News: Australia

Curtis Pitt named Speaker in historic day for Queensland politics

Tuesday  12:21,   13 february 2018

Curtis Pitt will be the speaker for the 56th Queensland Parliament. The LNP opposition nominated long time Caloundra MP Mark McArdle but Mr Pitt was voted in after a short debate. His nomination was supported by Robbie Katter. © AAP[...]

Northern Territory prisons at record levels of overcrowding

Tuesday  11:45,   13 february 2018
ABC News

The Alice Springs prison is more than 20 per cent over its design capacity and the Barkly work camp is at similar levels, February data shows. Darwin's prison at Holtze, which was almost full when it was opened in 2014, is now almost three per cent[...]

First Greens MP takes seat in Queensland Parliament

Tuesday  09:46,   13 february 2018

Maiwar MP Michael Berkman takes his seat promising to "provide a voice for everyone who's been shut out of politics".Mr Berkman, who upset the LNP's Scott Emerson in November's election, stopped to talk with protesters on his way into[...]

PM says Closing the Gap results are 'promising', but Indigenous communities should be worked 'with, not to'

Tuesday  01:25,   13 february 2018
ABC News

The Prime Minister describes this year's Closing the Gap report as "the most promising result since 2011", despite seeing improvement in only three out of seven targets. Mr Turnbull highlighted improvements in infant mortality, early[...]

Moomba Festival King and Queen announced

Monday  09:36,   12 february 2018

Entertainer Jimmy Giggle and radio host Chrissie Swan have been named as the King and Queen for Melbourne’s 64th Moomba Festival. Both grew up in Melbourne and are familiar with all the fanfare that comes with Moomba.For Giggle - the highlight[...]

Tas Labor criticises Liberal health pledge

Sunday  21:50,   11 february 2018

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has pledged to invest $757 million in health if re-elected, but Labor's opposition says the funding is back-ended.Premier Will Hodgman on Sunday announced a Liberal government would put an extra $757 million into[...]

Doctors warned following codeine overhaul

Sunday  21:21,   11 february 2018

Doctors have been urged to identify codeine-dependent patients after the drug became prescription-only earlier this month.Identifying codeine-dependent patients may be difficult, but a study released on Monday says it's vital doctors pick up signs[...]

No 'g'day'? Comm Games minister says that's 'bulldust'

Sunday  16:11,   11 february 2018

You might not use it every day, but if there's one thing Aussies are comfortable saying it's "g'day".LNP MP John-Paul Langbroek claims Commonwealth Games volunteers have been asked not to use it, replacing it with the local[...]

'I don't think he's that trim': Palmer says he doubts his nephew's been found

Sunday  13:42,   11 february 2018
ABC News

Elusive former Queensland Nickel director Clive Mensink is reportedly found in Bulgaria, but his uncle Clive Palmer says he's not convinced.News Corp published photos and video of the man who bears a resemblance to Mr Mensink leaving a cinema[...]

Kevin Rudd calls for Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider Uluru Statement, saying rejecting it 'is wrong'

Saturday  06:41,   10 february 2018
ABC News

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd urges the Turnbull Government to reconsider its opposition to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. A decade since he delivered a historic apology to the Stolen Generations, Mr Rudd said Australia needed another[...]

PM calls for party reform, more women

Saturday  02:55,   10 february 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Liberal Party must empower its grassroots in order to succeed in the future.As NSW state delegates prepare to vote on significant party reform at the Liberal AGM on Saturday, the Prime Minister told Sydney's[...]

'Inspirational' teacher leaves school for the last time in four decades

Saturday  02:26,   10 february 2018

When the Village People were dominating the charts and the discos in 1979, Frank Urbancic was clocking on for the first time as a teacher at Cabramatta West Primary School.With a fresh white shirt with flaring collar and scruffy postgrad beard – as[...]

Court brings high-risk girl to Australia

Saturday  01:51,   10 february 2018

A young girl at "extreme risk" of self harm at the Nauru detention centre has been brought to Australia after the Federal Court ruled she needed treatment. The Federal Court has ruled a young refugee girl at "extreme risk" of self harm at [...]

Abbott plan likely to lose at NSW Lib AGM

Friday  09:51,   09 february 2018

NSW Liberal state council members will vote this weekend on whether to adopt significant reforms to the way party candidates are preselected.Mr Abbott, the member for Warringah, is behind the move to transform party preselection into a "one member[...]

Road rage incident ends in good behaviour bond for man who punched woman

Friday  03:55,   09 february 2018
ABC News

<p>A man filmed punching a woman during a road rage attack that went viral online has been given a good behaviour bond.</p>Clint Pollard pleaded guilty to assault in Wyong Local Court this week after punching Bianca Sams at Lake Munmorah, on[...]