William, Kate hit the beach on Sydney visit

2014-04-18 12:03

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia's beach and bush lifestyles as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George.

MH370 mini-sub zone search set to end

2014-04-17 09:41

The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian PM says, adding if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase.

New Zealander killed in Yemen drone strike

2014-04-16 12:25

A New Zealander with terrorism links was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last year, PM John Key says, with Canberra confirming that an Australian was also killed in the attack.

Pic of girl straddling shark goes viral

2014-04-16 11:07

A photograph of an Australian teenage girl straddling a 3m shark after it washed up on shore has gone viral

Australia approves second Sydney airport

2014-04-15 10:03

The Australian government has given the go-ahead to a second international airport for Sydney, ending decades of indecision.

Study: Fish are losing their survival instinct

2014-04-14 11:43

Fish are changing, they are losing their survival instinct and even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators, as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change.

Australia PM warns of lengthy search for MH370

2014-04-12 07:54

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will likely continue for "a long time", Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned, a day after voicing confidence that signals from the black box had been detected.

Powerful cyclone closes in on Australia

2014-04-10 09:15

Tourists and coastal residents are evacuating parts of the Great Barrier Reef as a powerful cyclone intensified in the Coral Sea and made its way towards Australia's northeast.

Cyclone Ita may hit northern Aus

2014-04-08 13:13

A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea may threaten coastal communities in northern Australia, the Australian bureau of meteorology says.

How much is MH370 search costing

2014-04-07 17:47

Most countries in the MH370 search effort are reluctant to discuss costs saying its good training.

MH370: More ships head to probe signals

2014-04-06 08:28

Naval vessels carrying sophisticated deep-sea black box detectors are rushing to the site of an "important and encouraging" lead in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, say authorities.

Shark kills woman off Australian east coast

2014-04-03 09:10

A shark has killed a woman as she swam with a group of swimmers off a popular Australian east coast beach, police say.

Australia top court recognises 'neutral' gender

2014-04-02 11:48

Australia's highest court has recognised the existence of a third "non-specific" gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners say will help end years of discrimination.

Barloworld sells Australian auto unit

2014-04-01 15:25

Transport group Barloworld has decided to sell its Australian auto unit to pay debt and fund growth opportunities.

Race against time to find MH370 black box

2014-04-01 09:07

Authorities are racing the clock to find the "black box" of missing Flight MH370 before signalling goes silent.

SA movie invited to premiere at acclaimed film festival after Aussies fall madly in love with it

2014-03-31 14:03

The much anticipated Afrikaans film Die Windpomp has been selected to participate in the Australian Gold Coast Film Festival, where it will premiere in April.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 07:20

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Black box detector to join jet search

2014-03-30 08:23

A warship with an aircraft black box detector is set to join the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, more than three weeks after it disappeared.

Flight MH370: More than 300 new objects spotted

2014-03-27 15:01

Bad weather has cut short the air and sea hunt for the aircraft as satellite data revealed hundreds more objects that might be wreckage of Flight MH370.

Australia shoots down crocodile hunting

2014-03-27 10:27

Australia has rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying such a scheme risked encouraging "cruel" behaviour.

Satellites show 122 potential objects in jet search

2014-03-26 13:18

Fresh satellite images taken during the search for a missing passenger jet show 122 "potential objects" in one area of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia says.

Australian tobacco sales up despite plain packs

2014-03-25 13:37

Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging.


Mini-sub completes first full mission in jet hunt

2014-04-17 13:57

A mini-submarine hunting for wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner has completed its first full mission at the third attempt.

Serial texter mows down cyclist - 'doesn't care'

2014-04-17 07:38

A learner driver in Australia has had her licence revoked and issued a R44 000 fine after hitting a cyclist while texting behind the wheel. Her response to police: 'I just don’t care..'

Aus state premier quits over wine 'memory fail'

2014-04-16 11:20

A leading Australian politician has resigned after admitting to a "massive memory fail" when he told a corruption inquiry he never received a bottle of wine worth Aus$3 000.

Mini-sub aborts again in MH370 search

2014-04-16 10:18

A mini-submarine making its second dive in the hunt for Malaysian jet MH370 has encountered a "technical difficulty" and resurfaced, officials say, after the first mission also aborted.

FIA: Red Bull appeal rejected

2014-04-15 11:41

Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at the 2014 Australian GP has been rejected by the International Court of Appeal, reports the FIA.

Robotic submarine deployed in search for Flight 370

2014-04-14 15:52

Search crews have sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time to begin scouring the seabed for missing Malaysian Flight MH370.

MH370's black box batteries may have died

2014-04-13 14:30

Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane's all-important black boxes may finally have died.

300km/h cyclone to smash Australia coast

2014-04-11 08:29

A cyclone packing winds of up to 300km an hour is set to smash into Australia's Great Barrier Reef coast, with officials warning the storm could wreak devastation.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final hunt

2014-04-09 07:35

Japan has killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

Hunt for MH370 'pings' to go on for days

2014-04-08 09:25

The hunt for underwater signals from missing Flight MH370 is likely to continue for days before a robot submersible is deployed to comb the seabed, the Australian search chief says.

Aussie dingo, a unique species not a dog

2014-04-07 10:54

Australia's dingo is a distinctive species, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed, according to a new study that definitively classifies the country's largest land predator.

Malaysia vows not to give up on MH370

2014-04-05 14:57

Malaysia has vowed it will not give up on trying to find a missing jetliner, announcing details of a multinational investigation team to solve the aviation mystery.

Peter Jackson's $80m jet searches for missing Malaysian plane

2014-04-03 08:43

The Hobbit director Peter Jackson has lent his $80m private jet to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off the coast of Australia.

BP to shut Australian refinery

2014-04-02 17:45

BP plans to end operation of a small Australian refinery by the middle of next year, causing the loss of 355 jobs, the British energy group says.

Plain cigarette packs lead to factory closure

2014-04-02 11:07

Global tobacco giant Philip Morris is to stop making cigarettes in Australia, after a steady drop in smoker numbers and a law banning colourful packaging.

Fears grow that Japan may sidestep whaling ban

2014-04-01 11:05

Australia and New Zealand have hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order by creating a new scientific programme.

Man with SA links murders prospective bride

2014-03-31 14:09

An engineer who worked in South Africa has been arrested in Australia after allegedly murdering the woman he was apparently meant to marry.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 10:46

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Objects found in Indian Ocean not from Flight MH370

2014-03-30 16:18

Australia says objects scooped up by vessels searching for downed Flight MH370 have been "fishing equipment and other flotsam" not connected to the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Planes spot objects in MH370 search

2014-03-28 16:30

An air and sea search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet has moved 1 100km north after authorities received new information.

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

2014-03-27 11:20

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell has apologised to a child sexual abuse victim, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong.

Breathing = obesity risk?

2014-03-26 15:00

So far, everything from television to DNA has been blamed for kids' obesity.

MH370 search back on as weather improves

2014-03-26 09:27

Twelve aircraft have again taken to the skies in search of Flight MH370 after weather improved in the treacherous Indian Ocean.

Australia PM under fire over monarchist moves

2014-03-26 08:44

Monarchist Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of sending Australia into a "time warp" by reintroducing knights and dames to the country's honours list.

Lightning-hit German tourist dies in Australia

2014-03-25 10:14

A German tourist who was struck by lightning in Australia last week has died from her injuries, officials say.

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