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Catholic bishops not compelled to report sex abuse: Vatican

Rachel Browne 1:47 PM   A training manual for new Catholic bishops has advised that they are "not necessarily" required to report suspected clerical child abuse to the police.

Doctors offer to get Cardinal George Pell back to the Royal Commission safe and sound

Dr Richard Sallie has offered to give Cardinal George Pell a helping hand.

Liam Mannix 1:13 PM   WA physician has been taking volunteers for a small medical team who plan to help Australia's senior Catholic overcome his ill-health and fly from Rome to Melbourne.

Man accused of South Australia backpacker attack sought love online

A Facebook profile photo of the man arrested over an attack on two backpackers on a South Australian beach.

Megan Levy 12:51 PM   The man accused of a terrifying attack on two German backpackers at a remote South Australian beach had been searching for love online, describing himself on a dating website as being respectful to women and on the hunt for a "future wife".

Mission impossible to rescue kids of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf

Neil Fergus of Intelligent Risks warns it is too risky to go into Raqqa to rescue orphaned children of terrorist Khaled ...

Natalie O'Brien 12:38 PM   They didn't ask to be taken there. The children are victims just like many others.

'Maybe I'm naive': CSIRO's Larry Marshall tries again to explain deep staff cuts

Trying again: CSIRO chief Larry Marshall makes an internal video that the staff union dubs a "puff piece".

Peter Hannam 12:16 PM   CSIRO chief Larry Marshall has stepped up efforts to convince staff that the plan to lop 350 jobs will be good for the organisation, according to a transcript of an internal video leaked by disgruntled employees.

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Family's claim for remote oil-rich reefs fails

Paul Ure and his wife Sylvia.

Louise Hall 10:40 AM   In March 1970, Australian businessman Alexander Ure erected a sign on the bridge of a wrecked cargo liner resting on a remote reef 600 kilometres east of Coffs Harbour.

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Tara Nettleton, widow of Australian Islamic State terrorist, dies in Syria

Karen Nettleton and her daughter Tara.

Natalie O'Brien 10:18 AM   Tara Nettleton, the widow of Islamic Terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, has died in Syria from complications associated with appendicitis.

Barnaby Joyce accused of pork-barrelling

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson 10:10 AM   But the minister is on the front foot - 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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Backpacker 'naked, screaming for help' after escaping alleged attacker in South Australia

A Facebook photo of the man accused of abducting and attempting to murder two backpackers in South Australia.

Megan Levy 9:13 AM   A group of fishermen have described the horrifying moment a terrified young European backpacker emerged from sand dunes at a remote South Australian beach - naked, bleeding and begging for their help.

Students locked out as one of Australia's largest colleges collapses


Henrietta Cook and Sarah Danckert 7:59 AM   Thousands of students of at least four colleges have been left in limbo with huge debts following the collapse of one of the country's largest vocational education companies.

ADF officials defend mefloquine

Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

Henry Belot 7:51 AM   Senior ADF official tells senate hearing he is keeping himself in the dark about progress of Inspector-General's investigation.

ATO warns 60 multinationals 'enough is enough' on tax avoidance

Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says there is no intention to move large numbers of public servants away from ...

Heath Aston 7:50 AM   The Australian Tax Office has warned 60 multinational companies to "stop gaming the system" and start paying their tax.

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Female backpackers escape alleged kidnapping and murder in South Australian bush

Police were called to Coorong National Park near Salt Creek.

Kate Aubusson 6:17 AM   Two female backpackers have survived a terrifying ordeal after a man allegedly tried to kidnap and murder them in South Australian bushland on Tuesday.

Schools should look after kids 'from 7am to 6pm', says Clover Moore

Kate Walsh with her children, Quinn, 5, Aidan, 4, and one-year-old Niamh at Leichhardt Town Hall after school care.

Eryk Bagshaw 1:40 AM   The NSW Government has stepped in to relieve the after school care shortage.

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Wartime sweethearts reunite after 70 years

Norwood Thomas, holds up a photo of wartime sweetheart Joyce Morris at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The pair ...

1:34 AM   They smiled, they hugged, they kissed. And in those few moments the past 70 years just melted away as wartime sweethearts Norwood "Tommy" Thomas and Joyce Morris were reunited.

Millions to be spent on APS offices nobody wants

Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says there is no intention to move large numbers of public servants away from ...

Noel Towell 9:08 PM    It's going to cost $72 million, but the ATO still doesn't know what to do with it.

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Leafy greens linked with salmonella exported to Asia

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Esther Han 8:58 PM   Australian leafy greens, linked with a growing salmonella outbreak, may have been exported to Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Defence Department boss says new pay deal will disappoint some

 Dennis Richardson said the new offer, which includes a six per cent pay increase over three years, would be comparable ...

Henry Belot 7:45 PM   Department of Defence secretary Dennis Richardson believes a revised pay deal will inevitably disappoint many public servants.

Helping poor 'less important' goal for aid


Ross Peake 12:00 AM   With further cuts likely in the May budget, a lack of funding predictability is now seen as the biggest weakness of the aid program. Ross Peake says.

STEAM: How art can help maths students

Maxim and Zelda Winestock with some of the students' art pieces at the International Grammar School in Ultimo, Sydney.

Tom Joyner 6:15 PM   "Elegance and beauty" - a Sydney school is putting the art into STEM.

Why sex matters in science

The under-representation of female mice in animal trials could have dramatic implications.

Bridie Smith 5:22 PM   Female participation in scientific research needs to increase dramatically, if discoveries are to benefit all of humanity. It's a familiar theme. But this time, there's a twist.

Living in Canberra a huge barrier, says John Fraser

Treasury head John Fraser.

Phillip Thomson 3:22 PM   Treasury secretary outlines plans to attract deputy secretaries and other top staff by making Sydney and Melbourne an option.

Whooping cough cases quadruple in NSW

A severe whooping cough season has prompted a vaccine supply shortage.

Harriet Alexander   More than 12,000 notifications as vaccine stocks in the private market run dry.

Joyce moves public servants from Canberra

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says decentralisation is "a real priority for this government".

Phillip Thomson   Agriculture minister moves ahead with controversial decentralisation plan for three organisations.

Potential measles outbreak in Brunswick

The measles rash on the face of a child.

Liam Mannix, Marissa Calligeros   Four people living in the Brunswick area have contracted the disease.

Australian bushfires on the rise, new research finds

The number of bushfires are on the rise in Australia according to new research.

Tom Arup   The number of bushfires in Australia is on the rise - up 40 per cent since 2007 - local scientists have found as part of research to try develop a system for firefighters to help them forecast where they might breakout.

Australia needs 'highly effective' climate research: chief scientist

Dr Alan Finkel made his first appearance before Senate estimates as Australia's Chief Scientist on Wednesday.

Peter Hannam   Australia's new chief scientist Alan Finkel has had "significant conversations" with leading researchers to ensure planned deep cuts to climate science programs by the CSIRO would not undermine the country's ability to deal with global warming.

Job losses loom in Canberra

Katy Gallagher says cutting $3m by June is an "impossible ask"

Phillip Thomson   Galleries and museums in Canberra will have another round of cuts to staff numbers as they face an "impossible ask".

'I'd be in trouble if either girl wanted to screw me': Roosh's deleted blog post

Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, the American founder of the Return of Kings group.

Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh has admitted to committing what "could be considered rape", by having sex with two girls he had to hold down after they repeatedly said 'no'.

Why you should think twice about Thermomix and Nutribullet


Esther Han   Fifty-six major electronics companies have been graded based on their supply chains. None received an A.