News: Australia

'I feel sickened': Rosie Batty slams decision to give an Australia Day award to controversial commentator Bettina Arndt after her shocking claims of a 'fake rape crisis'

Sunday  08:00,   26 january 2020

Bettina Arndt was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for striving to achieve 'gender equity through advocacy for men'. Ms Batty said she felt 'sickened' by the announcement.The commentator, 70, was appointed a Member of the >>>

Fines for using a mobile phone behind the wheel in Victoria set to soar after a 'devastating' year on the state's roads

Sunday  07:20,   26 january 2020

Tough new laws are set to be introduced in Victoria within six months - with fines of up to $1,000 for illegal phone use. The existing fine for using a phone while driving is $496, with work now underway for a significant increase. © Provided by... >>>

NSW RFS warns of increased fire activity

Sunday  06:50,   26 january 2020

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned fire activity is increasing across the state as a result of high temperatures and windy conditions.High temperatures and strong winds have increased fire activity across southern... >>>

Queensland poised to lead new bushfire resilience standards

Sunday  06:16,   26 january 2020

Queensland is poised to lead Australia's bushfire recovery efforts and shape new resilience standards, according to the state's bushfire recovery coordinator. Areas of the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast hinterland were some of the first to be... >>>

Henty gold miner's loader buried after ground below gave way, union says

Sunday  06:05,   26 january 2020

New details come to light about how tragedy struck a mine worker on Tasmania's west coast — and who was working with him at the time. The miner, named yesterday as 44-year-old Cameron John Goss, of Queenstown, is presumed dead after a collapse... >>>

Invasion Day protests held across nation and world to challenge Australia Day date

Sunday  04:50,   26 january 2020

Protesters opposed to the celebration of Australia Day on January 26 are making their voices heard across the nation, as well as in London where a small crowd has gathered at a statue of Captain James Cook.Invasion Day or Survival Day demonstrations >>>

Bushfire-affected students return to school

Sunday  04:00,   26 january 2020

School will start on a dismal note this year, with many students grieving the loss of homes, pets or loved ones. Angela Holmes and her family have been living in fear for the past two months, as the NSW South Coast fire continues to threaten homes... >>>

Baby joey takes first hops in time for Australia Day

Sunday  03:45,   26 january 2020

A baby joey has taken its first hops just in time for Australia day at the Australian Reptile Park. The park's resident yellow-footed rock-wallaby joey, Dorito, was caught on camera taking its first leap out of the pouch.Dorito had a rough start at... >>>

Rain forces Mount Isa to cancel Australia Day pool party, but the dry river is now flowing

Sunday  03:45,   26 january 2020

Last week concerns were rising in Mount Isa about water security, with the dam levels dropping below 50 per cent. Now the local river is running and Mayor Joyce McCulloch is smiling from ear to ear. require(["inlineoutstreamAd",... >>>

Authorities search for people who shared flights with coronavirus patients

Sunday  03:00,   26 january 2020

Authorities are searching for passengers who shared a flight to Sydney with a man who had coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated. NSW Health has confirmed that three people have the virus in the state, with another >>>

Royal Family wishes Australians a happy Australia Day while paying tribute to the 'strength and resilience' of the country amid the devastating bushfire crisis

Sunday  02:20,   26 january 2020

The British royal family has paid tribute to Australia's 'strength and resilience' on its national day.The Queen and Prince William made separate statements through their social media accounts early on Sunday, Australian... >>>

Teenager stabbed, punched by youths in broad daylight at Mordialloc

Sunday  02:10,   26 january 2020

The 15-year-old was walking towards a park in a beachside suburb when he was accosted in Mordialloc in Melbourne's outer south-east.The 15-year-old was walking along Main Street and reached Pompei’s Landing park before being approached by five... >>>

Bushwalkers winched from Sunshine Coast mountain ledge

Sunday  01:50,   26 january 2020

The pair, aged in their early 20s, had been on their way down the mountain when one slipped, falling eight metres to a small ledge below. His friend then made his way down to check on him, where the two became stuck about three-quarters of the way... >>>

Extinction threat against pygmy blue-tongue lizard lands Flinders researchers $400k grant

Sunday  01:00,   26 january 2020

Flinders University researchers are worried that the pygmy blue-tongue lizards of outback SA could be extinct within 50 years so they are taking unique steps to try to save them.Associate Professor in Biodiversity Mike Gardner said climate change... >>>

Australia Day celebrations divide public

Sunday  00:40,   26 january 2020

Australia Day celebrations should remain on January 26 as it marks a significant day for many across the nation, an exclusive reader survey has found.The survey, of 1114 participants*, revealed 49 per cent felt strongly about the date, claiming it... >>>