Despite the economic downturn Australians have dug deep and donated about $6.3 million to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, a 3.4 per cent increase on last year.May 25, 2009, 7:45 am
A Queensland woman has tested positive to swine flu, bringing the state's confirmed cases to two and the country's to 17.May 25, 2009, 6:00 am
Emergency services will focus on resupplying the thousands of people isolated by the northern NSW floods, as a break in the weather allows communities to begin the massive clean-up operation.May 25, 2009, 6:00 am
The Rudd government has caved in to criticism of its changes to employee share schemes and will release an options paper within the next fortnight.May 24, 2009, 1:30 pm
WA children who have travelled to countries with confirmed cases of swine flu have been asked by the State Government to stay away from school for seven days after returning home.May 24, 2009, 1:00 pm
Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the federal government will consider increasing cigarette taxes if the coalition agrees to help them pass their proposed tax hike on alcopops and means-testing of the private health insurance rebate.May 24, 2009, 11:00 am
The federal government is walking away from its plan to take over the public hospital system if it's not up to scratch this year, Opposition health spokesman Peter Dutton says.May 24, 2009, 9:45 am
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Heavy rain has eased across flood-ravaged northern NSW but thousands of people remain isolated and more evacuations are expected.May 24, 2009, 9:30 am
Gangs, car hoons and graffiti vandals have been targeted in a police crackdown on juvenile crime in Sydney's west.May 24, 2009, 9:15 am
Four SES workers on the Tweed River were forced to swim for shore when their boat overturned and drifted into heavy seas whipped up by wild weather in the Queensland-NSW border region.May 24, 2009, 9:15 am
A 10-year-old boy was hospitalised after spending several hours lost in darkness and heavy fog near Toowoomba.May 24, 2009, 9:00 am
The father of Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic is due to stand trial in Serbia on Friday after allegedly threatening to kill the Australian ambassador.May 24, 2009, 9:00 am
Two thousand cruise ship passengers were held aboard a luxury cruise liner in Sydney for several hours amid concerns some passengers were exhibiting swine flu symptoms.May 23, 2009, 5:00 pm
The father of Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic faces eight years in jail after he was charged yesterday with threatening to kill the Australian ambassador in Serbia with a grenade launcher.May 23, 2009, 2:15 pm
The federal government's decision to move to a containment stage to deal with swine flu will be disruptive but necessary, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.May 23, 2009, 12:15 pm
Federal police have been called in to investigate allegations payments made by a company with links to the Reserve Bank of Australia may have been used to provide "kickbacks" to foreign government officials.May 23, 2009, 11:15 am
A man has been found dead in floodwaters at Raleigh, south of Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast, police say.May 23, 2009, 10:00 am
Police are evacuating residents from foreshore caravan parks as high winds and rough seas lash the Sunshine Coast, with fears mobile homes may be flooded.May 23, 2009, 10:00 am
With confirmation of the first human-to-human transmissions on Australian soil, swine flu has officially arrived.May 23, 2009, 9:00 am
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