News: Australia

West Gate Tunnel boring machines to sit idle for another six months

Monday  15:12,   20 january 2020

Tunnelling machines on the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project are unable to be started due to the lack of any plan to deal with large amounts of toxic soil. The scheme's 300 tunnelling workers will find out early on Tuesday which 150 of them have >>>

Alleged car thief gets 'stuck in mud' during escape after ramming police car

Monday  15:12,   20 january 2020

It is alleged the driver reversed into a police dog squad car three times before trying to escape on a Sunshine Coast dirt track.About 1.30pm on Sunday an off-duty police officer saw an allegedly stolen silver Holden Commodore driving along Nambour... >>>

Hamilton Hill stabbing victim was in 'inexplicable psychotic rage', court told

Monday  15:11,   20 january 2020

A woman on trial over the fatal stabbing of her partner during a fight has claimed self defence, saying he had been abusive, violent and often accused her of cheating on him in the past.Tracey Elizabeth Dianne Bridgewater, 41, is on trial in the WA... >>>

Bushfire emergency in WA shire of Harvey, people urged to evacuate their homes

Monday  15:05,   20 january 2020

A bushfire burning in scrubland in WA's South West, about 15 kilometres north of Leschenault is threatening lives and homes and the alert level has been raised to an emergency warning. © Provided by ABC NEWS The fire is believed to have been... >>>

Teen arrested for hooning after hundreds of cars gather at Springvale car meet

Monday  14:20,   20 january 2020

A teenage boy has been arrested in relation to alleged hoon activity at a car meet that attracted up to 400 vehicles on Friday. © Nine News Police have arrested a 17-year-old in relation to alleged hoon activity. Police arrived at the corner of... >>>

Husband, 25, is charged with murder after his young wife died of horror injuries - as it's revealed they were in an arranged marriage

Monday  13:00,   20 january 2020

Police say the woman, also aged in her 20s, was found injured at a Balcatta home, in Perth, and died at Royal Perth Hospital on Saturday. Mohammad Ali Halimi, 25, is alleged to have led police to the body after showing up at Mirrabooka Police... >>>

Claremont serial killings trial hears Jane Rimmer's body found with neck bone missing

Monday  12:06,   20 january 2020

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of Jane Rimmer almost two months after her disappearance from Claremont found a bone was missing from her neck, the WA Supreme Court hears.A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of Jane... >>>

Newsagent uses karate against wannabe thieves

Monday  12:06,   20 january 2020

A North Queensland newsagent was forced to rely on his martial arts skills when two wannabe thieves targeted him during his paper run. Mark Yates, 50, was delivering newspapers to nearby cafes just after 4am yesterday when a pair of teenagers tried... >>>

Storms cut power to thousands of homes across south east Queensland

Monday  12:06,   20 january 2020

Energex crews are working to restore power to customers who supply was cut during severe storms in south east Queensland, with the weather bringing strong winds, heavy rain and hail.Storm warnings issued earlier today have since been... >>>

Grieving mother's plea to young drivers after son's death

Monday  11:37,   20 january 2020

Jordan Ellwood, 17, was accidentally run over his best friend beneath the Gateway Bridge at Murrarie. He had been attempting to run and jump into the moving Nissan Navara ute whe he slipped and slid under the car. © Supplied Jordan and his mother... >>>

Roof ripped off Sydney shopping centre in freak storm

Monday  10:30,   20 january 2020

Motorists in Sydney's west were lucky to escape serious injury when a shopping centre roof ripped off during a freak storm and sent debris flying at cars. The storm at Bringelly Village Shopping Centre lasted less than a minute, but it was... >>>

Man accused of kissing toddler on lips cited 'cultural differences', court told

Monday  09:40,   20 january 2020

Nikhil Bhatia allegedly approached a two-year-old he did not know at a Darling Harbour aquarium, grabbed his arm and kissed him twice. He intends to plead not guilty to intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years.Nikhil Bhatia, 28, an... >>>

Tracey Bridgewater stabbed partner to death in Hamilton Hill after fight with parents, trial told

Monday  09:40,   20 january 2020

A woman who stabbed her partner to death after he got into a violent fight with her parents — who had travelled to Australia from the UK to meet him for the first time — told police she acted in self defence.Tracey Elizabeth Dianne Bridgewater, 41,... >>>

Former childcare worker facing 57 child sex charges suspected of further assaults

Monday  09:01,   20 january 2020

Queeensland police say at least six people are alleged to be victims of a former childcare worker facing multiple child sex offences dating back to the 1980s.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged on Friday after a lengthy... >>>

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to take time off after 'minor' heart scare

Monday  09:00,   20 january 2020

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner will be taking time off work following what's been described as a "minor heart scare".Mr Gunner has been in hospital in Darwin since... >>>