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Friday, 13 December 2019 






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Australian skin banks could run out of skin. Here's how you can help  

A skin donation is about as thin as tissue paper and leaves just a tiny graze on the skin. But with life-saving stocks at constant risk of running out, there's one thing each of us can do to help out — and it doesn't hurt a bit.

Koala plans frozen in a forest of red tape  

Plans designed to protect koalas across New South Wales are taking years to be approved the State Government, according to councils.

New spy boss becomes the first woman to lead major Australian intelligence agency  

Rachel Noble, the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, will become the new head of the Australian Signals Directorate, the agency tasked with intercepting foreign communications.

Noosa Councillor jailed for three years for child sex abuse  

Former Noosa deputy mayor Frank Pardon is jailed for indecently assaulting a young teenage girl over several months in the 1990s. The custodial sentence means he's automatically been stripped of his council role.

Adelaide restaurant worker was stabbed 80 times, court told  

A court hears Adelaide woman Kim Chau, who was allegedly murdered in the luxury city home of two high-ranking public servants, was stabbed 80 times.

Stock trader would get drunk at lunch and rob banks in the 70s, Sydney court hears  

A 1970s Sydney stock trader pleads guilty over 40-year-old bank robberies, after telling police he would commit the crimes during his lunch break to support his gambling habit.

UK Labour savages 'worse than useless' Corbyn as electoral defeat unfolds  

MPs facing defeat in former Labour strongholds publicly blame Jeremy Corbyn for the looming Conservative landslide, with calls for the party's divisive leader to fall on his sword and resign.

Students 'locked down' more than 250 times in past two years in Queensland schools  

Queensland students have been forced to urgently find shelter more than 250 times in the past two years, as schools grapple with threats coming from inside their communities.

'NZ isn't the only place people visit live volcanoes': Ardern defends tourism after White Island disaster  

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged people to reserve judgement on volcano tourism until the deadly eruption is investigated.

Sue Neill-Fraser's family 'extremely emotional' as murder appeal delayed  

A new appeal hearing for convicted murderer Sue Neill-Fraser could be delayed by a further two months due to the unavailability of her legal team, a Tasmanian court hears.

Furry fandom lion costume worth $4,000 stolen from Adelaide man's home  

An Adelaide man's furry fandom lion costume, worth almost $4,000, is stolen from his Woodville South home. SA Police are calling for any information on the whereabouts of the distinctive costume.

No survivors of Chilean plane crash, human remains found among debris  

Chilean search teams recover human remains in the search for an Antarctica-bound plane that crashed earlier this week, prompting officials to declare none of the 38 people on board survived.

Glasses chain Oscar Wylee sued over 'misleading' one-for-one donation claims  

The ACCC alleges Oscar Wylee only donated 3,000 pairs of glasses over a period it sold 320,000, despite claiming to donate glasses for every pair sold but the company says it will fight the legal action.

Woman jailed over fatal bashing of grandmother walking her dogs  

Amy Tran is jailed for seven years for bashing Le Ngoc Le to death as the 76-year-old grandmother walked her dogs in what the sentencing judge described as a "senseless crime".

Dairy code of conduct launches guaranteeing prices, banning retrospective cuts  

Beginning today, the horror caused by retrospective price cuts in 2016 will now be banned under the new mandatory code of conduct.

Australia-New Zealand joint Women's World Cup bid about something 'bigger than the sport'  

Australia joins forces with New Zealand to put their hands up as joint hosts for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

These country towns are 10 kilometres apart, but they tell very different stories of survival  

When a rural town loses jobs or services, it can be hard to keep people. The neighbouring towns of Nangwarry and Tarpeena in South Australia's south-east have two very different stories to tell.

Woman dies, two in hospital after suspicious fire breaks out in backpacker hostel  

A woman is dead and another person is taken to hospital in a serious condition after a suspicious fire rips through the Exclusive Backpackers hostel in East Perth.

'Evacuate now': Communities in Perth's north told to flee ahead of wind change  

A bushfire threatening communities north of Perth worsens overnight after the area comes under ember attack and an emergency warning remains in place for a third straight day.

Johnson set for biggest majority since Thatcher  

Boris Johnson's Conservative Party is tipped to win the UK election with 368 seats, giving it a clear majority as dozens of Labour MPs lose their seats.

ABC broadcaster Jill Emberson dies aged 60  

Four years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, ABC Newcastle broadcaster Jill Emberson has died, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy of fighting for research funding.

It's time to stop lying to our children about physics  

Einsteinian physics gives us our best understanding of the natural world, so why are we still hung up on Newton?

Steve Smith looked decidedly human against New Zealand, and the Black Caps deserve the credit  

When coming up against a team with a transcendent batter, every team zeroes in on that superstar. For New Zealand in Perth, it paid off with the big scalp of Steve Smith, who looked like a completely different player than the man who slayed England, writes Geoff Lemon.

News quiz: Will you do as well as the Aussies at the Golden Globe nominations?  

Bushfires and climate change stole the headlines again this week, but let's see if you were paying attention to the other big stories in sport, business and world politics.

Jetstar flights cancelled around Australia as airline workers strike  

Jetstar flights are cancelled at most major airports in Australia as baggage handlers and ground crew walk off the job this morning to demand a pay increase and improved conditions, with another strike set to hit passengers this evening.

Greta Thunberg turns tables on Trump after 'anger management' comments  

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg takes aim at Donald Trump in a tongue-in-cheek jibe on social media, after the US President criticises her selection as Time's Person of the Year as "so ridiculous".

Aussie dollar jumps on report of Trump's 'BIG DEAL' with China over trade  

The Australian dollar has jumped to its highest value in almost five months on reports that the US and China have reached a "phase one" trade agreement.

Why male teachers are an endangered species in Australian schools  

Despite attempts to get more men into the nation's classroom, the number of male teachers in primary schools has been steadily decreasing since the 1980s.

Is this the spark Scott Morrison needs to act on climate change?  

The Government is inviting anger into the debate over Australia's devastating fires by being so inactive and partisan about climate change over the years. Scott Morrison can no longer gloss over the debate, writes Michelle Grattan.

'This is a city under siege': Residents in Charters Towers bound by red tape as 250,000 flying foxes hit the town  

The Charters Towers community is fed up with the noise, smell, and mess of 250,000 flying foxes roosting in the town, so they're taking matters into their own hands.

Man charged with murder after pregnant woman found dead in car boot  

The man is charged with murdering his 31-year-old partner who was 24 weeks pregnant. Her body was found in a car in their backyard this week.

Your best photos of the week  

Here is a selection of photos sent in by audience members from around Australia. If you have any photos that you'd like to share, send them in via the upload page. You can take a look at more photos from across the country on our Instagram, and share your own Instagram photos with us by using #ABCmyphoto on Instagram.

Three patients die as 500 lawyers storm hospital in Pakistan  

Pakistan levels treason charges against 250 lawyers who were part of a mob that stormed a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday, leaving three patients dead and others injured.

'You can't play golf every day': Meet the older Australians refusing to retire  

As the Government urges older Australians to work longer in a bid to defuse the fiscal 'time bomb', some are embracing the opportunity to stay at work.

After decades, sand mining is ending on this Queensland island. What's replacing it?  

Stradbroke Island is famed for its laid-back lifestyle but, as its controversial mining industry comes to an end, the community remains split. Will tourism take over?

Live: NSW Now: 'Extreme concerns' for missing toddler, more volcano victims arrive in Sydney  

MORNING BRIEFING: Police issue an amber alert for a toddler allegedly abducted by her mother in Sydney, while two more people injured in the New Zealand volcano eruption arrive for treatment.

Nationals backbencher joins Assange's father in fight to save Wikileaks founder  

The father of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the fight to free his son will fail unless the Australian Government applies greater diplomatic pressure on Britain ahead of his US extradition hearing.

Russia's WADA ban may look tough, but the truth is far more disappointing  

WADA's decision to ban Russia from international sporting events like Tokyo 2020 gives the impression it's tough on doping but a closer look raises more questions than answers, writes Richard Hinds.

Live: Follow the results of the UK election  

The votes are being counted in what could be the UK's most important general election since World War II, with Boris Johnson forecast to win a big majority as he seeks to ram through his Brexit plans. Follow all the action in our live blog.

'We will make their lives miserable': Police say they want to stop YouTube rap group OneFour performing  

NSW police say they are targeting a group of Australian rappers, promising to make their lives miserable. They claim OneFour is a threat to public safety.

This plumber's empty pool is just one small part of a building industry crisis  

Ryan O'Flynn isn't allowed to fill his pool with water, because his building surveyor can't sign off on the project. It's a symptom of a bigger problem in the building industry, which has left many construction projects in limbo and forced some businesses to close.

Six bodies from White Island 'expected' to be Australians  

Elite military teams have left White Island with six bodies, all expected to be Australians, as police divers search for the remaining two who died in the horrific volcanic explosion.

'The next Opal Tower?': Severe cracks appear in car park of popular Sydney club  

Large cracks in the car park of Revesby Workers' Club in South-West Sydney are brought to light by an anonymous letter to the ABC. But the venue insists the damage is only "cosmetic".

Researchers say 44,000-year-old cave art is earliest known record of 'storytelling'  

Australian and Indonesian researchers say a cave painting found on Indonesia's island of Sulawesi, depicting human-like figures hunting animals, appears to be the earliest known pictorial record of storytelling.

Indian protesters set fire to train stations as new law opens citizenship to some migrants  

Indian protesters angry over a new federal law making it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries to seek Indian citizenship attack train stations and block highways in the country's north-east.

Australia is facing its hottest day on record as heatwave baking Perth travels east  

Australia could experience its hottest day on record next week as a hot air mass building in Western Australia that has generated a potentially deadly heatwave in Perth makes its way east.

Western Power fleet executive Rodney Pearson charged over $1.5 million corruption  

A former Western Power employee is facing dozens of corruption charges over his handling of almost $1.5 million worth of fleet contracts awarded by Western Power.

Polls open in UK election, giving voters a Brexit choice between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn  

UK voters are deciding who they want to resolve the impasse over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II.

Severe storms ease in South-East Queensland  

A number of severe storm cells that formed in South-East Queensland ease but the Bureau of Meteorology warns more could be on the way in the coming days.

'Pretty extraordinary heatwave conditions' in northern Australia  

Heat records are being broken all across northern Australia as the Territory swelters through December.

$100,000 withdrawn from casino days before same amount banked by NSW Labor, ICAC hears  

A corruption commission hears staff at Sydney's Star casino were "suspicious" when a staff member of property developer Huang Xiangmo withdrew $100,000 cash from a gambling junket.

This is how smoke can actually help reduce bushfire intensity  

It may be counterintuitive, but smoke can actually help improve bushfire conditions. It's literally smoke and mirrors.

Dream start for Internationals against Tiger's US in Presidents Cup  

A good crowd at Royal Melbourne sees the International team make a stellar start to the Presidents Cup, taking a 4-1 lead over Tiger Woods's US team on day one.

'Leave me alone, let me out of here': Desperate screams heard the night Jane Rimmer vanished  

Two couples who lived south of Perth in the 1990s tell the Claremont serial killings trial they heard "traumatic" and "bloodcurdling" screams the night Bradley Edwards allegedly murdered Jane Rimmer.

Scott Morrison acknowledges smoke haze concerns as he stands by climate policies  

The Prime Minister seeks to reassure Australians he understands community concerns about bushfires and smoke haze as the Federal Government faces criticism for its climate policies.

Here's what tourists would have seen when they arrived at White Island  

When tourists entered White Island, they walked into a crater that could erupt at any time. Here's a 360-degree look at the volatile volcano.

'Gross exploitation': Canberra man who traded ice for sex with teenage girl jailed for brutal rape  

Robert Glen Sirl, 48, is sentenced to 11 years in jail for the brutal rape of one woman and for maintaining a sexual relationship with a child. WARNING: This story contains graphic content that may upset some readers.

Catholic Brother stands trial for the sexual abuse of his 'favourite student' in the late 1960s  

A Catholic Brother who allegedly subjected students to extreme violence and corporal punishment stands trial for sexually abusing one of his "favourite students" in the late 1960s.

Fraud charges against charity founder dropped for second time  

The former Queensland Young Australian of the Year and founder of the charity Street Swags will seek more than $50,000 in costs after fraud charges against her were dropped for a second time.

Kiwis keep it tight but Labuschagne puts Australia in front on day one  

Despite some miserly New Zealand bowling, Marnus Labuschagne's terrific form continues as he scores his third straight century in the day-night Test in Perth.

Aboriginal community 'ecstatic' over museum decision to return ancient carvings  

Tasmanian Aboriginal people are celebrating after news the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has agreed to return sacred Aboriginal rock carvings taken from the state's north-west in the 1960s.

'A moment of shame': Israel heads to third straight election after Parliament vote  

Israel heads towards a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after being charged with corruption.

NRL star Josh Reynolds charged over alleged domestic violence incident  

West Tigers player Josh Reynolds hands himself into police in Sydney, who charge him over an alleged domestic violence incident in which a woman sustained bruising to her arm and leg.

Five videos that explain Boris Johnson's campaign — and one where it all went wrong  

In a lifetime spent in the public eye Boris Johnson has demonstrated that he can be at once both his own greatest asset and most accident-prone liability.

Port River dolphin death blamed on 'red tape' as rescuer claims he was denied access to save it  

The death of a dolphin caught up in fishing line for almost three weeks in Adelaide's Port River has been partly blamed on "red tape" by rescuers who claim they were prevented from attending to the animal earlier.

New Zealand announces mission to bring bodies back from White Island  

New Zealand authorities say they will try to recover the bodies of volcano victims from White Island on Friday, but experts warn the site remains volatile.

Donald Trump ad puts US President's face put on the body of supervillain Thanos  

The tweet by the Trump election campaign shows the President clicking his fingers to make Nancy Pelosi disappear in a cloud of dust.

Council turns to kids for advice on how to spend $1 million  

Regional areas fear losing their young people to bigger towns or cities, so a rural South Australian council with a fresh round of federal funding is asking students how to keep the town thriving beyond the drought.

Volcano burns victims need '120 square metres of skin' for grafts  

With survivors of the New Zealand eruption facing "severe, disfiguring burns", hospitals are seeking out artificial and donated skin.

Councillor convicted over anonymous election pamphlets and placed on good behaviour bond  

A former deputy mayor of an Adelaide council is convicted and placed on a good behaviour bond for anonymously publishing electoral pamphlets.

The weird traditions, exit polls and voting blocs that will determine the UK election  

Voters in the United Kingdom go to the polls today in what's been called the most significant election in a generation. The ABC's chief election analyst Antony Green looks at how the count will unfold.

'Violent public response' the basis of application to move police murder-accused trial to Darwin  

Lawyers for Constable Zachary Rolfe, the police officer charged with murdering Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu, apply to have the entirety of court proceedings moved from Alice Springs to Darwin.

Hot weather on the horizon for Adelaide but is it a heatwave?  

Hot weather is forecast for Adelaide early next week but while it may be tempting to call it a "heatwave", the Bureau of Meteorology's official definition is a little more complicated than hot weather that hangs about for days on end.

Boris Johnson 'hides in fridge' to avoid questions on last day of UK election campaign  

The UK Prime Minister gives reporters the cold shoulder on the eve of the election, hiding in a fridge to avoid a live breakfast TV interview.

'We cannot put anyone's life at risk': Lost Paradise music festival cancelled  

Lost Paradise organisers say the risk of bushfires is too great for the festival to go ahead, but promise 2020's event will be "bigger than ever".

ICAC report into SA Health privately met with anger by Premier, commissioner says  

SA's corruption watchdog claims Premier Steven Marshall privately rebuked him for releasing a report into potential health department corruption, despite Mr Marshall telling Parliament he found the report "extraordinarily helpful".

Facebook and Google market power to be subject to digital code of conduct  

The competition watchdog will gain extra resources to crackdown on the growing power of digital platforms as the Government seeks to rein in how companies like Facebook and Google use their market power.

Shooting in kosher grocery labelled a hate crime as police probe links to Black Israelites  

Police investigate whether a couple who killed four people at a kosher grocery store in the US state of New Jersey were motivated by anti-Semitic beliefs, as the Jewish community expresses its fears.

The Brexit election is the Grinch of Christmas for UK voters  

Brexit has yet to deliver a single positive for the British people and later today they'll trudge to the polling booths in the cold and dark because of it, Samantha Hawley writes.

Calls for 'water emergency' declaration as Tamborine Mountain school runs dry  

Students at Tamborine Mountain State School have been told to bring extra water bottles to class as bubblers run dry due to low bore supplies.

World's largest live export ship to sell for $77m  

Live exporter Wellard's stocks have gone up after it announced a deal to sell a live export ship capable of carrying as many as 75,000 sheep.

Liam Gallagher show shut down mid-song in Melbourne, prompting boos from fans  

The former Oasis frontman had his sound cut at 11:00pm, making a lie of his earlier assertion that "there's no curfews for rock and roll".

Westpac cops second strike on pay but shareholders decline to spill 'incompetent' board  

Westpac's shareholders have delivered a second strike to the bank at its annual general meeting, forcing a board spill motion, but the directors survived with that spill rejected by more than 90 per cent of votes cast.

Emergency warnings for Yanchep, Two Rocks as heatwave sees bushfire flare  

Fire crews battle to contain a bushfire that has triggered two emergency warnings in two days and burnt more than 1,000 hectares north of Perth, as a 40-degree, four-day heatwave descends on the city.

$16 billion beer, cider, spirits deal may lead to price hangover for drinkers, warns ACCC  

ACCC finds Asahi's takeover of CUB hard to stomach as it would lead to an even more concentrated beer and cider market which could take the lid off prices.

Two men charged with murder after body found east of Adelaide  

Two men appear in a Murray Bridge court this afternoon charged with the murder of a man in South Australia's Murraylands region.

NSW environment department fined for polluting ski resort creek — again  

A New South Wales Government agency has been convicted for polluting a waterway that runs through the Perisher ski resort in the Snowy Mountains.

Retailers feel the curse of Black Friday as online shopping events transform the Christmas sales  

With Christmas less than two weeks away, retailers face pressure to cut prices just when consumer spending is usually strongest after major online sales campaigns Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

'My nana would shoot me if anything happened to this house': Slim Dusty's childhood home saved from fire  

Amid NSW bushfire destruction, there was one property a community was desperate to save — the house Slim Dusty grew up in.

Authorities seize 800,000 bottles of alcohol in fraud raids across Sydney and Melbourne  

Two men from Sydney are charged and a depot licence cancelled after authorities raided properties to disrupt an alleged criminal syndicate accused of rorting millions through unpaid duty on imported alcohol.

'Stolen' Klimt masterpiece worth $97m found inside secret hidey-hole  

A painting by famed Austrian artist Gustav Klimt was at the centre of an art world theft mystery for more than 20 years. Now it may have been found in the most unlikely place.

Ash Barty named WTA's player of the year to cap remarkable 12 months of tennis  

The Women's Tennis Association crowns the Queenslander, who won four titles in 2019, including her first grand slam at the French Open.

Weather forecasters say days of storms ahead for South-East Queensland after overnight deluge  

Brisbane's overnight rainfall equals what it received in the last six months, with a major thunderstorm bringing more than 100 millimetres to some parts of the city.

From law to yoga to politics — and now medicine? Shirin's quest for a job with meaning  

In her search for a job with meaning, Shirin Sethna swapped her briefcase for a yoga mat — only to discover you can have too much of a good thing. So what's the best way to find purpose at work?

Australian shares fall while Fed keeps interest rates on hold  

The local share market experiences a sharp fall, but the Australian dollar jumps after the US Federal Reserve keeps interest rates steady.

Farmers encouraged to lease their land for renewable energy farms  

A pilot program for renewable energy in the NSW central west could provide a boost to farmer income and productivity.

NSW Now: Thousands vent fury at Sydney rally, state government fined for pollution  

MORNING BRIEFING: A climate change rally in Sydney's CBD swells to more than 20,000 protesters, shutting down streets during afternoon peak hour to protest government inaction.

New police station opened by federal Indigenous Minister left vacant and padlocked for over a month  

A brand-new $6.1 million police station on a remote Northern Territory island has been standing empty since the day it was officially opened.

With an impending water crisis, Armidale looks to Sydney pool water  

Water used to test whether a new pool has leaks will not go to waste, instead being trucked to Armidale where there's only one year's water supply left.

Anger and fear as outback town faces youth crime problem no-one wants to own  

In Mount Isa, the town debate is whether it is better to leave your car unlocked so you don't get a smashed window, or lock it up and risk the insurance excess.

'Absolutely heartbroken': Sydney brothers confirmed dead in NZ eruption, parents still unaccounted for  

Sydney's Knox Grammar School pays tribute to brothers Matthew and Berend Hollander, who died from injuries sustained in the White Island volcano eruption.

Dumplings, Christmas ham costs rise as deadly disease spreads  

Stuffing the humble Chinese dumpling or buying this year's Christmas ham is becoming very expensive, with pork costs almost doubling due to swine fever.

Donna spends three hours a day commuting to and from work, and she doesn't live in Sydney  

It was once known as the 20-minute city, but Adelaide is now having growing pains, as suburban sprawl and road bottlenecks cause increasing headaches on the morning commute.

Freeways galore, new rail lines were planned for Melbourne 50 years ago — how did that work out?  

Melbourne was facing an 'urban population explosion' in 1969, so the state's transport minister developed a plan to fix congestion and public transport capacity.

'Sending you sunshine': Christmas care parcel deliveries for women in drought  

Meet the women trying to deliver 16,000 care packages of "little luxuries" to women in drought-affected areas of NSW — before Christmas.

Aung San Suu Kyi says the world has it wrong on the Rohingya  

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi launches a staunch defence of her country's military, denying accusations of genocide against its minority Muslim Rohingya community at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

'A social contract': In New Zealand, you can be compensated for disasters even if you're not a citizen  

In New Zealand, people injured in anything from workplace accidents to terrorist incidents and natural disasters can apply for compensation from a government body. But is the no-fault scheme exposing people to greater levels of risk?

Victoria Police hoped a George Pell story would knock the Lawyer X scandal 'off the front page', emails show  

Emails between Graham Ashton and his media advisers in 2014 show how they discussed delaying the release of information about Lawyer X in the hopes a story about George Pell appearing at the child abuse royal commission would "knock [it] way off the front page".

Recycling plant that turns bottles into building materials will close after council vote  

Industry leaders are warning the closure of a recycling facility in Melbourne's south-east could have disastrous consequences for infrastructure projects and see household glass sent to landfill.

Dire warning for NSW after Amazon fires  

Bushfires are normally considered "carbon neutral" but leading climate scientists say the intensity and frequency of the blazes could add millions of tonnes to Australia's carbon footprint.

Treasurer willing to take NSW into debt to fund ambitious infrastructure projects  

Sydney's slowly recovering property market helps ensure the Berejiklian Government ends this year with a forecast surplus of $700 million, despite the mounting cost of the drought.

Aerial firefighting centre given $11m funding boost after calls for more water-bombers  

Scott Morrison announces a funding boost to Australia's National Aerial Firefighting Centre after former fire and emergency leaders said they had tried for months to warn him more water-bombers would be needed to tackle bushfires this season.

Australia's new energy roadmap calls for dozens of new renewable energy projects  

To offset the decline of coal-powered energy, Australia will need to build dozens of new energy projects and upgrade the electricity transmission network, the energy market operator says.

The UK's toxic choice: a leader who won't show up or one who can't decide  

With the task of negotiating the Brexit labyrinth barely having begun, I fear this election will be the end of little and only the start of a further incoherent, toxic and unedifying period in British politics and history, writes Nick Rowley.

'That island, it's like a human': The little town living in the shadow of a deadly volcano  

Whakatane describes itself as the "gateway to White Island" but tour operators, motel owners and even fruit sellers are debating what happens to their town if the volcano is deemed too dangerous to visit.

Tourism Australia splashes cash on social media stars, led by one linked to Hong Kong protests  

Tourism Australia splashed more than half a million dollars on social media influencers in 2018-19, including a top Indian cricketer and a man described by a Chinese military newspaper as a "secessionist mouse dropping"

When will we know the UK election result and what does it mean for Brexit?  

Here are the key times you need to know as we await an outcome from the UK election.

Why is Jeremy Corbyn seen as so unelectable by so many British voters?  

Jeremy Corbyn is the most unpopular opposition leader in British history. But it’s not because he wants to turn capitalism on his head, it's something far more fundamental, Linton Besser writes.

Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 Person of the Year  

Time Magazine's annual person of the year is Greta Thunberg, who today accused business and political leaders of misleading the public by holding climate talks that are not achieving real action.

The silent extinction happening in Australia's waters  

Sharks and rays in Australia are creeping towards extinction despite being listed as threatened under national environment laws, a new report has found.

How 710 companies got away with not paying a single cent in tax  

About one third of large companies have once again failed to pay a cent of tax, even though have they made a gross profit, according to the Tax Office's latest corporate tax transparency report.

Suu Kyi says genocide case brought against Myanmar 'misleading'  

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the case brought against her country at the World Court was "incomplete and misleading" as she begins her defence to accusations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Living on the edge with sleepless nights and stress-filled days after three weeks on high bushfire alert  

With fires all around them, the communities near Mangrove Mountain are living in a permanent state of anxiety — packed and ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Nauru 19 found guilty of rioting and unlawful assembly in retrial, defendant says  

A group of anti-government protestors known as the Nauru 19 are reportedly found guilty in a retrial, four and half years after they were first charged with rioting and disturbing the legislature.

Court hears what Ben Roberts-Smith claims happened during Hekmatullah mission in 2012  

The Federal Court hears that on the day decorated Australian soldier Ben Roberts-Smith is accused of ordering the killing of an unarmed Afghan civilian, he killed a Taliban soldier armed with an AK-47 and detonators.

Bushfire emergency downgraded in Perth's north after petrol station engulfed in flames  

A fire burning close to residential neighbourhoods in the northern Perth suburb of Yanchep is "still a threat" after damaging a petrol station and one house, authorities say, even though the alert has been downgraded.

NSW town 'cremated' by bushfire crying out for support, Mayor says  

Mid-Coast Council Mayor David West says people's lives remain in disarray a month on from the worst fire he has encountered in the region, arguing not enough is being done to help those affected.

Australia urged to learn from New Zealand volcano tragedy  

Volcano experts say Australia needs to be better prepared for a potential volcanic eruption, with a stretch between Melbourne and south-east of South Australia home to around 400 volcanic centres.

Greens leader warns Siemens of 'reputational damage' from Adani deal  

Despite a written warning from Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale about working on a "dangerous project", German firm Siemens signs up to provide signalling for Adani's Carmichael mine rail network.

NSW firefighters crowdfunding upgraded face masks amid claims RFS gear insufficient  

Some NSW fire crews are resorting to crowdfunding to buy upgraded face masks although the Rural Fire Service says standard-issue gear is rigorously tested.

Four days in a row of 40 degrees triggers rare deadly heatwave warning for Perth  

Four consecutive days of 40C heat are expected from Thursday during the Perth Test between Australia and New Zealand.

Gold Coast council considers recycled water at beach showers as drought worsens  

The ongoing drought prompts the Gold Coast council to consider recycled water at beach showers, while farmers watch dams get lower.

He's one of the world's best batsmen, and NZ's Kane Williamson knows he's a target in Perth  

Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson is a superstar of world cricket, and he looms as the major obstacle standing between Australia and Test victory.

Murder victim 'suspected of being a paedophile' by those close to him  

A court hears a man whose body was found wrapped in carpet in the backyard of an Adelaide home was suspected of being a "paedophile by people close to him".

CCTV shows last moments of Jane Rimmer, Ciara Glennon and possible link to Bradley Edwards  

CCTV footage is shown to the Claremont trial of the nights Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon went missing and a man who resembles Bradley Edwards at a nearby petrol station.

Corruption investigation finds no wrongdoing by Gold Coast council  

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate concedes long-running corruption investigation took a toll on councillors.

I'm a critical thinking expert. This is how you win any climate change debate  

As bushfires rage and our cities lie shrouded in smoke, climate change is shaping up as a likely conversation topic around the family dinner table this Christmas, writes Peter Ellerton.

Pill testing ruled out but Premier unveils new measure to stop drug deaths  

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces drug amnesty bins will be rolled out at music festivals this summer, but pill testing is still off the cards.

One first responder described it as Chernobyl. This is what volcano recovery crews are expecting on White Island  

As the first Australian victims of the New Zealand volcano disaster are identified, authorities are contemplating the dangerous task of recovering the bodies of those left on the island, where there are hazardous chemicals, dust and the threat of another eruption.

Big delays expected after Adelaide Airport terminal evacuated amid security fault  

Adelaide Airport passengers are told to expect major delays to flights following the evacuation of the main terminal amid a security scare.

'Man in the middle' cyber scam fleeces thousands from community Carols by Candlelight event  

A Perth community organisation is left devastated after thousands of dollars in funds raised to hold a free Christmas family concert is stolen by scammers who hacked into its email system.

Harris Scarfe collapses into receivership as retail casualties mount  

The 170-year-old retail business with more than 1,800 staff goes into receivership just a month after being sold to a private equity firm.

Geminid meteor shower will light up our skies this coming weekend  

Nature is putting on a spectacular light show this weekend, and the good news if you live in Australia's eastern states is you won't have to get up too ridiculously early to see it.

Bougainville votes overwhelmingly for independence in landmark referendum  

Bougainville votes with more than 97 per cent in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea in an important post-conflict referendum.

A Teskey Brothers live performance raises questions about music on the airwaves  

How much Australian music should commercial radio stations be forced to play? Some music industry figures think a lack of support and outdated regulation are failing local artists.

Jetstar making alternate plans as pilots plan strike over pay, conditions  

Qantas and Jetstar are scrambling to reschedule flights for passengers this weekend as a dispute with the Australian Federation of Air Pilots over pay and working conditions could see about 90 Jetstar flights cancelled.

Sunwater underpays up to 400 staff over 13 years  

Unions say they discovered six months ago that staff were owed up to tens of thousands of dollars each but Sunwater only took action once the Minister got involved.

A climatic phenomenon of near-record intensity is fuelling two extremes an entire ocean apart  

As Australia battles a devastating bushfire season sparked by exceptionally dry conditions, East Africa is dealing with the deadly consequences of torrential rain — and there is a common link.

Sensors, robotic technology aim to prevent high rate of shearing injuries  

Shearers are six times more likely to be injured on the job compared with other occupations but it is hoped a research trial putting sensors on their bodies will make the industry safer.

This photo of a sick child ignited fierce debate about fake news. It's real  

A picture of a little boy asleep on a UK hospital floor was dubbed "fake" on social media. Then the post calling the picture fake was outed as being fake. Can voters trust social media?

Households are more pessimistic as Christmas approaches and rate cuts are making it worse  

Since June, at the start of the RBA's rate cutting cycle, households have been increasingly pessimistic about the economy, a sentiment that is likely to crush retail spending into the New Year.

'Lack of consideration': Family of NSW man missing in NZ disaster criticises DFAT communication  

The father of a Coffs Harbour man feared dead after New Zealand's volcanic eruption slammed DFAT's "real lack of consideration for the welfare of the families of the deceased".

Donald Trump is staring history in the face, and he's saying 'get it over with'  

Many Americans will tell you how they gathered around TV sets to watch Richard Nixon resign in order to avoid the stain of impeachment. But in Donald Trump's America, things might be different, writes James Glenday.

Christmas tree growers back with bells on after winds and fires sweep through farms  

Two Christmas tree farming families whose businesses were pushed to the brink by fire and wind are finally able to embrace the festive season again after lengthy periods of recovery.

Alleged Darwin gunman's case faces delays  

The case against accused Darwin gunman Benjamin Hoffmann is mentioned in Darwin Local Court but delays in evidence mean it will not move to the Supreme Court until next year.

'Superhuman' skipper escapes White Island volcano but goes back to save others  

A friend has paid tribute to Paul Kingi for returning to the disaster site and battling toxic conditions to help survivors escape.

Former Labor MP blames 'alcoholic blackout' for fundraiser memory loss  

Ernest Wong says he does not have a clear recollection of the night the NSW Labor Party allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal political donations at a Chinese Friends of Labor dinner as he had a "few drinks".

'Race-based' stereotypes from NT judge fall short of serious misconduct, Chief Judge finds  

A review of a formal complaint against NT judge Greg Borchers finds he made "race-based" generalisations from the bench but says his comments did not cross a line that would warrant his removal.

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo  

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape.

Family shares heartache as Adelaide man's body found in NZ, stepdaughter presumed dead  

The family of Adelaide man Gavin Dallow say New Zealand police have found and identified his body following Monday's volcano disaster on White Island. His stepdaughter Zoe Hosking, 15, is presumed dead.

Government throws $66m at biosecurity, but plans for the worst if deadly pig disease hits  

The disease that's wiped out a quarter of the world's pigs is only an hour's journey from Australian shores. The Government is spending a further $66m on quarantine, but says it will protect exporters if security measures fail.

Travel times to blow out due to Sydney train station cuts, inquiry told  

A parliamentary inquiry hears around 20,000 people will be worse off when the Sydenham-to-Bankstown heavy rail line line is converted to a Metro service.

PM expects more Australians among volcano victims  

Authorities are still unable to recover bodies from White Island following advice from experts that there is a 40 to 60 per cent chance of another eruption in the next 24 hours.

Noosa councillor Frank Pardon found guilty of child sexual abuse  

A Noosa councillor accused of indecently assaulting a teenage girl in the 1990s, is found guilty by a Queensland jury.

Independent monitor to be appointed for Whittlesea after sacking of Simon Overland  

Victoria's Local Government Minister has not ruled out sacking the Whittlesea Council after the council sacked its third CEO, former Victoria Police chief Simon Overland. An independent monitor will be appointed to examine the council's appointment processes and staff interactions.

ACCC foils 'outrageous' plan to rip off Sydney hailstorm victims  

Two roof repairers have been caught red-handed by the ACCC trying to jack up prices for property owners whose homes were ravaged by last year's Sydney hailstorms.

Lawyer X royal commissioner demands answers on Nicola Gobbo's 7.30 interview  

The frustrated head of the Lawyer X royal commission, Margaret McMurdo, demands to know why Nicola Gobbo has refused to turn up to the inquiry to give evidence, but has given a "lengthy interview to nationwide media".

Liberal MPs break ranks with colleagues over bushfires, climate change link  

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean and his federal counterpart Sussan Ley break ranks with some Coalition colleagues and blame Australia's devastating bushfires on climate change.

'We're dumping it in the tip': Councils forced to send recycling to landfill after huge factory blaze  

A blaze that destroyed one of Western Australia's biggest recycling facilities has left councils with no choice but to divert hundreds of tonnes of recyclables to landfill — and there is no end in sight.

We fact checked NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on drug dogs. Here's what we found  

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says drugs are found after a positive indication from a drug dog 40 per cent of the time, and in the remaining cases, a majority of people admitted to "having had drugs in their pocket". RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

Your cheat sheet to understanding Trump's articles of impeachment  

House Democrats have filed two articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump. Read the full text, annotated with explanations from our reporters.

'Wave to your island': Stolen Generations descendants return to Reef for resilience study  

Their parents and grandparents were forcibly removed from their home, but now the Woppaburra people have returned to the Keppel Islands as partners in a project that could help heal the Great Barrier Reef in the future.

Pregnant woman's body found in car boot, partner arrested  

Homicide police say the body of 31-year-old Kardell Lomas was found in a car boot in the backyard of her Ipswich home, west of Brisbane. Police say Ms Lomas was pregnant.

It's a strange thing to continue on holiday after something so terribly tragic  

New Zealand punches above its weight when it comes to humanity, with many on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship moved by Maori leaders who welcomed them as family, writes Donna Field.

Wheatfields in WA could be the key in latest space race  

It's best known for its grain crops, but Mingenew, in WA's Mid West, is fast developing an international space industry.

Why this mum wants you to 'throw out the book' on parenting  

At some point, every parent will experience parental guilt — but it can be really hard to deal with. Here's some expert advice on letting go of that feeling.

Ash Barty claims trio of AIS awards  

World number one Ash Barty caps off her stunning year by winning three awards at the AIS Performance Awards, including ABC Sports Personality of the year.

Netflix shares fall after analyst warns subscriber numbers could slide  

The Australian share market is shrugging off mixed overseas leads to post moderate gains in early trade, while Netflix dragged on US markets after an analyst downgrade.

Crows reveal propose replacing Adelaide Aquatic Centre with training facility  

Adelaide City Council says the Adelaide Football Club's plans for a $65 million training facility in the northern parklands will go out to public consultation.

Labor election campaign material dumped in Queensland bushland  

The Labor Party admits election campaign material of Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, including posters, plastic banners and bunting, has been wrongfully dumped in bushland near Brisbane.

Four ways to stretch your finances further if you're a single parent  

Whether you're leaving your partner, or are already a single parent looking to get on top of your finances, we've broken down the experts' top tips for keeping it all together.

Judith has an AM and has spent her life caring for others, but who will care for her?  

In the next decade, one in five people in Australia will be over the age of 65, and in a state like South Australia, an already ageing population is having a big impact on people like Judith, who can't access home care.

NSW Now: Smoke haze fades but air quality still three times hazardous  

MORNING BRIEFING: Visibility in Sydney has drastically improved after yesterday's horror thick smoke but the level of harmful particles in the air remains dangerously high.

Dispute between Chinese-owned sugar mill and Queensland farmers set for arbitration  

Queensland sugarcane farmers and their Chinese-owned mill are headed for arbitration under the Federal Government's sugar code of conduct.

Australia's steel city commits to be carbon neutral by 2050  

The home of Australia's biggest steel producer has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, but local government is aiming for an even more ambitious target.

Will playing captain role tame the Tiger at the Presidents Cup?  

Tiger Woods will be the first playing captain in 25 years at this week's Presidents Cup — but an experienced Australian campaigner thinks it might be an advantage for the Internationals against the US.

Free phones can be crucial to escaping family violence, but funding for them is running out  

A domestic violence support service that has helped almost 20,000 women escape technology abuse from their partners is set to lose federal funding.

Why almost everything you thought about running is wrong  

Running is one of the most basic and natural forms of human movement but while almost all of us can run, not everyone is doing it well.

The US players hoping to take Western Sydney Wanderers to the top in women's soccer  

Many women footballers play back-to-back seasons across the two hemispheres, and now the Wanderers are boosting their side with three US league title winners.

These graphics illustrate the toxic smoke Sydneysiders have been inhaling for weeks  

Smoke, dust and ash have been an unwelcome reality in Sydney for weeks. Here you can see how dangerous particles differ in air across the city.

Rebecca thought she was buying a dachshund puppy called Gina. Now she's at risk of identity theft  

The consumer watchdog wants the Federal Government to regulate online platforms more tightly, amid concerns the ongoing problem of "puppy scams" is now leading to identity theft.

A new particle could be the carrier of a 'fifth force'  

If the existence of a previously unknown particle is confirmed, it could help to explain dark matter — the mysterious substance scientists believe accounts for more than 80 per cent of the mass in the universe, writes Celine Boehm and Tibor Kibedi.

Arts has become a dirty word — and now a billion-dollar industry is spooked  

The Prime Minister's announcement last week is just the latest in a trend away from the word "arts", with even artists themselves shying away from using it, writes Michaela Boland.

Who shot Theodore Miriung? The brutal murder mystery haunting the island of Bougainville  

Theodore Miriung was having dinner with his wife and children when he was shot dead. Twenty-three years on, his family is still searching for answers.

What is first past the post voting and why does the UK use it?  

A Remain alliance is trying to block Boris Johnson from forming government, but to succeed they will need voters in key seats to hold their noses and vote for non-traditional parties.

'Things will never be the same': Roxette's Marie Fredriksson dies after 17-year battle with cancer  

Singer Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at the age of 61 after spending years battling a brain tumour and the lingering effects of its treatment.

Bulging queues make Australians wait even longer for a public hospital visit  

Public hospitals are struggling to keep pace with demand for elective surgeries and emergency department care, with new figures revealing waiting times have blown out in most states and territories.

'Sheer political madness': Trump hits out after Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against him  

The Democrats announce two articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — alleging he corrupted the US election process and endangered national security.

'I know where they all are': Pilot says he could have bodies off volcano in 90 minutes  

But authorities are cautious about accessing New Zealand's White Island, which was covered with hot ash and steam when a volcano erupted on Monday, with the country's geological science agency putting the risk of an imminent eruption at 50 per cent.

Chile Air Force searches for Antarctica-bound cargo plane which crashed with 38 onboard  

Chile's Air Force says one of its cargo planes has crashed with 38 people on board after going missing for more than 12 hours, while a rescue team searches for possible survivors.

Voluntary euthanasia becomes law in emotional scenes at WA Parliament  

Historic legislation allowing terminally ill people to end their own lives has passed the West Australian Parliament, making it the second state after Victoria to allow voluntary euthanasia.

Volcano death toll rises to 6  

New Zealand Police issue a statement confirming a sixth person has died following the volcanic eruption on White Island.

'Prone to sporadic explosions': Tourists should not have been at NZ volcano site, expert says  

Australian volcanologist Professor Raymond Cas has twice set foot on White Island, visits he says convinced him people should not be at the "extremely unpredictable" site.

Holden's flagship Commodore brand reaches the end of the road  

Holden throws the Commodore overboard because of dwindling sales, ending the flagship nameplate's four-decade history in Australia, as the carmaker switches focus to SUVs and utes.

Corruption watchdog won't charge Gold Coast councillors, but Mayor faces further probe  

Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission concludes a 16-month investigation into corruption allegations by announcing it will not charge any elected official from Gold Coast City Council.

Former Test star calls for action after playing out Shield clash in 'toxic' Sydney smoke haze  

New South Wales and Queensland players struggle at a Sydney Cricket Ground blanketed by smoke haze from nearby bushfires, with Test spinner Steve O'Keefe saying the conditions are "toxic" and "shocking".

Big companies face new investigation over climate risks as pressure on directors mounts  

The corporate watchdog launches a surveillance program to ensure Australia's biggest companies are dealing with the risks of climate change.

The smart ways Beijing reacts when the air is as bad as Sydney was this week  

It's a city of 20 million people that routinely deals with air quality as bad or worse than Sydney's haze. Here's how Beijing keeps humming when the air pollution surges.

'Good deal' signed for ship lift loan in Darwin as $400m added to NT debt  

Darwin will be home to the largest ship lift in Northern Australia from 2023 after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) signs off on a loan to the Northern Territory Government.

Councillor referred to corruption watchdog by own party says faction is vilifying her  

Pullenvale councillor Kate Richards says she is disappointed the Liberal National Party is referring her to the Crime and Corruption Commission over allegations the party president has described as "extremely grave".

Man likely to face murder charge over body wrapped in carpet  

Police arrest a 39-year-old over the death of a man whose body was found in a suburban Adelaide backyard, with officers saying they expect to charge him with murder later today.

This is why New Zealand has volcanoes  

New Zealand's stunning landscape was formed by geological processes over tens of millions of years — and that same geology is what makes the North Island a centre of volcanic activity.

Drink driver jailed for two-and-a-half years for killing pedestrian in Adelaide  

A drink driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in Adelaide's south will serve at least two-and-a-half years in jail for his "reckless and selfish" decision to drive.

Transperth's futuristic new trains unveiled, with USB charging, new seats and information displays  

These are the new and improved trains headed for Perth under a $1.3 billion deal to service the Metronet project — and for the first time in almost 30 years, the city's rail cars will be built locally.

'One of the most dangerous offenders ever seen': British serial rapist handed 33 life sentences  

Joseph McCann, a convicted burglar who assaulted and raped women and children during a two-week rampage after being wrongly released from prison, is handed 33 life sentences.

How first responders rescued patients in volcano's 'Chernobyl-like' conditions  

Helicopter images show the confronting scenes faced by New Zealand's first responders after the White Island volcano's deadly eruption.

Substitute teacher and charity worker among 22 men charged over child exploitation offences  

Five Adelaide men are among 22 across the country to be charged with child exploitation offences as part of a nationwide sting by the Australian Federal Police.

'Evil monsters': Trio of killers sentenced to jail as victim's family speaks of love for Bobby Allan  

The three men who pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of Canberra man Bobby Allan, who was found dead on his neighbour's doorstep after being viciously beaten, are sentenced for the 2017 crime.

'We are taking this place back': Treaty assembly sits in Victoria's Upper House  

The members of the First Peoples' Assembly express both their reservations and hopes as they begin the process of setting up a negotiation framework for treaties between the Victorian Government and Aboriginal clans across the state.

'Heartbreaking' end for baby whale after beaching itself for the second time  

A baby minke whale dies after beaching itself for the second time within hours on the coastline near Port Lincoln, despite the desperate rescue efforts of volunteers.

Police accuse Australian man of ‘boasting about killing non-Muslims’  

Agim Ajazi appears in a Queensland court on terrorism charges after he allegedly performed military services and distributed propaganda for a terrorist organisation with links to Al Qaeda.

Noosa councillor accused of indecent assault of teenager says 'First Wives Club' is out to get him  

The jury retires in the trial of Noosa councillor Frank James Pardon, 70, who has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including the indecent treatment of a child under 16 and maintaining a sexual relationship with a minor, for acts alleged to have occurred in the 1990s.

Highest levels of police knew of Nicola Gobbo's informing so I didn't question it, Graham Ashton says  

As barrister turned informer Nicola Gobbo breaks her silence from a secret location, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton tells the royal commission into her use he did not think to question it when he found out about her role in 2007.

Tourists wear gas masks to 'get up close' to deadly White Island volcano  

An ad for the ill-fated tour to White Island, where a volcano eruption has killed at least five people, boasts that tourists will "get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud and hot volcanic streams".

Billionaire Andrew Forrest's $100 million plan to build 'transformational' eco-resort at Ningaloo  

Andrew Forrest, one of Australia's richest men, wants to build a luxury ecotourism resort as part of a $100 million investment in WA's Ningaloo World Heritage area, but not everyone is happy about it.

Melbourne brothel-turned-rehab centre housed a meth lab, police allege  

A former brothel that was converted into a drug rehabilitation centre is shut down after police find an alleged meth lab operating inside.

Rapper died after being treated for overdose as agents searched plane for guns and drugs  

A US federal agent administered the opioid antidote Narcan to award-winning rapper Juice WRLD after he went into convulsions during the search in a private hangar, authorities say.

Tributes flow for first Chinese-born federal parliamentarian after fatal car accident  

Tsebin Tchen, who died in a car accident in South Australia, is being remembered for his work after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and as a trailblazer for Chinese participation in Australian politics.

Police access phone of stabbing accused who shut down Sydney CBD  

Police are trawling through the phone of a man accused of stabbing to death a woman in Sydney's CBD in August and need more time to prepare the case against him, a court hears.

From tourist attraction to disaster site in seconds: The timeline of the White Island eruption  

The volcanic eruption in New Zealand has claimed the lives of at least six people, with Australians believed to be among them. Here's how the tragedy unfolded.

Man inadvertently sets himself on fire during arson attack  

Police are asking witnesses to come forward over two men who were caught on camera causing an explosion in a Melbourne cafe.

Mock African swine fever outbreak tested in 'Exercise Razorback'  

If African Swine Fever gets into Australia what happens next? Authorities have played out a mock scenario to work out how to best handle an outbreak.

New declarations mean the majority of Queensland is now officially in drought  

Eight Queensland shires and councils including the Fraser Coast, Moreton Bay, Gympie, Gold Coast and Logan join 37 other drought-declared areas.

Controversial religious discrimination bill updated in a bid to gain support  

The Federal Government overhauls its proposed religious freedom laws in an effort to win over faith leaders and equality advocates who criticised an earlier draft.

Adelaide mother found alive but severely burned after White Island volcanic eruption  

An Adelaide mother reported missing in the wake of the New Zealand volcanic eruption is in hospital with severe burns — but there is still no word on her husband and daughter.

Alleged Snapchat predator used cardless cash to pay children for explicit images, police say  

A Sunshine Coast man has been accused, after a year-long investigation, of paying children up to $1,000 for explicit videos and photos. Police allege he provided victims with ATM codes to make the transactions.

Three children taken from Apple Tree Creek near Childers found safe  

Queensland police have found three children reported missing from Apple Tree Creek near Childers in Queensland earlier today.

Indonesia drops drug charges against Australian businessman Tony Haritos  

Darwin man Tony Haritos was injured and hospitalised in Indonesia when his catamaran broke down and police alleged they found a small amount of methamphetamines on the boat.

Nepali girls still forced to sleep in menstruation huts, with sometimes fatal consequences  

A study finds 77 per cent of Nepalese girls are being banished to "menstruation huts", where they face extreme weather, animal attacks and sexual violence, despite the custom having been outlawed.

Sydney choking in smoke cover after a day of extreme conditions  

As it happened: Hazardous smoke covers the Harbour City but fortunately New South Wales sees few emergency-level bushfires despite the hot, windy conditions.

Alexander Downer's statement was the 'tipping point' for the Russia probe — and maybe impeachment  

Allies of the US President accused Australian Alexander Downer of acting improperly in his role in the Mueller investigation. A new report says if anyone acted wrongly, it was the FBI.

Mask warning as Sydney's air quality reaches 12 times hazardous levels  

Sydney is blanketed in thick smoke and air quality levels smashed through the "hazardous" threshold, with health authorities advising everyone to reduce all outdoor activities.

This year was marked by global unrest — and 2020 is likely to be bloodier  

This year may well go down as the most disrupted year in global politics since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. The bad news is that the sailing doesn't look any smoother next year, writes Tony Walker.

Here's what we know about those feared missing or dead after the New Zealand volcano eruption  

A Brisbane mother and daughter and an Adelaide man have died, while two Sydney families of four and tourists from Coffs Harbour are among those missing in the wake of the New Zealand volcano eruption.

Authorities unable to return to White Island, but missing Adelaide woman found alive  

Missing Adelaide woman Lisa Dallow is found alive following the volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island, according to a family spokesman. Her husband and 15-year-old daughter are still considered missing more than 24 hours after disaster struck during their holiday.

The one key difference that made the White Island volcano so deadly  

No matter how irrational it sounds in this age of technology and instrumental monitoring, we don't normally see these eruptions coming, writes Shane Cronin.

World first virtual 'shark curtain' set to open at iconic tourist attraction  

A score of electromagnetic devices are set to be installed off Busselton Jetty with the aim of encouraging tourists to see the area's marine life — except for the predators.

'Public and behind-the-scenes attacks': Amazon blames Trump for loss of $US10 billion contract  

Markets are set for a shaky session amid a looming US-China tariff deadline and a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the US Government by Amazon Web Services.

Authorities say majority of NZ volcano injured have burns to at least 30 per cent of their bodies  

Scott Morrison says at least three Australians are believed to be among the six people confirmed dead after a huge eruption on a volcanic island in New Zealand yesterday, but eight more Australians are still missing and the toll is expected to rise.

Will WADA's blanket ban on Russia change anything?  

Russia as a state is now persona non grata in world sport, but this saga still may be far from over, and the battle against doping will remain a cat-and-mouse game, writes David Mark.

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