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  • Scott Morrison describes 'secrecy with a purpose' in asylum policy

    14 January 2014 7:33 PM 19

    Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says secrecy around asylum policy operations is to protect the operations and those involved. LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Abbott Government is set to close four asylum seeker detention centres on the Australian mainland as it directs its energies to offshore processing. The last time the Immigration Minister Scott

  • Brazilian one-punch victim Lucio Rodrigues' family calls for justice

    14 January 2014 1:30 PM 9

    Friends and family of a Brazilian man who died after he was allegedly punched in central Sydney have spoken to the media at a court, calling for justice to be served. Police say Lucio Rodrigues, 34, was punched once in the face and fell to the pavement at the intersection of George and Goulburn Streets in November last year. Nicholas Lambaditis has been charged

  • Senate committee wants transparency on Commission of Audit's conflict of interest

    14 January 2014 1:06 PM 9

    The head of Tony Abbott's secretive Commission of Audit, Tony Shepherd, is under pressure to reveal any conflicts of interest he might have in his dual roles as doyen of big business and the architect of forthcoming government spending cuts. Mr Shepherd and his four fellow audit commissioners have been permitted to sign confidential declarations outlining

  • Bushfire burning north of Adelaide

    14 January 2014 12:53 PM 4

    Updated: 23:51, Tuesday January 14, 2014 The threat to homes from a bushfire burning in grass near Snowtown, north of Adelaide, has subsided. The Country Fire Service (CFS) says some risks are still present but the blaze no longer poses a threat to homes or people in the area. The CFS says a fire also continues to burn at Flaxman Valley in the Barossa

  • WA private power pole laws review

    14 January 2014 11:31 AM 8

    Updated: 05:52, Wednesday January 15, 2014 Laws regulating the upkeep of privately owned power poles are likely to be scrutinised when the Perth hills bushfire is reviewed by fire and state government authorities. The blaze, which destroyed 52 homes on Sunday, is believed to have been started by a fallen power pole on a private property. Thousands of private

  • Police find body believed to be Geoffrey Arthur Channing, in Broome

    14 January 2014 10:58 AM 23

    The body a man, believed to be that of missing Broome man Geoffrey Arthur Channing, has been found during a search of remote bushland, about 200 km south of Broome. His car was found bogged late on Sunday, prompting a renewed air and land search. Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

  • Victoria has sizzled through a heatwave and there is no relief in sight

    14 January 2014 10:46 AM 11

    Firefighters were kept busy as several fires flared up in searing temperatures. "The cafe that is on the property has burnt down and there is some damage to the house itself, but Heronswood has not burnt down," he said. Earlier emergency warnings were issued for two separate blazes at Kangaroo Ground and Little River near Geelong. At Kangaroo Ground

  • Residents confront fire devastation

    14 January 2014 8:24 AM 24

    UPDATE: Only when she saw how the windows in her house had melted, not shattered, did the true ferocity of the Perth Hills bushfire hit home for Stacey Delich. Allowed to return to her Stoneville property for the first time today, Ms Delich was confronted with a blackened mess where her life used to be. The flames may be out, but the recovery for the Perth

  • Power pole blamed for $13m Hills fire

    14 January 2014 5:41 AM 34

    Fire Commissioner Wayne Gregson wants a review of the system that allows private poles on properties in the wake of the Hills fire that destroyed 52 homes and caused at least $13m damage. Investigators believe the fire was sparked by a fallen power pole on private property, which remain the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain. Thousands of private

  • Cattleman Sid Parker honoured with a state funeral

    14 January 2014 3:53 AM 56

    Cattleman Sid Parker, a much loved and respected figure in the Northern Territory live export industry, has been honoured in Darwin today with a state funeral. Mr Parker operated the cattle export business South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS), was a ringer, a cattle agent and exporter and a race horse trainer who worked throughout Australia