1st man convicted in virtual child sex sting

2014-10-22 16:56

An Australian man caught in a global sting to trap child sex predators using a virtual 10-year-old Filipina called Sweetie has been jailed, in what is thought to be the first conviction from the operation.

Australia abandons niqab segregation plan

2014-10-20 11:45

A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns has been abandoned after an outcry.

Australia hopeful for revised Antarctic sanctuary

2014-10-20 09:11

Australia says it is hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off east Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller.

Teen's lucky escape after Aussie shark bite

2014-10-17 09:53

A teenage girl has described her shock after being bitten by a shark when she landed on top of it while surfing off a popular Australian beach.

Feral cats a threat to Australia’s wildlife

2014-10-16 12:34

Feral cats pose a threat to the survival of more than 100 native animals in Australia, national threatened species commissioner Gregory Andrews says.

Investec Australia Property Fund buys property

2014-10-16 11:39

The Investec Australia Property Fund has entered into a contract for sale to acquire a property in Berrinba, Australia.

Australian naval base in lockdown

2014-10-16 10:32

A naval base in Victoria is in lockdown and a police bomb squad has been sent to the scene to investigate unspecified 'hazardous material', security officials says.

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

2014-10-16 07:55

Some Kangaroos hop, others especially ancient ones hopping was dicey.

Saving Aussie Outback means living in it: Study

2014-10-15 16:42

As one of the wildest and most natural places on Earth, Australia's Outback is home to few people, but a new study argues that it needs a bigger population to escape decline.

Australia asylum cases challenged in court

2014-10-14 16:10

Australia is facing two court challenges to its controversial asylum-seeker policies, with both seen as test cases.

Vines watered underground against climate change

2014-10-14 11:30

Treasury Wine Estates is testing technology to water vines underground and is expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change.

Australia anger mounts over China coal tariffs

2014-10-13 08:55

Criticism is rising in Australia over new Chinese tariffs on coal imports to shield domestic producers facing record price lows, say media reports.

Nurse 11th person tested for Ebola in Australia

2014-10-10 10:45

Eleven people in Australia have been tested for Ebola in recent weeks, officials have revealed, as a nurse became the latest to return negative blood samples for the deadly virus.

'Miracle' as woman survives 17 days lost in forest

2014-10-09 13:49

A woman missing for more than two weeks in a rugged Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving on creek water and small fish.

Australia moves to block 'race hate' preachers

2014-10-08 12:33

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says moves were underway to ban 'race hate' preachers from entering the country to prevent them peddling 'alien and extremist' ideologies.

Chef who cooked girlfriend shocks Australia

2014-10-07 07:03

The case of a chef who dismembered and cooked the body of his girlfriend is gripping Australia, with fresh revelations that she was a transgender prostitute supporting her family in Indonesia.

Trees injected to prevent hay fever

2014-10-06 06:10

Big trees in Melbourne's outdoor dining district will be injected with hormones to help customers suffering from hay fever, it has been reported.

Sharks killed after surfer loses hands in attack

2014-10-03 10:04

Two great white sharks have been caught and killed off Western Australia, official say after an attack in which a young surfer lost parts of both arms.

Great Barrier Reef part of Aboriginal identity

2014-10-02 14:48

To the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, boasting some of the rarest animals and plants. To some Aboriginal Australians it is home and requires protection.

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

2014-10-02 12:23

Iraq’s ambassador to Australia has given no timetable to when his government might decide on Australia’s request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Australia increases Ebola donation

2014-10-02 10:19

Australia has more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to AU$18m, but is resisting demands to send personnel.

Australian military jets to support Iraq strikes

2014-10-01 07:54

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his country’s military jets are set to join the US in its war against Islamic State jihadists through support flights over Iraq.

Humans causing climate change heat

2014-09-30 05:00

Heat waves last year in Asia, Europe and Australia have been influenced by human-caused climate change, but not all extreme weather events could be linked to global warming.

Third of Australian firms pay under 10% tax

2014-09-29 10:55

The use of global tax havens has allowed a third of top corporations in Australia to pay less than 10% tax, according to a study.

Race-based assault claim: Australia army chief says sorry

2014-09-26 12:09

The head of Australia's Defence Force has apologised after an officer withdrew allegations he had been attacked by two men "of Middle Eastern appearance".


Former Aussie prime minister Gough Whitlam dies at 98

2014-10-21 09:43

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of the nation's most admired figures who led the country through a period of massive change has died.

Aus to help China seize assets of corrupt officials

2014-10-20 10:01

Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, a report says.

Australia to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-10-19 19:32

Australia has reached an agreement with Iraq for its special forces to support Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State.

Virgin takes full control of Tigerair Australia

2014-10-17 09:30

Virgin has taken full control of budget carrier Tigerair Australia, buying the remaining 40% it did not already own from its Singapore-listed parent.

Australia readies for possible Ebola outbreak

2014-10-16 12:32

Australia's PM is resisting pressure to send doctors and nurses to West Africa to fight the Ebola crisis, saying his government is focussed on preparing for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease.

Australian girl, 4 survives 8 storey fall

2014-10-16 11:26

A 4-year-old girl who fell from the eighth storey of a building in Australia is in a stable condition in hospital, media report.

Australia PM rules out national sex offender site

2014-10-16 08:53

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government is not considering a national version of the Northern Territory's public sex offender website as he 'disinclined to single out particular crimes'.

Australia denies visa to baby of asylum seekers

2014-10-15 17:57

An Australian court has denied a protection visa for a baby born in Brisbane to an asylum seeker couple from Myanmar, the lawyer representing the family says.

Australian territory to launch sex offender website

2014-10-15 08:07

Australia's Northern Territory says it will make public personal details and locations of convicted sex offenders in a move modelled on 'Megan's Law' in the United States.

Rare beaked whale washes up in Australia

2014-10-14 13:30

A rare beaked whale has washed up in Australia, exciting researchers who know little about an animal that spends much of its time diving at depth far from shore.

Abbott vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

2014-10-13 14:00

PM Tony Abbott has vowed to confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

Police charge teens over 'racist' train rant

2014-10-12 12:01

Australian police have charged two teenagers after a video of one of them allegedly racially abusing a train guard in a five-minute rant went viral online.

Australia holds breath as woman is tested for Ebola

2014-10-09 14:06

An Australian woman is being assessed for Ebola after developing a fever following her return from working with patients of the virus in Sierra Leone.

Surrogate baby rejected in India on gender

2014-10-09 11:40

An Australian couple rejected their biological child born to an Indian surrogate mother because of the baby's gender, but took home its twin sibling, a judge says.

Child sex charge against founder of megachurch

2014-10-07 15:55

The founder of the popular Pentecostal megachurch, Hillsong, sexually abused a 7-year-old boy in Australia, an inquiry has heard.

Underwater search for MH370 resumes

2014-10-06 06:26

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has resumed in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the jet vanished.

Australia authorises special forces to Iraq

2014-10-03 13:36

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, and its aircraft will also join US-led strikes.

Sunning seal steals Sydney opera show

2014-10-02 18:25

A wandering fur seal is the star attraction at Sydney's iconic Opera House as it basked in the warm spring sun on the building's steps.

Shark rips off part of surfer's arm

2014-10-02 13:31

A man had part of his arm torn off by a suspected great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia, officials say.

Blythe wins final Dakar Challenge entry

2014-10-02 10:23

American adventurer Ian Blythe has raced his way from the US to Australia chasing one main prize: a free ticket to participation in the Dakar 2015 rally. Here's his story...

New security laws place restrictions on Australian media

2014-10-01 15:02

New laws cracking down on media reporting of Australian security operations have been passed by the parliament in Canberra as part of tougher security legislation.

Australian cops arrest man in counter-terror raids

2014-09-30 11:36

One man has been arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne after police said he provided money to a US citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria.

Ebola: Australia won't send doctors to West Africa

2014-09-29 15:20

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus.

Teen stopped from flying to arranged marriage

2014-09-28 08:01

A 14-year-old girl and a male relative have been prevented from leaving Australia for a suspected arranged marriage in Lebanon, a report says.

Australian PM warns of 'lone wolf' terrorism

2014-09-26 09:35

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he is deeply worried about the potential for lone wolf terror attacks, days after an 18-year-old suspected militant was shot dead while attacking police.

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