The eldest son of a man accused of trying to kill his children in a car fire has told a jury there was a big whooshing noise before the incident.
Mining has been suspended indefinitely at the Mount Lyell copper mine on Tasmania's west coast while authorities investigate Monday's double fatality.
Tens of thousands of grieving South Africans are gathering to sit side-by-side with presidents, priests, queens and sheikhs at a memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela.
The Abbott Government is under pressure from the forestry industry to reverse its election promise to scrap the Tasmanian forestry peace deal.
The Christmas pay rise given to Queensland's 48,000 public servants is too little and too late, their union says.
Mental health experts are calling for the end to the practice of locking up and restraining patients in hospitals during mental breakdowns.
Police have confirmed that a 24-year-old man has been arrested twice over the disappearance of Victorian teen Siriyakorn "Bung" Siriboon.
The local share market has finished broadly flat at the close.
The avoidance of any admission of liability was what drove the Catholic Church's dealing with a victim of abuse in Brisbane, an inquiry has heard.
A controversial dredging project at the port of Abbot Point, near the Great Barrier Reef, has been approved by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
The Labor Party has called on the High Court to confirm the original count in Western Australia's Senate election.
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