Garma festival begins in north east Arnhem Land08/01/14
The country's biggest Indigenous cultural festival begins today in north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Garma is considered by many as the agenda setting event in Indigenous affairs.This year, around 2,000 people are expected to take part...
Godfather of HECS says new uni fees will hit low incomes hardest
Professor Bruce Chapman, the architect of the original HECS loan scheme, says his research shows low income graduates could end up paying 30 per cent more in university loan repayments than higher income earners under the Federal Government's current...
White House blasts Israeli shelling in Gaza
A 72 hour unconditional ceasefire will come into force in Gaza in the next few hours. While it holds, negotiators for Israel and Hamas will head to Egypt for peace talks. It comes after Obama administration's most explicit criticism of its ally since...
Nowhere in Gaza is safe: UN officials
The Security Council has been briefed that no place in Gaza is safe. UN officials say so many people have fled their homes they are running out of places to give them shelter. Even though a ceasefire has been announced, the situation remains grim.
Mundine welcomes Forrest proposals
Warren Mundine is the chair of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council. He'll be making recommendations to Tony Abbott on Andrew Forrest's plan at the end of this month.
Twiggy Forest to unveil ambitious Indigenous strategy
Today, mining billionaire Andrew Forrest will unveil his blueprint for ending Indigenous disadvantage and he wants cradle-to-grave change. But his ideas reach well beyond First Australians, with a plan for a "healthy welfare" card to be rolled out to...
Palmer: AFP should return from MH17 investigation in Ukraine
The leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer has called for the AFP investigators in Ukraine to be brought home before any are injured or killed. Mr Palmer says their lives shouldn't be put at risk to recover the remaining victims of the MH17...
Investigators finally reach MH17 crash site
For the first day after five days of trying, a small team of Dutch and Australian police finally made it to the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine overnight after a six hour journey. However, there is still intense fighting between the Ukrainian...
Australian athletics coach suspended after outburst
The head coach of the Australian athletics team Eric Hollingsworth has been suspended after he released a damning statement about the hurdles champion Sally Pearson, saying she had set a bad example for the entire team. Athletics Australia says it's...
Alarming rates of mental illness among kids in immigration detention
The Human Rights Commission's inquiry into children in immigration detention continues today. The hearing comes after the Immigration Minister described comments by the Human Rights Commission President that most of the children in detention are sick...
Illegal downloading is simply theft: Turnbull
The Government has released a discussion paper which says the providers should take reasonable steps to make sure their customers aren't breaking the law, even when they don't have the "direct power" to stop them. The Communications Minister Malcolm...
Aussies still drinking their way to early deaths
New research commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and VicHealth has shown that, in 2010, more than 5,500 Australian died from alcohol related causes. A further 157,132 people ended up in hospital in a 12 month period...
Bishop remains in Kiev to continue lobbying Ukrainian politicians
Once again, heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine has again prevented Australian and Dutch investigators from reaching the MH17 crash site. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop remains in Kiev where she's been lobbying Ukranian politicians ahead of tomorrow's...
Israel will investigate shelling of UN school
The shelling of a UN school in Gaza last night killed at least 15 people as they slept, mostly women and children. Hours later another 17 people died and 160 were wounded in a strike that hit a fruit and vegetable market near Gaza City. Israel has...
UN rejects claims that shelled schools were used by militants
The United Nations has reacted with shock at the carnage at the school in the Jebaliya refugee camp and says all indications point to an Israeli strike. The UN is furiously rebutting suggestions that militants or weapons are being hidden in schools or...
Mining industry rejects claims ship-to-ship coal is unsafe
The mining industry has hit back at criticism of a controversial plan to load coal between ships in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. UNESCO has raised questions about the so-called "trans-shipping" proposal, but the Queensland...
Queensland prisoners take-up online study
Queensland's Government has been unashamedly "tough on crime", increasing sentences, and restricting bail provisions for many offences. However, as Queensland splashes out to to reduce crime, the developers of a small, federally-funded education...
Children in detention is state-sanctioned abuse: Australian church task...
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has accused the Federal Government of state-sanctioned abuse of asylum seeker children in immigration detention. The Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the claims are offensive and the Government is...
Gaza's only power plant crippled in fresh Israeli offensive
Palestinian officials claim that Gaza's only power plant has been disabled by Israeli forces after its fuel reserves were struck. Israeli officials say Palestinians launched more than 50 rockets into Israel, and the Israeli military struck more than...
Hockey looks beyond Senate to force through budget measures
With the Senate acting as a roadblock to many of the Government's plans, the Treasurer is now looking at ways to bypass it. Federal Parliament rose for the winter break without passing many of the measures Joe Hockey had announced in his first budget....
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