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Man dies in workplace incident in NSW

12:24pm Police are trying to piece together how a man died at a transport business north of Sydney on Saturday morning.

Head of abuse inquiry to address victims

9:44am The head of the national child sexual abuse inquiry, Justice Peter McClellan, will address an event organised by a victims' group campaigning for justice.

Contest goes ahead after two shark attacks

9:13am Hundreds of young surfers will hit the waves on the NSW north coast in a major contest despite two shark attacks nearby.

Govt launches blueprint for farming future

Belinda Merhab 11:05am The federal government says the measures announced in the long-awaited agriculture white paper are an investment in the dignity of Australian farmers.

Abetz rebukes council over gay marriage

5:29pm A letter in which Eric Abetz criticises Hobart council for passing a motion backing gay marriage has emerged.

Family pay price of Sydney man's murder

Ava Benny-Morrison 5:07pm A sheik has told those gathered for the funeral of a Sydney man who was shot dead in a park that he died because "someone wanted to be a bad boy".

Investigation into deadly 'bath milk'

4:27pm A working group has been set up to look at preventing consumption of raw milk that has been linked to deaths and serious illness in Victoria.

Cabinet reshuffle tipped for end of year

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 4:27pm The prime minister could shake up his frontbench at the end of the year as he gears up for an election.

Children at risk in 'hidden' care system

Annette Blackwell 4:26pm An investigation into Australia's out-of-home care system has revealed that governments struggle to uncover or prevent sex abuse in foster homes.

Horror fan convicted over attempted murder

Rick Goodman 6:03pm Convicted attacker Luke Woods, who stabbed a taxi driver several times, says the six horror movies he watched made him feel like murdering someone.

ABC check finds Mallah not dangerous

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer A Department of Communications review of the ABC's Q&A has found the program team satisfied themselves Zaky Mallah was an appropriate audience member.

Lambie compares Greens to Islamic State

Andrew Drummond The Greens have demanded an apology from outspoken independent senator Jacqui Lambie, after she compared them to Islamic terrorists.

Trio charged after NSW kidnapping

A NSW mother has been left shaken after receiving a photo of her injured son along with a note demanding money for his release.

Resignation 'best outcome': Carmody

Queensland Justice Tim Carmody says he has no regrets and is looking forward to his new job after resigning as the state's chief justice.

Kathy Jackson to face $2.5m legal claim

A $2.5 million claim against former Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson will go ahead despite her declaring bankruptcy.

Treasury workers back pay offer

Employment Minister Eric Abetz has welcomed news Treasury workers have voted for the government's pay offer.

Iraqis getting better: Australian trainers

Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent The first Iraqi Army unit to be trained by Australian and New Zealand troops has graduated and will soon join the fight against Islamic State.

New program to get nurses in rural areas

Rural and remote communities are set to get more nurses under a new federal government program to bolster frontline health services.

Walsh's son appears at bedside court

The son of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has appeared at a bedside court hearing, charged with murdering his father.

Child marriages on the rise: Care

Lisa Martin Aid group Care warns humanitarian emergencies such as the Syrian conflict are increasing the number of child marriages.

NSW schools to help stop domestic violence

Rebekah Ison All NSW high schools will teach students about domestic violence from next year, the state government has announced.

Walsh hailed as loyal footy person

Steve Larkin Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is being remembered as a loyal football person who showed genuine care for his players.

Abbott tours visiting US warship in Sydney

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is touring an American warship which is in Sydney ahead of joint training exercises with the Australian Defence Force.

Government's eyes on frequent flyer points

Jennifer Rajca The Australian government, which relies on air travel for 150 agencies and 100,000 travellers, is looking to receive the pool of its frequent flyer points.

Son of AFL coach charged with his murder

Steve Larkin The son of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has appeared at a bedside court hearing, charged with murdering his father.

Australia trims cash for world's hungry

Lisa Martin Australian cash to the World Food Program over the next four years will be $12.5 million less than the previous allocation.

Gay marriage '20th order' issue: Robb

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer Government ministers say the economy and national security should come well before same-sex marriage as an issue for parliament.

Jetstar Bali flights resume amid ash alert

Jetstar has resumed flights to Bali after earlier cancellations were made over concerns an ash cloud was drifting towards Denpasar International Airport.

Elusive croc threatens Qld swim event

A four-metre croc that has so far avoided all efforts to trap it could force the cancellation of an open water swim event off Townsville.

Tas police confident dig will find woman

Andrew Drummond Police are confident the planned excavation of roadside scrubland north of Hobart will lead to the remains of a woman who went missing in 1969.