illnesses

Friday  01:20,   23 february 2018

A leaked report shows Australian authorities knew from 2014 mould outbreaks at Nauru detention centre could harm the health of asylum seekers and staff.The woman, who asked not to be named, is one of an estimated 20 former Nauru immigration[...]

Bondi Pavilion redevelopment to be dumped for cheaper, community-friendly upgrade

Thursday  14:21,   22 february 2018
ABC News

Locals are celebrating after what is set to be a victory for community over business as the Bondi Pavilion is saved from commercialisation in favour of a more "community-friendly" redevelopment.A report has been submitted to Waverley[...]

Labor,Greens argue over Batman preferences

Thursday  13:21,   22 february 2018

Nominations for the federal Batman by-election have closed but a preferences slanging match between Labor and the Greens rolls on.Both parties have accused the other of discussing a preference deal with Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives[...]

NAPLAN no longer linked to HSC after backlash from parents

Thursday  12:06,   22 february 2018
ABC News

Students in NSW will no longer be required to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards in Year 9 in order to obtain their HSC, after a State Government backflip following backlash from parents and teachers.NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes[...]