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Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

2014-07-29 18:21

Qantas says it will continue to fly over Iraqi airspace, despite alliance partner Emirates decision to alter its routes.

MH17 investigators turn back after 'explosions'

2014-07-28 17:54

Dutch and Australian forensic investigators on their way to the MH17 crash site have turned back after 'explosions' in the area, a government spokesperson says.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia submarine deal with Japan in sight

2014-07-28 09:30

Australia could discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan.

Woolworths Country Road offer now unconditional

2014-07-25 14:30

Woolworths Holdings has announced that it has achieved over 90% relevant interest in Country Road and its offer is now unconditional.

Parents convinced MH17 daughter still alive

2014-07-25 08:53

The parents of an Australian victim of the MH17 disaster are clinging to hopes their daughter may still be alive, travelling to Ukraine to find her, reports say.

Australia assures search for MH370 goes on

2014-07-23 12:49

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues uninterrupted, even as the head of the search co-ordination agency was sent to Ukraine to help with the MH17 tragedy.

Australian watchdog warns of MH17 scams

2014-07-22 09:51

Australia's consumer watchdog has warned people to be wary of scams seeking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, saying false Facebook profiles had already been set up.

UN set to vote on crash resolution

2014-07-21 11:21

The UN Security Council is set to vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area.

Australia PM says MH17 crash site 'chaotic'

2014-07-20 08:23

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is "absolutely chaotic", and he feared interference with the evidence would continue.

Aids activists on downed Malaysian jet

2014-07-18 11:00

Several world-renowned Aids researchers and activists heading to an international Aids conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials say.

Aids activists on downed Malaysian jet

2014-07-18 09:56

Several world-renowned Aids researchers and activists heading to an international Aids conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials say.

Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

2014-07-18 06:51

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister says, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.

New HIV cases in Australia at 20-year high

2014-07-17 16:14

The number of new HIV cases in Australia remains at the highest level in 20 years, according to data which reveals many people are not being detected early enough.

Choked on a sea lion, be careful what you eat

2014-07-17 10:00

A great white shark that washed up on an Australian beach this week had a sea lion stuck in its throat which likely caused its death, fisheries officials say.

Australia should welcome immigrants - Murdoch

2014-07-16 10:38

Global press baron Rupert Murdoch has urged Australia to be open to immigrants and engage more deeply with Asia, as he celebrated 50 years of the national newspaper he founded, The Australian.

Australia priest abuse rate 'double pope's estimate'

2014-07-15 13:28

An Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse by clergy says it believes the number of paedophile priests is historically twice the pope's estimate.

Back pain not tied to weather

2014-07-15 05:00

Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a new study from Australia.

Climate change threatens our wines

2014-07-14 08:20

A new US study has found that up to 73% of Australian land currently used for viticulture could become unsuitable by 2050. This means that vine lovers may lose the bottles they love so much.

Judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

2014-07-11 14:07

An Australian judge will be investigated for his "appalling" comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality.

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

2014-07-10 08:23

Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale on Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

Sri Lanka migrants angry with Australia

2014-07-08 15:37

Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia claim they were abused and given little food and water.

Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

2014-07-07 16:55

Australia has returned asylum seekers to Sri Lanka in an at-sea transfer, raising rights abuse fears and refoulement.

Croc attacks keeper during school show

2014-07-07 13:38

A 3.7m crocodile has attacked his keeper during a school holiday feeding show at an Australian zoo, dragging him into the water before he managed to break free.

 

4 Taiwanese arrested in Australia over meth

2014-07-30 12:18

Four Taiwanese men have been arrested and charged over the seizure of crystal methylamphetamine worth $122m in Australia, police say.

Dutch PM asks fighting to cease near crash site

2014-07-29 14:45

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site.

Chance of visiting MH17 site not good

2014-07-28 15:24

The chances of Dutch and Australian police reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not good, and the effort could take days, an official says.

Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

2014-07-28 12:34

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive after surviving a terrifying 88km ride down an Australian freeway. The male was struck by a vehicle and latched onto the bottom of the car.

Experts scrap MH17 site visit over security

2014-07-27 13:05

Dutch and Australian police who were planning to head to the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 have had to scrap their trip over security concerns, an OSCE spokesperson says.

Virtual reality used to change stubborn farmers

2014-07-25 12:36

Australian researchers are using the online world of Second Life to teach sugar cane farmers about climate change and new technologies they can use to reduce water use and fertiliser run-off.

Paracetamol 'just a placebo' for back pain

2014-07-24 14:05

Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to a new study.

Aussie senator's ideal man: rich and 'well-hung'

2014-07-22 10:59

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and "well-hung" has apologised, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke.

Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site

2014-07-22 07:23

Scientists say they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local population.

Putin agrees to co-operate in MH17 operation

2014-07-21 08:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to co-operate in the retrieval of bodies and investigation into the flight MH17 crash in a call with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

2014-07-18 17:05

An Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.

Russia reaction to crash 'unsatisfactory' - Abbott

2014-07-18 10:55

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called Russia's response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine "deeply, deeply unsatisfactory".

Leaders demand probe into Malaysia crash

2014-07-18 07:59

World leaders are demanding an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed.

Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

2014-07-17 18:58

Australia has axed a divisive carbon tax after years of vexed political debate, in a move slammed as backward and out of step with the rest of the world.

Assange fumes as Australia tells him to 'man up'

2014-07-17 10:39

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reacted angrily after Australia's attorney-general said he should be "man enough" to face Swedish sexual assault allegations.

Homophobia common in Australian sport - study

2014-07-16 11:46

The first national study of homophobia in Australian sport has suggested insults, jokes and discrimination based on sexuality is commonplace both on and off the field.

'Black Saturday' survivors win Aus$494.7m

2014-07-15 17:47

Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia have won a nearly Aus$494.7m payout in the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.

Australia gay marriage support hits record-high - poll

2014-07-15 09:47

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in Australia, a poll has showed, as pressure mounts on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

Carbon emissions making Australia to dry

2014-07-14 13:32

Greenhouse gases and depletion of the ozone layer are causing southern Australia to become drier, researchers report.

Aussie shearers punch, hit sheep with tools - video

2014-07-11 15:48

Footage showing sheep being violently abused by shearers was condemned by Australia's Agriculture Minister as "exceptional and cruel".

Australian Senate delays carbon tax repeal

2014-07-10 09:01

The Australian Senate has rejected legislation to repeal the country's carbon tax because it did not guarantee savings would be passed onto consumers.

Rush to rescue stranded whale in Australia

2014-07-09 16:03

Australian authorities have struggled to rescue a beached baby whale and have been forced to suspend the operation as fading light hampered efforts to return it to sea.

Golden rice: modified to 'save' millions

2014-07-08 07:35

Scientists in the early 90s had the idea of genetically modifying rice crops to produce more vitamin A. After two decades the scientists now believe that by 2016 the rice will be ready for commercialisation.

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