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Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia
The Age asked readers who are Muslim what it is like to live in Australia and how they explain extremism and Islamophobia to their children. Dozens of people responded. A selection of their edited responses are below.
(Thu, 26 May 2016 04:27:00 GMT)

Jet-lagged bees the key to better surgical recovery?
The "waggle" dance of honey bees has led to human trials on how to prevent jet lag experienced by many people after surgery.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT)

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby calls for urgent reform of privacy laws
Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has taken aim at the state of political "paralysis" in Australia on privacy law reform.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 08:30:00 GMT)

Egg industry operator fined in cartel case
A former director of the Australian Egg Corporation Limited has been fined $120,000 over cartel allegations brought by the ACCC.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:20:12 GMT)

Qantas gives six planes for Aust Post run
Qantas has set aside six freight planes for Australia Post as part of the $500 million, five-year deal between the two companies.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:00:13 GMT)

Shake up looms for Akta-Vite after family firm buys back Aussie icon
They sold it to American frozen-food empire Sara Lee in the 80s, but now the NIcholas family have retaken control of the ridgey-didge, 100% Aussie, chocolate milk.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 04:51:05 GMT)

Ferrovial extends offer for Broadspectrum
Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial has extended its takeover offer for Broadspectrum after lifting its stake in the target to 59 per cent.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 03:56:12 GMT)

Vodafone offers prepaid mix and match
Vodafone has launched a new prepaid offering that lets customers build their own plans to suit their needs for data, text and talk.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 03:01:13 GMT)

Rate cut tipped despite firm conditions
The Reserve Bank is expected to slash rates on Tuesday despite business confidence and conditions looking healthy.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 01:34:12 GMT)

Virgin to cut regional flights capacity
Shares in Virgin Australia have fallen on news the airline reported a quarterly net loss and plans to cut capacity by 5.1 per cent.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 05:15:13 GMT)

Tabcorp Q3 revenue up 1.9%
Punters who got lucky at race meetings in March have put a lid on Tabcorp's quarterly revenue growth from wagering operations.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 02:05:13 GMT)

Inflation set to bounce back in June qtr
Inflation is tipped to rise in the June quarter, following a shock result in the previous three months which drove calls for a fresh interest rate cut.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 01:03:12 GMT)

Aust Rural Capital in trading halt
The local firm bidding for the S Kidman and Co properties is in a trading halt following the rejection of the bid last Friday by Treasurer Scott Morrison.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 00:57:12 GMT)

Rising prices squeeze rental yields
Housing rental yields were squeezed lower in April by rising prices, particularly as investor demand remained strong in Sydney and Melbourne.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 01:08:12 GMT)

Sydney weather: Autumn finally arrives as nights take a chilly turn
Western Sydney had its coldest night since September as autumn-like conditions finally arrive in parts of the city.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 12:23:03 GMT)

Manufacturing expands despite higher $A
Although the Australian dollar has appreciated in recent months it's still supporting manufacturing growth, albeit at a slower pace.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 23:38:13 GMT)

Slater shares jump on debt restructure
Struggling law firm Slater and Gordon's lenders have agreed to a restructure of its debt facilities after imposing new conditions.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:55:12 GMT)

Ansell sells US unit to pay down debt
Ansell has sold its ONGUARD footwear protection business to Dunlop for an undisclosed amount and expects to use the cash to pay off debt.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 22:52:05 GMT)

Aust bonds flat ahead of budget, rate call
Australian bond prices are unchanged as investors await the Reserve Bank's call on interest rates and the 2016 federal budget on Tuesday.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:46:16 GMT)

Telstra to return $1.5bn to shareholders
Telco giant Telstra will return at least $1.5 billion to shareholders from the sale of its shares in a Chinese online car sales business.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:02:13 GMT)

Stocks to watch
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange
(Mon, 02 May 2016 02:08:11 GMT)

Westpac disappoints with rise in bad debts
Investors have reacted savagely after Westpac's cash profit for the six months to March 31 came in below analysts' expectations due to a rise in bad debts.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 08:02:15 GMT)

Commodities markets summary
Commodities news from around the world
(Sun, 01 May 2016 21:59:11 GMT)

Australian man Mark Eddie Maximus arrested in Lebanon facing terror charges: reports
An Australian man has been arrested in Tripoli and could face terrorism charges, according to Lebanese media.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 01:03:03 GMT)

International markets roundup
News from the world’s major stock markets
(Sun, 01 May 2016 21:25:23 GMT)

Westpac weighs on Aust shares
Westpac's disappointing half-year earnings result has triggered a sell-off among the major banks to pull the wider share market into the red.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 06:43:12 GMT)

$A slips as RBA rate decision looms
The Australian dollar has lost ground as nervous investors mark time ahead of a Reserve Bank interest rate policy decision on Tuesday.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 07:51:11 GMT)

Australians failing to take steps to avoid heart disease
The 1.4 million Australians at risk of heart attacks and strokes are failing to take steps to avoid the diseases.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 15:29:02 GMT)

Cuts to trades training are criticised as 'madness' during construction boom
TAFE NSW faces is under fire for slashing the number of teachers who deliver skills that are in high demand.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 14:15:00 GMT)

Renewable energy target in doubt as $10b investment needed
A new analysis finds $10 billion of renewable investment is needed in a market plagued by changing regulations that are deterring lenders.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 14:00:00 GMT)

Centrelink 'auto-rejects' tens of thousands of claims
Tens of thousands of Student Payment claims "auto-rejected", government insiders allege.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 14:00:00 GMT)

Study finds general anaesthetic has same impact on infant brains as local anaesthetic
The largest study ever into the impact of general anaesthetic on babies has found it is no more damaging to their brains than local anaesthetic at two years old.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT)

Buffett warns of banks derivatives `Time Bomb'
Warren Buffett said banks' holdings of derivatives make it unattractive to invest in most large financial firms and that the contracts still contain hidden risks.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 11:42:04 GMT)

Federal Election 2016: Labor's billion-dollar hole in renewable energy funding
Labor faces 'a litmus test' of its support of renewable energy after it emerged that a Shorten government would book $1 billion of the savings cut from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by the Coalition.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 08:47:04 GMT)

Clock ticking for small Arrium creditors
Complex administrations take time, but sadly for small Arrium creditors like Steve Donald, time is a luxury they may not have.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 22:53:15 GMT)

Lives could be saved with access to clot-buster device: expert
It looks like a tiny chicken-wire cage and it's saving lives and improving quality of life for hundreds of stroke patients in Australia.
(Mon, 02 May 2016 07:50:08 GMT)

Barnaby Joyce faces horse flu backlash in New England
Barnaby Joyce is facing a political backlash in his rural seat of New England from horse owners, breeders and stud farmers crippled by one of the worst quarantine failures in recent history.
(Sun, 01 May 2016 05:58:02 GMT)

Male speakers boycott all-male panels to protest lack of female representation
Five of Australia's most booked male conference speakers will boycott panels that don't include women, criticising organisers for taking the lazy way out by opting for "dude fests".
(Sun, 01 May 2016 00:23:09 GMT)

Australia Post worker allegedly told 'black people should be shot'
Australia Post has taken months to deal with racist allegations involving a senior employee allegedly telling an Aboriginal worker that "black people" should be "strung up and shot".
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:15:43 GMT)

Path clears for pill testing at summer music festivals - outside NSW
Senior police and politicians are supporting a nationwide pill testing trial at music festivals - outside NSW
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:15:00 GMT)

Weasel stops biggest scientific instrument in the world
The Large Hadron Collider - the world's biggest, most powerful particle accelerator - is going to be out of commission for a few days. Scientists are blaming a weasel.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:54:05 GMT)

'Low-paying' deal for Coles supermarket staff faces landmark challenge
It's the greatest mismatch since Darryl Kerrigan in The Castle took on city hall to keep his family home … and won.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT)

Bird baths a vital resource: new study finds
While home owners think of the back yard bird bath as life-filled ornaments, a new study finds that the birds are claiming them as trophies of war.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:37:02 GMT)

Big business increasingly courting Facebook mums groups
Natalie thought a Facebook group would be a good way to connect with other local mums. Then someone else came knocking.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:56:04 GMT)

Head transplant explainer: How to get a better body by sleeping for a day
Valery Spiridonov dreams of escaping his wheelchair. Doctors say it's possible – but they have to cut off his head first. John Elder reports on the surgery that is driving the medical establishment out of its mind.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:38:02 GMT)

NSW Police manhunt for Walid Ahmad's Bankstown killer moves interstate
A manhunt for the gunman wanted over the fatal shooting of convicted killer Walid Ahmad has shifted to Victoria following the discovery of an abandoned crashed car that may have been used in the escape.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:17:17 GMT)

'Perilous': Bureau of Meteorology boss Rob Vertessy exits with climate warning
Drought and climate change have already had an impact, and worse is to come.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:44:11 GMT)

Kidman decision confused, irregular: Labor
A decision to knock back a foreign-led consortium's bid for Australia's largest cattle station will send mixed messages to investors, Labor argues.
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:26:14 GMT)

Colgate fined for dirty detergent deal
Colgate-Palmolive has admitted to controlling the price of laundry detergents by colluding with other suppliers.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:05:30 GMT)

Tourism grows faster than the economy
Australia's tourism industry grew at a faster rate than the economy in 2014/15, increasing to three per cent of the total GDP.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:03:18 GMT)

Telstra's NBN presence concerns small ISPs
An organisation representing smaller internet providers say the ACCC's first report into the NBN shows Telstra's growing market share is worrying.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:28:12 GMT)

Half the men who kill partners have history of domestic violence
More than half the men convicted of killing their partners in the past decade had a history of perpetrating family violence and in many cases exhibited "red flags" they were capable of lethal violence, according to new research.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:35:15 GMT)

Nine switches regional TV partners
Nine and Southern Cross Austereo have signed a new affiliation deal that is likely to create major changes for regional TV broadcasters.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:14:25 GMT)

Crowdfund group still wants Kidman
Crowdfunding group DomaCom says it has a good chance of buying S Kidman and Co after the Treasurer Scott Morrison blocked the sale.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:13:12 GMT)

Business heads join plan for clean energy
Business leaders have signed up alongside climate activists to a forum tasked with plotting a rapid transition to a clean energy future for Australia.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:04:12 GMT)

Budget tax cuts key for corporate Aust
Business lobby groups are seeking a cut in corporate tax to 25 pct in an effort to boost competitiveness and improve investment.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:57:13 GMT)

Lunch with lawyer and asylum seeker advocate Shen Narayanasamy
Last year, when Shen Narayanasamy became the public face of the push to persuade investors to withdraw their money from immigration-detention-centre contractor Transfield Services, she was described in the press as a "Melbourne mum". But 34-year-old Narayanasamy, a founder of No Business in Abuse (NBIA) and the more recent Let Them Stay campaign, has been fighting political battles since 1998, when she helped organise a high-school walkout against Pauline Hanson.  
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:42:07 GMT)

Budget day rate cut too close to call
The chance the Reserve Bank will slash rates to a record low of 1.75 per cent on Tuesday is too close to call.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:27:12 GMT)

Morrison faces triple threat on budget day
A shocker inflation report could spark a rate cut to a new record low on Tuesday, hours before Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers his pre-election budget.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:06:13 GMT)

Networks await budget TV licence decision
Media reports suggest the federal government is likely to reduce the TV licence fee rather than abolish it in next week's budget.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:01:13 GMT)

Nine ditches WIN for Southern Cross
WIN will no longer be Nine's regional TV affiliate after the metro network struck a new deal with Southern Cross.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:05:34 GMT)

Reliance soars in plum ASX debut
Shares in plumbing supplies business Reliance Worldwide have made a soaring ASX debut and delivered a healthy windfall to owners the Munz family.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:44:12 GMT)

MG 'comfortable' despite legal threat
Slater and Gordon and IMF Bentham are weighing legal action over Murray Goulburn's downgrade but the dairy co-operative says it is "comfortable".
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:18:22 GMT)

Credit slows ahead of RBA meeting
As the RBA board prepares to decide on interest rates on Tuesday, figures show credit growth slowed in March.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:57:13 GMT)

Potential Murray Goulburn class action
Law firm Slater and Gordon is considering whether investors have cause to take legal action against dairy producer Murray Goulburn.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:14:12 GMT)

Therapeutic Goods Administration warned military doctors before using experimental drug on soldiers
Military was warned it had no authority to use a banned drug.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:08:04 GMT)

Public service overhaul will hurt female workers more: CPSU
The Coalition wants to take the APS back to the bad old days, say union.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:57:09 GMT)

Vodafone expecting further Aust growth
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has told shareholders it expects to continue recent growth in its customer numbers and revenue.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:55:14 GMT)

Motorcycle dealer revs up on market debut
Shares in Motorcycle Holdings, a major motorcycle dealer, have surged on their first day of trade on the market.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:08:11 GMT)

DPPs reject proposal for more oversight at royal commission discussion
Australia's most senior public prosecutors have rejected a suggestion that their decisions should be subject to judicial review.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:18:08 GMT)

Broadspectrum shares up as it backs bid
Broadspectrum shares have surged after it changed its advice on a takeover following the PNG government's decision to shut the Manus Island centre.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:52:06 GMT)

Rio Tinto buys back $US1.36b of debt
Global miner Rio Tinto is buying back $US1.359 bln of its 2017 corporate notes, as part of efforts to cut costs.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:45:12 GMT)

Court approval for Atlas debt restructure
Atlas Iron says the Federal Court has approved a debt to equity swap deal and that its debt restructuring can now go ahead.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:05:12 GMT)

Bluescope lifts US debt fundraising target
Bluescope says strong investor demand presented an opportunity to increase the size of its US debt offering from $US300 million to $US500 million.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:47:15 GMT)

Aust bonds flat ahead of RBA decision
Australian bond futures prices have close mixed, albeit small changes compared to Thursday's close, ahead of the RBA's cash rate decision due next week.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:53:24 GMT)

Commodities markets summary
Commodities news from around the world
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:06:11 GMT)

Stocks to watch
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:26:11 GMT)

International markets roundup
News from the world’s major stock markets
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:27:11 GMT)

Banks lead market higher
The share market has closed modestly higher as investors sit tight ahead of a big week.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:18:13 GMT)

$A marginally higher ahead of RBA decision
The Australian dollar has had a lacklustre performance as traders sit on their hands amid uncertainty over Tuesday's interest rate decision.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:03:19 GMT)

Optus offers data-free music streaming
In its latest effort to attract new customers, Optus is stepping up its focus on making music streaming much cheaper.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:08:13 GMT)

Public service faces biggest workplace shake-up in decades under Coalition plan
No more public service "jobs for life" under new blueprint for reform.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:57:05 GMT)

Peter Dutton rules out sending Manus Island detainees to Christmas Island
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out sending people illegally detained at Manus Island detention centre to Christmas Island, leaving resettlement on Nauru one of few options left to the government.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:54:21 GMT)

Nine wins streaming battle against WIN
Nine Entertainment will be able to keep streaming its channels into regional Australia over the internet after WIN lost a Supreme Court bid to stop it.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:25:26 GMT)

'Project Mastermind': Colgate colluded with rivals and Woolworths to rip you off
Household name Colgate has been found guilty of conspiring with two rivals and supermarket giant Woolworths.
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:22:09 GMT)

Old insurance policies costing customers
Old and outdated life insurance policies are costing customers as insurers pass on unwieldy administration fees, APRA says.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:33:23 GMT)

Threat to Bali nine's Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's legacy upsets families
On the anniversary of the executions of the Bali Nine, family's grief is compounded
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:32:04 GMT)

Rich aid sweeteners at risk after Manus Island shut-down
Australia pledged an extra $450 million in sweeteners to Papua New Guinea to settle refugees – but most of the money is yet to be spent and could evaporate with the closure of the Manus Island detention centre.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:05:31 GMT)

Port Arthur anniversary: Malcolm Turnbull tells memorial service he will defend gun laws
Malcolm Turnbull has used a memorial service for the victims of the Port Arthur massacre to promise to defend Australia's gun laws.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:46:05 GMT)

Investor backing spurs Reliance IPO price
Plumbing supplies business Reliance Worldwide will float on the ASX on Friday at the upper end of its expected price range after strong investor demand.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:54:17 GMT)

Colgate fined for dirty detergent deal
Colgate-Palmolive has admitted to controlling the price of laundry detergents by colluding with other suppliers.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:15:19 GMT)

Blackmores more than doubles its profit
Vitamins and supplements supplier Blackmores says demand from Asia and Australia is driving its monumental sales growth.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:06:38 GMT)

Home prices rise 1.5pct in April
Home prices rose 1.5 pct in April after stalling in March, according to preliminary figures from CoreLogic RP Data ahead of detailed data on Monday.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:03:18 GMT)

Australia ignored its own medical experts' pleas to bring Nauru rape victim here
Australia ignored urgent pleas from its own medical experts to bring a refugee raped on Nauru to Australia for an abortion.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:12:05 GMT)

CommInsure review to run into 2017: ASIC
ASIC deputy chair Peter Kell says a review of the life insurance industry will have an initial report this year but a CommInsure probe will take longer.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:05:20 GMT)

Quickflix founder steps up attack on Stan
Quickflix founder Stephen Langsford has accused Stan and Nine of deliberately trying to stifle his business.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:49:13 GMT)

ANZ signs up to Apple Pay contactless
ANZ is the first of the big Australian banks to let customers pay with their iPhones and Apple Watches by signing up for Apple Pay.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:04:20 GMT)

Why it's perfectly natural to dislike other people's children
Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:28:02 GMT)

Public service sackings should be 'respectful, blame free': workforce review
Dumped public servants could be "ambassadors" for their former departments, says new report.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:05:32 GMT)

Detention centre operator in limbo
Shares in detention centre operator Broadspectrum have been halted from trade due to the impending closure of its Manus facility.
(Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:13:05 GMT)