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LNP to cap wages bill to three per cent

Public sector wage spending will be capped at 3 per cent a year to fund the Queensland Liberal National Party’s election promises. The cap on expenditure is part of the LNP’s costings for its election promises, which they say total about $4 billion and will be released on Thursday. Labor says the LNP has promised […]

Taser victim ‘on drugs, paranoid’ before death

The Brazilian student tasered by police was taking drugs and acting paranoid shortly before his death, according to reports. Friends of Roberto Laudisio Curti said the 21-year-old had been partying at nightclubs for two days and at one point argued with a friend just hours before he was shot at least three times with a […]

Naden to appear in court on Thursday

Australia’s most wanted criminal, Malcolm Naden, is expected to appear before a NSW court on a murder charge on Thursday. Officers surrounded and arrested the 38-year-old just after midnight (AEDT) on a private property near Gloucester, in the state’s mid north. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has thanked all of the officers who played a […]

Councillor will hand herself in: husband

Fugitive councillor Hajnal Black will hand herself in to authorities once her legal paperwork is in order, says her husband. An arrest warrant for Ms Black, a Logan City councillor, was issued on Friday after she stormed out midway through a court hearing into whether she failed to declare a pecuniary interest while in public […]

Murrumbidgee residents get flood payments

Residents in NSW towns along the flooded Murrumbidgee River will be able to claim financial assistance from the federal government. Payments of $1000 per adult and $400 per child can be claimed by people worst hit by flooding in the towns of Griffith, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wagga Wagga and Young. Federal Attorney-General Nicola […]

Vic nurses move closer to pay rise

Victorian nurses are a step closer to finalising their pay deal with the government after a marathon conciliation session. Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) Victorian secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said the Wednesday night session before a Fair Work Australia tribunal went for more than five hours, allowing all parties to scrutinise a 200 page document that makes […]

Surveys identify wetlands for waterbird

University of NSW researchers have identified Australia’s most important wetlands for waterbirds following extensive aerial surveys. Teams of observers in light aircraft surveyed 4858 wetlands across Australia in late 2008. A subsequent analysis was released by the National Water Commission on Thursday and estimated there are 4.6 million waterbirds from more than 100 species across […]

Super hike not a tax increase: Shorten

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten insists a lift in the superannuation guarantee is not a tax on employers. He also rejects claims workers will have to pay for increased super contributions through a reduction in pay. Business has complained that an increase from 9 to 12 per cent will cost employers $20 billion a year. […]

Qld Labor promises 800 more police

Labor has promised 800 extra police over the next four years if returned to government in Queensland on Saturday. Premier Anna Bligh says the boost will give the state one of the highest police-to-population ratios in Australia. By comparison, the Liberal National Party last month pledged to deliver 1100 extra officers. “Since 1998, the number […]

Delays in fighting Melbourne boat fires

Firefighters will be ill-equipped to tackle major marine fires in Melbourne for at least another year, the city’s fire chief says. Fire crews struggled to put out a blaze on a 28-metre luxury cruiser at the Yarra’s Edge marina at Docklands late on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters had access only to a dinghy and a small […]

NSW man extradited to Qld on murder charge

A man charged with the murder of a Gold Coast nightclub singer is being extradited to Queensland after making a brief court appearance in a NSW court. Matthew Cox, 24, faced a court in Port Macquarie early on Thursday. The Port Macquarie man will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland’s Gold Coast on […]

Newman, LNP on track for victory in Qld

The Liberal National Party looks set to pull off its audacious plan to install Campbell Newman as Queensland’s next premier, a new poll shows. A ReachTEL poll of voters in the seat Mr Newman must win has given him a clear lead over Labor’s Ashgrove incumbent Kate Jones. The poll follows a weekend Galaxy poll […]

Minister denies zoning decision conflict

West Australian Planning Minister John Day has denied any conflict of interest over his decision to raise building heights in an upmarket area of Perth in which he owns property. Mr Day overruled the City of Nedlands, in the city’s western suburbs, to allow a four-storey development on a site on Waratah Ave, Dalkeith, opposite […]

Decent phone prices for everyone: minister

A new telecommunications agency will ensure phone services are provided to all Australians at a reasonable price, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says. The House of Representatives passed amendments from the Senate to the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011 on Wednesday. Senator Conroy said he welcomed the passage of the last major piece of […]

Beware of buying flood-damaged cars

NSW car buyers are being warned to beware of water-damaged cars set to hit the used car and auction markets after the recent floods. David Scognamiglio, head of consumer site, said some independent sellers might try to rip off unsuspecting buyers. “In many cases the salvageable cars are simply washed and offered for sale […]

Sydney river search to resume at daylight

Rapid currents and poor conditions have hampered the search for a man missing since his tinny flipped in a flood-swollen river in northwestern Sydney on Tuesday night. The search will resume on Thursday morning. Peter Rhinehardt, 25, of Riverstone was last seen clinging to a tree after his aluminium boat overturned on the Nepean River […]

MP to speak with Ten about reality TV show

Network Ten will meet with the Liberal federal MP representing the Sutherland Shire to discuss community concerns about a reality show based on the southern Sydney area. Member for Cook, Scott Morrison, said he and Ten chief executive James Warburton would meet face to face soon, after speaking by phone earlier on Wednesday. “I’m sure […]

‘Tent embassy’ protesters urged to move on

A clash is looming at an Aboriginal “tent embassy” in Perth after the police commissioner urged the city council to order the protesters off a public reserve. Protesters have been camped at Heirisson Island on the Swan River since mid-February, saying they oppose the WA government’s proposed $1 billion native title deal with the Noongar […]

Carr stumps for interfaith dialogue

Australia’s new foreign minister wants to broaden the nation’s foreign policy goals to tackle climate change, and promote cultural diversity and tolerance. Senator Bob Carr, who is the only former premier of NSW to serve in the upper house, flagged the environment and cultural aims during his maiden speech in parliament on Wednesday. “Running foreign […]

Relationship with China challenging: Carr

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia shouldn’t have to decide between China and the United States in setting foreign policy. Senator Carr said Australia’s relationship with China was challenging, given that for the first time “the nation with which we have the major economic relationship is a nation with different values”. He said Australia did […]

Carr says he was wrong on PNG

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he was wrong to threaten sanctions against Papua New Guinea. Senator Carr said last week any failure by PNG to hold its planned mid-year elections would be a “shocking model” for the Pacific and could result in sanctions. Senator Carr on Wednesday said his choice of language was wrong. “It […]

Native title granted in Mataranka

The movie We of the Never Never shows how little European settlers in Mataranka in the Northern Territory understood the local Aboriginal people. But in a sign of how far things have come in the past century, the same Aboriginal groups portrayed in the film were on Wednesday awarded native title over much of the […]

Bligh refusing to give up despite polls

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh is showing a brave face, at least in public, despite polls which predict Labor is headed for an embarrassing defeat in Saturday’s state election. “I know what the polls are saying but we’ve still got two or three days before the ballot box,” Ms Bligh told ABC Television. “I’ve got a […]

Frozen fish prices stink: Choice

Shoppers pay up to 35 per cent more for frozen packaged fish compared to the fresh product found in the deli, consumer group Choice says. The group reviewed 101 frozen fish products in the $211.5 million industry and compared price and fish content as well as nutrients found in supermarket freezers. Of the battered, crumbed […]

ACCI says electricity costs uncompetitive

Policy “fumbling” at the state and federal levels of government is to blame for a sharp rise in electricity prices paid by business, an industry group says. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said policy agendas favouring “unaffordable” renewable energy technologies are hurting companies. “Increasingly, the ‘clean energy future’ mantra is not only […]

Brisbane port worker killed by crane

A 43-year-old man has been crushed to death by a crane at Brisbane’s port. Paramedics called police to the Port of Brisbane at 11.40pm (AEST) on Tuesday, the Department of Community Safety says. Workplace health and safety officers are investigating.

Greens have a go at live export ban

The Australian Greens are attempting to end the live animal export trade. “The time has come for the law to change,” Greens senator Lee Rhiannon told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday. The senator intends introducing a private bill to parliament that will probit the export of live animals for slaughter. Hundreds of animals had died […]

Video shows new perspective on skipping

A Melbourne artist has created a dizzying, vertigo-inducing video that shows life from the perspective of a skipping rope. Artist and filmmaker Callum Cooper said Full Circle, a collaboration with sound designer John Kassab for fashion label Klezinski, was part of a series of works in which sculptures were used to create moving images. The […]

Javelin thrower charged with drink-driving

Commonwealth Games javelin gold medallist and Olympic hopeful Jarrod Bannister is facing charges of driving while drunk and unlicensed in Brisbane. The 27-year-old is charged with five offences including drink-driving, driving without a licence, and driving an unregistered and uninsured car. The offences allegedly occurred on February 4 in the southeast Brisbane suburb of Morningside. […]

WA Labor warns over court action on MRRT

The West Australian government should not waste taxpayers’ money by joining a court challenge against the federal government’s mining tax if there’s no reasonable chance of success, state Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says. Premier Colin Barnett says his government will not initiate any High Court challenge to the Mineral Resources Rent Tax (MRRT). But he […]

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