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Oz share market braces for Italian results
The Australian market will begin the week by reacting to Italy's constitutional referendum and its possible effects on the euro zone.
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:58:37 GMT)

'Complacency leads to tragedy': Spike in drowning deaths prompts warning from Malcolm Turnbull
An alarming rise in the number of drowning deaths has prompted a warning against complacency from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a reminder from surf life savers that Australians are not as water-wise as they like to think.
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:10:14 GMT)

Italian backpacker's near miss with accused tourist killer Pande Veleski
An Italian backpacker has described how she nearly hitched a ride with alleged killer Pande Veleski just hours before he allegedly stabbed a tourist to death at an isolated road stop in the Northern Territory.
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:27:05 GMT)

Queensland man charged with animal cruelty, arson
A man is due to appear in court over the alleged killing of a cat and arson in Bundaberg.
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:08:15 GMT)

How a South Yarra dinner party and Harold Holt saved a Jewish boy from Hitler
When Harold Holt, future prime minister of Australia, took his seat at a dinner party in South Yarra one night in July 1938, he had no idea that by the end of the evening he would be conspiring to save a young boy and his parents from Hitler.
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT)

Alleged NT stabber charged as police search for man who may have been at the scene 10 minutes before French tourist killed
Northern Territory police are searching for a man believed to have left an outback rest stop about 10 minutes before a French tourist was stabbed to death in front of his terrified wife.
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:57:30 GMT)

'This barbaric group of people want to destroy everything': call for governments to protect cultural treasures
Khaled al-Assad was beheaded by Islamic State for protecting some of the world's most important artefacts - and now others are taking up his fight.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT)

Proportion of Indian IT workers on 457 visas on rock bottom pay triples
The proportion of IT professionals from India granted 457 visas and put on base salaries of $53,900 or less has tripled under the Coalition government.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT)

Mark Forbes, editor-in-chief of The Age, stood down
Mark Forbes, editor-in-chief of The Age, has been stood down pending the outcome of an investigation that is underway.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:57:02 GMT)

Walkley Awards 2016: Andrew Quilty wins Gold for Afghanistan hospital photo
Former Fairfax Media photographer Andrew Quilty has been awarded the Gold Walkley award for excellence in Australian journalism, for a striking photograph taken in the aftermath of a US airstrike in Afghanistan.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:10:56 GMT)

Inadequate response to exploitation
There is an air of invincibility surrounding those who run crooked labour hire syndicates in this country
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 GMT)

North Qld zinc plant set to reopen
Red River Resources has raised $30 million to fully fund the reopening of the Thalanga zinc project near Townsville.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:56:38 GMT)

Jetstar to end pre-ticked booking extras
Budget airline Jetstar will remove the automatic selection of extras on its online booking forms after talks with the ACCC.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:37:30 GMT)

Genex ties up funds for solar project
Genex Power has secured a $110 million debt facility for construction of its Kidston solar project in far north Queensland.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:39:16 GMT)

Glenn Murcutt on mosque without minarets, and architecture designed to transform
Glenn Murcutt's latest building has been lauded as a groundbreaking creation with the potential to transform relations between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT)

Retail spending encourages economists
Economists have been cautiously encouraged by news of the third consecutive solid monthly rise in retail spending in October.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:48:04 GMT)

NSW kicks off sale process for power grid
The NSW government will next week launch the sale process for a 50.4 per cent stake in Endeavour Energy, the state's second-biggest electricity distributor.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:18:53 GMT)

Tasmanian school bans candy canes for students ahead of Christmas
A Tasmanian school has taken the extraordinary step of banning students from taking candy canes to school in the lead up to Christmas.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:37:18 GMT)

Lew calls for urgent online GST changes
Retail billionaire Solomon Lew has called on the federal government to implement its changes to GST on imported goods several months sooner than planned.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:46:14 GMT)

Bellamy's shares tank on Chinese woes
Bellamy's shares have dropped almost 44 per cent after the company said weaker China sales would affect its revenue for the year.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:47:35 GMT)

Origin Energy revamps leadership team
Origin Energy's new CEO has appointed a new leadership team that he says reflects the need to improve performance and prepare for industry changes.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:07:45 GMT)

GrainCorp's US suitor pulls the pin
US firm Archer Daniels Midland, which failed in a takeover bid for Graincorp in 2013, has sold its 19.9 per cent stake in the Australian grain merchant.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:08:38 GMT)

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(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:27:39 GMT)

'Everyone is under great threat': Call for cyclone-like categories for heatwaves
Heatwaves cause more deaths in Australia than all other natural hazards combined so authorities should consider a cyclone-like rating system to help people prepare for hot spells, a risk researcher says.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:47:06 GMT)

NT outback stabbing: Police yet to speak to traumatised wife of attack victim
The family of a Melbourne man arrested over the fatal stabbing of French tourist in the Northern Territory say they did not know he had left the state.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:08:50 GMT)

ResMed loses in Fisher &Paykel; dispute
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has secured an early victory in a German court over a patent dispute with Resmed.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:25:38 GMT)

Caution sends market lower
The share market has fallen by one per cent as investors exercise caution ahead of US jobs data and the Italian constitutional referendum.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:56:39 GMT)

$A slips amid equity market falls
The Australian dollar has lost ground as global risk-off sentiment hurts equity markets and riskier currencies.
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:18:25 GMT)

Charity Reputation Index 2016 shows increased trust in sector
Trust in the charity sector is at the highest levels recorded since 2011 despite a series of fundraising scandals.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT)

Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery
Business leaders including "Twiggy" Forrest and faith groups have joined forces to calling for new legislation to outlaw modern slavery and forced labour which is on the rise.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:15:00 GMT)

No new funding or climate commitments in Great Barrier Reef update
An Australian government update on what it is doing to protect the wounded Great Barrier Reef includes no new funding and no new commitments to tackle the biggest threat to its health, climate change.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:08:49 GMT)

Rio confirms SEC Mozambique investigation
Rio Tinto has confirmed it is cooperating with US authorities who have been inquiring since 2013 into impairments recorded for an African coal mine deal.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:19:15 GMT)

Import mentors to boost startups: report
Australian startup businesses need experienced mentors from overseas to get more fledgling businesses off the ground, a new report says.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:41:52 GMT)

News Corp buys Sky News
The Sky News pay TV channels are under new ownership with News Corp Australia announcing it has taken over Australian News Channel.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:56:46 GMT)

Virgin stops adding insurance to bookings
ACCC chairman Rod Sims has urged other domestic carriers to follow Virgin Australia's lead after it stopped automatically adding travel insurance to bookings.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:20:13 GMT)

Virtus buys Danish fertility clinic
Shares in fertility clinic operator Virtus Health have risen more than two per cent after it informed the market it has acquired a clinic in Denmark.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:19:28 GMT)

Business investment outlook stays weak
Business investment fell by 4.0 per cent in the September quarter to be down 35 per cent from its peak - and the outlook is not getting any better.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:10:14 GMT)

Schools evacuated across Australia over threatening phone calls
Several schools across Australia and New Zealand have been evacuated after receiving threatening phone calls on Thursday morning. Police suspect a hoax.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:39:07 GMT)

Nufarm could benefit from big mergers
Agricultural chemicals supplier Nufarm may pick up assets divested by big crop protection companies as they seek to merge.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:03 GMT)

Victorian man arrested after French tourist stabbed to death in NT outback
A Victorian man has been arrested after the stabbing death of a French tourist in the Northern Territory outback overnight.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:48:05 GMT)

Quadrant cleared to buy Fitness First
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the go-ahead for Quadrant Private Equity's acquisition of gym chain Fitness First.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:39:17 GMT)

Downer shares soar on NSW train contract
Engineering group Downer EDI has won a $1.7 billion contract to build 24 double-decker trains for Sydney and keep them rolling for 25 years.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:08:17 GMT)

Apartment values slip against houses
Housing prices are up further in November but an increased supply of apartments is beginning to weigh on values, notably in Melbourne and Brisbane.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:08:20 GMT)

Oroton sales slip in first weeks of FY17
Luxury retailer Oroton suffers an eight per cent fall in comparable sales, a crucial measure of growth, during the first weeks of fiscal 2017.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:09:44 GMT)

Manfacturing picks up, wage growth slows
Growth in manufacturing activity picks up in November, according to the Ai Group's latest survey, but wages growth in the sector is the slowest since 2009.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:59:07 GMT)

Spark NZ strikes Connect 8 deal with Vocus
Spark New Zealand has struck a deal with joint venture partner Vocus Communications to buy the remaining 50 per cent in Connect 8 that it doesn't already own.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:28:51 GMT)

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(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:48:55 GMT)

Oil surge fuels rise in Aust shares
Energy and resource companies have pushed the share market more than one per cent higher as oil prices surge after OPEC agreed to cut production.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:08:22 GMT)

Strong greenback grinds $A lower
The Aussie dollar has weakened against a strong US dollar following surprisingly positive US economic data.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:29:12 GMT)

Uber and Drinkwise giving $1 million worth in ride discounts this festive season
The ride-sharing service is offering $1 million in ride discounts this festive season - meaning some rides will be free.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:00:00 GMT)

Baird government replaces local employees with 457 visa workers
IT professionals are being hired on 457 visas in preference to Australian workers at the same time the NSW government outsources public services. 
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:21:53 GMT)

Govt woes weigh on boardroom sentiment
Australian company directors have reported a worsening in overall sentiment in the last six months, but are more upbeat about business conditions locally.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:10:31 GMT)

Medibank makes plan to heal market decline
Medibank will focus on rebooting its customer offering and service in a bid to halt the decline in market share it has suffered over the past eight years.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:46:07 GMT)

Foreign property money just 'cream': ANZ
ANZ's CEO says foreign money, particularly from China, is still entering the Australian property market but that it is not the main driver of demand.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:18:51 GMT)

Aust data downloads double over two years
A report from the Australian Communication and Media Authority has found Australians downloaded 2.2 terabytes of dates from April to June this year.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:37:19 GMT)

Aussie schoolies teen shatters teeth in fall at Bali nightclub
An Australian teenager has fallen down a flight of stairs at a Bali nightclub during schoolies celebrations, breaking his leg and shattering his teeth.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:57:05 GMT)

BOQ wary of Brisbane, Melb settlement risk
Bank of Queensland chairman Roger Davis says a looming 'settlement bulge' in Melbourne and Brisbane is creating an identifiable stress point in the economy.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:37:47 GMT)

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(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:38:11 GMT)

Home-building approvals slip to 2-year low
Home-building approvals have slumped to their lowest level since September 2014, to be $1.5 billion below their April peak, ABS figures show.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:45:05 GMT)

Tennis NSW 'abrogated responsibility' to teenage player: Royal Commission
A report into child sexual abuse in sports clubs has criticised Tennis NSW for its treatment of a teenage player.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:59:06 GMT)

Rabbis call for heads to roll at Yeshivah in wake of child sex abuse scandals
The most authoritative Jewish bodies have for first time called for heads to roll at Yeshivah, after damning findings from the royal commission in child sex abuse.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:20:17 GMT)

Slaters continues UK cash recovery attempt
Slater and Gordon says an independent barrister has assessed its claims relating to its troubled May 2015 UK acquisition.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:36:16 GMT)

Amaysim shares tank after mixed update
Amaysim has delivered a mixed trading update, saying that average revenue per user will be down again, but it will lure up to 60,000 new customers.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:08:37 GMT)

KFC expansion fuels Collins Foods growth
KFC and Sizzler restaurants operator Collins Foods has boosted half-year profit by 7.8 per cent to $15.4 million as it expands its network.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:27:59 GMT)

Aristocrat hits jackpot in online, America
Poker machine giant Aristocrat says there is more growth to come after the company delivered an 88 per cent increase in net profit for the year.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:18:41 GMT)

Ardent's $13m hit from Dreamworld closure
Ardent says the temporary closure of its theme parks will result in operating costs, one-off costs and loss of revenue of more than $13 million.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:28:02 GMT)

Dreamworld to reopen on December 10
Ardent Leisure says its Dreamworld theme park will re-open in 10 days time, after being closed since an accident killed four people in October.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:08:22 GMT)

Commodity concerns drag ASX lower
The Australian share market has closed lower with the resource and energy sectors under pressure following falls in commodity prices.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:09:05 GMT)

Range-bound $A awaits o'seas direction
The Australian dollar is hovering between 74 and 75 US cents as currency markets await events that may provide a clearer direction.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:27:54 GMT)

Primary school maths: 'Eight students in every class have no idea what is going on'
What maths and science skills would you expect a 10-year-old to have?
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:13:09 GMT)

ASIC sees heels dragged on breach reports
The big four banks are among those to have immediately self-reported breaches to ASIC but it seems not everyone is that conscientious.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:57:06 GMT)

McDonald's store offers 41 Big Macs as a reward for recovery of stolen sign
A McDonald's franchise is offering 41 Big Macs as a reward for the recovery of a stolen giant McDonald's highway sign.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:27:58 GMT)

China food IPO buys into high-end supplier
Chinese company Winha is set to buy a large stake in a Melbourne-based fruit and veg supplier for $2 million, as part of efforts to source Australian produce.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:29:22 GMT)

Child abuse unreported and 'enabled' at Yeshivah, Royal Commission finds
Leaders at Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi have been accused of failing to report child abuse to police and allowed paedophiles unfettered access to children, in strongly-worded findings of the royal commission.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:17:51 GMT)

Sex abuse victims treated as 'outcasts': Royal Commission report on Jewish groups
Members of Australia's close knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were discouraged from reporting child sexual abuse, a royal commission has found.
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:12:41 GMT)

Vmoto quizzed by ASX on earnings update
The ASX has questioned electric scooter manufacturer Vmoto about the company's revised earnings guidance which downgraded a profit to net loss.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:48:12 GMT)

New homes sales lowest since July 2014
Sales of new homes in October fell to the lowest level since July 2014, with a sharp fall in building activity looming, the Housing Industry Association says.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:47:16 GMT)

ACCC rejects banks' Apple bargaining bid
The ACCC says benefits of allowing banks to collectively bargain with Apple over opening up contactless payments on devices are uncertain and possibly limited.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:46:18 GMT)

Teva drugs help boost Mayne revenue
Mayne Pharma's acquisition of some drugs from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has helped it to a strong start to the current financial year.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:18:26 GMT)

Late fall takes Aust shares negative
The Australian share market has closed slightly lower, hurt by losses across the resource, energy and telecom sectors.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:13:14 GMT)

Consumers' faith in personal finances slip
The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence Index dips 0.1 per cent in the week ending November 28.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:08:44 GMT)

Iluka's Sierra Leone deal under cloud
Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources has delayed its proposed merger with Sierra Rutile Limited after detecting geotechnical risks at its tailings dams.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:18:36 GMT)

Vocus update spooks investors
Vocus shares have plunged 26 per cent following the telecom group's disappointing full year earnings guidance.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:28:05 GMT)

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(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:37:21 GMT)

Police shoot father after he allegedly pointed gun at daughter's head in car chase
South Australian police have shot a man after he allegedly pointed a gun at the head of his three-year-old daughter during a dramatic confrontation with police in central Adelaide.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:57:24 GMT)

Aussie holds ground against $US
Strong commodity prices and a lull in the so-called Trump reflation trade are helping the Aussie dollar hold its ground against the greenback.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:37:22 GMT)

Backpacker tax changes to hurt farms: Where did all the WWOOFers go?
As the federal government moves to revise the backpacker tax, small organic farms are struggling after a worldwide labour exchange program was virtually eviscerated in Australia 'with the stroke of a pen'.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT)

'A giant jigsaw puzzle': the Great Barrier Reef story Pauline Hanson didn't show
This is the disparity that explains why Pauline Hanson chose to snorkel where she did last week, while giving the Great Barrier Reef a clean bill of health.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:28:25 GMT)

Disability a 'burden' to Australian community, immigration rules
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has refused Bhajan's application for permanent residency, saying her disability would make her a "significant health burden" to the Australian community.
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:22:07 GMT)

Coal station closures inevitable, start planning: Labor and Greens
Many of Australia's coal-fired power stations will shut in coming years no matter what the government does, but a national plan will be needed to ensure the lights stay on and price rises are limited while they are replaced with cleaner models, Labor and the Greens say.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:23:42 GMT)

DroneShield launches 'DroneGun' jammer
DroneShield has launched a drone jammer that resembles a bulky, black rifle, which can help fight drone terrorism.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:39:55 GMT)

JB Hi-Fi completes $870m Good Guys deal
JB Hi-Fi has completed its $870 million takeover of whitegoods retailer The Good Guys, two and a half months after the deal was announced.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:38:53 GMT)

Consumers win and payday lenders lose in federal government's response to SACC laws inquiry
New laws will be introduced to stop dodgy companies ripping off the poorest Australians.
(Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:16:13 GMT)

Ban for 'incompetent' ex Westpac adviser
The corporate watchdog has banned a former Westpac financial adviser for implementing an inappropriate "one-size-fits-all" approach to his clients' plans.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:48:44 GMT)

Aust gold production up slightly in 3Q
Despite wet weather affecting some gold operations in the eastern states, Australia's gold production is up slightly in the third quarter of 2016.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:47:42 GMT)

Australian terrorist Neil Prakash may have been tracked by social media posts
Australia's most wanted terrorist Neil Prakash tried to flee Islamic State by sneaking into Turkey but may have been undone by continued social media posts, Fairfax Media has learned.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:38:24 GMT)

Housing prices down as year-end lull nears
Housing prices have entered a seasonal downturn, as weekly auction numbers hit their second highest level this year but auction clearance rates remain high.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:20:43 GMT)

Jehovah's Witnesses 'demonstrated a serious failure' to protect children: Royal Commission
The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia failed to protect children in its care from sexual predators, a report has found.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:49:04 GMT)

The biggest stories of 2016 - our top writers give their verdict
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:27:27 GMT)

China deal boosts Broo
Australian brewer Broo has signed a distribution deal with a major Chinese beer company Jinxing.
(Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:07:36 GMT)