News: Australia

Armed siege ends as knife-wielding man 'who threatened three adults' surrenders from Melbourne home and is taken by police guard to hospital over mental health concerns

Tuesday  04:00,   22 may 2018

A siege is underway at a home in Melbourne's north, as police negotiate with a knife-wielding man who allegedly threatened to harm his family. The incident started at about 7.30am this morning.A spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria confirmed the[...]

Strong winds batter southern Tasmania cutting power, damaging property

Tuesday  03:55,   22 may 2018

After record floods two weeks ago, Hobart residents are cleaning up after strong winds down power lines, shatter windows and blow roofs off.Ten days after Hobart had record floods and storm damage, some residents are again cleaning up after a night[...]

Four mayors and one councillor immediately suspended

Tuesday  02:56,   22 may 2018

Beefed up local government powers have come into effect, triggering the automatically suspension of four mayors and one councillor.Last week, the Queensland government passed sweeping reforms, which included enhanced powers for Local Government[...]

Brisbane set to lead the way in national robotics development

Monday  15:07,   21 may 2018

A top robotics conference will be held in Brisbane this week and the military will set up an Australia-first research centre in the river city.A top robotics conference has chosen Brisbane to host its inaugural Australian venture and the military[...]

Ex-MP staffer guilty of electoral fraud

Monday  15:07,   21 may 2018

A staffer to former Wollongong politician Noreen Hay has been found guilty of electoral fraud. Susan Greenhalgh’s conviction comes four years after she forged documents and falsely updated the electoral roll.It meant five names were moved into the[...]

Bishop seeks to thaw China relations

Monday  15:07,   21 may 2018

As Labor calls for the coalition to alter its 'clumsy' approach to China, the foreign minister has met with her Chinese counterpart in Argentina. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as Australia seeks[...]

NSW prison officers accused of covering up alleged assault of Lithgow jail inmate

Monday  06:55,   21 may 2018

Prison officers at Lithgow jail tried to cover up the use of unwarranted force on an inmate, and lied about finding drugs in his cell, a corruption inquiry hears.The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating allegations an[...]

NSW sex cult leader to sell 'holy grounds'

Monday  03:05,   21 may 2018

The notorious sex-offender who lead a cult on the NSW south coast is being forced to sell the sect's "holy grounds" after running out of money.Kamm, who now calls himself William Costellia, founded the Order of Saint Charbel near Nowra [...]

Tax on Google, Facebook and Uber to go ahead

Monday  02:32,   21 may 2018

Central Alliance party senators, who hold two crucial Senate votes, will back the government's tax plan if it taxes large digital companies.The coalition needs two more votes to get its plan to cut income tax for low-and-middle income workers,[...]

SA police announce stab-proof vest trial

Monday  00:06,   21 may 2018

South Australian police are expected to trial a range of stab-poof and ballistic vests before deciding which products to rollout to the wider force.South Australian police say they will trial various stab-proof and ballistic vests ahead of a planned [...]

2018 Aston Martin DB11 AMR revealed

Sunday  14:55,   20 may 2018

Sharper AMR DB11 becomes top-spec Aston grand tourerWith the Aston Martin website having last week published a page featuring only the name ‘DB11 AMR’ and a password entry field, we expected to see the model break after not long. Aston Martin[...]

Police officer 'punched', eight arrested after Bank Street crowd turns nasty in Adelaide

Friday  05:31,   18 may 2018

A police officer is nursing wounds after allegedly being punched in the face when a crowd of up to 30 people turned aggressive in Adelaide overnight.Police were responding to reports of a man damaging and attempting to remove a street sign near Bank [...]

Heroin disguised as copy paper-police bust

Friday  05:01,   18 may 2018

A joint NSW Police and Australian Border Force operation has led to one man being charged with trying to import $8 million worth of heroin into Sydney.But police uncovered the scam after X-raying the consignment that arrived in Sydney from Thailand[...]

Curry chef used 'severe' force to kill unhappy customer, court told

Friday  04:05,   18 may 2018

A forensic pathologist has described the degree of force a curry chef used to kill a Pakistani customer as severe. Abdullah Siddiqi, 38, was found dead in the Ballarat Curry House restaurant after an alleged altercation between him and chef, Hari[...]

Eileen Stewart cold case: Sixty years on, Tasmanian mother's disappearance remains a mystery

Friday  02:58,   18 may 2018

A coronial review into the disappearance of a mother of four from a Hobart cottage 60 years ago fails to shed any light on the mystery. Eileen Adeline Stewart left her Mount Nelson home on November 7, 1958, telling her husband she was going into[...]