Australia

Gambling researchers say more needs to be done to determine the level of harm caused by poker machines, after figures showed punters lost $5.7 billion on New South Wales poker machines last financial year. Figures from the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority show poker machines in New South Wales pubs and clubs turned over more than $74 billion from 2015-2016. University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic spokeswoman Sally Gainsbury called on governments to not only record those figures, ...
Souped-up dinghies are drawing international interest after hitting the 100 kilometres per hour mark on the River Murray in South Australia's Riverland. The Riverland Dinghy Derby started as a social event in 1981, but the competition has reached new heights and transformed into a global sporting spectacle. This year a record 115 competitors took to the water with the starting line at Renmark. The racers dart and weave through 95 kilometres of backwaters and some sections of river are so narr...
The number of civilian deaths has climbed from five per cent at the turn of the 20th century to more than 90 per cent in wars currently fought. And the number of civilians disappearing has also increased tremendously. What are the socio-cultural, political, legal and psychological impacts of missing persons and unidentified dead bodies on communities after a conflict? Highlights of Truth and the Missing in Post-conflict Societies Global Frictions: A seminar hosted by the Centre for Global Resea...
As outback jobs go, they don't come much more critical — maintaining the flight safety systems for the aircraft of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Broken Hill RFDS avionics engineer Blake Clare is one of a small team of technical experts that keeps the aeromedical service at the ready for remote emergencies. "We've got one of our older aircrafts, a Beechcraft King Air B200s," he said. "We bring them in every 200 flying hours for an inspection. "At the moment the guys have got the e...
It can be daunting enough at the start of the school year, but imagine starting at new school completely? Lots of kids around the region would be going through this right now, and their age might mean they’re having a hard time of it.
"I'm a guy who likes the world more than I like my own comedy career...so to be honest I'd be happy without Trump. I could just find some other things to make comedy about." Aussie Comedian Wil Anderson chats about comedy in the Trump era, the art of provoking audiences, and his brand new show.
As a 20-year-old politically "switched-on" chemistry student from Perth, One Nation's arrival on Western Australia's political scene presented an opportunity. John Zurakowski is the youngest candidate in the state election on March 11 and he will be running on the One Nation ticket in the seat of Baldivis. "I was informed by one of my stepfather's colleagues that the One Nation party was coming to WA and I've always been politically switched-on," he told Lateline. "I am aligned to a lot of th...
The Brumbies have recorded an operating loss of $864,000 for 2016 — a situation they blame mostly on the protracted and costly legal battle with former chief executive Michael Jones. The club, which also receives more than $1 million per year from the ACT Government, was thrown into turmoil in mid-2016 when the board stood down Mr Jones, after he raised allegations about a property deal the club was involved in. Mr Jones then took the club to court and secured an injunction under whistleblow...
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has declined to criticise a new Israeli law that has been condemned by the United Nations, the French and United Kingdom governments. Last week, when Israel announced it would build 3,500 new units for settlers in the West Bank, Ms Bishop called on both sides to avoid unilateral actions that diminish prospects for a negotiated peace. The ABC asked Ms Bishop if she believed the controversial new law contradicted that call, but she declined to comment on the develop...
An exiled Russian Opposition MP has told the ABC he has "no doubt" the suspected poisoning of one of the country's most prominent Opposition activists was authorised by senior members of the Putin regime. Opposition activist and writer Vladimir Kara-Murza has been in a coma in a Moscow hospital since he fell ill last Thursday as he prepared to travel to his US home for his daughter's birthday. His wife Evgenia Kara-Murza said doctors have told her he has been poisoned by an unidentified substa...
The Dodd-Frank Act was signed into federal law by then US president Barrack Obama in 2010, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The act was the most far reaching Wall Street reform since the legislative response to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Dodd-Frank tries to reduce exposure to risky financial products and to prevent the need for hundreds of billions of dollars in bank and insurance bailouts, as seen in 2008 and 2009. Last Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order requirin...
Retail sales in December have missed expectations, falling 0.1 per cent seasonally adjusted, with dips in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT, according to the Bureau of Statistics. South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania recorded gains, while Queensland remained unchanged. Analysts had forecast a rise of 0.3 per cent for the month. For the quarter, sales rose 0.9 per cent seasonally adjusted. "That's consistent with a rebound in real consumption growth from ...
A woman and her dog have escaped a house fire in Belconnen this morning — but the home has been completely destroyed. Firefighters were called to Ranken Loop at 11:30am and arrived to find the house ablaze. A woman, who was the only person inside at the time, managed to escape with her pet. She suffered smoke inhalation and was treated by ACT Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene, and was later taken to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. Three fire pumpers, breathing apparatus su...
A Queensland community legal centre has faced a surge in calls after a murder-suicide on the Gold Coast last week. Teresa Bradford was killed by her estranged husband David Bradford while he was out on bail on domestic violence charges. In the days after Ms Bradford's death, the Women's Legal Service Queensland helpline received 47 per cent more calls than usual from women concerned this could also happen to them. A recent surge in demand to the domestic violence helpline means that only half...
In a bid to find missing Sydney man Sang Don Yon, police have released vision of a man who accompanied Mr Don Yo's wife to the airport in the days after his disappearance. Korean-born Mr Don Yo has been missing for four years and police have concerns he has met with foul play. He was 52 years old when he was last seen leaving his work on Bridge Street at Lidcombe in March 2013. His brother, Ho Don Yo, raised the alarm with police when he failed to turn up at work in the following days. Polic...
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon says Cory Bernardi is in for a shock if he leaves the Liberal Party to sit on the crossbench. Senator Bernardi is yet to confirm he will leave the party, but Senator Xenophon says the workload for independents and minor parties is much more than he would be used to, having always had the backing of the Liberal Party. "You're working seemingly 24/7 and you are always doing your very best to keep up, not just with helping out constituents and dealing with i...
The New England Patriots have pulled off an incredible comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. The inexperienced Atlanta Falcons took a commanding lead in the game before the Tom Brady-inspired Patriots came back from the dead to win in the first ever Super Bowl overtime. New England scored 25 points in the final 13 minutes of normal time to tie the game at 28-28, before Brady threw the pass for James White to score the winning touchdown. More to come.
The removal of bones from an Aboriginal baby's grave on a sacred site should be investigated by the South Australian coroner, according to the administrator covering the area involved. The director of administration in the APY Lands, Rex Tjami, said that late in 2016, police exhumed the remains for forensic examination without speaking with the traditional owners. He said that happened after land management staff found the remains in a cave in the Sandy Bore Indigenous Protected Area in the Ev...
Friendly bacteria could soon be introduced to bagged salad mixes to try to prevent salmonella or listeria outbreaks. University of Queensland researchers have begun a two-year, $800,000 study in conjunction with Horticulture Innovation Australia, into adding the bacteria ProbiSafe. It comes after 300 people in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia fell ill in February last year after an outbreak of salmonella in bagged salads and sprouts. Associate Professor Mark Turner said they would do ...
The players had taken evasive manoeuvres. The groundsmen seemed clueless as to what to do. The match delay was now stretching towards the hour mark. In front of nearly 30,000 people, a swarm of thousands of bees invaded the Wanderers pitch in Johannesburg and brought an abrupt halt to South Africa's 'pink day' ODI against Sri Lanka. South Africa's fielders, dressed completely in pink in support of breast cancer awareness, as well as Sri Lanka's batsmen and the umpires, were forced to lie flat ...