Dog attacks on electricity staff spark ban on reading meters across Queensland

Workers from both Energex and Ergon Energy in Queensland will no longer enter yards to read meters where dogs are not securely restrained, after the two companies recorded 71 injuries from dog bites in just over a year

'Flying' car in Macquarie Fields jumps into back of council truck

A Campbelltown Council tipper truck certainly took on an unexpected load yesterday when a Holden Astra landed in its tray in Macquarie Fields in south-west Sydney

Asbestos contained in suspicious packages sent to consulates and embassies, police allege

A Victorian man has been charged after dozens of packages, which police allege contained asbestos, were sent to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra

?Police investigating the death of a two-year-old boy in Sydney’s south-west ..Can you help

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence

Home loan borrowers should brace for new year pain as BoQ raises interest rates

It is already an unhappy new year for Bank of Queensland home loan customers, who will this week be hit with an increase in interest rates set to cost the average borrower an extra $24 a month

Police investigating after consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra receive suspicious packages

Authorities are investigating after suspicious packages were found at several foreign consulates and embassies across Melbourne and Canberra

Tullamarine Freeway sign falls and crushes car, injuring Melbourne driver

A driver has cheated death after a massive overhead road sign fell and crushed her car as she drove along Melbourne's Tullamarine Freeway

Child filmed riding on car roof rack sparks wave of online abuse, leaving family traumatised

The family of a child who was filmed riding unrestrained through the streets of Perth on a car luggage rack say they have been left "shell-shocked" by the incident

Dust storm turns regional NSW town red as parts of NSW hit by another thunderstorm

A severe dust storm spread across parts of regional NSW on Tuesday afternoon, as large areas of NSW were hit heavy rainfall and strong winds that swept over the state

Snake hitches ride under car, amid 'peak hour' for Tasmanian reptile catchers

Madi Stoye had no idea a snake had made a home in her friend's car

Her friend had been down at a beach earlier in the day, where it's assumed the snake decided to take refuge from the harsh summer sun by sliding underneath the car

Emergency text and email service hacked, thousands receive warning messages about their personal data

A hacker has been able to send messages via text, email, and landline to tens of thousands of people across Australia after an emergency warning alert service, used by councils, was hacked

Huawei-made 'small cell' boxes hit suburban Sydney, as residents raise health concerns

Residents of a quiet Sydney suburb are looking for answers from a major telco after it revealed plans to place a number of new telecommunication "small cell boxes" outside their homes without any approval

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport'

An 18-year-old Saudi woman on her way to seek asylum in Australia is being held in an airport hotel in Bangkok, and says her family will kill her if she is forced back to Saudi Arabia

Firefighters shaken by near miss battling conditions 'as difficult as they get' at Rosedale blaze

Firefighters in Victoria who lost a truck, trailer and bulldozer in "a very serious situation" yesterday are hoping cooler weather will help efforts to put out a suspicious blaze in Gippsland

Fire threatens homes at South Maroota in NSW

An emergency warning has been issued for residents in Sydney's Hills district as a bushfire threatens homes, fanned by strong and gusty winds

Truck explodes into flames on Princes Highway forcing evacuations, long clean-up

The petrol tanker that burst into flames near Wollongong this morning has taken 130 firefighters five hours to get under control but amazingly left all unharmed

NSW town loses water as temperatures near 40C

Walgett residents have been left without water for a day after a breakdown at the local treatment plant, which also left some people without air conditioners, as western New South Wales sweated through a heatwave.

Man dead after crime spree in Sydney suburbs of Bass Hill, Chullora, Rockdale and Arncliffe

Police have launched a critical incident investigation after a man's violent crime spree across several suburbs in Sydney's south, which ended when he killed himself

Labor committed to scaling back negative gearing despite steepest housing downturn since GFC

Labor has confirmed it will not back down on its policy to abolish negative gearing for new investors if it wins the federal election

NSW aged care worker charged over alleged assaults of five elderly residents

Police have described alleged attacks on five elderly residents by a staff member of a New South Wales south coast aged care centre as "horrendous and unfathomable"