Catholic leaders from across the nation have offered support and prayers to Cardinal George Pell as he prepares to fly to Australia to face sex abuse charges.

A bio-hacker who had an Opal card chip put into his hand says Transport for NSW cancelled one of his cards "probably" thinking it was the implanted one.

A WA parliamentary committee on e-cigarettes has asked the health minister to report back, advising whether he's considered regulating the products.

A former Victorian TAFE boss says he was struggling with his father's death when he signed a contract with an unregistered third-party training organisation.

Significant gains by banks, miners and energy producers have driven the share market one per cent higher, while the Aussie dollar is closing in on 77 US cents.