News: Australia

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman calls on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to quit

Thursday  06:40,   29 june 2017
ABC News

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman says Malcolm Turnbull should "do the right thing" and resign as Prime Minister to avoid another leadership showdown. Speaking on ABC Radio Brisbane Mr Newman accused Mr Turnbull of dividing the[...]

Pell book removed from sale in Victoria

Thursday  06:00,   29 june 2017

A book detailing allegations of sexual assault by Cardinal George Pell is being removed from sale in Victoria after he was charged with multiple offences.Melbourne University Press confirmed it was removing ABC journalist Louise Milligan's book from [...]

South Australian man jailed over murder

Thursday  05:41,   29 june 2017

An South Australian man has been jailed for 20 years for the murder of his partner after a heated row between the pair.Toby Awatere, 37, was found guilty on Thursday of the brutal domestic violence murder of Jackline Ohide, 27, during a heated row[...]

Doctors warn about superbugs in Australia

Thursday  03:30,   29 june 2017

Australia needs a new co-ordinating body to oversee work to slow the spread of superbugs and antibiotic resistance, infectious diseases experts say."They're 75 per cent confident that they will get rid of it but there's still a doubt," the Melbourne [...]

Mystery around Sydney homeless man murder

Wednesday  15:12,   28 june 2017

Police have renewed their appeal for information on the brutal stabbing murder of a homeless man in Sydney's east.Peter Hoffman, 68, was found dead in his car in the beachside suburb of Maroubra last Wednesday[...]

Nationals MP says Libs want marriage vote

Wednesday  05:20,   28 june 2017

Liberal MPs have told Queensland MP George Christensen they would cross the floor to support a bill to allow same-sex marriage.Mr Christensen last week crossed the floor in parliament to vote with Labor to protect weekend penalty[...]

Indigenous flags permanent at Gov House

Wednesday  05:10,   28 june 2017

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags have been raised at NSW Government House and will fly permanently in the gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour.Retired Governor of NSW General David Hurley hosted the flag raising ceremony on Wednesday[...]

Ice addiction treatment demand surging, but alcohol still Australia's biggest problem

Wednesday  03:17,   28 june 2017
ABC News

The number of Australians seeking help for ice addiction is rising dramatically, but alcohol is still the most common drug people seek help for, new health data reveals.New data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows a 175 per[...]

11 charged with drugs, weapons offences

Wednesday  03:16,   28 june 2017

A police operation in Logan targeting the trafficking of drugs has resulted in 11 people being charged.Search warrants were executed at premises at eight locations on Tuesday with police allegedly seizing quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis and[...]

NSW hotline to help fight extremism

Wednesday  02:39,   28 june 2017

A new telephone and online support service has been launched in NSW to help those who may be concerned that a friend or family member is becoming radicalised.Operated by trained counsellors, Step Together, is part of a $47 million package to fight[...]

SA cannabis syndicate nabbed with gold

Wednesday  02:27,   28 june 2017

A cannabis crop house with hoards of gold, silver and $80,000 in cash has been raided by police south of Adelaide.Police say they've disrupted the cannabis syndicate operating in homes in Hallett Cove, Delamere and Christies Beach after arresting[...]

Blind musician David Lee granted permanent residency after facing deportation

Wednesday  01:03,   28 june 2017
ABC News

A blind Malaysian musician who has made his home in Adelaide will be allowed to stay in Australia after coming close to being deported, but an MP says changes to migration policies are needed to protect people with disabilities.David Lee, 34, was[...]

Save Our Succulents: Melbourne gardens fall victim to ‘plant black market’

Tuesday  15:40,   27 june 2017

Enthusiastic gardeners and a burgeoning black market don’t seem at first glance to go together, but according to one expert’s analysis of a wave of green-thumbed thieves in Melbourne, this could be precisely what’s happening. Royal Botanic Gardens[...]

Barker College agrees to launch Aboriginal academy for girls in Utopia homelands

Tuesday  14:42,   27 june 2017
ABC News

Sydney's Barker College will begin fundraising to establish a school for girls in the Northern Territory's remote Utopia homelands, which will aim to give students a grounding in their Aboriginal culture, taught by local women.Now, the woman [...]

MP 'naive' to discuss WA top cop job

Tuesday  14:41,   27 june 2017

The WA premier says one of his backbenchers has been counselled after commenting about the selection process of the state's new police commissioner.A new Labor backbencher was politically naive when he voiced his opinion about the selection[...]