Medicare levy increase designed to deliver $8b to NDIS scrapped ahead of fresh budget

The Federal Government will ditch its plan to lift the Medicare levy from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent

Families set to turn away from private schools and choose public

The number of students attending private schools in Australia will flatline over the next decade, according to federal government projections, as more parents choose to keep their children in the public system

Lebanese Parliamentary Elections in Australia

The election date for persons residing abroad who have enrolled to vote through the internet towards the end of last year (2017) has been set for Sunday 29 April, 2018.

Sydney Uber driver acquitted of rape

A former Sydney Uber driver has been acquitted of raping a passenger in Sydney's north-west.

Centrelink threatens to charge interest on $900m worth of welfare debts


The Federal Government has decided to go after almost 170,000 Australians who have welfare debts, threatening to charge them interest on the funds owed which have topped more than $900 million nationally

Renewable energy capacity set to exceed target Federal Government said was impossible


Australia's renewable energy capacity is set to exceed a target the Federal Government said was impossible to reach by 2020, according to new research from Green Energy Markets

Assad cannot be part of Syria solution - EU

Within the EU, holding a meeting today (April 16), most governments now agree that Assad cannot continue as president for peace talks to succeed

Road to nowhere: Central Queensland community left powerless after Gibihi Road mining blast


A Central Queensland community that lost access to a vital road after a routine mine blast has been told the road is unfixable and the only option is a new road on a new route.

Sydney bushfires: expert warns more planning needed in wake of intense weekend conditions


The fire danger conditions experienced in Sydney over the weekend were at their worst since the early 1950s, according to one of Australia's top bushfire experts

Sydney bushfire: Reports of property affected as fire eases and threat downgraded

There are reports a massive bushfire has affected properties in Menai and Barden Ridge in Sydney's south-west, New South Wales fire crews say, as the threat eases to watch and act status

Emergency warning issued as bushfire rips through Holsworthy military base


Firefighters spent a long night battling an out-of-control blaze in Sydney's south-west which burnt through a major military base and threatened homes in several suburbs

RBA warns a sharp rise in interest rates could lead to disruptive and lasting market corrections


Record low interest rates, accelerating asset prices and a growing appetite for risk could be laying the groundwork for a sharp correction across financial markets, the Reserve Bank has warned

Trump signals strikes against Syria, lays into Assad backer Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years with hard labour for Rohingya massacre


Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to "10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area" for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in north-western Rakhine state last September, the army said

War crimes prosecutor seeks jurisdiction over Rohingya deportations

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity

NAB linked to investigation into multi-million-dollar corporate fraud


Three Sydney businesses were raided this morning by detectives as part of an ongoing investigation into multi-million-dollar corporate fraud involving the National Australia Bank

House prices predicted to keep falling, but Melbourne and Sydney units to take biggest hit

Australian home prices are set for years of decline, according to new analysis of property listing and sales data by Capital Economics

?When's the right time to get the flu jab


It's nearly time to roll up your sleeve, brace yourself for a small prick, and hope the nurse or doctor offers you a lollypop for your troubles

NBN launches fibre-to-the-curb technology, but existing customers won't benefit


NBN Co has gone live with its latest form of technology, fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC), with 1,000 homes in two suburbs, Coburg in Victoria and Miranda in New South Wales, the first in Australia to have the option to connect to the service