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Shorten also in Paris for climate talks

3:33am Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will fly into Paris on Sunday for a number of climate change talks.

Australia slams Japan's whaling resumption

6:22pm Australia is strongly opposed to Japan's decision to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, says Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Qld dock jumper sparks handcuff row

3:46pm A Queensland man who allegedly jumped out of the dock during a court appearance has been remanded in custody.

Woman drops Bali schoolies rape case

10:51pm Bali police say an Australian woman has dropped a rape complaint against a British man she met in a Kuta nightclub.

Princess Mary to celebrate Xmas downunder

9:54am Australia will host Denmark's Crown Princess Mary, her husband Crown Prince Frederik and their four children for Christmas.

Bishop defends homily for abuser priest

Megan Neil A bishop has defended the positive homily he gave for a Melbourne priest who died before facing trial for child sex abuse.

Turnbull a breath of fresh air: Bishop

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is a breath of fresh air for the Liberal Party, its deputy leader Julie Bishop has told its Victoria state conference.

NSW fire started during explosion training

Defence has confirmed a fire which came within 700 metres of homes on the NSW south coast started when live mortar training was under way.

Turnbull far outpolls Abbott on security

A poll shows Malcolm Turnbull is far preferred over Tony Abbott when it comes to national security.

SCG among NSW's most violent venues

Daniel McCulloch The SCG will be subject to strict alcohol restrictions after being named among the state's most violent venues.

Burnt Sydney woman inquest suspended

An inquest into a Sydney woman who was doused in fuel and set alight has been suspended so the matter can be handed to the DPP.

Stamp duty fuels Vic budget surplus

Angus Livingston A stamp duty windfall has helped lift Victoria's budget surplus to $1.7 billion, $500 million higher than expected.

Woman fell pregnant to Melbourne priest

Megan Neil Then Melbourne archbishop Frank Little had secret files about priests "acting out sexually", including one who got a woman pregnant, an inquiry has heard

Murderer's version ’preposterous': judge

Lauren Farrow A judge has criticised a murderers's version of what happened to his victim, saying he 'pulled her from her bed, forced himself on her and strangled her'.

Robert Xie jury reach 'impasse'

Lauren Farrow After 10 days of deliberations the jury in Robert Xie's murder trial say they are unable to reach a verdict but the judge has urged them to continue.

Second Daw victim claim denied: Court

A young woman questioned by police after a claim she was raped by AFL player Majak Daw says she has never been assaulted, a court heard.

Call for royal commission on Timor spying

There are calls for a royal commission to investigate claims Australian spies bugged the East Timor cabinet room during oil and gas treaty negotiations.

Violent schoolies brawl over religion

Ed Jackson A Gold Coast court has heard a fight that left a schoolie in hospital, after being king-hit twice, started with an argument over religion.

Vic man in court over 90s $500k heist

A man accused of a $500,000 robbery at a Melbourne Myer store in the 1990s has appeared in court.

Tobacco bans in prisons paying off

A report into prisoners' health has found a smoking ban is reducing the rate of those who intend to light up upon release.

Morrison welcomes premier's contribution

Treasurer Scott Morrison says South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has made a positive contribution to the tax debate, after suggesting a GST shake-up.

Scrap luxury car tax: Vic Young Libs

Angus Livingston Victoria's Young Liberals want luxury car taxes scrapped for expensive foreign cars now the local automotive industry is almost gone.

Firm fined $285k for Vic explosion death

Genevive Gannon A Victorian judge has fined a company $285,000 for workplace safety breaches after a worker was killed in an explosion.

Government holds on to secure network

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the government won't be letting go of its high-speed communications network linking departments.

Vic Labor dumps 180 for branch-stacking

Victorian Labor party lawyers are threatening legal action against a man who allegedly leaked private financial data to the media.

NSW firey remembered after Thursday blazes

The firefighting community is mourning the death of a dedicated volunteer who died while battling a blaze on Thursday.

Labor emissions target 'mad' policy: Pyne

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne has attacked Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's new carbon emissions trading aim, saying it would revive the carbon tax.

Protesters angry at Vic abortion law

Anti-abortion protesters are angry at a new ban that makes it illegal for them to picket within 150 metres of clinics in Victoria.

Recovery starts as SA fire contained

Tim Dornin The massive bushfire north of Adelaide has been contained but five people remain in hospital in a critical condition.

Church's handling of abuse 'amateur'

Megan Neil A Melbourne archbishop's blind loyalty to the priesthood contributed to the archdiocese's failures to deal with abusers in one parish, an inquiry's heard.