News: Australia

How an Australian law student was seduced into becoming a cult leader's 'spiritual bride'.

Tuesday  06:21,   12 december 2017

Camilla Wagemans was studying law at Australian National University when she was seduced by a South Korean-based Christian cult called ‘Providence’. She left Australia for South Korea to be a ‘spiritual bride’ to the sect’s leader Jeong[...]

Sydney Trains defends new timetable, says yesterday's major delays unavoidable

Tuesday  03:35,   12 december 2017
ABC News

Sydney Trains apologises to commuters for major delays across the network at peak hour last night but insist a new timetable introduced late last month is not to blame. Wynyard and Town Hall stations were so overcrowded commuters were advised to[...]

Families of dead boys speak about loss

Tuesday  02:53,   12 december 2017

The families of two boys who died in their Sydney classroom after a 4WD ploughed into it have spoken about their loss and grief.Andrew Encinas, nine, was killed alongside his friend Jihad Darwiche, eight, when a Toyota Kluger crashed into their[...]

Girl, 15, saved from drowning at Devonport Bluff, police praise bravery of two men

Tuesday  01:50,   12 december 2017
ABC News

<p>Two men have been credited with saving a 15-year-old girl's life after they joined police officers in helping to pull her from the ocean near Devonport in Tasmania.</p>The girl and a friend, both aged 15, were seen by members of the[...]

Paraquat poisoning: Weedkiller drunk by autistic man meant to be 'under lock and key', chemical company says

Tuesday  01:50,   12 december 2017
ABC News

An Australian chemical manufacturer rejects calls to tighten restrictions around the use of a highly toxic herbicide which poisoned a young man with autism who found it in a soft drink bottle.Damien Terry, 21, accidently drank the commercial[...]

Seven gay couples register to marry in NSW

Monday  23:08,   11 december 2017

Several same-sex couples in Sydney have already registered their intent to marry, just days after same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.Seven couples attended the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages offices in the CBD and Parramatta on[...]

14-year-old trail biker Blake Burke found after overnight ordeal in Julimar State Forest

Monday  23:08,   11 december 2017
ABC News

<p>A 14-year-old boy missing overnight in state forest has been found alive, according to police.</p>Blake Burke was riding his trail motorbike in Julimar State Forest, about 100 kilometres north-east of Perth[...]

Accidental poisoning of NSW Central Coast man leads to calls for ban on toxic herbicide

Sunday  23:24,   10 december 2017
ABC News

The near-fatal poisoning of a NSW Central Coast man who drank a highly toxic herbicide left in an unmarked drink bottle sparks fresh calls for a nationwide ban on Paraquat. Damien Terry's survival after accidentally drinking the commercial weed[...]

Wildlife carer Meg Churches describes what life is like in 'the bat world'

Friday  20:38,   08 december 2017
ABC News

Cradling a small dewy-eyed mammal in the palm of her hands, Meg Churches explains why she's devoted her life to rescuing baby bats."Hello, sweetheart. Hello. Look how tiny you are!" Meg coos from the far corner of her living[...]

WA man jailed for violent home invasion

Friday  14:22,   08 december 2017

A man who admitted to his part in a WA home invasion, during which a man was shot twice in the back, has been jailed for more than seven years.Brock Johnston, 29, was due to stand trial this week in the WA Supreme Court for the attempted murder of[...]

Adelaide man missing since September

Friday  14:21,   08 december 2017

SA Police are concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing since September. The 44-year-old man, who has a medical condition, was last seen in September visiting the national park and police are concerned for his[...]

Langbroek in race for LNP leadership

Friday  11:21,   08 december 2017

Former Liberal National Party leader John-Paul Langbroek has announced he will run against deputy Deb Frecklington for the party's top job.Former Liberal National Party leader John-Paul Langbroek has announced he will run against current deputy[...]

Activist ordered to hand back Toll gear

Friday  04:50,   08 december 2017

Far-right activist Neil Erikson has been ordered to hand back his uniform to Toll after repeatedly wearing it in inflammatory videos.Far-right activist Neil Erikson has been ordered by the Federal Court to hand back his uniform to Toll after the[...]

SSM: Free marriages for same-sex couples who wed in Canberra in 2013

Friday  00:53,   08 december 2017
ABC News

<p>Couples who married during a brief window in 2013 when the ACT <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="3" id="3">legalised</g> same-sex[...]

Counter-terror financing laws pass Senate

Thursday  23:31,   07 december 2017

Laws to crack down on the use of digital currencies like Bitcoin for money laundering and terrorism financing have passed federal parliament.Attorney-General George Brandis told parliament the measures will strengthen protections against Australian[...]