Federal Government probed over awarding of Manus Island security contracts to Paladin Group

Labor and the crossbench plan to zero in on the awarding of contracts for security services on Manus Island as Senate estimates gets underway today

Intruder dies after home altercation with resident in Sydney's Harrington Park

A home intruder has died after an altercation with a resident at a house in Sydney's south-west

Police charge mother with attempted murder of teenage daughter over stabbing attack

Police have charged a 37-year-old mother with the attempted murder of her teenage daughter after a stabbing incident at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside early on Sunday morning

Truck driver arrested after B-double hits police vehicle in 70km chase through northern NSW

Police have arrested the driver of a 50-tonne truck after a chase of almost 70 kilometres in northern New South Wales

Man allegedly eats drug stash while attempting to flee from police

A man has eaten a large quantity of the drug known as ice while trying to flee from officers during a dramatic late-night pursuit north of Brisbane, police say

Nauru and Manus Island asylum seekers face fresh security and character assessments

Hundreds of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru will undergo fresh security and character assessments as the Government prepares for an "influx" of medical transfers, Attorney-General Christian Porter says

North Queensland rains trigger BOM special climate statement

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has released a special climate review, officially calling the rain in north Queensland "exceptional"

Darwin Council working with NT Police in wake of nine-year-old's death

The head of Darwin Council has offered sympathies to the family of a nine-year-old killed in a suburban park "misadventure", but hasn't yet made clear if a safety review of the play equipment will be conducted in the wake of his death

Asylum seekers in PNG hospital hope medevac bill will lead to a new life in Australia

Refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby are hoping the passing of the medical evacuations legislation will give them not only access to treatment in Australia, but also settlement in the country

Tingha and Tabulam residents in shock after bushfires destroy 20 homes across NSW

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has upgraded an out of control bushfire west of Tabulam in the state's north to emergency warning level as properties come under threat

Senate President strips Parliament House pass from Pauline Hanson's chief of staff

The Senate has stripped Pauline Hanson's chief of staff James Ashby of his parliamentary pass and banned him from entering the building following an altercation with a senator

Boy dies in playground near Wanguri Primary School, NT Police investigating

The death of a young child near a Darwin primary school may have been "the result of misadventure", Northern Territory Police have said

Motorcyclist dead after Leach Highway crash in Welshpool involving car wanted by police

A 24-year-old man has died overnight after his motorcycle was hit by a car which police had been pursuing through Perth's southern suburbs

?What's in tap water and is Tasmania's really the best in Australia

There are a few cities that claim to have Australia's best tap water — Hobart and Melbourne among them

Detention centre to reopen, PM says, as Senate passes medevac law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Christmas Island immigration centre will reopen, as border protection shapes as a key battleground ahead of this year's federal election

Queensland man who buried wife's body 18 years ago found not guilty of her murder

A man accused of murdering his wife in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, nearly 18 years ago has been acquitted of the crime and instead found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter by a Supreme Court jury

Senate passes controversial refugee evacuation bill, Scott Morrison says new laws 'weaken our borders'

Legislation which will give doctors more power to decide whether asylum seekers should come to Australia for medical treatment has been passed into law by the Senate

Townsville flood authorities confirm death from soil bacteria, several others in intensive care

A person has died in Townsville after contracting the dangerous soil-borne disease melioidosis amid a spike in cases in the wake of the north Queensland city's flood disaster

Structures at Jubullum Aboriginal community destroyed as bushfire emergency grips NSW

A bushfire in NSW's north east near Casino has destroyed structures in an Indigenous community as firefighters battle through the night to control two blazes across the state

Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia after spending two months detained in a Thai prison

Australian footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi has arrived home in Melbourne after being freed from the Thai prison where he was held awaiting an extradition hearing