Vic criminal offences record slight rise

深圳风采投注 The number of criminal offences recorded in Victoria have risen by 1.7 per cent in the year to December 31, figures released on Thursday show.

Cyclone Trevor could hit NT as category 4

After leaving a train of devastation in north Queensland, Tropical Cyclone Trevor is heading for the Northern Territory where it is likely to intensify.

Ropes stop sunken Qld trawler's lifeboats

A Queensland inquest into the death of two fishermen on a trawler that sank in rough seas has heard ropes stored near lifeboats may have stopped them launching.

Government plan off the rails: Labor

Fast rail projects could receive a boost in the upcoming federal budget, but the opposition says a more ambitious plan is needed.

ALP leader's comments racist: NSW premier

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Labor leader Michael Daley's comments on Asians taking Australian jobs are racist.

Nationals push for rapid regional growth

Senior Nationals minister Bridget McKenzie has announced $220 million to improve mobile blackspots and communications connectivity in regional Australia.

Coalition's population plan for Australia

The Morrison government has released a key policy for managing population growth across Australia, aiming to encourage migrants to settle in regional areas.

Morrison takes time on Hanson preferences

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to automatically preference One Nation last, saying he wants to wait for nominations to close before deciding.

Multicultural programs get $71m investment

The federal government is putting $71 million towards social cohesion programs, such as community language classes and religious tolerance education.

Vic parliament to mull axing Lord's Prayer

An upper house committee will discuss changing the 101-year-old tradition of reciting the Lord's Prayer to open Victorian parliament each sitting day.

How the government plans to boost regions

Skilled workers will be able to apply for permanent residency if they live and work in regional areas for three years, in a bid to lure migrants from cities.

Social media giants to face PM, ministers

Australian telecommunications companies have banned a collection of sites still hosting video of the Christchurch massacre.

Cyclone Trevor makes North Qld landfall

Cyclone Trevor has been upgraded to a category three system that has hit landfall near the Lockhart River in far north Queensland.

ACT Lib likens new abuse laws to shootings

A Canberra politician has linked new laws about reporting child sex abuse with the Christchurch mosque shootings, saying both target particular communities.

Daley sorry if Asia comment caused offence

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley says his comment linking Asian immigration and young children fleeing Sydney could have been phrased better.

Labor's Daley accused of 'rank hypocrisy'

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley insists he was talking about housing affordability when he warned young Australians were being replaced by migrants in Sydney.

National hotline to combat elder abuse

The federal government has announced a national hotline for victims of elder abuse and $18 million for trials of frontline services.

NSW man 'emailed his alleged child abuser'

A man who has accused a NSW magistrate of sexually assaulting him when he was young emailed his alleged abuser, saying "you belong in jail," a jury has heard.

Bomb plot accused 'tried to stop terror'

One of two brothers accused of a plane bomb plot was actually trying to prevent a terrorist act, his barrister has told a Sydney jury.

'Egg Boy' won't take action against Anning

Melbourne teenager Will Connolly, who's been dubbed 'Egg Boy', isn't pursuing legal action against Senator Fraser Anning, his lawyer says.

Low pay, isolation for some care workers

Higher wages and better quality training would make more people want to become aged care workers, according to a group of home carers.

Garbo thought man was 'pile of blankets'

A garbage truck driver who ran over a man sleeping on a mattress in a Sydney lane claims he wasn't driving negligently and he thought it was only blankets.

Social media must stop terror videos: PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned social media companies they must find a way to stop spreading videos of terror attacks after the Christchurch massacre.

Qld man's throat slit over Bible dispute

A Queensland man has been sentenced to seven years in jail for injuring a man by slashing his throat during a dispute about whether Satan would burn in hell.

Labor open to cutting annual migration cap

The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000 - 30,000 fewer than the previous limit.

North Qld braces for TC Trevor

Cyclone Trevor is bearing down on far north Queensland communities as it is set to make landfall at 4pm on Tuesday.

Qld woman threw knife into husband's heart

Brisbane woman Katie Ann Castel has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her husband in 2017.

War of words over climate policy modelling

The energy minister and Labor are at odds over climate policy modelling, which paints a dire economic picture if Australia meets its emissions targets.

Qld police arrest man in Brogden cold case

A man is being questioned over the cold case murder of Jay Brogden, who was last seen alive in north Queensland in 2007.

Vic inquiry to probe dodgy IVF providers

Unscrupulous IVF providers who peddle false hope to patients will be targeted in a new inquiry announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

NSW cop denies assault of man in custody

NSW senior constable Craig Norman Williamson has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man in custody at Surry Hills in 2018.

Vic Toyota factory becomes hydrogen plant

Toyota's old car manufacturing plant in Melbourne will be transformed into a hydrogen production centre to power vehicles using renewable energy.

Extent of Vic toxic stockpiles revealed

Stockpiles of toxic waste in eight Melbourne warehouses are estimated to contain up to 19 million litres of hazardous and toxic chemicals.

Qld drink-driver loses fatal crash appeal

A man who killed his passenger while driving drunk and fast in central Queensland has lost an appeal against his sentence.

Business uncertainty up as economy slows

The first quarter 2019 results of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Westpac industrial trends survey shows a decline in sentiment from December.

Fed, SA govts ink $551m Adelaide City Deal

Federal, state and local governments have signed a half billion dollar, decade-long deal to boost economic growth, tourism and innovation in Adelaide.

'Cowardly' Melbourne Airbnb killer jailed

A man who killed his Airbnb housemate over a $210 debt owed to another man has been jailed for up to 11 years.

Second person dies after Syd beach crash

An elderly Sydney man has died in hospital after a car he was a passenger in plunged onto Maroubra beach last week.

NSW man on manslaughter charge post-fight

A 23-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a man in Newcastle earlier this month following a fight.

Qld police probe crash that killed kids

Queensland police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a car crash that killed two children.

Alcohol linked to an irregular heartbeat

A study by Melbourne's Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute that's been presented in the US shows a link between alcohol consumption and an irregular heartbeat.

Turn moment of tragedy into something good

Senior Labor frontbencher Penny Wong wants fellow politicians to call out hate speech and remind Australians of our values of inclusion, acceptance and respect.

Supercar seized during NSW drug ring raid

A V8 Supercar from the early 2000s has been seized during police raids of an alleged illicit cannabis operation in NSW.

Qld police investigate shooting fatality

Queensland Police are investigating the shooting of a knife-wielding man who was fatally wounded by officers when he was confronted.

Cancer, Parkinson's drugs to be subsidised

The federal government will spend $19 million on listing cancer, Parkinson's and motor neurone drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Daley apologises for Asian workers comment

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley has apologised if any offence was taken by him saying Asian migrants with PhDs were taking the jobs of young Sydneysiders.

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NSW homes linked to NZ gunman searched

Australian police have raided two homes looking for evidence for New Zealand terror investigators but have not found any matters that would be a public threat.

Cyclone Trevor to hit Qld on Tuesday

Remote far north Queensland is bracing for cyclone Trevor that's expected to hit as a category two late on Tuesday.

Watchdog seeks answers on NZ shooter video

The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to check the nature, extent and timing of the broadcast of content relating to the Christchurch attack.

How Fraser Anning ended up in parliament

Queensland senator Fraser Anning joined the federal parliament after his One Nation colleague Malcolm Roberts was found ineligible to have been elected.

Calls for ACCC to monitor energy market

The ACCC and energy regulator should monitor retail, financial contract and wholesale energy markets to halt anti-competitive conduct, a Senate committee says.

Inquest to explore Qld trawler deaths

An inquest will explore what caused the trawlers FV Cassandra and FV Dianne to sink off the Queensland coast resulting in eight deaths.

WA man denies punching baby held by dad

A Perth man will stand trial accused of punching a baby in the head as the infant was held by his father, following a brief conversation between the adults.

Households pay for Vic desalination order

A dry Victorian summer has prompted a 125-gigalitre water order from the state's desalination plant which will add an estimated $10 to household bills.

Hanson to abstain from Anning censure vote

Senator Pauline Hanson will abstain from voting to censure Senator Fraser Anning after he blamed the Christchurch mosque massacre on Muslim immigration.

Governments still failing young homeless

The National Report Card on Youth Homelessness shows governments are still failing to address the issue of youth living on the street.

'Eggboy' deserved slapping: Anning

Senator Fraser Anning has defended lashing out at a boy who broke an egg on his head and his comments about the Christchurch terror attack.

Burglar bitten by police dog in Melbourne

Rookie Victorian police dog Bruce has collared his first perp on his very first job, tracking down a fleeing burglar and sinking his fangs into his leg.

Howard confident NZ will tighten gun laws

Former Australian prime minister John Howard is certain there will be renewed resolve in New Zealand to change gun laws following the Christchurch massacre.

Far-right extremists on Australia's radar

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups have been on Australian intelligence's radar after the Christchurch massacre.

Man charged over Melb train station attack

A man has handed himself to police over the alleged sex assault of a minor at a Melbourne train station.

B-double truck driver dies in Vic crash

A B-double truck has crashed into a tree in Victoria's west, killing the driver.

Man stabbed by stingray off central Qld

A man has been airlifted to Rockhampton for treatment after being stabbed by a stingray.

Investigation into NSW prisoner's death

The shooting death of a prisoner who was allegedly trying to escape after he was treated at Lismore Base Hospital is being investigated by NSW authorities.

WomenVote bus to hit road ahead of poll

An organisation wanting to amplify the conversation of policies affecting women will send a bus out on the federal election campaign trail.

NSW Labor vows to restore national parks

NSW Labor has pledged to employ more field officers to restore the state's national parks while the coalition slams the party over its luxury car tax policy.

Security reassessment for big Vic events

Victoria Police will have a highly visible presence at the international Formula 1 GP and a statewide open mosque day after the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Coalition slams Labor's minimum wage plans

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has given his strongest signal yet that Labor would seek to change the laws around setting the minimum wage.

75yo charged with murder after axe attack

A man has been charged with murder after he allegedly hit another man deliberately with a car and struck him with an axe in Sydney's west.

Aust troops prepare for Iraq rotation

Amid speculation of a wind down, another rotation of Australian Defence Force personnel is preparing to head to Iraq.

'Confession selfish': Family of Vic mum

The family of slain Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski say her husband Borce think he may be covering up for someone.

Hailstones pummel Sydney in wild storms

A severe thunderstorm was issued for parts of NSW with a forecast of heavy rainfall and large hailstones.

Former Vic Greens MP quits 'toxic' party

A former Victorian upper house Greens MP has resigned from the party, saying it has become distracted by populism, self interest, power, ego and narcissism.

New evidence in Tas killer's freedom bid

The appeal bid of Hobart killer Susan Neill-Fraser, jailed in 2010 for killing her partner, has been re-opened to include a new affidavit from a key witness.

Third man charged with Mick Hawi's murder

A third man has been charged with the shooting murder of former bikie boss Mick Hawi in Sydney's south last year.

Kids in hospital name NSW dog unit puppies

NSW Police newest police dog recruits have been officially named by patients at Sydney Children's Hospital.

WA's EPA abandons carbon neutral advice

WA's Environmental Protection Authority has withdrawn a recommendation to state government that new emissions-intensive projects should be carbon neutral.

NSW Labor backtracks on luxury car tax

NSW opposition leader Michael Daley has backtracked on his luxury vehicle tax, conceding he is willing to tinker with aspects of the policy.

WA mum, baby daughter missing since 1998

Western Australia's homicide squad is investigating the disappearance of a mother and her baby more than 20 years ago, and are calling for information.

Man on trial over double-fatal WA crash

A man who suffered a brain injury in a head-on WA highway crash that killed a married couple and left the other driver needing a leg amputation is on trial.

Mosquito virus warning for Tas east coast

The Tasmanian health department has confirmed five cases of the Barmah Forest virus, prompting a warning for the state's east coast.

Man found guilty in Curtis Cheng case

A man has been found guilty of a terror-related charge connected to the shooting of NSW Police accountant Curtis Cheng.

Man accused of shooting faces Vic court

A man who allegedly fired a single shot in a women's home in suburban Melbourne has faced court on numerous charges.

Nats facing crucial leadership crossroads

Nationals leader Michael McCormack is likely to keep his job until after the election when Barnaby Joyce could get his chance to make a comeback.

Transport investigations not timely: audit

The auditor-general has cast an eye over the work of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and found it inefficient.

PM backs current schemes to fill farm jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says farmers effectively have access to an agricultural visa thanks to reforms to existing migration schemes.

Investment funds swaying nation's net debt

There could be a better measure of Australia's financial position than its net debt, the Parliamentary Budget Office says.

Affordable homes push for Australia: study

Australian researchers have found that more than one million additional social housing and affordable homes will be needed across the country by 2036.

Students prepare for climate action strike

Tens of thousands of Australian school and university students will turn their backs on their classrooms this Friday to call for more action on climate change.

Shampoo spill makes foam in Melbourne lake

A beauty manufacturer has been fined thousands of dollars after shampoo leaked into a Melbourne waterway.

Security tsar warns of 'gathering storms'

The head of Australia's powerful Department of Home Affairs has warned of seven "gathering storms" posing a risk to national security.

SA commits to fruit fly management plan

The South Australian government has committed $1.09 million to fruit fly management and wants other states to follow.

Queensland study finds very few sharks

A Queensland government-backed study finds a "very low" number of sharks at the site of a spate of attacks in the Whitsundays.

Taxation boss talks up ATO's integrity

Australian Taxation Office commissioner Chris Jordan is feeling optimistic after the authority was cleared of some allegations about garnishee notices.

Women, children's hospital opens in May

A $200 million state-of-the-art women's and children's hospital is set to open its doors in Melbourne's west in May.

Man charged with train station sex assault

A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a Melbourne CBD train platform.

NSW premier's security drags off reporter

A journalist and former Greens activist has been manhandled by the NSW premier's security detail during a photo opportunity in the state's north.

Thousands of chickens die in Tasmania fire

A shed fire started by a faulty heater in northern Tasmania has killed thousands of egg-laying chickens.

Online trolls bullied dying Qld tradie

A Gold Coast tradie who died from silicosis was tormented by online trolls as he tried to raise awareness of the disease that killed him.

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