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Navy member Steven Noakes remembered as 'much loved husband, father and proud navy man':

June 28th, 2017

A Royal Australian Navy member who died in unknown circumstances on a patrol boat has been remembered as a loved husband and father and "proud Navy man".


Ex-prison minister John Elferink thought children abused but did not act:

June 28th, 2017

A sacked former Northern Territory prisons minister claimed Aboriginal children continued to be victims of genital mutilation and were forced into underage marriages but he was powerless to stop the abuse because of cabinet solidarity.


Regulators ponder next move on Crown:

June 28th, 2017

Regulators can't say yet whether or not they will review Crown Resorts' gambling licences after the jailing of Crown employees in China.


Fair Work Ombudsman investigates Uber over potential breach of labour laws:

June 28th, 2017

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched an investigation into Uber and whether its contracts with tens of thousands of Australian drivers are in breach of federal workplace laws.


'Bleed them dry' reports hit Aveo: analyst:

June 28th, 2017

Morningstar analysts say Aveo's reputation has taken a big hit following Four Corners and Fairfax Media's joint reports into the operator.


Three dead in light plane crash near Mount Gambier:

June 28th, 2017

Three people have been killed in a light plane crash near Mount Gambier airport in South Australia.


New Dexus JV pursues health opportunities:

June 28th, 2017

A new healthcare property fund jointly established by Dexus and Commercial & General will include a new private hospital being built in Adelaide.


The company where customer feedback will help decide size of employee bonuses:

June 28th, 2017

Kirralee Brisbane was always paid a commission for her work fitting hearing aids, but her clients will soon have a say over the size of her pay packet.


Better claims performance boosts IAG:

June 28th, 2017

IAG has raised its margin guidance by around two per cent, following better than expected outcomes across CTP, liability and workers compensation.


Job cuts, writedowns send Sirtex shares up:

June 28th, 2017

Troubled liver cancer treatment developer Sirtex Medical will take a $90 million hit on the value of its assets and will reduce its workforce by 15 per cent.


Broadcasters surge on govt licence fee cut:

June 28th, 2017

A broadcast licence fee cut by the federal government has sent local media stocks higher and sparked a fresh call to pass industry reform laws.


Google dominance 'huge concern': News Corp:

June 27th, 2017

News Corp says the multi-billion dollar fine slapped on Google by the European Commission should be just the first step in taking on the online search giant.


Newcrest restarts Cadia mine after quake:

June 28th, 2017

Gold miner Newcrest is testing ore extraction in one section of its earthquake-hit Cadia East mine after authorities lifted a prohibition notice.


Stocks to watch:

June 28th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Higher oil, iron ore prices boost shares:

June 28th, 2017

Higher iron ore and oil prices have helped boost the Australian share market.


New commissioner will have his eye on "bad to the bone" conduct:

June 27th, 2017

Like a theme song for his new commission to catch unions and employer groups involved in corruption, Mark Bielecki's mobile phone went off to the guitar strums of George Thoroughgood's Bad to the Bone.


Our Wednesday superquiz:

June 27th, 2017

Trivia buffs can test their knowledge with today's superquiz interactive graphic.


Navy member dies on border force patrol boat Cape Inscription:

June 27th, 2017

A member of the Royal Australian Navy has died in unknown circumstances on a patrol boat which is part of Australia's border protection fleet.


Skills provider 'false, misleading': court:

June 27th, 2017

Skills training organisation Get Qualified Australia has been found to have misled consumers and breached consumer law by the Federal Court.


Aveo boss rejects 'one-sided' ABC report:

June 27th, 2017

The head of listed retirement homes operator Aveo has spoken out against allegations levelled at the company in media reports.


Census 2016: Swearwords for names, no dates of birth. How we resisted the questions:

June 27th, 2017

More than 200,000 of us forgot our first names.


FMG to boost its driverless truck numbers:

June 27th, 2017

Iron ore miner Fortescue will boost the number of driverless trucks at its Solomon and Chichester mine hubs in an effort to boost productivity.


Iron ore price stable on China demand: UBS:

June 27th, 2017

UBS analysts expect iron ore prices to stay at current levels over the next three months, on the back of high steel demand in China.


Millionaire by 30, broke by 40: The little-known side of domestic violence:

June 27th, 2017

Beth Mathison was a millionaire by 30 and broke by 40. When the entrepreneur left her controlling husband after 20 years, everything came crashing down.


Downer EDI seeks seats on Spotless board:

June 27th, 2017

Downer EDI has increased its stake in takeover target Spotless to more than 50 per cent and is looking for a seat on the board.


CBA moves rates in line with rival banks:

June 27th, 2017

Commonwealth Bank has followed its big four rivals by raising its variable rates for interest-only mortgages.


Santos forms JV with key Chinese investors:

June 26th, 2017

Energy giant Santos will form a strategic partnership with key China's Hony Capital and ENN Group to jointly invest in gas exploration and LNG production.


REA Group makes move into home financing:

June 27th, 2017

News Corp's REA Group has announced two strategic investments in the mortgage broking market as part of its plan to move into home loans this year.


Yancoal poised to win Rio coal battle:

June 27th, 2017

Rio Tinto has re-affirmed its preference for Yancoal's bid over Glencore's after the Chinese company raised its offer for Allied & Coal to $US2.69 billion.


Seven West Media appoints WA CEO:

June 27th, 2017

Seven West Media has appointed PR man John Driscoll as its new chief executive in Western Australia.


Aust Post too good to pass up: Holgate:

June 27th, 2017

Blackmores has asked Marcus Blackmore to return after long-time chief executive Christine Holgate announced she is leaving to head Australia Post.


Stocks to watch at the close:

June 27th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market at the close.


Aust stocks dip despite mining strength:

June 27th, 2017

The local share market has closed marginally lower on Tuesday despite strong gains posted by financial stocks and miners.


Our Tuesday superquiz:

June 26th, 2017

Trivia buffs can test their knowledge with today's superquiz interactive graphic.


Laws 'detrimental to doctors' mental health' to be changed:

June 26th, 2017

The federal government will make changes to the controversial mandatory reporting laws which have been blamed for being "detrimental and even dangerous to doctors' health".


'I would have been a dead duck if I fell in the wrong week':

June 26th, 2017

In the third part of our special investigation into retirement homes, residents tell of poor treatment, high fees and - in one case - days without help.


Collins Foods to boost KFC outlets:

June 26th, 2017

KFC franchisee Collins Foods is growing in Australia and plans to boost its European operations over the next year after posting a dip in full-year profit.


Let state governments keep royalties: BHP:

June 26th, 2017

BHP has approved initial funding on a new Pilbara iron ore project in WA, which would create several thousand construction jobs.


More units than houses resell at a loss:

June 26th, 2017

A greater number of units are reselling at a loss compared to houses across the country, according to figures from a new CoreLogic report.


Amnesty International Australia unlocks extra donations with a date switch:

June 26th, 2017

Amnesty switches regular donor payments to four-weekly. Experts see 'better ways of raising money'.


Fugitive Jayde Alfred Schackow captured hiding under child's bed in Sydney:

June 26th, 2017

One of the country's most wanted fugitives has been captured, found hiding under a bed in north-west Sydney.


Aveo shares slump amid media probe:

June 26th, 2017

Retirement village owner Aveo Group's shares have fallen as the company finds itself at the centre of a media investigation into its business practices.


Median price for Sydney home above $1m:

June 26th, 2017

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne are still going up, with the median house price in Sydney more than $1 million.


Vicinity sells two shopping centres:

June 26th, 2017

ASX-listed shopping centre owner Vicinity Centre has sold two non-core assets - one retail precinct in NSW and another in Victoria, for $77 million.


Rio Tinto mulls new coal bid by Glencore:

June 26th, 2017

Rio Tinto could adjourn a planned general meeting of shareholders to vote on Yancoal's bid, if Glencore's revised offer is considered superior.


Suncorp raises takeover bid for NZ insurer:

June 25th, 2017

Suncorp subsidiary Vero NZ has made an improved $NZ236.1 million ($A227.2 million) takeover bid for New Zealand insurer Tower.


Caltex expands across Tasman with NZ buy:

June 26th, 2017

Caltex Australia has received regulatory approval to purchase Gull New Zealand, less than seven weeks after completing its takeover of Milemaker Petroleum.


Metcash pays a dividend as profits slip:

June 26th, 2017

Food and grocery wholesaler Metcash's full-year net profit is down 21 per cent to $171.9 million, but the company has declared a final dividend of 4.5 cents.


Austal wins $779m US Navy contract:

June 25th, 2017

Shipbuilder Austal has won a $779 million contract to build a US Navy Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.


Metcash CEO to step down in 2018:

June 25th, 2017

Food and grocery wholesaler Metcash's CEO Ian Morrice will step down from the role in 2018 after five years as company head.


Stocks to watch:

June 26th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Australian shares in the green at open:

June 26th, 2017

The Australian share market has opened higher, bouncing back from last's week volatility with all sectors trading higher.


Crown pays $1.7m in fines as staff jailed:

June 26th, 2017

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts have been sentenced to less than a year in a Chinese jail and fined roughly $500,000 combined.


Ten 'has cash to continue': administrator:

June 26th, 2017

Creditors have met for the first time on Monday to discuss possible futures for the embattled broadcaster Ten Network.


Great Barrier Reef valued at $56 billion by Deloitte economists:

June 25th, 2017

While many Australians would consider the reef priceless, Deloitte believes you can put a number on it.


ATO scandal claims first scalp as controversial lawyer Sevag Chalabian quits the profession:

June 25th, 2017

Controversial lawyer Sevag Chalabian, who has been accused of involvement in a blackmail which resulted in $24 million going into his trust account, has quietly quit the legal profession.


Three Aussies among 19 to face China court:

June 25th, 2017

Three Australians are among the 19 Crown Resorts employees to face a closed courtroom trial at Shanghai's Baoshan District Court on Monday.


Flat Wall Street to lead Australian shares:

June 24th, 2017

Australian shares will open flat on Monday with "second tier data" expected for the week and following modest gains led by tech stocks on Wall Street.


School holidays: What's on at the movies:

June 24th, 2017

Use our guide to pick the best flicks for your family. Check your local cinema for good value days and concessions.


Whale watchers observe soaring humpback numbers on migration census day:

June 24th, 2017

This weekend could be the perfect time to go whale watching.


Controversial CPA CEO Alex Malley sacked:

June 24th, 2017

Accountancy association CPA Australia has parted ways with high-profile CEO Alex Malley after weeks of controversy.


Ten prepares to face its creditors:

June 23rd, 2017

A creditors-only meeting of the Ten Network to be held in Sydney next week has already attracted stakeholder criticism amid fears for the broadcaster's future.


Lawyers, guns and money: the ATO fraud unravels:

June 24th, 2017

While Simon McIntyre and his young child waited for their baggage to come through, other passengers watched in astonishment as detectives from the Terrorism Investigations Squad handcuffed the property manager and led him away.


The cities that run the world:

June 26th, 2017

Sydney and Melbourne are often given global city status, but the two have some attributes which undermine their claims.


'Bleed them dry, until they die':

June 23rd, 2017

How a retirement village group makes huge profits while its residents are left with shattered dreams and crippled savings.


Apology to Atkinson Charan:

June 23rd, 2017

Apology to Atkinson Charan


Qantas eyes China growth but seeks balance:

June 23rd, 2017

Qantas sees massive opportunity in China but says it will not ignore growth in some other important markets like Japan and US.


Better year expected for dairy farmers:

June 23rd, 2017

The 2017/18 season should be better for dairy farmers in the wake of improved trading and seasonal conditions, says Rabobank.


Downgrade takes wind out of Infigen shares:

June 23rd, 2017

Weak wind conditions are expected to cut wind farm operator Infigen's underlying earnings by up to $11 million, the company has warned.


CSR warns jobs at risk from energy costs:

June 23rd, 2017

Building products supplier CSR expects its energy costs to jump over the next 12 months and has warned manufacturers are at risk unless prices fall.


ASIC, ATO, AFP and Defence buy services of phone-hacking company Cellebrite:

June 23rd, 2017

The government departments are using services from tech company that helped FBI hack smartphones.


SA may pay as levy opens 'Pandora's box':

June 23rd, 2017

Banking analysts say big banks could respond to the South Australian bank tax by hitting local borrowers in the pocket with mortgage rate rises.


Ardent shares lower as US sales slow:

June 23rd, 2017

Ardent Leisure says it expects full-year core earnings to be between $73m and $75m and has announced a lower full-year distribution of just three cents.


NAB hikes interest-only mortgage rates:

June 23rd, 2017

National Australia Bank has followed its peers by raising its variable rates for interest-only mortgages to stay within APRA limits.


Bega aims to grow more with $160m raising:

June 23rd, 2017

Bega Cheese is launching a $160 million capital raising - with $122.5 million of it as an institutional placement - as it targets further growth.


Stocks to watch:

June 23rd, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Aust stocks recover as tax fears hit banks:

June 23rd, 2017

Australian stocks have continued climbing from a midweek dive, closing higher, with major banks weighing on the recovery.


Households to be offered cash to turn off power-guzzling appliances under proposed plan:

June 22nd, 2017

Energy companies offering you money to turn off power-guzzling appliances is just one of the ideas in a proposed initiative.


ATO tax fraud: Behind the alleged extortion scheme designed to keep fraud going:

June 22nd, 2017

A police affidavit reveals the bitterness that preceded the alleged extortion and the way the syndicate believed they could make the blackmail failsafe.


Banks lash 'outrageous' SA budget levy hit:

June 22nd, 2017

Australia's banking lobby is demanding assurance other states and territories won't copy South Australia's surprise state-based bank levy.


Gas only a 'short bridge' to a low-carbon future, climate group finds:

June 22nd, 2017

Hopes gas will play the role of a so-called transition fuel towards a low-carbon future are dimming as costs of renewable energy dive and its emissions edge over coal is increasingly questioned, a new report by the Climate Action Tracker argues.


Waislitz urges Fairfax to divest Domain:

June 22nd, 2017

Fairfax Media investor Alex Waislitz says recent private equity takeover bids undervalue the media company, and that Domain divestment is the way forward.


ASIC bans multiple crowdfunding offers:

June 22nd, 2017

Start-up companies are to be banned from making multiple crowd-source funding efforts to grow their businesses.


Forget the fidget spinner, move aside Pokemon Go and get ready for ... rocks:

June 22nd, 2017

It's cheap, simple and healthy and it's capturing the imaginations of children all over Australia.


Australian police and Facebook launch AMBER Alert child abduction system:

June 22nd, 2017

Australia on Thursday launched the AMBER Alert initiative with Facebook Australia.


CIMIC, John Holland win harbour tunnel bid:

June 22nd, 2017

CIMIC and its partners will deliver Sydney's new twin-tunnel rail line under the harbour, part of the NSW government's $20.8 billion Sydney Metro project.


Refining to lift Caltex half-year profit:

June 22nd, 2017

Fuel retailer Caltex expects half-year replacement cost operating profit to rise more than 20 per cent following strong margins at its Brisbane refinery.


ACCC won't oppose Yellow Cabs QLD buy:

June 21st, 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it will not oppose Cabcharge Australia buying Yellow Cabs in Queensland.


Murray Goulburn lifts opening milk price:

June 22nd, 2017

Dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn has raised its opening farmgate milk price by about 10 per cent and lifted the higher end of its full-year forecast.


Iluka flags impairment, mining restart:

June 22nd, 2017

Iluka Resources will place a mineral separation plant in Victoria on care and maintenance status but plans to restart mining in South Australia.


Stocks to watch:

June 22nd, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Aust stocks recover from Wednesday plunge:

June 22nd, 2017

The share market has bounced back from its worst session of the year.


Call goes out for Ten Network saviours:

June 21st, 2017

Ten Network's administrator will start canvassing buyers or investors for the troubled broadcaster, with official ads to be published nationally on Thursday.


Housing rules dampen investor spirits:

June 21st, 2017

House prices are predicted to fall from next year as government policy changes reduce the influence of foreign and domestic investors.


Energy stocks slide on renewed oil slump:

June 21st, 2017

Local energy stocks have slid to their lowest levels in several months on renewed fears of weakness in the global oil market.


Temple & Webster flags future profits:

June 21st, 2017

Furniture and homewares retailer Temple & Webster has forecast a significantly reduced annual earnings loss and says its first profit is within reach.


Australia all aflutter over half-mast flag mystery:

June 21st, 2017

Wondering why the flags are at half-mast on Wednesday? So were many Australians.


If Finkel review isn't dead it's going to take a miracle to revive it:

June 21st, 2017

Like the Pythonesque parrot, Alan Finkel's independent review into the future security of Australia's electricity market is merely sleeping.


Retail Food Group cuts profit forecast:

June 21st, 2017

Shares in Retail Food Group, the owner of Donut King and Gloria Jean's, have fallen sharply after the company downgraded its profit growth expectations.


Sharon Edwards' husband fronts NSW court charged with wife's alleged murder:

June 21st, 2017

John Edwards will be extradited to NSW over allegations he was involved in the disappearance of his wife Sharon.


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