Category: National

Fight in food court sparked Westfield Adelaide lockdown

Police are searching for three teenagers after a fight at one of Adelaide’s biggest shopping centres triggered a lockdown this afternoon. Scared shoppers were locked in shops, while others ran to escape, amid the emergency response at Westfield Marion. Specialist police were called to at 2.50pm (local time) after initial reports three young men allegedly approached another group of youths in the food court and…

Stars turn out to farewell TV personality John Blackman

A who’s who from Australian television’s golden years have gathered in Melbourne to farewell the late funny man John Blackman. Hey Hey it’s Saturday host Daryl Somers, who led the tributes, received a precious gift from his mate’s widow at the emotional send off. During the service, Blackman’s wife of 52 years Cecile gifted the famous Dickie Knee puppet to the remaining Hey Hey It’s…

Police seek witnesses after attempted abduction in Canberra’s Woden Valley

Police are appealing for witnesses after the attempted abduction a female runner in Canberra’s Woden Valley. The victim was running south on the greenbelt adjacent to Athllon Drive at Mawson AT about 3.10pm yesterday. Police said a man walking in the opposite direction grabbed her and attempted to pick her up and carry her away. READ MORE: Police shot fired, car found alight following alleged…

New study shows vaping overtakes smoking among SA youth

They were designed as a gateway to a cigarette-free life but a new study has found vapes are increasingly leading South Australians into a smoke haze. Preventive Health SA and the SA Health and Medical Research Institute embarked on a study of 3000 South Australians and found that in just one year the number of 15-29 year olds vaping regularly had doubled. It jumped up…

Bird flu detected at second commercial egg farm in Sydney’s Hawkesbury

A second outbreak of bird flu has been detected at a commercial egg farm in Sydney‘s Hawkesbury region. A 1.5-kilometre lockdown zone was established around a farm after the virus was discovered there on Wednesday. Today, testing by a NSW bio-security team confirmed that a second farm, located within the locked down area, had also identified cases of the disease. READ MORE: Dr Michael Mosley’s…

Man charged after staff allegedly stabbed at Sydney hospital

A man has been charged after staff at a hospital in Western Sydney were allegedly assaulted and stabbed. Police were called to Westmead Hospital about 11.30pm yesterday where four staff members were allegedly attacked by a 39-year-old man. Two security guards, aged 24 and 25, were allegedly stabbed in the effort to subdue him One was allegedly stabbed in the neck, the other in the…

Sydney shivers as coldest capital amid sixth wet weekend

Sydney has shivered through a lunchtime forecasters say was officially the coldest of a capital city in the nation. Sydney recorded a temperature of just 10.9 degrees at noon today, according to Weatherzone. Parts of Sydney felt like a much lower 7.2, as showers hit the NSW coast. READ MORE: Woman, 31, held at knifepoint after police chase in NSW Melbourne clocked in at just shy…

Woman, 31, ‘held at knifepoint’ after police chase ute from petrol station

A 31-year-old woman was allegedly held at knife point in a ute after a police chase near Albury in southern NSW. Police tried to stope the ute at a petrol station at Jindera in the Riverina on Friday at 11am. It allegedly rammed a police vehicle and failed to stop, leading to a chase. READ MORE: Banana costume-wearing driver wanted after burnout mishap in Canberra…

Parents demand answers after child born stillborn at Joondalup Health Campus

A Perth mother whose baby boy was stillborn at Joondalup Hospital claims she was left unmonitored for more than four hours before it was discovered the infant had no heartbeat. Hand and foot prints and a 3D-scan are all first time parents Suzan Al Hulow and Ali Al-Khfaji can hold onto of their son Amir. “His room has still stayed exactly the same because I’m…

Man charged with manslaughter after ‘gentle soul’ dies in alleged road rage

The driver allegedly behind a fatal road rage attack that killed a kickboxer in Western Sydney has been charged with manslaughter. Rhyce Harding, 27, died after he was allegedly dragged 100 metres by a ute along Jersey Road in Blackett about 8.45am yesterday. The man behind the wheel left the scene, prompting an almost 24-hour search for him. READ MORE: Australian dies in Saudi Arabia…

Greg Lynn murder trial deliberations set to enter second week

Twelve jurors tasked with deciding the fate of accused murderer Greg Lynn are yet to reach a verdict after five days of deliberations. The jury was sent home just before 1pm today, with Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher reminding them not to discuss the case with anyone over the weekend. They will return to their deliberations at 10am on Monday. READ MORE: Police investigate after…

Winter solstice: What you need to know about Australia’s shortest day

Today is the winter solstice in Australia, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. The winter solstice refers to the moment when Earth’s southern or northern hemispheres reaches their furthest tilt away from the sun. This happens once a year in each hemisphere, with the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice occurring in late December and the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice taking place in…

Perth woman faked her own death to claim hefty life insurance payout

A 42-year-old Perth woman who faked her death in a car accident to claim a $718,000 life insurance payout is due to be sentenced next month. Karen Salkilld filed a claim with a life insurance company on February 7, pretending to be her partner. The claim stated that she had died in a car crash in Broome in December. READ MORE: Surprising new drug ‘cures’…

Gunman allegedly killed neighbour as she sat in car with two kids

Footage has emerged of the moment police arrested a 31-year-old man accused of killing a woman as she sat in her car with two young children. Ryan Geoffrey Cole was apprehended outside a service station after police had locked down nearby streets as they searched for him It’s alleged Cole shot the woman, a 34-year-old mother who police say he didn’t even know, as she…

Man ‘dragged 100 metres by ute’ in deadly alleged road rage

A man has died after being struck and dragged about 100 metres by a ute during an alleged road rage attack west of Sydney, with the driver yet to be arrested. Emergency services were called to Jersey Road in Blackett about 8.45am to find a 27-year-old man critically injured. CCTV showed the man, who was dressed in hi-vis, appearing to be dragged alongside the ute…

Farms locked down, thousands of poultry dead in bird flu outbreak

Three farms are under lockdown and thousands of poultry have died after bird flu was detected in Sydney’s outskirts. An emergency biosecurity incident was declared yesterday after the avian influenza strain H7N8 was found at a commercial egg farm in the Hawkesbury region. The outbreak is believed to have come from wild birds and is different to the strains found in Victoria. READ MORE: Warning…

Landmark survey reveals Australia’s cheapest groceries

Consumer group Choice’s first government-funded quarterly supermarket price survey has revealed the cheapest chain to shop at in Australia. Choice sent mystery shoppers to 81 regional and urban supermarkets around Australia, including the three major chains of Woolworths, Coles, and Aldi. The shoppers loaded up their baskets with 14 common grocery items and went through the checkout, comparing prices afterwards. READ MORE: Polar blast sends…

Woman killed during collision between ute and sedan

A woman has died following a two-vehicle road crash in Sydney’s north-west. The 58-year-old was a front-seat passenger in a silver Mercedes sedan when it was involved in a crash with a white Isuzu Ute yesterday evening at Tuckwell Road, in Castle Hill.  Emergency services arrived at the scene about 5.30pm and she was treated by paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in…

About 1000 jobs cut in WA mining hub closure

About 1000 jobs will go as one of Australia’s biggest companies closes an iron ore hub in Western Australia’s Goldfields. ASX 50 company Mineral Resources today told the market its 13-year-old Yilgarn mining operation was “not financially viable” beyond the end of the year. It cited the limited life remaining in the five mine sites served by the hub and the money and time it…

Man arrested after woman found dead in South Mackay

A man has been arrested after a woman was shot dead in Queensland. Police were called to Robb Place in South Mackay about 4.30pm today over reports the woman had been shot. Officers arrived to find her dead and a man with non-life-threatening injuries to his hand. READ MORE: ‘Referendum’ on energy looming after nuclear announcement A 31-year-old man was arrested about 7.45pm outside a…

‘Referendum’ on energy looming after nuclear announcement

The federal government and opposition are bracing themselves for a referendum on energy at next year’s election after the Coalition unveiled some details of its long-awaited nuclear power plan. While the proposal looms as the defining issue of the next election, it could also have a massive impact on Australia’s energy supply, certain local communities, and on your power bills. This is what you need…

Bird flu detected at commercial egg farm in Sydney’s Hawkesbury

Bird flu has been detected at a commercial egg farm in Sydney‘s Hawkesbury region. The property has been put into an immediate biosecurity lockdown after the disease was confirmed today, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has said. Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a highly contagious viral disease primarily affecting birds and has a high mortality rate. READ MORE: ‘Broke my heart’: Outrage…

Dutton reveals locations of nuclear power plants under Coalition plan

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has unveiled where the Coalition plans to build seven nuclear power plants should it win government at next year’s federal election, but hasn’t said how much the energy plan will cost. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Dutton said the plants would be built at the sites of existing coal power stations: two in each of NSW (Lithgow and Liddell)…

Justin Stein found guilty of schoolgirl Charlise Mutten’s murder

A jury has found Justin Stein guilty of murdering schoolgirl Charlise Mutten, whose body was dumped in a barrel by a river outside Sydney. At the time of the nine-year-old’s death, Stein, 33, was in a relationship with Charlise’s mother, Kallista Mutten, who he maintained was the one that killed the girl. The jury deliberated for almost two weeks before delivering its verdict this morning,…

Scott Morrison could give evidence in Reynolds-Higgins case

Former prime minister Scott Morrison could appear as a trial witness as a Liberal senator pursues Brittany Higgins over allegedly defamatory remarks. Former defence minister Linda Reynolds is suing Higgins over a series of social media posts she says have damaged her reputation. Mediation has failed to resolve the high-profile case, which returned to the Western Australia Supreme Court for a directions hearing on Tuesday…

Gold Coast teen charged over alleged list ranking female students

A Gold Coast teenager has been charged with allegedly making an online list that harassed female students. The 17-year-old boy is accused of being behind a ranking system that categorised female students from Foxwell State Secondary College in Coomera. The boy is not a student at the school. READ MORE: RBA keeps rates on hold as borrowers sweat on relief The police investigation was sparked…

RBA keeps rates on hold as borrowers sweat on relief

Australia’s central bank has kept interest rates on hold for a fifth consecutive meeting as thousands of households anxiously rate for a long-heralded cut. Announcing its decision today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board said it would keep the cash rate target on hold at 4.35 per cent. The current rate, the highest since September 2011, has been unchanged since November 2023. READ MORE:…