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Aust bonds weaker after Fed statement
Australian bond futures prices are still falling after the US Federal Reserve's upbeat assessment of the American economy.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:18:11 GMT)

Quickflix asks customers for money
Following the failure of its latest capital raising, streaming service Quickflix is asking its customers for money.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:42:16 GMT)

National Gallery of Australia announces independent review of Asian art
The National Gallery of Australia has announced it will conduct an independent review of its scandal hit Asian art collection.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:04:45 GMT)

Commodities markets summary
Commodities news from around the world.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:22:11 GMT)

Lambie rejects call for gun law changes
Independent senator Jacqui Lambie says this week isn't the right time to reopen debate on gun laws, and she won't support moves to weaken controls.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:30:26 GMT)

Sport News Update, what you need to know
Sport News Update, what you need to know.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:25:23 GMT)

Glory girls cherish makeshift silverware
Perth Glory will be aiming to win their first W-League Championship when they host Canberra United in Sunday's grand final at nib Stadium.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:20:16 GMT)

Stocks to watch on Friday
.Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:02:11 GMT)

Australian market set to open higher
The Australian sharemarket looks set to open higher.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:43:11 GMT)

Tori Johnson loved flowers, partner says
The partner of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson has spoken about his partner of 14 years and the importance of the growing floral tribute to the hostages.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:33:16 GMT)

$A bounces from 4.5 year lows
The Australian dollar has followed metal prices and Wall Street higher, bouncing from the record lows it reached after the US Federal Reserve meeting.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:36:11 GMT)

Ludeman unaware of BBL record
Adelaide Strikers batsman Tim Ludeman says he was unaware he setting a new Big Bash League record for the fastest half-century.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:26:17 GMT)

Siege victims' families to plan funerals
Tributes are still pouring in for Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, victims in the Sydney siege, as their bodies were returned to their mourning families.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:33:21 GMT)

Latest Sydney raids not linked to siege
NSW and federal police have conducted raids in Sydney as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation, in which two men were arrested on Monday.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:31:16 GMT)

Drone strikes counterproductive: CIA
Drone strikes against extremist groups can galvanise support and be counterproductive, according to a secret CIA report released by WikiLeaks.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:26:38 GMT)

Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report
Drone strikes and other "targeted killings" of terrorist and insurgent leaders favoured by the US and supported by Australia can strengthen extremist groups and be counterproductive, according to a secret CIA report published by WikiLeaks.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:15:00 GMT)

First home saving hard with low rates
Record low interest rates are great if you have a mortgage, but not if you're trying to save up to buy your first home.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:41:16 GMT)

Editorial cartoon
The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Herald's editorial cartoonist.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:01:00 GMT)

Dave O'Neil has been inside, and says it's hot work strutting that red suit
Ho ho oh oh!
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:45:00 GMT)

Pole dancing: sex or sport?
Some want it to be an Olympic sport, others say it's just another part of the sex industry.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:45:01 GMT)

How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career
Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:30:57 GMT)

Department of Human Services has 'crazy' culture of command-and-control, says Labor
A "crazy" culture of command-and-control within the government's largest department has created an obsession with secrecy and suppressing information, according the the federal opposition.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:44:53 GMT)

Financial Services Authority the latest in public service to reject pay deal
Financial Service Authority the latest agency to reject wage offer made under bargaining policy.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:30:00 GMT)

Patriots Defence League president allegedly spat on Canberra driver
The local head of an Australian "patriots" league allegedly spat on a Canberra driver after watching the activities of a local Islamic centre this week, police say.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:30:00 GMT)

ABC loses three Canberra reporters before Christmas
Two 7.30 ACT journalists and the Parliament House reporter will not return in 2015.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:30:00 GMT)

Sydney siege: Katrina Dawson's daughter leaves touching note at Martin Place
Among the thousands of public tributes made to the victims of the Sydney siege, there was a very personal one.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:35:28 GMT)

Socceroos rise in rankings without playing
The Socceroos, without playing a game, have risen two spots to 100 in FIFA's world rankings.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:36:18 GMT)

Sydney siege: Premier Mike Baird feared everyone would be killed
Premier Mike Baird feared no one would get out of the Martin Place hostage drama alive, he confided in an emotional TV interview on Thursday night.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:34 GMT)

Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson's father wants son's death to be 'the beginning of something new'
The father of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson said he wants to make sure his son's death is the 'beginning of something new in this world'.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:07:18 GMT)

NSW police, AFP conducting raids in Sydney
NSW police and Australian Federal Police are currently conducting raids in Sydney.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:06 GMT)

'Dons fail in AFL anti-doping hearing bid
Essendon have unsuccessfully tried to gain access to the AFL anti-doping hearing as ASADA continued to outline its case.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:48:16 GMT)

Abbott government lacks the courage to go after older Australians
On the ABC’s 7.30 this week, former Treasurer Peter Costello said major tax reform in Australia had become almost impossibly hard.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:55:51 GMT)

Fairfax back in radio merger talks
Fairfax Media and Macquarie Radio have confirmed they are discussing a potential radio deal.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:54:16 GMT)

Defence projects running later than ever
New defence equipment acquisition is running later than ever, with cumulative slippage of almost 93 years for the top 30 projects.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:13:06 GMT)

Hazlewood upstages McGrath
Josh Hazlewood may be compared with Glenn McGrath but he achieved something the fast bowling great never could on Test debut.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:44:05 GMT)

Insurance Council warns on ride sharing
The Insurance Council of Australia is warning people who use ride sharing taxi services to be cautious.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:22:03 GMT)

Tsonga withdraws from Hopman Cup
The Hopman Cup has suffered a double blow after Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American Jack Sock were forced to withdraw due to injury.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:17:19 GMT)

Ferouz and other babies to stay in Aust
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says 31 babies born to asylum seekers can stay in Australia despite a Federal Court ruling.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:03:04 GMT)

Soldier 'shouldn't have been on Chinook'
A Defence inquiry has found a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan not because of enemy fire but the crew's response to pitch disturbances.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:21 GMT)

Essendon suffer AFL pre-season blow
Essendon had hoped Heath Hocking's groin injury would settle, but they have now decided the midfielder needs surgery.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:56:21 GMT)

Banks have a duty to fund coal: NAB
Environmentalists have targeted the annual general meetings of ANZ and National Australia Bank.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:55:05 GMT)

Allen hopes for Hobart and Olympic glory
Yachting Australia president Matt Allen says his 60-foot boat Ichi Ban is infinitely better prepared than it was for last year's Sydney to Hobart.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:54:38 GMT)

Serious skateboard injuries jump - scooters for tots under scrutiny too
Children included in the skateboard injury study sustained more serious injuries and averaged a two-night hospital stay, Rachel Kleinman says.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:56:23 GMT)

Woolies' Christmas threat to suppliers
Woolworths has told some suppliers it could decide to pull their products from shelves just days before Christmas if they refuse to cut prices and fund the supermarket giant's new Cheap Cheap advertising campaign.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:03 GMT)

Adelaide Utd coach calls out Cassio
Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau says he will not select Cassio after a "disrespectful" display at the club's FFA Cup grand final.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:34:14 GMT)

E-cigarettes come under govt spotlight
The federal health department is set to begin a debate over the merits and perils of e-cigarettes.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:25:28 GMT)

O'Connor backs Hunt in Reds switch
Michael O'Connor says Karmichael Hunt has the potential to turn the Queensland Reds into Super Rugby champions.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:22:06 GMT)

One note stands out among thousands
"Love you mum. Love Sasha": The touching note has stood out among the thousands of tributes to siege victim Katrina Dawson at Martin Place.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:54:16 GMT)

Western Force sign Japan winger Yamada
New Western Force winger Akihito Yamada says he's excited about playing a season of Super Rugby after starring in Japan's league.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:55:28 GMT)

Glory's Nichols ruled out for 6-8 weeks
Perth Glory's bad week got even worse on Thursday when it was confirmed Mitch Nichols had torn his left hamstring.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:27:16 GMT)

John Howard slams calls for relaxation of gun laws
Former prime minister John Howard has slammed a lone federal call to relax gun laws in the wake of the fatal Sydney siege as "simplistic and flawed".
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:37:54 GMT)

Police urged DPP to try to end Monis bail
Commissioner Andrew Scipione said NSW police had asked the DPP to try to have gunman Man Monis's bail refused at his last court appearance.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:14:30 GMT)

AFP admits gun advice to PM was wrong
The AFP has checked its records on the Sydney siege gunman's gun licence status - and now admits he did not hold a licence.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:03:44 GMT)

Saville's Aus Open tennis campaign over
No.1 seed Luke Saville's Australian Open hopes were dashed on Thursday when a hamstring injury forced him out of the wildcard play-off.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:55:33 GMT)

Home price growth pattern to shift in 2015
The geographical pattern of home price rises will shift in 2015, Tim Lawless, head of research at housing market analysis firm CoreLogic RP Data, says.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:39:16 GMT)

'They've killed my beautiful boy'
The father of Tori Johnson, who was killed in the Sydney siege, was so distraught at the news of his son's death that he could not speak.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:33:07 GMT)

US spy freed by Cuba was longtime asset
In a highly unusual disclosure, the Obama administration revealed specific operations that the spy had helped the US penetrate.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:22:11 GMT)

Huge pay rise for pokie maker's CEO
Aristocrat Leisure boss Jamie Odell earned $5.7 million in 2013/14, a huge increase from the previous year.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:15:45 GMT)

ADF contractor secretly filmed sex: court
Two victims of the so-called knights of the Jedi Council scandal have confronted in a Sydney courtroom the man who abused their trust.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:46:20 GMT)

India on top at the Gabba: Ashwin
Australia are 4-221 in response to India's first-innings total of 408, with Ravichandran Ashwin saying he feels the tourists are in front.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:43:03 GMT)

Strong market debut for retailer Lovisa
Shares in rapidly expanding jewellery retailer Lovisa rose after hitting the share market, delivering a big win for its founders.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:52:07 GMT)

Hawks star hungry to win more AFL flags
Hawthorn great Jarryd Roughead has shunned free agency by signing with the club until the end of 2018.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:36:16 GMT)

Maroons look to bring in more new blood
The Maroons say they are likely to bring in even more new blood in next year's Origin series with Dale Copley and Dane Gagai in the mix.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:44:08 GMT)

Hockey seeks views for 2015/16 budget
Treasurer Joe Hockey is seeking views from the Australian community to aid the government in putting together the 2015/16 budget.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:43:43 GMT)

Warne says he didn't call Starc 'soft'
Shane Warne has gone into damage control over his criticism of Mitchell Starc, claiming he did not describe the quick as "soft".
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:38:16 GMT)

Storm sign NRL Bulldogs' Finucane
Canterbury's Dale Finucane has switched to the Melbourne Storm, with the NRL club signing the backrower for three years.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:13:16 GMT)

AFP wrongly briefed Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Man Haron Monis had gun licence
The Australian Federal Police say they wrongly briefed Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis had held a gun licence.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:45:16 GMT)

Cricketer Agar gets back into the groove
Ashton Agar says he has learned a lot from veteran spinner Brad Hogg, and he hopes they can form a formidable team for the Scorchers this summer.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:35:47 GMT)

Travel downturn hits Flight Centre
Travel agent Flight Centre says ongoing weak consumer confidence has hit holiday spending in Australia, hitting its bottom line.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:32:03 GMT)

Cheaper bills with Transgrid lease: govt
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance says consumers will win from the proposed plan to lease Transgrid.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:39:18 GMT)

Wallabies coach unfazed by overseas exodus
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insists he's unconcerned about the threat of a major player drain from Australian rugby after next year's World Cup.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:35:52 GMT)

I don't worry about scoreboard: Abbott
Tony Abbott admits the government's supporters are worried about the political scoreboard as 2014 draws to a close.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:46:17 GMT)

Elders says it must to work on its image
Agribusiness Elders admits a run of poor financial performances have damaged its brand, despite a recent financial turnaround.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:57:19 GMT)

MacDonald, Maitland to surrender passports
A former NSW minister and union official have been told to surrender their passports.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:34:50 GMT)

It's an 'horrific wake-up call': Abbott
The prime minister also wants to know why cafe siege gunman Man Haron Monis was out on Sydney's streets.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:43:34 GMT)

Dulux upbeat about home renovation demand
Paint maker Dulux expects low interest rates to help boost demand for home improvement products.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:55:05 GMT)

We have a heart, says ANZ chairman
ANZ has come under fire from investors in Timbercorp for not cancelling debts owed as a result of the failure of the investment scheme.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:53:04 GMT)

Spurr resigns from University of Sydney
An academic mired in controversy over racist comments in his emails has resigned from the University of Sydney.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:58:16 GMT)

Boral and CSR to merge bricks businesses
The competition watchdog has given the go-ahead to Boral and CSR to merge their clay bricks businesses.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:21 GMT)

Qld unemployment will get worse: union
Queensland's public sector union says the state government will struggle to achieve an election promise of cutting Qld's unemployment rate to four per cent.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:35:28 GMT)

Challenging year ahead: GrainCorp
Dry weather, smaller crops and tough competition are combining to put pressure on grains handler GrainCorp this financial year.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:05:38 GMT)

Warkworth coalmine documents show quick U-turn after official rejection
Environment officials raised concerns about planned expansion of Rio Tinto’s Warkworth coalmine.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:04:18 GMT)

Quickflix capital raising falls short
Streaming service Quickflix's capital raising has fallen well short of its $5.7 million target, with shareholders taking up just $650,000 of new shares.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:58:16 GMT)

Monadelphous in coal terminal dispute
Engineering group Monadelphous plans to take legal action over a dispute with the owners of a coal export terminal in Gladstone, Queensland.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:44:30 GMT)

Jones delighted to be a Demon for life
Nathan Jones' belief in Melbourne's long-term direction is the reason behind his decision to sign a new long-term contract.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:34:12 GMT)

Bond market weakens on Yellen remarks
The bond market is weaker as US Fed chief Janet Yellen's remarks on interest rates are given more weight than a more upbeat assessment on the US economy.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:43:14 GMT)

Property boom lifts NSW budget fortunes
NSW is on track to record a surplus of $272 million this financial year, thanks to Sydney's booming property market.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:04:05 GMT)

Howard hits back at senator's gun law call
John Howard says calls to loosen gun control laws in the wake of the Martin Place siege are the wrong response to the crime.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:14:13 GMT)

$A nears 81 US cents on US rate talk
The Australian dollar has hit another new four-and-a-half year low after US Fed chair Janet Yellen stirred speculation of a near-term rate rise.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:39:11 GMT)

Aust can't afford GST increase: Hockey
The federal treasurer says the OECD is not looking at the full picture of the Australian economy when it calls for a hike in the GST.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:44:23 GMT)

Commodities markets summary
Commodities news from around the world
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:57:11 GMT)

Stocks to watch at close on Thursday
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Thursday
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:26:11 GMT)

Cowan excited by Sixers return
Despite not playing in the BBL since 2012, Ed Cowan is confident he can continue his strong Sheffield Shield form for the Sydney Sixers.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:28:16 GMT)

Hazzard questions bail for gunman's wife
Brad Hazzard has told the DPP he's concerned Man Haron Monis's wife, Amirah Droudis, has been granted bail by a local court.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:59:16 GMT)

International markets roundup
News from the world’s major stock markets
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:17:13 GMT)

Sport News Update, what you need to know
Sport News Update, what you need to know.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:12:02 GMT)

Resource stocks drive market higher
The Australian share market has closed nearly one per cent higher after a sharp rise in mining and energy stocks.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:13:03 GMT)

Over rate concerns Boof at Gabba Test
Australian coach Darren Lehmann had plenty to worry about after a disastrous first day of the second Test against India, including another poor over rate.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:07:19 GMT)

Smith endures bad first day as skipper
New Australian Test skipper Steve Smith has endured one of the great bad days at the office in the second Test clash with India at the Gabba.
(Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:07:19 GMT)

Ludeman cracks fastest BBL half-century
Adelaide Strikers opener Tim Ludeman hit the fastest half-century in Big Bash League history in an emphatic eight-wicket win against the Melbourne Stars.
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:28:15 GMT)