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Qld slams fed govt hospital funding

10:55am The Queensland government says federal government changes to public hospital funding will cost more than 8000 health jobs by 2024/25.

Great Barrier Reef on the mend: ministers

10:35am The federal and Queensland governments are confident a long-term plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will dramatically improve its health.

Reef not recommended for in danger list

3:35am The federal and Queensland governments have welcomed a draft UNESCO decision not to place the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage "in danger" list.

Man to face court over shop shooting

3:33am A man will face court charged over a shooting in Melbourne's northern suburbs that left a woman with a gunshot wound and facial injuries.

Bishop hopes inquiry helps victims heal

Megan Neil 3:33am Widespread child sexual abuse by clergy has divided the Ballarat community, but the hope is that the royal commission's investigation will help it heal.

Siege gunman's lawyers speak

6:25pm Lawyers who represented Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis say he was an attention-seeker who refused to accept he could cause offence.

Greyhound trainer in WA disqualified

Rebecca Le May 7:03pm A greyhound trainer who used chicken blood to train dogs at his WA facility has been disqualified and fined, and has resigned from the WAGRA board.

Ex-footballers' sons jailed for robbery

Lauren Farrow 6:36pm Sons of prominent former rugby league and union players have been sentenced over their roles in a botched cash transit van robbery at a Sydney university.

Ley defends Curtin med school funding

Belinda Merhab 5:36pm The federal health minister says she has assurances from WA that training places will be created for students at the proposed Curtin medical school.

Child bride dad jail 'would be onerous'

4:38pm A NSW father who married off his daughter in a backyard Islamic ceremony may face a hard time in jail because of his faith, his lawyer says.

Ballarat victim hopes inquiry brings peace

Megan Neil 3:18pm Ballarat abuse victims hope more will come out in the royal commission's investigation into widespread child sex abuse by clergy.

Acting, writing in Abbott family history

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 1:45pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been given a detailed family history and family tree by the Mormons.

Senate committee differs on SBS ads

12:43pm A Senate committee is divided about a government plan to allow SBS to broadcast more ads in prime time.

IS targeting young Aussie women

12:48pm Authorities fear more young women may have been lured to Islamic State conflict zones after it emerged 12 from Melbourne had made it to Syria, or tried.

$3b bill for treating minor ailments

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley says "unnecessary presentations" represent 7 per cent of hospital workloads.

Diocese's finances not strong, bishop says

Megan Neil The bishop of Ballarat says the financial position of the diocese is not strong and he has doubt it can meet all the abuse compensation claims.

Bodies of two Aust WWI soldiers found

A fossicker in France has uncovered the remains of two World War I soldiers who are thought to be Australian.

Gina Rinehart's son slams Barnaby Joyce

The estranged son of mining magnate Gina Rinehart has taken a swipe at federal government minister Barnaby Joyce for intervening in a family dispute.

Monis letter had a key clue: terror expert

A Monash University terrorism expert believes authorities missed a clue in Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis's letter to the attorney-general.

Poll shows Australians support aid cuts

A Lowy Institute opinion poll has found the majority of Australians support slashing the aid budget by a $1 billion this year.

Aust urges regional asylum solution

Ron Corben Australia is ready to boost aid to Southeast Asia in response to its asylum seeker crisis, says a senior immigration official.

Bianca Rinehart takes swipe at Gina

Heiress Bianca Rinehart believes the decision to appoint her trustee of the multi-billion dollar family trust will help heal the wounds of the warring family.

Bitter fight ensues over education funding

Melissa Grant Education Minister Christopher Pyne says there are no federal education funding cuts despite claims the government is ripping $30 billion from schools.

Labor outlines detail of gay marriage bill

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer The federal opposition has released details of its proposed changes to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage.

Big budget boost to Tas governor's kitty

Andrew Drummond Money set aside for the Tasmanian governor's salary in the state budget is set to jump by more than $100,000 over five years.

Shoot Monis, lawyer would have told police

Peter Trute A lawyer who acted for "evil" Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis said he would have urged police to shoot him without hesitation, an inquest has heard.

Priest used confession to admit abuse

Megan Neil The chair of the child abuse royal commission has revealed at least one priest reconciled his offending after confessing to his confessor.

Tasmanian governor earns more than PM

Andrew Drummond Tasmania's budget shows a pay rise of $110,000 over five years for Governor Kate Warner, who already earns more than the Australian prime minister.

Online world of Lindt cafe gunman Monis

Lindt cafe gunman Man Haron Monis had a wide range of online and social media accounts, and paid for Facebook ads to promote his website.

Sex Party will apply to re-register

The deregistered Australian Sex Party says it'll apply to re-register in case there's an early federal election.