News: Australia

Literacy and numeracy push sidelining play in early years

Tuesday  02:06,   15 may 2018

A Sydney principal says ensuring students have core literacy and numeracy skills by the age of eight is the opposite of what leading school systems are doing.The Gonski 2.0 report, handed down last month, recommended that schools "prioritise the[...]

Up to 19 African athletes who fled the Commonwealth Games village turn up in Sydney seeking advice on 'how to stay in Australia'

Tuesday  01:30,   15 may 2018

The competitors - who are believed to be from Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra, Ghana and Leone, will face deportation from Australia or detention from midnight Tuesday. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Cameroon's Chef de Mission has[...]

Serial asbestos dumper accepts he will be jailed for ditching deadly loads

Monday  23:31,   14 may 2018

Dib Hanna knew he wasn't delivering 'clean top soil' to customers who responded to ads across Sydney.Dib Hanna pleaded guilty to unloading asbestos riddled waste on properties at Llandilo, East Kurrajong and Wallacia to unsuspecting[...]

Elderly man thrown into air in SA hit-run

Monday  14:57,   14 may 2018

An elderly man is seriously injured following a hit-run in Adelaide's northeast.An 85-year-old man has been thrown into the air during a hit-run in Adelaide, with police pleading for the driver responsible to come[...]

Tasmanian flood damage bill hits $20m as insurance claims pour in after wild weather

Monday  14:57,   14 may 2018

As the flood clean-up continues around Hobart and beyond, insurance claims are mounting with more than 2,000 being lodged and the damage bill topping $20[...]

Police officer on duty accidentally shoots himself in the leg while trying to holster his gun

Monday  06:56,   14 may 2018

A Queensland police officer was rushed to hospital after he reportedly shot himself in the leg while trying to holster his gun.The officer, from Springwood Police Station in Queensland, is believed to have been inside the police station when the gun [...]

All murder cold cases reopened in NSW

Monday  05:26,   14 may 2018

About 500 cold case murder investigations will be reopened by NSW Police as they try to give families closure over the deaths of their loved ones.NSW Police homicide commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said they want to give the families[...]

White peacocks draw in the fans as bird breeders pluck big bucks

Monday  04:31,   14 may 2018

A mythical mutation of peacock, which is now very much alive through careful breeding, is pulling in big bucks for plucky breeders who earn up to $1,000 per bird in some states. Novelty white peacocks, which are generally mutations of the common[...]

Australians could own historic tram carriages

Monday  01:11,   14 may 2018

The Victorian government will sell 134 W-Class trams, first built in 1923, to members of the public.Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said 134 of the historic trams will be made available to the[...]

Calls for new Canberra landmark including natural history museum, 'building-less' theatre

Sunday  03:55,   13 may 2018

A museum with visitors "stalked by dinosaurs", a "building-less" theatre and a centre of children's books are some ideas for a new national[...]

A former Merrill Lynch banker quit her $160,000 job to become a successful Berlin DJ — here's how she did it

Friday  01:01,   11 may 2018

At 22, Oelmann was earning $160,000 as an investment banker in London. She quit after just six months at Merrill Lynch, feeling drained and lacking motivation.Anne-Kathrin[...]

David Degning to be deported from Australia as sex offence conviction revealed

Friday  00:41,   11 may 2018

David Degning had lived in Australia for 50 years when the Government moved to deport him. The decision angered many in his rural community but they did not know his dark[...]

Tasmanian child protection whistleblowers detail claims of abuse in foster care

Thursday  23:21,   10 may 2018

Tasmanian children are being placed with inappropriate foster carers despite warnings from case managers because a lack of resources means the department has got "no other choices", whistleblowers tell the ABC.The ABC has changed the name[...]

Sydney Zoo keeps name after legal stoush

Thursday  13:57,   10 may 2018

Taronga Zoo and Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd have resolved a legal battle over the use of the name Sydney Zoo with the new zoo to open in western Sydney in early 2019. A zoo under construction in western Sydney has won the right to be named Sydney Zoo after [...]

Raped NT girl clearly at 'risk of harm'

Thursday  09:10,   10 may 2018

A two-year-old NT girl allegedly raped in Tennant Creek was clearly at risk of harm, a report tabled in the Northern Territory parliament has found.A 24-year-old man was charged with sexual assault over the February attack which shocked[...]