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NSW dad and daughter safe after avalanche

3:35pm Simon Wilde and 17-year-old daughter Sophie, who have been missing since an avalanche in Nepal earlier in October, have phoned home to say they're safe.

Vic man to admit betting on tennis matches

2:50pm A Melbourne man accused of using corrupt information to bet on tennis matches will plead guilty to the charges, a court has heard.

ATO reminds firms of super increase

2:45pm The ATO is reminding businesses ahead of quarterly compulsory superannuation guarantee collections that the rate increased to 9.5 per cent as of July 1.

Ebola mission talks 'positive': DFAT

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 5:49pm Australia could be joining an international effort in west Africa to fight Ebola as talks on safety guarantees take a positive turn.

Armed man takes hostages during Vic chase

Caitlin Guilfoyle 6:36pm A man has been arrested after stealing several cars and taking hostages during a high-speed chase in Victoria.

War memorial security under review

1:37pm War memorial director Brendan Nelson says security at the iconic Canberra building is under review following events in Canada.

Unions inquiry witness sacked

1:10pm A witness caught telling "an absolute lie" to the unions royal commission has been sacked from her job as a senior member relations adviser with Cbus.

NSW 'no model' for abuse cases

Annette Blackwell 6:54pm NSW Crown solicitors told child sex abuse survivors seeking redress they had to prove their case all over again even though their abuser had been jailed.

Vic wind tower maker cuts 100 jobs

4:34pm A Victorian company will lay off 100 workers due to uncertainty over the government's renewable energy target.

Batty dad was 'bad, not mad': officer

Joel Cresswell 5:58pm A police officer has told the inquest into Luke Batty's death that he always believed the boy's father was capable of murder.

Many baby boomers know little of super

Colin Brinsden 12:55pm The Superannuation Complaints Tribunal resolved nearly 1600 complaints in 2013/14, 26 per cent more than a year earlier.

Positive talks about Ebola team deployment

12:01pm The government has had "very positive" talks with partner nations about what treatment Australian doctors could receive if they're sent to combat Ebola.

Abbott expresses solidarity with Canada

11:06am Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the shooting in Canada's parliament confirms a very real threat to free countries and institutions.

Speaker says Australian parliament safe

9:40am The Speaker of the House of Representatives has assured Australia's politicians and federal parliamentary staff following an attack on Canada's parliament.

Morrison denies wanting Ebola role

9:05am Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says reports he wants to take control of protecting Australia from Ebola are "complete and utter rubbish".

Indonesia stay unclear for grounded pilots

Warwick Goodman 2:34pm The government is working to help two Australian pilots, believed to have been on a courier job, who are grounded in Indonesia.

Canada attacks spark Aust security rethink

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 4:45pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia stands shoulder to shoulder with Canada in the wake of a second attack on a soldier, as security is reviewed.

Three dead after Vic neighbourhood dispute

Melissa Iaria and Karen Sweeney 4:04pm An elderly couple and the woman's son have been shot dead in a neighbourhood dispute in rural Victoria.

Extra help needed for drought-hit students

Cleo Fraser 8:01am Farmers hit by drought in remote areas of Queensland are struggling to afford sending their children to boarding school.

Rebate for scans will be less: health dept

The health department says changes to bulk billing for diagnositic imaging services won't necessarily mean patients will be worse off.

ANU doesn't feel bullied by PM over shares

Professor Ian Young.

Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young says the decision to divest shares in resource companies wasn't a significant move.

CPI shines light on lower electricity bill

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent The annual rate of inflation has slowed to 2.3 per cent, helped by a 5.1 per cent drop in electricity prices.

Vic ice user jailed over fatal shooting

A Victorian ice addict who shot a man he thought had stolen his friend's van has been jailed for 11 years.

Hit Man book may have inspired WA killer

The books The Ice Man and The Hit Man "possibly" gave a Perth drug dealer's protege ideas about how to kill and dismember his mentor, a court has heard.

NBN complaints rise as rollout grows

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman says NBN-related complaints increased every quarter over the last financial year.

Teen jihadist 'groomed': expert

Warwick Goodman While Sydney teenager Abdullah Elmir might think he's a star, terrorism expert Prof Greg Barton says he's being used as a pawn by IS terrorists.

Abbott in terror talks with Canada PM

Tony Abbott has spoken with the Canadian PM to express Australia's solidarity in fighting terrorism after a soldier was killed in Quebec.

Carbon tax axe aiding economy: Cormann

A 5.1 per cent drop in electricity prices is the result of the Abbott government scrapping the carbon tax, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says.

Police lost chance to arrest Batty killer

Genevieve Gannon and Joel Cresswell An inquest into the death of Luke Batty has heard police missed the chance to arrest his killer Greg Anderson two weeks before the attack.

Aust ready for outbreak, health boss

Health department secretary Martin Knowles has contradicted his chief medical officer by declaring Australia ready for a regional outbreak of Ebola.