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Qld govt reveals Cape York plan

The Queensland government has publicly released a plan to allow development in Cape York - a fortnight after repealing Labor's Wild Rivers laws.

Abuse victims want action from Archbishop

The Archbishop of Melbourne will give evidence to the child abuse royal commission on Monday about the church's response to clergy sex abuse.

Man jailed for threatening ASIO officer

Lauren Farrow A man who threatened to "crack the neck" of an ASIO officer has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Bail denied over Sydney woman's murder

Toby Mann Bail has been denied to a man who allegedly solicited the murder of his sister-in-law in Sydney 24 years ago.

Former Vic premier Baillieu quits politics

Patrick Caruana Former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu will not recontest his seat of Hawthorn at the November state election.

Abuse victims happy with response: church

Angus Livingston The man in charge of the Catholic Church's payouts to Melbourne victims of pedophile priests says the majority of them are happy with the process.

NBN users to be warned of blackout risk

Phones running on the National Broadband Network's fibre cabling are useless in a blackout, and users must be warned, the communications watchdog says.

Vic man killed baby boy for revenge: trial

Patrick Caruana A Melbourne man killed his girlfriend's infant son because he suspected an affair between his lover and a drug dealer, a court has been told.

Dad watched girls dance then murdered them

Joel Cresswell A Melbourne father watched his girls dance in the ballerina dresses he had bought for them before murdering them.

AFL player Daw faces court on rape charges

North Melbourne AFL player Majak Daw will face court on rape charges in December.

PM agrees with RBA chief's view of budget

Prime Minister Tony Abbott uses Reserve Bank's governor's "prudent and sensible" comments to defend his government's first budget.

Pell's comment outrages support groups

There were 'gasps' from the court room as Cardinal George Pell made comments comparing the Catholic Church with a truck company, at a royal commission.

St George to introduce fingerprint banking

St George Bank is leading the world with a plan to let customers use the iPhone 5S's fingerprint security scanner to access mobile banking.

MPs draw line under Shorten allegations

Labor MPs rally around Bill Shorten over rape allegations while senior coalition figures agree with the opposition leader's decision to go public.

First fibre-to-node users connected to NBN

The first fibre-to-the-node users of the national broadband network have been connected, marking a milestone for the coalition's preferred technology.

Crown wins new, improved Vic licence

Trevor Chappell James Packer's Crown Resorts has won a sweetened deal for its Melbourne casino from the Victorian government in return for up to $910 million.

Morrison defends asylum seeker policy

Elise Scott Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has faced a Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention, defending his policy of offshore processing.

Eastman walks out of prison

Max Blenkin David Eastman has walked from prison after the ACT Supreme Court quashed his conviction for murdering senior police officer Colin Winchester in 1989.

Vatican keeps pedophile priest files quiet

The child abuse royal commission is being denied Vatican files on Australian priests accused of sex crimes.

Protesters breach fence at Abbott speech

Dozens of police are containing protesters outside an Adelaide theatre where the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is speaking.

ICAC to be given more powers: NSW govt

Premier Mike Baird says the ICAC will be given more powers to investigate NSW ministers.

Shorten says allegation untrue, abhorrent

Police have decided not to lay criminal charges against Labor leader Bill Shorten over a rape allegation dating back to 1986.

Accused insider traders to plead guilty

Two men accused of running a $7 million insider trading racket will likely plead guilty to their involvement, their lawyers say.

Shaw demanded judicial appointment: A-G

Victoria's attorney-general says the MP who holds the balance of power in Victoria's parliament demanded he make a judicial appointment.

Man shot in Romeo and Juliet affair: court

Lauren Farrow A man shot in Sydney was involved in a Romeo and Juliet type affair with the alleged gunman's sister, a court has heard.

Truth of sea shooting video still murky

Warwick Goodman Fijian police continue to investigate a video of men shot at sea, but a boating authority claims it shows a Somali pirate hijacking gone wrong.

TWU boss defends fighting fund

Annette Blackwell TWU boss Tony Sheldon has told a royal commission the union's fighting fund has been used legitimately in an environment where it's much needed.

Sydney Muslim forum to discuss terror laws

Ehssan Veiszadeh Sydney's Muslim community will have an opportunity to discuss their concerns about the government's planned anti-terror laws at a forum.

Ex-Victorian priest to face 2015 retrial

Joel Cresswell Former Catholic priest David Edwin Rapson will face fresh trials on child sex charges next year.

UNHCR may intervene in asylum seeker case

Patrick Caruana The full bench of the High Court will decide in October whether the federal government had the power to detain 157 asylum seekers on the high seas.