News: Australia

NSW's offer of help on shark attacks 'misleading': Fisheries Minister

Friday  00:06,   18 may 2018

New South Wales has offered to boost Western Australia’s defence against shark attacks with the gift of five smart drum lines.Despite earlier saying the cost was a prohibiting factor to using drumlines, Fisheries Minister David Kelly now says there[...]

Tasmanian Premier weighs in on mountain bike death, promising all safety standards will be met

Thursday  16:01,   17 may 2018

The operators of the state's mountain bike parks are ultimately responsible for safety on their sites, says Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman following the death of a rider after crashing at Maydena. The athletic and nursing communities have been[...]

Shops struggling amid light rail construction dealt another blow

Thursday  13:12,   17 may 2018

Struggling businesses along the light rail route in Circular Quay are being forbidden to shop around for a better deal on their power bills. Tenants have leases with Transport for NSW that stipulate the government has exclusive electricity billing[...]

Driver of derailed train tried for six minutes to alert authorities

Thursday  01:11,   17 may 2018

A 'decline' in maintenance on Melbourne’s rail network has been blamed for the 2016 derailment of a Metro Train at Rushall.The incident near Rushall Station left one passenger with minor injuries but a report, released yesterday by the[...]

Protesting outside abortion clinics in NSW may be outlawed within a 150-metre radius

Thursday  01:11,   17 may 2018

Protesters outside abortion clinics in New South Wales may be forced to abandon their posts, if State Parliament passes a new bill due to be introduced today. An estimated 70,000 to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year. In most [...]

Gilmore preselection: Ann Sudmalis facing challenge after Jane Prentice shock defeat

Thursday  00:31,   17 may 2018

A concerted campaign is underway to save the political career of a female MP in Malcolm Turnbull's Government, following the shock preselection defeat of Queensland Liberal Jane Prentice. The ABC understands Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis is facing a[...]

Hunt underway for man after four women are 'sexually assaulted' in less than a month

Wednesday  20:11,   16 may 2018

Police have released an image of a man who may be able to help with their investigations into four separate sexual assaults in Hampton Park in Melbourne.Police have released an image of a man who may be able to help with their investigations into[...]

Sydney train commuters get new seat info

Wednesday  06:45,   16 may 2018

Sydney train commuters are being given access to new technology which shows whether their train is too full for them to find a seat.Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance announced Sydney Trains[...]

Flying beer keg slams into car

Wednesday  04:31,   16 may 2018

Incredible dash-cam video has captured the moment a beer keg slams into a car windscreen. The driver was travelling along the M4 near Eastern Creek in Sydney's west just after 6am yesterday when they were caught off-guard by the rogue object.The[...]

AWOL African athletes have visas to stay

Wednesday  03:51,   16 may 2018

Some of the African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games have been granted bridging visas to stay in Australia.Mr Dutton has instead urged the competitors to give themselves up as the visas they were issued for the Gold Coast[...]

Susan Lamb clear to contest by-election after renouncing UK citizenship

Tuesday  23:06,   15 may 2018

Labor's Susan Lamb has had her British citizenship renounced, clearing the way for her to nominated for the by-election for her Queensland seat. Ms Lamb resigned last week for being a dual citizen and therefore unable to sit in Federal[...]

Disappearing Tarn on Mount Wellington springs into life after deluge

Tuesday  06:11,   15 may 2018

While the heavy rain brought flooding and destruction to Hobart, it also delighted photographers by filling Mount Wellington's secretive lake with crystal clear waters.As Hobart residents awoke to a deluge on Friday which saw widespread[...]

Tourists escape with minor injuries from Kununurra emergency landing

Tuesday  05:10,   15 may 2018

Four tourists and the pilot were flown to Kununurra hospital with minor injuries while another four tourists were taken back to their accommodation unharmed. Police only heard about the emergency landing after hospital staff alerted them of the[...]

Cashless welfare card causing 'horrible' financial stress, more dependence, participants say

Tuesday  03:31,   15 may 2018

Participants in the latest trial of the cashless welfare card in Western Australia's Goldfields say the program has caused them "horrible" financial stress and greatly reduced their independence. The Government says the card,[...]

Children in blasts horrifying: Bishop, PM

Tuesday  03:20,   15 may 2018

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the use of children in suicide bombings in Indonesia takes terror attacks in the country to a whole new level.The minister said there is a heightened risk of further terror attacks during Ramadan, after a family of [...]