News: Australia

International students studying in Australia reach record number, Education Department figures show

Wednesday  03:21,   22 february 2017
ABC News

<p>The number of international students in Australia hit a record high last year with more than half a million choosing to study here.</p>Figures from the federal Education Department show there were 554,179 full-fee paying international[...]

Sydney socialite Shari-Lea Hitchcock to reappear at court

Wednesday  02:20,   22 february 2017
MSN

A Sydney socialite accused of biting a female police officer during a bizarre incident is due to face court again after blaming her behaviour on hypoglycemia.Hitchcock, 47, was charged with resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and common assault[...]

Access to medicinal cannabis to get easier

Wednesday  01:36,   22 february 2017
MSN

Australia could have a healthy stock of medicinal cannabis within eight weeks with the federal government to ease importation laws to meet demand.Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday announced that approved importers will be able to buy the[...]

Qld welcomes fourth-largest cruise ship

Tuesday  21:17,   21 february 2017
MSN

The Ovation of the Seas cruise ship will dock in Brisbane as it makes its maiden voyage to Queensland. Ovation of the Seas was launched in April 2016 and is the first new cruise ship to be based in Australia.The vessel, measuring 347 metres in[...]

The first licence to legally grow marijuana in Australia has been issued

Tuesday  20:07,   21 february 2017
Business Insider Australia

Australia has issued its first licence to grow medical marijuana to Cann Group.&nbsp;The permit issued by the Office of Drug Control (ODC) allows Cann to legally cultivate medicinal cannabis and conduct research on the use of cannabis for[...]

Blaze badly damages Adelaide business

Tuesday  13:16,   21 february 2017
MSN

A fire at an industrial shed in Adelaide, which was spotted by police doing a routine early morning patrol, has been deemed suspicious.The fire at the Wingfield business was spotted by police doing a routine patrol at about 2.30am on[...]

Son tries to save mum in Sydney house fire

Tuesday  13:16,   21 february 2017
MSN

A 55-year-old mother of four has died in a house fire in Sydney's south as her son tried desperately to save her. Firefighters worked on both levels of the home but had to evacuate the property when the roof began to collapse, a Fire and[...]

Victoria's health minister rejects trial of safe heroin injecting room

Tuesday  13:15,   21 february 2017
The Guardian

Martin Foley rules out approving trial for a North Richmond facility despite recommendation from coroner it could save lives . The City of Yarra, and particularly North Richmond around Victoria Street, is a hot spot for heroin use and attracts[...]

Comment: PM damages Barnett with GST retreat

Tuesday  13:15,   21 february 2017
MSN

Malcolm Turnbull's visit to WA to help Premier Colin Barnett on campaign involved an embarrassing retreat from his pledge to put in a floor on GST revenue. The smile visibly disappeared from the premier's face during an awkward press[...]

Australia should not join US in South China Sea operations, says retired defence chief

Tuesday  11:51,   21 february 2017
The Guardian

Angus Houston warns blockade of China’s artificial islands would invite a ‘sharp response’ from BeijingHe has also criticised the push to blockade China’s artificial islands, saying that would invite a “sharp response” from[...]

Telstra hit by another network outage

Tuesday  10:06,   21 february 2017
MSN

Another network outage has left some of Telstra's corporate customers in NSW without voice or data services for a few hours.Tuesday's outage was caused by a faulty piece of hardware, and lasted for two to three hours, a Telstra spokesman[...]

SA man unwell after substance exposure

Tuesday  06:56,   21 february 2017
MSN

A section of an Adelaide hospital was blocked off when a man arrived after exposure to an unknown substance left him with burning hands and abnormal breathing.The man arrived at the Lyell McEwin Hospital at about 1.45am on Tuesday after he was[...]

Clive Mensink no-show: Queensland Nickel liquidators consider seeking arrest warrant

Tuesday  06:56,   21 february 2017
The Guardian

Clive Palmer’s nephew and former QN director fails to appear to answer a summons after travelling overseas continuously since JuneLawyers for Mensink, who was summonsed to appear before a liquidator’s hearing on Tuesday, sought to postpone his[...]

Caltex fined over Sydney spill

Tuesday  00:21,   21 february 2017
MSN

Caltex has been issued a record $400,000 fine for a petrol spill in Sydney's south four years ago.In 2013, 150,000 litres of unleaded petrol gushed into a bund - or floating fenced area - at Caltex Australia's Banksmeadow fuel terminal on Botany [...]

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Alfred makes landfall, weakens to tropical low

Tuesday  00:21,   21 february 2017
ABC News

<p>Tropical Cyclone Alfred has weakened to a tropical low as it begins to make landfall on the Gulf of Carpentaria's southern coast.</p>The Bureau of Meteorology reported gales with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour affecting some areas[...]