New home building is likely to remain subdued until 2026 due to high interest rates, soaring inflation and ongoing labour and material shortages.Master Builders Australia (MBA) has downgraded forecasts for the residential construction sector made earlier in the year to reflect ongoing inflationary pressures and labour shortages.
A singer says she had to perform for tourists in Phuket after Jetstar cancelled her flight and left her stranded. Find out what happened.
Grotesque noises were broadcast over the plane's speaker system, leaving one passenger in stitches and others dying to solve the mystery. Read more.
AP Photo/Michael SohnOnce again, Iran is in the midst of political upheaval and civil unrest. The latest protests, triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police, follow several other protests that have occurred in Iran over recent years. So what is new about this latest round of demonstrations? Here are three key ways these protests are different. Read more: Iran protest at enforced hijab sparks online debate and feminist calls for action across Arab w
After her tweet caused an uproar, Pauline Hanson doubled down on her rhetoric, resulting in one of her colleagues calling her a scumbag. Read more.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has a new chair and for the first time it is a disabled person – former paralympian Kurt Fearnley. His appointment, along with that of two new directors, Graeme Innes (former disability discrimination commissioner) and Maryanne Diamond (Australian Network on Disability board member), brings the number of people with disability on the board to five. But will these appointments go far enough in terms of helping to reset the scheme and restore it to i
Jury selection has begun in the trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy, one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan.Amid complaints by lawyers for Stewart Rhodes and the others that they cannot get a fair jury in Washington, the judge began winnowing the pool of potential jurors who will decide the fate of the first January 6 defendants to stand trial on the rare Civil War-era charge.
A proposal to shake up NSW teachers' pay and conditions includes limiting substantial pay packets to experts to attract more high-achievers from outside the sector.A NSW government discussion paper released on Wednesday lays out a plan which could see subject matter experts being paid up to $180,000 per year.
The controversial cashless debit card is destined for the scrapyard, paving the way for thousands in remote communities to come off it next week.The card will become voluntary for people in Ceduna, Bundaberg, the East Kimberley and the Goldfields.
While feeding Bruce Saunders into a woodchipper, Peter Koenig ensured his friend's legs were exposed so it looked like an accident, a court has heard.Gregory Lee Roser, 63, is on trial for murder after Mr Saunders, 54, died while working on a property north of Brisbane in November 2017.
Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast have boarded up homes, packed up their vehicles and headed for higher ground as Hurricane Ian drew near, threatening to bring a deadly storm surge and more than 30 centimetres of rain to some areas.Ian churned across the southeastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico headed for Florida after slamming into Cuba earlier in the day, leaving the entire country without power, forcing mass evacuations and swamping fishing villages.
An Aussie man will think twice about his next order after making an unpleasant discovery in his beverage. Find out what it
Southeast Queensland's water supplier will back-pay staff more than $7 million after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found hundreds of its employees were underpaid over many years.Seqwater has entered into an enforceable undertaking with the ombudsman.
Australians caught up in a massive breach of Optus data will be able to change their driver's licence numbers and get new cards, with the telco expected to bear the multi-million cost of changeover.The NSW, Victorian, Queensland and South Australia governments on Tuesday evening began clearing the bureaucratic hurdles for anyone who can prove they are victims of the hack, which has affected millions of people.
The International Monetary Fund has openly criticised Britain's new economic strategy following another slide in bond markets that forced the Bank of England to promise a "significant" response to stabilise the economy.Pressure piled on new finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng to reassess his policy, which unleashed turmoil in financial markets as leading economists, investors and executives said that rock-bottom investor confidence would recover only if the plan was scrapped.
Hunter MP Dan Repacholi is the first to admit he's not your average person seen around Parliament House.While he says he has big shoes to fill from the work of long-serving predecessor Joel Fitzgibbon, the self-described "big unit" says he's up to the task.
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NSW government ministers and emergency agencies will meet for the first time as part of a new crisis committee to prepare for disasters.The first meeting of the committee on Wednesday comes as the Bureau of Meteorology warns flooding around the state could continue for months.
An 'unacceptable' letter left by a Sydney neighbour about children making noise has generated mixed opinions. Find out what happened.
Russia's FSB security agency says it has detained a Japanese consul in Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok for alleged espionage and ordered him to leave the country.The consul was released after a few hours of detention by the Russian agency.