News: Australia

Bashed Melbourne sparky sore and ute-less

Tuesday  14:08,   12 september 2017

Police expect to charge a man after an electrician was allegedly assaulted in suburban Melbourne and his tools and ute stolen.Frank Ascenzo said he was unloading his tools early on Monday night at suburban Balaclava when all of a sudden he found[...]

SA man jailed over petrol bomb attack

Tuesday  14:07,   12 september 2017

An Adelaide man has been jailed for throwing a petrol bomb at a teenager in 2013.Luke Coburn suffered burns to 28 per cent of his body in 2013 and has told the District Court that his scars are still healing while thoughts of the incident still make [...]

'Imagine if I blew over': Cop accused of using rank to avoid RBT

Tuesday  13:55,   12 september 2017

A sergeant is accused of using her rank to avoid a random breath test, later claiming it was a lesson in “the job etiquette”. Sarah Johnston had been out with colleagues celebrating the start of 2016 at the Union Hotel and Rag & Famish Hotel in[...]

An ecologist is begging Aussies need to eat more kangaroos

Tuesday  06:46,   12 september 2017

As Australians, it’s our duty to eat more kangaroo meat. At least that is what Associate Professor David Paton from the University of Adelaide seems to be[...]

Stand-off between Turnbull government and AGL deepens over conflicting statements

Tuesday  05:15,   12 september 2017
The Age

The tense stand-off between the Turnbull government and energy giant AGL has deepened after different accounts emerged of what happened in a meeting about the future of the Liddell coal-fired power plant.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Energy[...]

Man armed with syringe robs convenience store

Tuesday  03:41,   12 september 2017

A man has robbed a convenience store in Sydney’s CBD with a syringe. CCTV showed the man entering the store on Liverpool Street and demanding cash from a staffer about 11pm.The offender threatened the worker with a syringe and then fled the store[...]

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Monday  19:52,   11 september 2017

As Australia prepares for a contentious postal vote on legalising gay marriage, fierce divisions have emerged within the church, with many Christians disregarding traditional religious views as outdated.  Although attitudes to same-sex[...]

Safeguards coming for postal gay survey

Monday  16:21,   11 september 2017

Labor and the government are close to agreeing on safeguards around the same-sex marriage survey and they could include anti-vilification provisions.Labor and the coalition have spent the weekend working on urgent safeguard legislation, to be passed [...]

Fast lane plane push for defence families

Monday  14:57,   11 september 2017

Queensland senator James McGrath wants serving and former defence personnel and their families to be given priority boarding when they fly.A Turnbull government minister wants former and serving defence force personnel and their families to be given [...]

Immunologist accused of abusing patients says internal examinations were medical not sexual

Monday  13:56,   11 september 2017
ABC News

A Newcastle immunologist on trial for abusing dozens of women has argued vaginal and anal examinations he performed on patients were for medical, not sexual reasons. Jeremy Michael Stafford Coleman, 64, is charged with 66 sexual and indecent assault [...]

Alleged Uni of Qld fraudster faces court

Monday  13:56,   11 september 2017

A former University of Queensland employee has faced court over allegations he fraudulently used a university travel card and forged an invoice.Craig William Froome, 53, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday on a total of four charges,[...]

Elderly Woodridge man shot by police after 'swinging knives' at pinned officer, union says

Monday  13:51,   11 september 2017
ABC News

New details emerge about a police shooting south of Brisbane yesterday, with the police union claiming officers were blindsided by an armed Vietnam war veteran who came close to stabbing a female officer.New details have emerged about the incident[...]

Murray-Darling Basin: 'No change is not an option' says damning report on alleged NSW water corruption

Monday  13:51,   11 september 2017
ABC News

An interim report into explosive allegations aired by the ABC's Four Corners program, finds NSW's water compliance and enforcement "have been ineffectual and require significant and urgent improvement".Ken Matthews' interim report, [...]

Shot up cars found in Sydney's south

Monday  12:51,   11 september 2017

NSW police are investigating after gun fire was reported near a park in Arncliffe, in Sydney's south, overnight.Shots have been fired near a park in Sydney's south with police finding four cars in the area with damage consistent with gun[...]

Painting by murder-accused will remain on display at National Portrait Gallery

Monday  11:54,   11 september 2017
ABC News

The National Portrait Gallery says it will not remove a portrait on permanent display by an Archibald prize finalist now accused of murder.Angus Trumble told ABC Radio Canberra that nothing would be done while the matter was before the courts, but[...]