News: Australia

Class of 2017 wake to HSC results

Thursday  00:07,   14 december 2017

Thousands of Year 12 students across NSW have received their HSC results.In what is the 50th year for the Higher School Certificate, results were released at 6am on Thursday by SMS, email and[...]

Ice use stabilising across Australia, wastewater research shows

Wednesday  23:20,   13 december 2017
ABC News

Use of the destructive drug crystal methylamphetamine, or ice, has stabilised according to the latest analysis of the nation's wastewater, while MDMA usage has dropped but prescription drugs remain a problem in regional Australia. Fifty-four[...]

Victims of Mitchell Street pepper spraying in Darwin say crowd sprayed 'with no warning'

Wednesday  17:23,   13 december 2017
ABC News

<p>More people involved in an incident where police pepper-sprayed a group of partygoers in Darwin have come forward to criticise the actions of officers, as the NT Ombudsman and NT Police investigate.</p>Mali Page yesterday told the ABC she[...]

Former Qld mayoral candidate in court

Wednesday  13:35,   13 december 2017

Former Gold Coast mayoral candidate Penny Toland has faced court charged with perjury.Ms Toland appeared in Southport Magistrates Court today after she was charged in[...]

Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

Wednesday  10:37,   13 december 2017
Associated Press

A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out.Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted pedophiles listed on the Australian[...]

Cubs tear into poo-filled 'birthday cake'

Wednesday  10:36,   13 december 2017

Werribee Zoo's one-year-old lion cubs Ndidi, Aziza, Zuberi and Kibibi have torn into a coloured 'birthday cake' containing rhino poo and wood wool.Four growing lion cubs have sunk their baby teeth into a 'birthday cake' only a wild[...]

Calls to abandon NSW shark nets

Wednesday  02:21,   13 december 2017

Stakeholders have called on the NSW government to abandon its shark net program after a report found they did more harm than good.The Berejiklian government should abandon its shark net program after a Senate inquiry found nets caused more harm than [...]

Nurse stood down for racist social media rant, employment lawyer says breaches are common

Wednesday  01:36,   13 december 2017
ABC News

A nurse has been stood down from his hospital job in northern Western Australia following an expletive-filled, racist rant on social media that threatened violence against children. On a Broome community Facebook page on Friday night, nurse Kevin[...]

LNP chooses first female party leader Deb Frecklington to take on Premier Palaszczuk

Tuesday  23:36,   12 december 2017
ABC News

<p>The Liberal National Party room has overwhelmingly declared Deb Frecklington as the party's best chance of leading its 39 MPs and taking the fight to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team.</p>The member for Nanango won the[...]

How an Australian law student was seduced into becoming a cult leader's 'spiritual bride'.

Tuesday  06:21,   12 december 2017

Camilla Wagemans was studying law at Australian National University when she was seduced by a South Korean-based Christian cult called ‘Providence’.&nbsp;She left Australia for South Korea to be a ‘spiritual bride’ to the sect’s leader Jeong[...]

Sydney Trains defends new timetable, says yesterday's major delays unavoidable

Tuesday  03:35,   12 december 2017
ABC News

Sydney Trains apologises to commuters for major delays across the network at peak hour last night but insist a new timetable introduced late last month is not to blame. Wynyard and Town Hall stations were so overcrowded commuters were advised to[...]

Families of dead boys speak about loss

Tuesday  02:53,   12 december 2017

The families of two boys who died in their Sydney classroom after a 4WD ploughed into it have spoken about their loss and grief.Andrew Encinas, nine, was killed alongside his friend Jihad Darwiche, eight, when a Toyota Kluger crashed into their[...]

Girl, 15, saved from drowning at Devonport Bluff, police praise bravery of two men

Tuesday  01:50,   12 december 2017
ABC News

<p>Two men have been credited with saving a 15-year-old girl's life after they joined police officers in helping to pull her from the ocean near Devonport in Tasmania.</p>The girl and a friend, both aged 15, were seen by members of the[...]

Paraquat poisoning: Weedkiller drunk by autistic man meant to be 'under lock and key', chemical company says

Tuesday  01:50,   12 december 2017
ABC News

An Australian chemical manufacturer rejects calls to tighten restrictions around the use of a highly toxic herbicide which poisoned a young man with autism who found it in a soft drink bottle.Damien Terry, 21, accidently drank the commercial[...]

Seven gay couples register to marry in NSW

Monday  23:08,   11 december 2017

Several same-sex couples in Sydney have already registered their intent to marry, just days after same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.Seven couples attended the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages offices in the CBD and Parramatta on[...]