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9 January 2018 12:37 AM Gas explosion fears after trucks crash on North West Coast Highway

North West Coast Highway in the Pilbara has been closed in both directions near Nanutarra amid explosion fears after a truck carrying LNG gas crashed with another truck on Monday night. Superintendent Garry Kosovich said a 2.6 kilometre exclusion zone was set up to protect the public after one of the trailers fom the tanker truck detached and caught 39

29 December 2017 10:38 AM Former Scouts leader asked to leave campsite after child porn charges

A child porn accused former Scouts leader was told to leave a Scouts campsite cleanup less than a month after his lawyer told a court he would not return to the organisation. Daniel Leslie Cooper, 39, has been charged with 26 child porn offences, including possessing, distributing and using a carriage service to obtain the material. But on December 16, a little 27

11 December 2017 10:57 PM Zurich Insurance to buy ANZ's life insurance businesses for $2.85b

ANZ Bank is selling its life insurance business to Swiss giant Zurich for $2.85 billion, joining the exodus by Australian banks from the wealth management sector. As a result of the two deals, the bank flagged that it expected to ultimately have surplus capital that would probably be returned to shareholders. Domestic banks including ANZ have been offloading 76

1 December 2017 6:48 AM Malcolm Turnbull names spy chief Nick Warner to lead new security agency

Australia's spy chief Nick Warner is set to lead the newly established Office of National Intelligence, part of the Coalition's powerful new Home Affairs portfolio. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Mr Warner's appointment as director-general of the Office of National Assessments and director-general designate of national intelligence on Friday 58

31 October 2017 12:52 AM Paul Manafort's indictment may be just the first move in Robert Mueller's long game

Millions of dollars in Ukrainian money were laundered through US and foreign entities by two men who ended up managing Donald Trump's campaign. That is the indictment's claim. It is behaviour that allegedly happened a decade ago and was immediately dismissed by the US President as irrelevant to his White House run. Mr Manafort is known for his work with foreign 87

28 October 2017 10:26 PM Barnaby Joyce defends his decision to not stand down as citizenship High Court case continued

BARNABY Joyce has again been forced to defend his decision not to quit parliament immediately during the High Court citizenship saga. On Saturday he said thinking politically, he would have preferred to go straight to the polls. However, today he said he took on board the advice of the Solicitor-General rather than go to what could have been an unnecessary 59

27 October 2017 6:24 AM Malcolm Turnbull facing parliamentary turmoil as loss of Joyce erases one-seat majority

The Federal Government has been stripped of its one-seat majority, but the Coalition is confident crossbench support means it will maintain control of the Parliament. Barnaby Joyce will have to win a by-election for the Government to get back its tiny margin, after the High Court today ruled he was ineligible to sit in Parliament. Independent MP Cathy 43

19 October 2017 4:32 AM Westpac to refund 200,000 customers after failing to pass on $65m in discounts

Westpac is the latest bank to roll out a red-faced mea culpa to its customers, admitting it will have to refund $65 million for discounts it failed to pass on. The error affects about 200,000 accounts of Australia's second-biggest bank's 13-million-strong customer base. Westpac said it would provide refunds to affected customers holding "packaged" accounts 81

16 October 2017 9:47 PM ANZ Bank in trading halt ahead of announcing deal

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group said on Tuesday it was about to announce a deal, calling for a trading halt on its shares. The halt came after The Australian Financial Review reported that Australia's no.4 lender was set to sell its wealth business to IOOF Holdings in what could be a $4 billion deal. "The trading halt has been put in place pending 19

24 September 2017 2:10 AM Commonwealth Bank becomes first of the big four to drop ATM fees

The Commonwealth Bank has axed ATM withdrawal fees for non-Commonwealth customers, prompting calls from political leaders and consumer groups for other banks to follow. Australians have been complaining for some time about the fees for using another bank's ATM, the CBA said. "We have been listening to consumer groups and our customers and understand 89