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Study finds too many indigenous murders

6:48pm The Australian Institute of Criminology says indigenous people are disproportionately involved in homicide, both as victims and offenders.

Coal on rise in electricity supply: report

Peter Trute 5:47pm Increased coal use in electricity generation is pushing up the carbon intensity of Australia's east coast electricity supply, a new report says.

Govt policy for addicts 'wrong': report

Belinda Merhab 4:50pm Governments could slash costs and crime rates if they had better policies for helping drug and alcohol addicts, a new report claims.

Review begins into regional communications

5:59pm Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed a committee to undertake the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review.

Now not the time to change super: Hockey

3:47pm Treasurer Joe Hockey says it is unacceptable to make taxation changes to superannuation in a low interest rate environment.

Rate cut to help jobs growth: Hockey

3:34pm Treasurer Joe Hockey says the latest interest rate cut will help to create jobs.

Criticism over indigenous grants

4:33pm The federal government is facing criticism after only giving about 45 per cent of its indigenous advancement strategy grants to indigenous organisations.

Rate cut savings

2:45pm What you'll save if the banks follow the RBA's 25-basis-point cut in the cash rate.

$500m for regional jobs in Vic budget

Karen Sweeney 2:10pm Regional funds and major projects will help regional Victoria recover from the jobs crisis, the state government says.

Vic budget a $6bn down payment on roads

Danny Rose 2:09pm The Victorian budget contains $6 billion to kick off a suite of road and rail projects that will total $22 billion.

Vic budget seeks to turn cash into jobs

Danny Rose 2:06pm The 2015-16 Victorian budget has promised 100,000 new jobs in Victoria within two years.

Vic budget supports the vulnerable

1:59pm Millions of dollars have been set aside in the Victorian state budget to support the vulnerable, family violence victims and those with severe mental illness.

Victorian budget saves 100 hospital beds

Danny Rose 1:47pm The 2015-16 Victorian budget contains extra funding to re-open 100 hospital beds and other points of care across the hospital system.

Vic aims to become education state

Karen Sweeney 1:47pm The state government wants Victoria to become the education state with a $3.3 billion investment in the education system.

Gittany's ex 'humiliated' by article

Lauren Farrow 6:38pm A whore, a freeloader, a prostitute. These were the things Simon Gittany's ex-girlfriend Rachelle Louise says a Daily Telegraph article called her.

Severe weather warning for Tasmania

12:49pm Tasmania is in for severe weather including high winds, heavy rain and snow, with warnings in place for the coming days.

Family despair for missing Aussie trekker

Frances Mao 6:23pm Grave concerns are held for Australian adventurer Tyronne White, who is feared to have been caught in a post-quake landslide in Nepal.

Grantham heeded for new Qld flood inquiry

5:34pm Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a new inquiry into the state's 2011 flood in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

Melbourne man posts Islamic State guide

Karlis Salna 2:50pm An Australian supporter of Islamic State, who urged weekend attacks in Texas, has now posted a guidebook online that explains how to join the group.

I didn't mislead Qld parliament: Gordon

Nathan Paull 12:44pm Queensland MP Billy Gordon says he didn't knowingly mislead parliament when he said he had paid all overdue child support, despite still owing $24.

Vic terror teen needs support: court

Genevieve Gannon 1:37pm A teenager accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorism attack in Melbourne needs mentoring and support, his barrister says.

Childcare help for wealthy likely to stay

9:05am Childcare support for the wealthy is unlikely to be cut, but low and middle income earners will receive a boost.

Bikie brawl trial to resume on Gold Coast

8:21am The trial of a Bandido bikie accused of being involved in a mass brawl will resume in the Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Baird govt throws ICAC a lifeline

Sophie Tarr 5:23pm NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced a bipartisan bill that he says will ensure findings previously handed down by the corruption watchdog stick.

Aussie promoted to Mid East peace posting

8:13am Australian Robert Piper has been appointed to a top United Nations posting involving the Middle East peace process.

Kiwis have got it right: Hockey

8:06am Treasurer Joe Hockey believes New Zealand provides some good economic lessons for Australia.

Suspicious letter at Indon embassy is safe

6:49am A suspicious package that was sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra has been deemed safe after expert analysis.

Govt tough on worker exploitation: Cash

3:06pm The Fair Work Ombudsman has handled 6000 complaints and recovered $4 million in outstanding wages on behalf of overseas workers.

Tougher assets test on cards for pensions

Katina Curtis 9:47am The federal government is considering dumping unpopular changes to pension indexation in favour of a tighter test on assets.

Govt to announce financial crime taskforce

4:00am Treasurer Joe Hockey will announce a new taskforce to tackle serious and organised financial crime at a $127.6 million cost to the May budget.