News: Australia

Whale drags fishing trap more than 1,700km from Tasmania to Port Macquarie, then dies

Tuesday  10:43,   19 september 2017
ABC News

A humpback whale, which died on a NSW mid-north coast beach, had dragged a fishing trap and ropes more than 1,700 kilometres before it met its end. Beaches along the Port Macquarie coast are closed today due to the danger posed by the whale[...]

Adani protesters to rally at Qld Labor HQ

Tuesday  09:51,   19 september 2017

Anti-Adani protesters will rally outside Queensland Labor headquarters as part of a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining company.Protesters kicked off a week-long action against the Indian mining giant on Sunday in an attempt to stop[...]

Embattled Ipswich to vote for deputy mayor

Monday  22:26,   18 september 2017

Councillors will vote for a new Ipswich deputy mayor after the resignation of deputy mayor Paul Tully, with Wayne Wendt expected to fill the role.Wayne Wendt is set to become strife-torn Ipswich City Council's new deputy mayor after Paul Tully[...]

Push for flu shots after girl dies in Vic

Monday  21:46,   18 september 2017

Health authorities in Victoria are warning people not to dismiss symptoms after the flu season claimed the life of an eight-year-old girl.People are being urged to get vaccinated and not ignore symptoms after eight-year-old Rosie Brealey became the[...]

Shirley Finn inquest told former police officer confessed to Perth brothel madam's murder

Monday  20:52,   18 september 2017
ABC News

In another twist in the 42-year-old unsolved murder case, a former prison guard tells a coronial inquest how ex-police officer James Boland confessed to killing Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn.It is another twist in the unsolved murder of Ms Finn,[...]

Woman dies after car goes over SA cliff

Monday  19:42,   18 september 2017

The sole occupant of a car that went over a cliff in Adelaide's south has died.A woman has died after her car went over a cliff in Adelaide's[...]

Peter Malinauskas the big winner in SA Cabinet reshuffle, taking on health and mental health portfolios

Monday  15:52,   18 september 2017
ABC News

SA Labor frontbencher Peter Malinauskas is appointed Minister for Health and Mental Health following the resignations of Jack Snelling and Leesa Vlahos from Cabinet.There have been large-scale changes to South Australia's Cabinet ahead of the[...]

Vic ambos embroiled in drugs scandal

Monday  14:27,   18 september 2017

Ambulance Victoria's CEO says a drug trafficking scandal involving 15 paramedics is unacceptable and is a wake up call for the service.More than a dozen Victorian paramedics have been caught using and trafficking illicit drugs stolen from[...]

US, Australia to discuss Afghanistan role

Monday  10:51,   18 september 2017

Defence Minister Marise Payne is headed to Washington and Honolulu for talks with key US defence officials.Senator Payne will have talks with senior Trump administration members including US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis during her visit from[...]

Villawood detention centre detainee died with ice in system, inquest hears

Monday  10:51,   18 september 2017
ABC News

A detainee at Sydney's Villawood Immigration Detention Centre had the drug ice in his system and a serious heart condition when he died last year, an inquest hears.New Zealander Robert Peihopa, 42, had been in the centre for almost 10 months[...]

Gold Coast deputy mayor Donna Gates voted dozens of times for development plans lodged by campaign donors

Monday  09:37,   18 september 2017
ABC News

Donna Gates has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from developers and property industry firms, and declared nearly 30 potential conflicts of interest since March 2016.An investigation by Four Corners has revealed that Donna Gates[...]

SA ministers Snelling, Vlahos quit cabinet

Monday  04:40,   18 september 2017

South Australia is set to get two new ministers and a new-look state cabinet after the resignation of Jack Snelling and Leesa VlahosThe Labor caucus will meet Monday to confirm a replacement for Health Minister Jack Snelling who has quit the cabinet [...]

Prince Andrew in Melbourne for royal visit

Sunday  21:20,   17 september 2017

Prince Andrew is due to arrive in Melbourne as part of a visit to Australia's eastern states.Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, will touch down in Melbourne for a dinner at Government House on[...]

Commment: Yes and No campaigners face a problem not seen in Australia since 1922

Sunday  10:58,   17 september 2017

The last time Australian voters had a non-compulsory vote in a federal election, less than 60% of eligible voters turned up. Yes and No campaigners in the contentious marriage equality ballot are forced to confront an unfamiliar challenge[...]

Kelly the koala makes daring 16km trip clinging onto a car's wheel arch

Sunday  07:25,   17 september 2017
Brisbane Times

A koala has been released back into the wild after miraculously surviving a 16 kilometre trip clinging onto the underside of a car wheel arch. Jane Brister, a Koala Rescue Specialist at Fauna Rescue SA, was called to a suburb in Adelaide last week[...]