To Victoria now where the Premier Denis Napthine has confirmed he did write to the independent MP Geoff Shaw detailing what would be required to overhaul the state's abortion laws.
The children of Sydney escort Madison Ashton have filed a cross-claim in her legal battle to secure part of the estate of billionaire Richard Pratt, arguing their mother may not “properly represent” their interests. Ms Ashton has long claimed that when she became Mr Pratt's mistress in the early 2000s he promised to “look after” her and her children. In the years since his death she has fought to have that promise enforced by the courts.
Lisa Harnum knew she was going to die. Prior to her death, she had made a final, desperate phone call home. She pleaded with her mother to come and get her, to save her from what had become nothing less than a living hell. Before ending her conversation, Lisa said to her mum “remember that I love you…. if anything happens.”
A court has heard allegations celebrity cook Nigella Lawson had a serious drug habit allowing her personal assistants to spend a fortune on luxuries.
Police have confirmed a link between two methylamphetamine producers and convicted killer Simon Gittany, who started a company with the pair while defending his fiancee's murder.
Cigarettes will be sold in plain packaging by May 2015 following an astonishing double U-turn by David Cameron. Ministers today battled to insist they were not 'playing catch-up' as Labour claimed the government had only acted after being faced with the prospect of a major defeat in the House of Lords. Now new laws are to be rushed forward so that a ban on branded packets can be introduced before the next general election, ahead of a review of the evidence from Australia, the first country to impose plain packaging.
Support staff in schools and hospitals across Western Australia will strike in protest at the state government's Workplace Reform Bill. The United Voice union predicts thousands of members will walk out next Thursday, and march on parliament on its last sitting day of the year.
Alcohol and soft-drink companies have been aggressively lobbying state MPs over the cash-for-cans scheme up to twice a week, concerned NSW and Victoria are considering joining forces to introduce a joint recycling scheme. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and other MPs confirmed the beverage industry - including Lion, Carlton & United Breweries and Coca-Cola Amatil - had ''ramped up'' their lobbying in recent months.
Indigenous health has not improved at all in many areas of Australia over the past decade, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed. The largest-ever survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health found rates of diabetes, kidney disease, asthma and osteoporosis have increased, and the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous measures has widened for smoking, psychological distress, heart disease and asthma.
More women than men have been convicted in Australia for human trafficking and slavery and not one has had links to organised crime. Since Australia introduced tough laws to crack down on trafficking a decade ago, nine schemes have been successfully prosecuted in Australia.
Bill aims to decriminalise prostitutes by targeting clients, but critics say law would force trade underground.
Australians are very generous in times of crisis. Holding benefit concerts, donating to appeals and holding an office fundraiser are commonplace in the aftermath of a natural disaster or for a good cause. Many have donated to the recent Typhoon Haiyan appeal in order to provide aid to those who need it most; to allow them to rebuild and recover.
Asylum-seekers heading to Christmas Island are at greater risk of drowning if their boats sink, as Jakarta's ban on co-operation with Australia in the Indonesian search and rescue region has not been lifted. Indonesia has withdrawn search and rescue co-operation as a consequence of the spying controversy and a vast area of Indonesia's southern search and rescue zone is now virtually without naval monitoring or assistance for asylum-seeker boats in trouble.
Parents have criticised a school after children as young as eight were told they would be punished for racism if they did not attend a religious workshop about Islam. Angry mums and dads were sent a letter by Littleton Green Community School, in Huntingdon, Staffordshire, warning their children would be considered racist if they did not go on the school trip.
Suspected Muslim herdsmen slaughtered 37 Christians in coordinated attacks on four Plateau state villages early this morning after Boko Haram terrorists killed at least 34 Christians in Borno state earlier this month, sources said.
Justin Bieber has hit Sydney and his first stop is believed to have been infamous strip club Bada Bing. The American pop superstar flew in by private jet straight after his Brisbane concert overnight and is understood to have been driven directly to Kings Cross.
The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Christian B&B that only allows married couples to share a double bed. Owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull had been successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, and ordered to pay £3,600 in damages. Mr and Mrs Bull say their policy – which was applied to heterosexuals as well as homosexuals – is based on their sincere Christian belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled on Wednesday against the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast hotel who refused to allow a gay couple to stay. "Sexual orientation is a core component of a person's identity which requires fulfillment through relationships with others of the same orientation," explained Lade Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, according to The Guardian.
Nine’s Network’s digital arm Mi9 has announced a new joint venture with the world’s most-visited news website, the Mail Online giving the British newspaper a local presence down under. The surprise announcement comes just a month after Nine bought out partner Microsoft to take full control of Mi9, and will see the site use its local editorial team to create content for the Mail Online.
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