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Worth a look, PM says of aged worker bonus

8:16am Tony Abbott says he wants to encourage people to stay in the workforce beyond retirement and wants to revive a Howard government pension benefits scheme.

Government open to part-pension tightening

8:41am Scott Morrison says he'll seriously consider a proposal to tighten the part pension assets tests.

Woman in court over Vic boy, gran murders

3:33am Chinese national Cai Xia Liao will appear in court accused of murdering a four-year-old boy and his grandmother with garden shears at a Melbourne home.

Court rules on WA sacred site

11:53pm A brother and sister have had a victory in the WA Supreme Court in their attempt to stop part of Port Hedland being stripped of sacred site status.

Vic boy, grandma killed with shears: court

Caitlin Guilfoyle 10:33pm A woman has been charged with murdering a four-year-old Melbourne boy and his grandma with garden shears.

Model allowed manager to sell drugs

Toby Mann 6:12pm Former swimsuit model Simone Farrow, who is accused of smuggling amphetamines into Australia, says she let one of her managers send packages of drugs.

More will be happy with budget: Frydenberg

5:56pm Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg concedes there will always be people unhappy with a budget but he expects this year's will be more warmly received.

Labor asks Ombudsman to probe G20 leak

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 4:00pm The leaking of G20 leader passport and visa details could be investigated by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

NT Labor leader's future in doubt

Neda Vanovac 8:10pm The leader and deputy of NT Labor will be referred to the privileges committee next month for making misleading statements about the Stella Maris affair.

Killer driver bashed in Qld prison

Alexandra Patrikios 3:11pm A man who ran over and killed a teenager when a Queensland party turned violent has been bashed in a prison attack.

Mechanic jailed for home invasion

4:09pm An Adelaide home invader, who was stabbed during the altercation, has been jailed for seven years three months

You won't force me out, Qld MP vows

2:45pm The Qld MP who has plunged the Palaszczuk government into crisis denies violence claims against him, and says he won't be forced out of parliament.

Moscow criticises Aust over new sanctions

2:36pm A Russian Foreign Ministry official says Australia lacks impartiality in its assessment of Ukraine, and should re-think its position on sanctions.

Upton continues political rise as NSW A-G

Gemma Najem 6:47pm Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton have been rewarded with plum positions in the new Baird cabinet.

FSH alarm bells rang months before death

6:45pm WA Labor has called for an independent inquiry after a man died at Perth's new hospital after being admitted with stomach pain.

RBA weighing up its options

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 4:34pm Financial markets widely expect a further interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank in May, although next week's board meeting is still a possibility.

Man kills 'love of life' in failed payback

Genevieve Gannon 1:57pm A Melbourne man who wanted to get back at a love rival by setting his flat on fire accidentally killed the person he was trying to protect.

Labor vetting processes stepped up

6:40pm An internal review into how Labor Party members are vetted has been stepped up after multiple party figures were accused of past misconduct.

Hunger striker 'separated from brother'

1:54pm An asylum seeker hospitalised in Perth after a prolonged hunger strike may have refused water after being separated from his brother, advocates say.

Pedophile priest back behind bars

Joel Cresswell 1:29pm Ex-priest David Edwin Rapson has been found guilty of sexually abusing schoolboys at two Victorian schools.

Qld human Hendra trials begin this month

Jamie McKinnell 4:08pm Researchers are looking for 40 people to take part in human clinical trials of a treatment thought to protect humans against the deadly Hendra Virus.

Lambie refers threat to Senate officials

Elise Scott 4:48pm Independent senator Jacqui Lambie is taking Clive Palmer's legal threat seriously and has referred it to the Clerk of the Senate.

Qld toddler's final days of pain: court

Miranda Forster 6:46pm Shocking details of the alleged circumstances surrounding Queensland toddler Kyhesha-Lee Joughin's death have been revealed in court.

Time put AFL drug saga to bed: Premier

12:07pm Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews says it's time to let footy fans move on from the Essendon doping saga.

Mother finds son stabbed in their home

Danny Rose 7:40pm A Geelong mother returned home to find her son and his friend dead, with stab wounds.

Farmers missing drought relief

Jamie Duncan 12:02pm Victorian farmers are disadvantaged by the rules governing federal drought assistance loans, the Victorian Farmers Federation says.

IS says future attacks better executed

11:08am Islamic State has published an article it claims was written by a kidnapped British journalist and which warns of many more attacks on Western countries.

Driver jailed for injuring truckie

12:27pm A repeat drink driver has been jailed in South Australia for at least two and a half years for injuring a truckie and fleeing the scene.

Child bride's dad was 'stopping a sin'

Toby Mann 1:52pm A NSW father who allowed his 12-year-old girl to marry and live with a 26-year-old man has been found guilty of child sex offences.

Euthanasia doc 'hounded' by medical board

Neda Vanovac 9:16pm Dr Philip Nitschke says the Medical Board of Australia's attempts to censor his euthanasia activism have resulted in record sales of his book.