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8 February 2018 8:40 AM Big four banks won't enforce gag orders in royal commission

The major banks have promised not to enforce confidentiality agreements that were threatening to stop victims or whistleblowers from giving evidence to the royal commission into industry misconduct. Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson reflects on the long journey to the announcement of a royal commission, and whether it will make a difference 29

6 February 2018 12:20 PM Canberra footballer Badreldin Abbas 'to leave everything' and chase European dream

Canberra footballer Badreldin Abbas is ready to "leave everything behind" and chase his European dream after being scouted to the Genova International Academy. Abbas won an under-20 NPL Capital Football title last season with Belconnen United and was set to join the Gungahlin United senior side this year, before his shot arrived. The 18-year-old was spotted 21

5 February 2018 5:14 AM January job ads boast biggest rise in a decade: ANZ

Job advertisements in newspapers and on the internet surged by the most in a decade in January, pointing to still-healthy demand for labour despite months of rapid employment growth. A monthly survey by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group out on Monday showed total job advertisements jumped 6.2 per cent in January from December, when they fell 2.7 per cent. That was the largest 20

31 January 2018 11:54 PM Markets Live: ASX rallies for second day

Australian shares are poised to slip as Wall Street turned whipsawed after the Fed signalled a potential March rate hike. ASX futures were down 3 points. The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged but said it anticipated inflation would rise this year, in a sign it is still on track to raise borrowing costs again in March under incoming central 52

31 January 2018 5:04 AM Australians consuming 'far above' healthy levels of salt intake

It's proving difficult for Australians to cut salt from their diets, with Aussie men consuming more than twice the daily recommended intake. And women aren't faring much better, according to a study of more than 16,000 people analysed by The Medical Journal of Australia. Three people were killed when a helicopter crashed into a home in the Southern California 43

26 January 2018 1:08 PM Flu rates almost double in the ACT but aged care facilities drop

Nearly double the number of flu cases were recorded in the ACT last year during a horror season but there was a drop in cases at aged care facilities. It comes as the chief health officer Dr Paul Kelly backed calls for the ACT government to introduce a free flu vaccine for children. Dr Kelly said the latest figures showed last year's flu season was the biggest 25

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 94

29 November 2017 7:41 PM Up to 32 per cent of women at Sydney Uni colleges experience sexual harassment, review finds

As many as 32 per cent of women at University of Sydney colleges have experienced sexual harassment and 6 per cent of female college students have experienced actual or attempted sexual assault, with other college students making up the vast majority of perpetrators, a review of college culture has found. The review, led by former sex discrimination 68

14 November 2017 12:09 AM ​AWE expands Waitsia reserves by 78 per cent

A new independent review has increased AWE's Waitsia gas field – one of the most prospective in Australia – to 811 petajoules. The evaluation of the field by RISC has concluded that Waitsia's proven and probable reserves are 78 per cent higher than previous estimates. In its third quarter results, the group had already lifted its its proven and probable 50

2 November 2017 8:13 AM Queensland's election phrase: 'Joy buzzer'

Every election campaign throws up its unique words and phrases and Queensland's might be the first to include "Joy buzzer". A novelty toy that plays inspirational phrases like "I am zen-like and calm" and "I am beautiful" was Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's gift to labor's media bus this morning. After a couple of bruising headlines including not being 187