Queensland's environment department is considering compliance action against coal miner Adani after water released from its Abbot Point facility during Cyclone Debbie contained eight times more sediment than allowed.
A Cairns mother who killed her seven children and a niece thought she was saving them from the end of the world. Raina Thaiday was smoking up to 20 cones of cannabis a day when she developed a severe form of schizophrenia in late 2014.
Full of adrenaline and amid terrifyingly close explosions, Ted Bernays saw a US aircraft carrier sink into the Coral Sea. He'd just turned 18 .
NSW Greens education spokesperson and Ballina MP Tamara Smith has condemned what she calls ‘the Turnbull government’s latest act of bastardisation in suggesting that he is delivering the original Gonski reforms.’
Two dozen non-government schools are in line for reduced federal funding, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed. The list could include eight Catholic schools in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
A man has been shot dead and two others injured as gunfire rang out like 'fireworks' in a quiet Melbourne suburb.
Updated 10.30am: Currumbin State High School has reopened after a staff member found an envelope containing white powder earlier on Wednesday morning.
The Australian Council of Social Service today is calling for an end to media attacks on people who are unemployed, releasing a Social Security Snapshot dispelling the myth that we have a ‘welfare blowout’.
UN says the Australian economy is on "positive trend" but faces risks from China's weak commodity demand and global uncertainty.
The Turnbull government has unveiled an overhaul of university funding that imposes an efficiency dividend on institutions and raises student fees.
South Australian woman Cassie Sainsbury is facing up to 25 years in a Colombian jail after being arrested with allegedly nearly 6kg of cocaine in her luggage.
Former Greens leader Bob Brown will be back in Canberra to challenge Tasmania's anti-protest laws in the High Court.
Research by a Macquarie University academic has exposed the "disturbing" possibility global deforestation has already caused mass extinctions in tropical areas.
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Treasurer Scott Morrison will make changes to the way government debt is reported in the May budget to better explain what is 'good and bad' debt.
Australia should be disposed to committing more troops to the fight against Islamic State, former prime minister Tony Abbott says, as Malcolm Turnbull looks to his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Household vinegar may hold the key to protecting the Great Barrier Reef from the blight of coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish.
The federal government will restrict gas exports to prevent domestic shortages, in a move Malcolm Turnbull says will protect jobs and bring down prices.
The Family First Party will join forces with the Australian Conservatives in a political merger that will see South Australian Family First members would be renamed. But senator-elect Lucy Gichuhi may sit as an independent.
Australians will soon be able to compare the performance of almost two dozen of the country's biggest cities on issues such as housing affordability and life expectancy.