Bill Shorten uses GST to pressure Liberals in WA as Labor targets marginal seats

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has rushed to Western Australia to press his electoral advantage just days after the Liberal leadership spill, targeting the sensitive issue of GST distribution as Labor puts pressure on a group of marginal seats that could prove key once a poll is called

Westpac raises variable mortgage rates


Westpac will increase its variable mortgage rates to counter rising funding costs that are threatening the bank's profit margins

Mortgage refinance rejection spike exposes number of Australians in debt distress

It's being described as a "mortgage mirage". It's an offer from the bank that looks too good to be true and, as it turns out, for many it is

Peter Dutton defends au pair intervention after political donations as Labor calls for inquiry

Federal Labor says Peter Dutton must explain whether generous political donations had any influence on his decision to help a French au pair into the country

Tony Abbott looks set to accept job as Indigenous Affairs envoy

After days of hesitation, former prime minister Tony Abbott has given a conditional yes to taking on the job of Indigenous envoy

Houses shake, windows rattle as 'scary' fireball lights up the Perth sky with a sonic boom

The sky above Perth and the surrounding area was lit up overnight by a fireball that is believed to have been a meteor entering the atmosphere

Uber driver charged with rape of 17-year-old girl after Bondi drop off

An Uber driver has been charged over the alleged rape of a teenage girl in Bondi at the weekend

House fire in Sydney's inner-west kills man who re-entered home to fight blaze

A man in his 50s who escaped a house fire with his mother in Sydney's inner-west before re-entering the home to fight the blaze has been found dead

Car catches fire after hitting kangaroo on Monaro Highway, sparking grassfire

Three men were lucky to escape a car uninjured after it hit a kangaroo and was engulfed in flames, sparking a grassfire on the Monaro Highway in New South Wales

Turnbull to resign from Parliament on Friday


Mr Turnbull will resign on Friday, triggering a by-election in his Sydney electorate of Wentworth

'A good start': Queensland receives biggest rainfall since April

Meanwhile, parts of regional New South Wales also received welcome rainfall, with heaviest falls were in the state’s north-west. Towns including Inverell, Moree and Narrabri all received above 20 millimeters

Scott Morrison announces new ministry with Julie Bishop replaced by Marise Payne as foreign affairs minister

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his new ministry with former defence minister Marise Payne replacing Julie Bishop who earlier today announced she would quit as Foreign Affairs Minister

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg get to work on first day in top jobs, as Liberals pick through wreckage

Australia's 30th Prime Minister Scott Morrison has begun his first day in the job discussing possible ministerial appointments with his colleagues, as Liberals jostle for positions on the new-look frontbench

Pope Francis says Catholic Church still shamed by 'repugnant' Irish child abuse

Pope Francis marked the first papal visit to Ireland in 39 years by acknowledging that the failure of Church authorities to adequately address "repugnant" clerical child abuse crimes there remains a source of shame for the Catholic community

Rain falls for NSW, Queensland but no sign of the end of the drought

It may not have ended the drought that has crippled much of the nation, but some of our farmers felt something they haven't touched for a long time — rain

Vandals caught on CCTV throwing bricks at Peter Dutton's electorate office

Queensland Police have released video footage of the four people who smashed Peter Dutton's electoral office early on Friday morning, in a bid to find the offenders

'We are on your side': Morrison makes pitch to Australia after win

Scott Morrison has been sworn in as Australia's next Prime Minister

Woman fighting for life after Macquarie Park two-car crash

A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after being thrown from a car in a two-vehicle crash at Macquarie Park in Sydney's north-west overnight

Aussie dollar jumps as Scott Morrison wins leadership

The Australia dollar has jumped on news Scott Morrison has won the ballot to become Australia's next prime minister, pending being sworn in by the Governor General

Scott Morrison to be next PM; Peter Dutton beaten by five votes

Scott Morrison will be Australia's next prime minister after he beat Peter Dutton 45 votes to 40 in a Liberal party room vote