Australian cities occupy five of the top 20 places in a British survey ranking the liveability of 140 of the world's major centres.June 9, 2009, 6:00 am
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Chinese investment is still welcome in Australia despite Rio Tinto turning its back on Chinalco and joining BHP Billiton in its Pilbara iron ore operations, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says.June 8, 2009, 2:00 pm
Australia is to lead a new international research project into whether the skills young people are taught at school are relevant to the real world.June 8, 2009, 1:45 pm
A full-time ambassador overseeing people smuggling issues has been appointed, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says.June 8, 2009, 12:00 pm
Five partygoers who attended an overnight rave party in Melbourne have ended up at hospital.June 8, 2009, 8:00 am
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has encouraged the federal government to do everything it can to stop young girls smoking.June 8, 2009, 6:00 am
Indian students have rallied in Sydney, protesting against racist attacks and calling on the federal government to stop treating them like "cash cows".June 7, 2009, 4:45 pm
Queensland's attorney-general is considering appealing the sentence given to an American over the scuba-diving death of his wife on the Great Barrier Reef in 2003.June 7, 2009, 3:00 pm
John Faulkner faces significant challenges in his new role as defence minister, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says.June 7, 2009, 11:15 am
More than 1,000 Australians have tested positive for swine flu.June 7, 2009, 10:15 am
More women should have been elevated to the ministry in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's front bench reshuffle, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown says.June 7, 2009, 10:00 am
Australia's living standards are unlikely to fall because of the global financial crisis, opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.June 7, 2009, 10:00 am
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he wants to examine the detail before making an official comment on a decision allowing soldiers exposed to nuclear radiation in the 1950s to sue the British government.June 6, 2009, 4:00 pm
Greg Combet and Chris Bowen have been elevated to federal cabinet positions under a reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday.June 6, 2009, 2:30 pm
The NSW budget for child protection is less than previously allocated and will result in a reduction of services, the state opposition says.June 6, 2009, 11:00 am
Military veterans from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Britain have won clearance to sue Britain's Ministry of Defence for radiation exposure during nuclear tests in the 1950s.June 6, 2009, 9:00 am
Special Minister of State John Faulkner will replace Joel Fitzgibbon as the nation's defence minister.June 5, 2009, 12:00 pm
The Federal Government has warned against people attending swine flu parties to catch the virus and develop immunity before it can mutate into a more severe form.June 5, 2009, 11:15 am
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