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Federal Court rejects $35m Westpac fine
Westpac could escape an agreed record $35 million fine over its lending practices after a Federal Court judge refused to approve the penalty.

Changes to boost employee share schemes
Small businesses will be more easily able to offer employee share schemes under changes proposed by the federal government.

Search continues for missing WA man
The search is continuing for an 86-year-old WA man who's been missing for a week in the Coolgardie area, 550 kilometres east of Perth.

Man charged over NSW stabbing murder
A man is expected before court after he allegedly stabbed his partner to death in northern NSW.

Teen formally admits comedian’s murder
The young man who raped and murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has formally pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court.

Gender pay gap slides, but more work to do
More companies are analysing their payrolls to identify gender pay gaps but many aren't doing anything to bring men and women's pay packets into line.

Father’s hopes for Bali Nine drug smuggler
The father of Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence hopes she'll be left alone when she returns home after more than 12 years locked up in Indonesia.

Poverty widespread over Vic says analysis
More than 13 per cent of Victorians are living in poverty across all communities, with more than a quarter of adults affected having a job, an analysis of Census data shows.

Cormann insists Libs dealing with climate
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has dismissed a colleague's concern that the Liberal Party needs to do more about climate change to gain support from younger Australians.

Qld man guilty of brutally murdering wife
A jealous man who stabbed his wife and then bashed her to death with a bollard over a belief she was having an affair has been found guilty of murder.