News: Australia

Rohingya refugees: Rally at WA Parliament hears calls for Australia to act on Myanmar

Sunday  02:52,   17 september 2017
ABC News

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Murray-Darling Basin: NSW's most senior water bureaucrat resigns over corruption allegations

Friday  15:05,   15 september 2017
ABC News

Less than two months after he was the subject of corruption allegations in an ABC Four Corners report on the Murray-Darling Basin, Gavin Hanlon resigns as deputy director-general of water at the NSW Department of Industry. In July, a Four Corners[...]

Do you know this amputee Anzac? The Australian War Memorial wants your help

Friday  14:36,   15 september 2017
ABC News

In his Army-issue slouch hat, he is clearly an Australian soldier. But the most striking — and perhaps disturbing — aspect of the image, is what is missing. This soldier has no hands.© Tegan Osborne/ABC News It's believed this photo was taken at[...]

The brazen new shoplifting trend Aussies are paying for

Friday  14:36,   15 september 2017

Cosmetics theft is rampant in Australia's big retail stores, and thieves are finding new ways to pinch make-up, expensive skin care items and perfume. Not only is it costing small businesses thousands of dollars, it's driving up prices for[...]

Harbour Bridge closed for running festival

Friday  07:48,   15 september 2017

Thousands of runners will replace cars on the Harbour Bridge this Sunday as they take part in the Sydney Running Festival.There'll be significant road closures around the inner city to make way for more than 33,000 runners and walkers, who'll be[...]

Nearly 5000 people to become Aus citizens

Friday  06:22,   15 september 2017

Australia will welcome close to 5000 new citizens this weekend from 131 countries at Australian Citizenship Day ceremonies across the country.Sunday marks Australian Citizenship Day, which has been honoured since 2001 to increase community awareness [...]

Coroner finds that anti-smoking drug, Champix, contributed to young man's suicide

Friday  03:55,   15 september 2017
ABC News

A coroner recommends drug manufacturer Pfizer put a warning label on its anti-smoking drug, Champix, after a mother's four-year fight to prove that it contributed to her son's suicide.Timothy John died in April 2013. He was just[...]

Secret cave under Sydney landmark opened to public

Thursday  18:22,   14 september 2017

It has been kept secret for 23 years, and now a man-made cave hidden underneath the Sydney Opera House will be open to the public for the very first time. The dark space is the backdrop for the work of 13 top artists for the "9 Hours Underground[...]

Hostile same-sex marriage vote spurs Australia to amend anti-hate law

Wednesday  21:26,   13 september 2017

The alarming volume of hate-speech during Australia's ballot over whether to legalise same-sex marriage spurred parliament to pass emergency legislation on Wednesday to outlaw opponents spewing their vitriol while the vote was in progress.[...]

'Elaborate' weed crop in Adelaide hills

Wednesday  14:10,   13 september 2017

A tip-off has led South Australian police to a hydroponic crop of 120 cannabis plants in the Adelaide hills.A man is in police custody after 120 cannabis plants were found at a property in the Adelaide[...]

Sacked CFA board member to challenge James Merlino at ballot box

Wednesday  13:58,   13 september 2017
ABC News

<p>A former CFA board member who was dumped by Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino, is challenging him for the seat of Monbulk.</p><p></p>One of the men sacked from the Country Fire Authority board by Victoria's Deputy Premier James[...]

Replica Globe Theatre comes to Melbourne offering authentic Shakespeare experience

Wednesday  13:56,   13 september 2017
ABC News

Melburnians will be able to experience William Shakespeare's plays in the world's first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history. "The theatre is visually stunning, the acoustic is unparalleled, the[...]

Sydney millionaire avoids jail over infamous drink driving episode

Wednesday  13:56,   13 september 2017

He was the shameful star of a video which showed why you shouldn't drink and drive.In November last year, a CCTV camera caught millionaire high flyer, Matthew Duncan literally fall out his BMW after a drinking session in[...]

Girls set to wear the pants at Victorian state schools

Wednesday  04:35,   13 september 2017

Girls will no longer be forced to wear dresses and skirts at Victorian state schools under changes being made by the government. Education Minister James Merlino today said the alterations to uniform rules make "common sense" and was a “relatively[...]

Total fire bans imposed as 70 fires burn across NSW

Wednesday  03:49,   13 september 2017

Fire fighters across NSW are preparing for a day of dangerous bushfire conditions fuelled by unseasonably warm spring temperatures and dry, gusty winds. About 70 bushfires are burning across the state, 20 of which are uncontained. In particular,[...]