Australia's new federal police chief says low-tech terrorism, which can be incited from across the world, makes the Islamic State era a new kind of threat that will take years to stamp out.
Lateline will remain on air next year, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has said privately, despite speculation the current affairs program would be axed.
A man who threw the single punch that claimed another man's life during a New Year's Eve brawl will be sentenced tomorrow.
St Vincent's Health has accused Australia's largest health insurer of putting profits before patient welfare in a bristling retort to plans by Medibank Private to boycott hospitals that do not meet its conditions.
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Embattled state MP Cesar Melhem doled out more than $100,000 from a controversial slush fund to a string of community and sporting groups linked to Labor factional dogfights and branch-stacking, and in one case to a community association secretly run by a senior Labor MP.
Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, prompting senior Liberal figures to distance themselves from the Prime Minister.
The imminent bushfire season has sparked warnings for thousands of households. All residents are being urged to prepare a survival plan for their families.
The new administrator of Christmas Island Barry Haase has one message to the asylum seekers being held on the remote island's detention centre: it is your fault for getting on a leaky boat.
The appointment of Andrew Colvin as the next Australian Federal Police commissioner could be seen as keeping the ship steady at a time when the nation's terror alert has been raised.