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Labor demands detail on foreign fighters bill before pledging support

Heath Aston, political correspondent Cracks have emerged in the bipartisan political response to the rising terrorist threat, with concern inside Labor at the extent and practicality of enhanced powers the federal government plans to...

Treasurer Joe Hockey hails G20 finance ministers' meeting a success

Gareth Hutchens, James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey says G20 finance ministers are 90 per cent of the way towards meeting a 2 per cent target for additional global growth, with more than 900 policy initiatives agreed to on the...

Climate activists rope in Three Sisters to make their point

One sister's opinion: a banner hung by climate activists in the Blue Mountains on Sunday.

Patrick Begley Australian climate change activists were keen to make their mark on Sunday, even 918 metres above sea level.

Spy organisation scouring social media for extremist threats

Philip Dorling Australia's peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Lauren Simmonds and Bicky Lee explore childhood, feminism in Flash/Girl

Jordan Beth Vincent FRINGE FESTIVAL: DANCE In Lauren Simmonds' performance artwork Flashlight, light shines through fragile structures cut from paper.

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media

Social media platforms have proven to be effective channels for supporters of the Islamic State (ISIL) to disseminate propaganda, attract recruits and raise funds.

Philip Dorling Australia’s peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Ebola crisis: 'I don't think people have cottoned on to the urgency of this calamity'

Professor Stephen Cordner.

Neil McMahon He knows death intimately. As a forensic pathologist in Australia, Stephen Cordner had seen more horror than most ever will, but had not known death to wreak such havoc on the living until he...

People smuggler supported by those he helped to Australia

Dawood Amiri

Michael Bachelard, Indonesia Correspondent A people smuggler involved in the deaths of 96 people when a boat sank in 2012 is being financially supported in an Indonesian prison by his former clients.

Dinka people

Dinka people who fled the viscious fighting in the nearby city of Bor. Many of them saw relatives and neighbours killed and were forced to hide in the bush for days until they reached safety. The displaced families are too afraid to return home and now live in Mingkaman in central South Sudan, the UN provides food for more than 90,000 displaced people.
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 19 the July 2014.

Dinka people who fled the viscious fighting in the nearby city of Bor. Many of them saw relatives and neighbours killed and were forced to hide in the bush for days until they reached safety.

Australian Federal Police seize millions from the bank accounts of nine Russian business people

Nine Russian nationals used a Gold Coast ANZ bank to wire large sums of money from companies in Asia.

Rory Callinan and Anne Tarasov The Gold Coast branch of the ANZ Bank sees its fair share of wealthy new customers, but few could match the depositing power of the smartly-dressed tourists with Russian accents who opened accounts...

Fresh legal challenge as boat people come ashore

Asylum seekers coming to mainland (Thumbnail)

Matthew Knott Lawyers representing more than 150 Tamil asylum seekers say they will use a High Court hearing to try to quash any attempts to return them to India.

Boat people will not be sent to Sri Lanka

Refugee boat caught up in the people trade. Story Michael Duffy. Photo Supplied. SHD News

Sarah Whyte A boatload of 153 asylum seekers who are being detained on the high seas would not be transferred to Sri Lanka, lawyers for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said during a directions hearing on...

ASIO looking to get smart people into the spy game

ASIO

Steve Lillebuen Psssst! Can you keep a secret?

Two people die in SA plane crash

Victoria Police tape

Two people have died in a plane crash in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

Murder accused Lian Bin Xie allegedly told inmate how he disposed of the weapon he used to kill five people

Lian Bin

Paul Bibby and Louise Hall A man accused of beating and strangling his brother-in-law’s family to death in their north-west Sydney home allegedly disclosed his motive for the crime and the method by which he disposed of the...

Young people on Newstart forced to beg and approach charities

Begging in Melbourne's CBD.

Matt Wade One in four people on the dole for more than a year have been forced to beg on the streets and six in 10 have approached a charity for help, a grim new academic study into life on unemployment...

Ordinary people, lending a hand

Refugees from Bhutan Muskan and baby Akash are staying with Ann Marrow at her home in Williamstown.

A metallic green Ford Falcon station wagon crunches down the gravel driveway of Ann Morrow's Williamstown home. ''Here they are,'' she says, interrupting herself mid-thought and marching outside.

Heart disease on the rise in young people

Karlie Burgess

Lucy Carroll The number of young people admitted to hospital with heart disease and stroke has jumped by 30 per cent in the past 10 years, with experts warning obesity and binge smoking are to blame.

Workplace stress the next target for beyondblue after survey finds one in four think depressed people are a danger to others

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Julia Medew Discriminating attitudes towards people with a mental illness have decreased over the past decade, but many Australians still believe people with depression are dangerous, ''weak-willed'' and have...