The Government will pour an extra $8 billion of taxpayers' money into the small mortgage lending sector in a bid to keep pressure on the big four banks in the face of rising interest rates.October 12, 2009, 5:41 am
An Australian soldier has been wounded in Afghanistan during a skirmish with Taliban fighters.October 11, 2009, 8:53 am
Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson has slammed the Rudd Government in the US press, claiming he is the victim of an harassment campaign to appease Japan.October 9, 2009, 1:47 pm
Authorities have intercepted another suspected boat load of asylum seekers off the coast of WA.October 9, 2009, 10:55 am
Malcolm Turnbull has criticised his Liberal Party colleagues who have spoken to the media about apparent party dissent "under the cloak of anonymity", accusing them of damaging the party's reputation.October 9, 2009, 10:24 am
Shoppers can now be confident that products labelled organic are genuinely organic, with the introduction of an Australian Standard setting out strict industry requirements.October 9, 2009, 8:30 am
Axing the Government’s stimulus package would cost an additional 100,000 jobs in the coming financial year and risk sending the economy into recession, Treasury Secretary Ken Henry has warned.October 9, 2009, 6:35 am
Bread sold in Australia must contain iodised rather than ordinary salt from Friday.October 9, 2009, 5:30 am
Elite athletes are less likely to use illicit drugs than people in mainstream society, fearing an adverse impact on their training and performance, a study has found.October 8, 2009, 1:19 pm
Australian researchers are looking for the perfect meal to send you to sleep.October 8, 2009, 1:00 pm
Coalition forces in Afghanistan have extended their reach into the Taliban heartland, embarking on a major operation with Australian forces to establish a new base in the disputed Mirabad Valley.October 7, 2009, 1:12 pm
Teenager Jessica Watson plans to leave Sydney this weekend in her attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.October 7, 2009, 11:43 am
The safe sex message appears to be getting through to younger Australians, with condom use and infection testing on the rise.October 7, 2009, 7:15 am
Weather reports by explorers such as Captain James Cook and Matthew Flinders could help scientists predict climate change.October 7, 2009, 6:42 am
Efforts to get Australians to eat healthier may be "doomed from the start" by the dominance of the major retailers Coles and Woolworths, a researcher says.October 7, 2009, 4:30 am
Pedestrians on Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD must have thought another underworld funeral was being held.October 6, 2009, 2:43 pm
The central bank has raised interest rates for the first time in 19 months, kicking off what is likely to a series of hikes over the next year, economists say.October 6, 2009, 12:37 pm
Homeowners face an immediate increase in their mortgage repayments after the Reserve Bank lifted the key official interest rate a quarter percentage point.October 6, 2009, 11:30 am
Australian molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, the first Australian woman to win the Nobel Prize for medicine, says she was following her nose when she and two colleagues found a key to staving off the ravages of aging.October 6, 2009, 6:29 am
Children aged one to seven will be the target of a new depression prevention program being funded by the Federal Government.October 5, 2009, 1:23 pm
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