Australian retailers shut down by foreign competition

Australian retailers are currently going under at the rate of about one a month, making everyone in the industry nervous

Class action filed against Westpac could affect thousands of Australian home loans

Westpac has been accused of irresponsible lending in home loans it has issued since 2011 in legal action filed in the Federal Court this morning

Cyclone Oma to bring gale-force winds but may not cross Queensland coast, BOM says

A cyclone watch has been issued for a large stretch of the east coast from Bundaberg in Queensland to Ballina in New South Wales.

Carpet python devours currawong on roof in viral video

A carpet python has been caught on camera trying to eat a bird up a television antenna in northern New South Wales

Plan to tackle chronic lung conditions

Almost one-in-three Australians is living with a lung disease and the federal government has set its sights on improving their treatment, releasing a plan that will help it do so

Tropical Cyclone Oma could make it to the Queensland coast early next week, BOM says

Severe Tropical Cyclone Oma could cross the southern Queensland coast within days after changing direction overnight and continuing to move closer to the Australian mainland, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Search for backpackers Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux scaled back at Shelly Beach

New South Wales Police have scaled back a search for two European backpackers feared drowned off a Port Macquarie beach on the state's mid-north coast

‘PROPERTY BLOODBATH’: House prices ‘could fall by half’ in horror decline

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne could fall by up to 25 per cent this year alone and “there’s a chance they could fall by half” in the coming “property bloodbath”, an economist has warned

Government’s sixth annual wastewater testing shows Aussies spend $9.3 billion on illicit drugs

A report from Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has revealed the shocking extent of Australian’s illicit drug use

WA schools resort to bans on playground games and sport to combat early student drop-offs

The school year is barely three weeks in, but already the organisation representing primary school principals in WA has a message for parents — stop dropping your children off early.

Bushfire emergency: Warning for Balingup and homes threatened near Nannup, Bridgetown

An emergency warning remains in place for an out-of-control bushfire that is threatening lives and homes in an area popular with holidaymakers as it burns through a pine plantation in the Shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup

Man critical after train station attack

A man in his 30s has been critically injured after an attack in broad daylight at a Melbourne train station

Fears for two backpackers missing from NSW north coast beach

An air, water and land search is continuing for two young European tourists missing since Sunday at Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie

Rent looms as key election issue as government attacks ‘big new housing tax’

An issue that once plagued the government — housing affordability — is now re-emerging as a critical election battleground

This image shows likely wave heights on Friday approaches Queensland

Cyclone Oma is powering up and could make landfall this weekend, forecasters have warned

Ex-police officer avoids jail time after sharing explicit photos of arrested woman

An ex-police officer has narrowly avoided jail time after he shared explicit photos of a woman he had arrested

Sydney is expensive, but what people spend their money on might surprise you

Sydney is expensive, but what people spend their money on might surprise youIt's not the usual suspects of rising energy costs, tolls or petrol that are hitting the hip-pockets of New South Wales voters the hardest.New analysis

Ex-NSW policeman 'blackmailed victims into sex'

A former NSW police officer blackmailed four victims into having sexual intercourse as part of an elaborate deception involving social media, a court has heard

'Out of character': Man killed in home invasion was champion body builder

Friends and colleagues of an intruder who died after an altercation with a homeowner in Sydney's south-west say his actions were out of character

Major parties hit by foreign government hackers in attack on Parliament servers

Australia's major political parties have been targeted during a cyber attack by a foreign government on the Australian Parliament's servers