Park kill puts spotlight on women's safety

深圳风采投注 Courtney Herron's distraught mother has visited the Melbourne park where the 25-year-old was found dead, as a man faced court charged with her murder.

Four cars stolen in Melbourne theft spree

A child and a 91-year-old man were among those caught up in a string of carjackings and home invasions in Melbourne overnight.

Two men dead after Mt Isa plane crash

Two men have died in a plane crash northeast of Mount Isa airport.

Man charged with murder over assault death

A man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court charged with the murder of a man after a fight in a unit nearly a fortnight ago.

Albo, Marles promise to talk to all voters

Labor's new leadership team say they'll reach outside the Labor bubble to speak to all voters in a bid to understand their shock election loss on May 18.

Morrison's high expectations for cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rewarded two key allies with ministerial positions in his first post-election cabinet, which includes seven women.

Only one envoy and it's not Barnaby Joyce

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has only appointed one "special envoy" in his new cabinet and it's not Barnaby Joyce.

Count continues as Morrison names ministry

The Tasmanian seat of Bass has moved back into the AEC's too close to call list, leaving three seats in doubt a week after the federal election.

Two stabbed at Sydney skate park

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after two others were stabbed at a skate park in Menai, in Sydney's south, on Sunday.

Three charged over Perth hit-run

Three people, including a 17-year-old girl, have been charged over a hit-and-run north of Perth which left a man fighting for life.

Gold Logie nominations revealed

The nominations for the Gold Logie have been announced with comedian Tom Gleeson in the running for the top gong, alongside Amanda Keller and six others.

Sinodinis, Fifield to take on US, UN roles

Arthur Sinodinos and Mitch Fifield will be put forward as Australia's ambassadors in Washington and at the UN, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.

New WA school named after Bob Hawke

A new high school in Perth will be called Bob Hawke College in honour of the former prime minister who died earlier in May.

Vic premier defends taxes ahead of budget

New taxes and less stamp duty revenue is forecast for Victoria's budget, but the government says it will do more than promised at the election.

Licence changes may hit Adelaide's bars

Adelaide's burgeoning small bar scene could take a hit when a new "risk-based" liquor licensing system is introduced in November.

Hundreds stage 'die-in' at Qld Museum

Environmental activists have staged a dramatic "die-in" at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane to highlight the threat climate change poses to many species.

Woman killed in Melbourne park identified

Homeless woman Courtney Herron, 25, was bashed to death, Victoria Police say, while the hunt for her killer continues.

A week on, AEC still busy with vote count

The Australian Electoral Commission hopes to release the first official results of the national election early next week.

Two die in fatal crashes in WA

A person has died crashing a allegedly stolen Ferrari in West Perth, and a man died after crashing a Nissan Patrol into trees near Jerramungup.

Property taxes to be hiked in Vic budget

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is set to announce a suite of property tax changes to offset a shortfall in stamp duty revenue in this year's state budget.

Giraffe calf born at SA's Monarto Zoo

The giraffe family is expanding at South Australia's Monarto Zoo following the birth of the second calf this year.

No intention to broaden GST: Cormann

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the federal government has no intention to broaden the GST to some food items..

Qld demands urgent review of online NAPLAN

Queensland's education minister Grace Grace has called on the federal government to review NAPLAN online in the wake of ongoing connectivity issues.

Police plea to find missing Vic teenager

A 14-year-old Victorian boy hasn't been seen in almost two weeks with police concerned for his welfare.

Naked Sydney man mutilated dog: police

A naked man, armed with a knife, mutilated a lapdog in the small Sydney unit he shares with his elderly parents, NSW Police say.

Fund raising for NT car crash victim

Friends of Mehali Anastasios Pastrikos, seven, one of two people killed in a car crash in Darwin, are raising funds to help his young parents pay funeral costs.

More than half of NT open for fracking

More than half of the Northern Territory will be open to fracking for gas under government plans released on Friday with drilling due to start in July.

Meerkats make a meal of new feed device

Meerkats at a Victorian zoo are getting their grub from a computer-controlled automatic feeder in a bid to make them forage for their food.

Islamic State orphans to return to Aust

Scott Morrison says the return of three Melbourne orphans whose parents joined Islamic State is being handled "very carefully" so the plan isn't compromised.

Climate protesters hold Melbourne 'die-in'

Thousands of demonstrators have staged a mass "die-in" in Melbourne as they call for urgent federal government action on climate change.

Gang rapes linked to bombed police station

A man linked to Melbourne's deadly Russell Street bombing and charged with abducting and raping two women during the 1980s has chosen not to face court.

Emotional Morrison visits Queensland farm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting a cattle stud and rodeo during a visit to outback Queensland on Friday - his first trip after being re-elected.

Barnaby admits 'zero chance' for cabinet

Barnaby Joyce says he has "zero chance" of being given a cabinet role in the prime minister's new ministry, and admits he may not keep his special envoy role.

Adani's long road to Carmichael coal mine

After nine years, legal challenges, protests and extensive debate Adani's Galilee Basin coal mine could soon be back on track .

Labor MPs offer thoughts on election loss

Senior Labor figures have spoken about what went wrong when the party lost a federal election which polls suggested was in the bag.

Labor's carbon target stacks up: Burke

Labor will be going back to the drawing board on how it would reduce carbon emissions but shouldn't ditch its reduction target, frontbencher Tony Burke says.

Vic councils undervaluing major assets

Five audited Victorian councils have a lack of information about their assets which could leave them in a pickle if a natural disaster hits, a report states.

Worker rescued form tipped Vic forklift

An injured worker has been rescued from inside a large forklift which toppled in Melbourne's west.

Horror NT smash leaves child, 7, dead

Two people have been killed, including a seven-year-old, in a two-car crash in Darwin overnight.

Chinese firm suspends Qld mine lease bid

A Chinese company has suspended its bid for leases to develop a sprawling coal mine next to Adani' proposed coal mine in Queensland.

Older community tries driverless shuttle

A driverless bus has been ferrying the residents of an ACT retirement community in a trial aimed at improving older people's independence.

Vic 'red shirts' probe nearly over: police

A criminal probe of Victorian Labor's 2014 election rorts scandal is set to wrap up next month, police say.

Melbourne factory fire now under control

A factory blaze in Melbourne's north which forced the evacuated of six people has been brought under control.

China's terracotta warriors in Melbourne

Eight of China's ancient terracotta warriors will feature in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.

'Monster' NSW priest won't change: victims

A former Catholic priest has been jailed for at least 14 months for the indecent assault of two young boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Economy needs growth strategy: Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says Australia's economy needs a "pro-growth" strategy to deal with what Labor calls "tepid" economic figures.

Group wants stronger lending requirements

A consumer group wants ASIC to tell lenders they have to use at least three months' worth of bank statements to verify loan applicants' income and expenses.

Dead Qld pilot's note provides crash clues

A hand-written note found in the wreckage of a light aircraft has helped solve why a Brisbane flight instructor and a student pilot crashed and died.

Nationals set to confirm top brass

Michael McCormack is expected to remain National Party leader and Bridget McKenzie as deputy when their team's re-elected MPs and newcomers come together.

Where support's going for Labor leadership

Anthony Albanese is getting strong support from caucus colleagues for the Labor leadership.

Toy gun sparks Melbourne school alarm

A teenager who allegedly took a toy gun to a Melbourne school has sparked an emergency response and been arrested.

New species of endangered lizard found

Scientists studying the endangered Grassland Earless Dragon have discovered there are actually four separate species of the tiny lizard.

Hundreds more to receive Vic solar rebates

Hundreds more Victorian households will be eligible for solar rebates after after the first part of the state government's scheme was oversubscribed.

Paramedic punched on Sydney street: police

Police have charged a 37-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted a paramedic on a street in Sydney's Surry Hills.

Hobart hospital bed funds in Tas budget

The upcoming Tasmanian budget will include $132 million for new beds and staff at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

New warning against online scammers

A new campaign highlighting the dangers of giving personal information over the phone and online has been launched in Victoria.

No consent for rectal exam by anaesthetist

A NSW anaesthetist who conducted a rectal examination on a patient without the man's consent has told a tribunal a surgeon insisted he do it.

Dead Tas bushwalker made 'poor decisions'

An inquest into the death of a bushwalker who was hiking alone in freezing weather in Tasmania has found he didn't have adequate clothes or equipment.

Elite horse rider says jump was 'unsafe'

One of Australia's most experienced horse riders has disagreed with a team of experts when he labelled a jump at which 17-year-old Olivia Inglis died "unsafe".

Police smash Syd organised crime syndicate

The discovery of a criminal syndicate involved in drug supply, importing illicit tobacco and large-scale money laundering has led to the arrest of eight men.

Qld govt drops prosecution of Adani firm

The Queensland government has dropped prosecution against Adani for an alleged floodwater release, after it promised to install a water monitoring system.

Ex-teacher jailed for WA child sex abuse

An ex-teacher who was struggling with his sexuality when he abused two boys in Western Australia dating back to 1979 will spend at least two years in jail.

Qld policeman loses breast-touch appeal

A Queensland police officer who touched another officer on the breast as he walked past her has failed to overturn his conviction.

Qld 'royal love child' loses job appeal

A Queensland man, who claims he is Prince Charles' love child and that it has impacted his job, has failed to overturn his suspension from work.

Christmas Island cash in budget: treasurer

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists a $23.7 million budget allocation will be enough to keep Christmas Island open, if the Senate blocks its planned closure.

Mum, child fatally plunge from NSW lookout

A mother and child have plunged to their deaths from a lookout near Wollongong, south of Sydney.

Charges over Darwin harbour pollution

The Northern Territory EPA has charged a local businessman over illegal dumping of waste.

Baby teething gel removed from sale in SA

Health officials in Adelaide have withdrawn a baby teething gel from sale amid concerns over the consumption of the local anaesthetic lidocaine.

Carer denies knowing of 'glove fixation'

A carer for a disabled girl who chocked on a latex glove has denied knowing about the teenager's fixation for putting gloves in her mouth.

Qld anger over Sunshine Coast Daily pic

The Queensland government has complained to the Australian Press Council after a newspaper published an altered image of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Flu kills three Victorian kids, 23 others

The flu has killed 26 Victorians, including three children aged three, six and 11, so far this year after an early start to the season.

Vic mine to be turned into eco-wonderland

Resources giant Alcoa is proposing to spend $150 million to turn the 325-hectare Anglesea coalmine site on the Victorian coast into an eco-tourism attraction.

Suburban MP seeks Labor leadership

Chris Bowen was acting Labor leader for exactly one month while other men fought for the role. Now he wants a chance at the top job.

Labor may be led by the Albo to victory

Anthony Albanese is taking a second tilt at the Labor leadership having come close to winning it in 2013.

Why was a 'royal love child' in court?

A Queensland engineer, who believes he is a Royal love child, has lost a legal bid to return to work after he was suspended for allegedly threatening his boss.

Woman found after NSW Hunter dance party

Police have found a 23-year-old woman more than a day after she was last seen by her friends at a small dance party in the NSW Hunter region.

Vanquished Palmer a no-show in Qld court

Failed federal election candidate Clive Palmer's matter over the collapse of his company Queensland Nickel has returned to court.

GetUp champions Abbott removal, Dutton hit

Political campaign group GetUp admits that polling on the importance of climate change didn't translate to the ballot box in the recent federal election.

Labor urged to back lower emissions goal

Energy Minister Angus Taylor is calling on Labor to support the coalition's 26 per cent emissions reduction target, instead of its 45 per cent goal.

Federal election wake-up call for Qld govt

Labor's handling of Adani's coal mine proposal is in the political spotlight after the party's struggles in Queensland during the federal election.

Labor lost argument around jobs: NT govt

Labor's Warren Snowdon has claimed victory in his Northern Territory seat of Lingiari on Monday morning.

Tas cops want end to costly injury policy

The Tasmanian Police Association is urging politicians to pass a bill ending pay cuts for officers who are injured in the line of duty.

'No Taser' at fatal Sydney police shooting

No police officer on scene had a Taser when an armed man was shot dead at one of Australia's busiest train stations, a Sydney inquest has been told.

Old gum faces chop for major Vic road

An ageing and prized red gum in suburban Melbourne could face the chop to make way for a multi-billion dollar road project.

New-look Senate to benefit Morrison govt

A cull of crossbench senators is expected to make upper house negotiations a little easier for Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National government.

Man pleads not guilty over Qld hit-and-run

A man has pleaded not guilty over an alleged hit-and-run of a woman in inner-Brisbane suburb Bowen Hills.

Nationals say grassroots play held seats

Nationals leader Michael McCormack is thankful and proud his party held on to its 16 lower house seats at the election.

Cleanaway 'failed to assess' fatal driver

Waste management Cleanaway did not properly train a truck driver involved in a fatal crash, a South Australian court has heard.

New drink-driving regime starts in NSW

From Monday, all NSW motorists found drink-driving - even if it's a first offence - will immediately lose their licence for three months.

Porter to become Leader of the House

Christian Porter will become leader of the government in the House of Representatives in when federal parliament resumes.

Fashion pack to ride again on sheep's back

Australian model Victoria Lee has thrown her support behind Wool Week an initiative which celebrates the country's woolgrowers.

Country Vic truck crash kills motorist

One person is dead after a truck and car crashed near Mildura in country Victoria.

SA inquest to examine disabled girl's care

An inquest into the death of a severely disabled teenager in Adelaide has heard of a fixation she had for putting things in her mouth.

Aussies eligible for UK e-passport gates

Australian travellers have been granted quicker access to the UK where electronic 'gates' will accept passports from Down Under.

Loaded gun, swag of cash found in Vic car

A swag of cash and a loaded gun were found by police in Melbourne's west after they stopped a BMW driving at more than 100km/h over the speed limit.

Man, 73, robbed at gunpoint on Gold Coast

A 73-year-old man has been robbed at gunpoint on the Gold Coast while sitting in his parked car.

Morrison likely to win parliament majority

The Liberal-National coalition is on track to hold 77 seats in the new parliament, giving it a working majority, as counting continues in the federal election.

Liberals' Flint wins in Boothby in SA

Labor's Nadia Clancy has conceded defeat to Liberal Nicolle Flint in the marginal Adelaide seat of Boothby.

Morrison likely to win parliament majority

The Liberal-National coalition is on track to hold 77 seats in the new parliament, giving it a working majority, as counting continues in the federal election.

Two men arrested over Adelaide drug lab

Police have charged two men after a fire led officers to a clandestine drug laboratory in Adelaide.

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