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National

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest call to manage welfare payments

Andrew Forrest wants all welfare recipients to be included under new income management plan.

8:50am Millions of welfare recipients could be told what they can and can't buy if the federal government accepts a new plan.

Video World News

Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

8:40am Britain is soon to commence testing driverless cars on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program set to last up to three years.

Soccer

Marc Janko to be announced as Sydney FC's marquee signing

Marc Janko ... Sydney FC's new marquee signing

8:38am Austrian Marc Janko will be unveiled as Sydney FC’s marquee signing on Thursday.

Queensland

Celebrity chef Neil Perry helps design luxury Highgate Hill complex

The Highgate, at Highgate Hill, Brisbane.

MATT CRANSTON 8:36am Celebrity chef Neil Perry involved in designing Brisbane's luxury tower.

Travel News

Floating snowflake hotel offers different view of Northern Lights

JOHN O'CEALLAIGH 8:35am Travellers who dream of seeing the Northern Lights will have the opportunity to do so from a glass-roofed, snowflake-shaped floating hotel come 2017.

Video World News

In the bombed Gaza school

RUTH POLLARD 8:31am GRAPHIC CONTENT: Ruth Pollard witnesses the death and destruction at the UN school in Gaza hit with Israeli artillery, killing at least 19 people.

Commonwealth Games News

David Katoatau wins Kiribati's first Games medal

David Katoatau of Kiribati celebrates his nation's first gold medal.

8:29am David Katoatau won the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati's first ever medal at the Commonwealth Games as he claimed gold in the men's 105kg weightlifting competiton.

Video Environment News

Weather extremes for Melbourne

Weather extremes for Melbourne (Thumbnail)

8:28am Expect high winds and icy-cold rain in Melbourne with temperatures set to drop around eight degrees on Thursday.

Music

Lady Gaga: Jazz is easier than pop

Lady Gaga kisses Tony Bennett.

8:25am Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek,...

Commonwealth Games News

England clean sweep in women's gymnastics

Claudia Fragapane of England

8:22am Claudia Fragapane has won gold in an England clean sweep in the women's artistic gymnastics individual all-around at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

World

MH17: Julie Bishop concerned Russia may be actively undermining process to access crash site

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop

8:21am Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is concerned that Russia could be actively undermining the process to access the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17, after the Dutch-led investigation team again...

Carbon Economy

Solar energy clouds NSW's $10b sale of 'poles and wires

Power play over solar energy.

8:21am Sun-drenched Australia's growing love of solar power is casting a long shadow over its biggest privatisation in two decades and the second-biggest sale ever of a state asset.

Soccer

Romelu Lukaku joins Everton in STG28m deal

Romelu Lukaku.

8:19am Everton broke their club transfer record when they paid STG28 million ($A51 million) to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku on a five-year deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Cricket

England eyes win against India in third Test

Moeen Ali is congratulated by Joe Root after taking the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara.

8:16am England are closing in on a series-levelling victory in the third Test after reducing India to 4-112 in their second innings.

Sport

Fresh Adam Scott ready for Rory McIlroy and co

Adam Scott.

8:09am Adam Scott has returned to the US to kick-start a huge seven week stretch of golf where he hopes to cement his place as World No.1.

Climate Change

Intensifying ocean acidity from carbon emissions hitting Pacific shellfish industry

Shelling out: acidification signs are on the increase.

REID WILSON 8:07am For more than a century, Bill Taylor's family has used the calm, protected waters of Puget Sound to raise oysters, planting billions of larvae in underwater beds and then harvesting them to ship to...

Business

Tony Abbott's daughter focus of Fair Work claim against design school

In the firing line: Frances Abbott with her father.

RACHEL NICKLESS 8:05am The design school that handed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s daughter a scholarship faces a legal claim by a former employee who was investigated by the school after the story broke.

Digital Life News

Asana hopes to end reliance on email

Make it stop: Turn to tech to halt reply all email chains.

MICHAEL LIEDTKE 8:00am More email translates to less productivity as workers spend more time weeding their inboxes. A San Francisco start-up founded by two former Facebook and Google heavyweights hopes to change that.

Video World News

Gaza death toll nears 1300

Palestinian youths cry after identifying their loved one, killed on an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighbourhood, at the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, Wednesday July 30, 2014. Israeli strikes hit the crowded shopping area in Gaza City, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air an d artillery attacks that push the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

7:52am Emergency workers fight through smoke and rubble to find victims of an Israeli air strike on a day that saw the death toll in Gaza edge closer to 1300.

Music

Ministry of Sounds competition

ERIKA BACON 7:52am This week we have five copies of Ministry of Sound's Sessions Eleven to be won.

Commonwealth Games News

Arrests and sackings: Australians caught up in drama at Commonwealth Games

STEVE LILLEBUEN 7:50am It has been a day of drama for Australians in Glasgow with a head coach sacked, a medal-winning weightlifter arrested and a boxer’s brother facing criminal charges.

Celebrity

Orlando Bloom throws punch at Justin Bieber over Miranda Kerr

Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom

LUCY CORMACK 7:46am What started as a rumoured dalliance between Australia's biggest beauty export and the celebrity everyone loves to hate has ended with an alleged punch in an exclusive Ibiza restaurant.

Commonwealth Games News

Kim Mickle wins Games gold in javelin

Kim Mickle

JOHN SALVADO 7:42am Australian Kim Mickle has claimed gold in the women's javelin at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

World business

Argentina in default after missed payment, says S&P

Argentina

CAMILA RUSSO 7:41am Standard & Poor's declared Argentina in default after the government missed a deadline for an interest payment on $US13 billion of restructured bonds.

Video World News

New US, EU sanctions for Russia

7:33am European countries hope a new round of sanctions targeting Russia's state-owned banks and trade in technology and arms will have the desired effect without harming their own economies.

Markets

need2know: Little movement after Fed statement

No signs of crisis despite sharp market falls: AFR (Thumbnail)

7:27am Local stocks are poised to open little changed after Wall Street traded sideways with no fresh reason from the Fed to push shares higher.

World

Peace Corps withdraws over Ebola fears

Medical personnel demonstrate protective equipment to educate team members on the Ebola virus  in Liberia.

7:19am The US Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was pulling volunteers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to growing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa.

Video National News

Public schools call on alumni

7:11am Video from the NSW Department of Education is part of a new project encouraging schools to form alumni associations to bolster the reputation of public schools and prevent students' migration to...

Queensland

Man robbed, threatened with syringe at Inala

KRISTIAN SILVA 7:05am A man has been threatened with a syringe and robbed while sitting in his car at Inala, police say.

ACT News

Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday July 31

HENRY BELOT 7:00am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

Victoria

Wind, rain, snow, hail: extreme weather expected across Victoria

Rainy days in Melbourne

PATRICK HATCH 6:56am Melbourne will face a whirlwind of weather extremes on Thursday, with high winds expected to blast commuters on their way to work and icy rain to drench them on their way home. 

Video World News

Gaza shelling hits UN school

A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli shelling on July 30, 2014. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed

A United Nations school being used as a refuge for Gaza residents is hit by shell fire, killing 19.

Commonwealth Games News

Commonwealth Games 2014: Eric Hollingsworth not popular with athletes, says Fabrice Lapierre

Athletics Australia's head coach Eric Hollingsworth has been stood down but remains in Glasgow.

MICHAEL GLEESON Most athletes didn't like head coach Eric Hollingsworth according to long jumper Fabrice Lapierre.

Startup

Four myths about successful start-ups

JO SABIN Punishing hours and decision-making on the fly are not necessarily the way forward for every emerging business.

World business

US Fed trims stimulus, notes economy strengthening

US Fed chair Janet Yellen has warned  have argued that considerable slack remains in the economy and are wary of moving rates up too soon.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday upgraded its assessment of the US economy, taking note of a decline in the jobless rate and signaling more comfort that inflation was moving up toward its target.

Markets

S&P 500, Nasdaq end up as Fed in no rush to raise rates

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a rosier assessment of the U.S. economy while reaffirming that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates.

Video Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

Hollingsworth banned over Pearson remarks

Hollingsworth suspended over Pearson (Thumbnail)

Athletics Australia has suspended head coach Eric Hollingsworth in unanimous decision over his explosive criticism against Sally Pearson.

Commonwealth Games News

Matthew Mitcham claims silver medal in diving

Mitcham, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, has yet to top the podium at the Commonwealth Games.

STATHI PAXINOS A decade in the business and approaching the end of a successful career, Matthew Mitcham on Wednesday night again missed winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal, collecting his fifth silver when he...

World

In Ukraine, lives of innocent caught in crossfire

Nastia Dankovtseva in the hallway of building in Dontesk that now accommodates the internally displaced people in Donetsk.

PAUL MCGEOUGH At age 11 year, Nastia Dankovtseva is too familiar with the weapons of war.

Video World News

Deadly landslide buries Indian village

Rescuers work at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The landslide that hit early Wednesday morning killed more than a dozen and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. The area received 10.8 centimeters (4.25 inches) of rain on Tuesday, with a heavy downpour continuing through Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nitin Lawate)

RAW VISION: Rescuers work through the aftermath of a massive landslide that devastated the remote village of Ambegaon in western India, killing at least 17 people on Wednesday.

Video Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

Bolt in Commonwealth Games s--t storm

Bolt denies Commonwealth Games slam (Thumbnail)

Usain Bolt dismisses making disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games, throwing his support behind his team to watch the netball.

Commonwealth Games News

Shelley Watts' opponents fought the law ... and the law won

MALCOLM KNOX The Australian Commonwealth Games team could do with a good lawyer at the moment, but one of its best legal minds is too busy getting into fights. Legal ones, that is.

Commonwealth Games News

Boxer Jordan Samardali's brother arrested, charged with assault, in Glasgow

Australian boxer Jordan Samardali.

PHIL LUTTON The brother of Australian boxer Jordan Samardali has been charged with aggravated assault after an incident in Glasgow late on Wednesday night.

Commonwealth Games News

Deborah Acason finishes fourth in weightlifting

IAN MCCULLOUGH Deborah Acason has finished fourth in the women's +75kg weightlifting event.

Commonwealth Games News

Tough second day on mat for Australian wrestlers

ALEXANDRA PATRIKIOS An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but 12 bananas a day doesn't do much against a Cameroon wrestler at the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games News

Max Whitlock stars to take all-around gold

World class: Max Whitlock of England performs on the parallel bars.

STEVE JANCETIC Englishman Max Whitlock has proven he is not just the best gymnast in the Commonwealth but one of the best in the world, with a dominant display to take Glasgow Games gold in the men's individual...

Commonwealth Games News

Headgear rule cost me a medal, says Australian boxer Daniel Lewis

Denied: Daniel Lewis in action against Kehinde Ademuyiwa of Nigeria on Saturday.

IAN MCCULLOUGH Angry Australian welterweight Daniel Lewis has slammed the no-headgear rule, claiming it cost him a medal when he was deemed unfit to fight his Commonwealth Games quarter-final.

World

After a reported 17 warnings on shelter location, Israeli artillery hits Gaza school, killing 19

A boy wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabalia waits for treatment.

RUTH POLLARD Four donkeys lay dead at the gate of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, the first indication of the bloody human toll inside.

Commonwealth Games News

Matthew Mitcham wins Games diving silver

Matthew Mitcham in action during the men's 1m springboard.

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has claimed the Commonwealth Games one-metre springboard silver medal in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.

Video World News

'Louis Slungpue' pranks US news station

'Someone took a really large dump', that's according 'Louis Slungpue', a fake caller to a US news station reporting on a major burst water main in Los Angeles.

Video World News

Otters cool off at water slides

River otters hit the water slides at the Ichikawa City zoo in Japan to beat a summer heatwave. (RAW VISION)

Commonwealth Games News

Francois Etoundi, Australian weightlifter, detained after alleged fight in Commonwealth Games village

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CHRIS BARRETT AND PHIL LUTTON A member of the Australian Commonwealth Games team has been detained by police over an alleged altercation at the athletes' village in Glasgow early on Wednesday morning.

Commonwealth Games News

Athletics Australia suspends coach Eric Hollingsworth for criticising Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson (centre) and coach Eric Hollingsworth (right) during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

MICHAEL GLEESON For saying Pearson sets a bad example, the coach has been suspended and is poised to be sent home from Glasgow.

Athletics

Athletics Australia suspends coach Eric Hollingsworth for criticising Sally Pearson

Sally Pearson (centre) and coach Eric Hollingsworth (right) during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

MICHAEL GLEESON For saying Pearson sets a bad example, the coach has been suspended and is poised to be sent home from Glasgow.

World

New poll finds most Russians believe Ukraine shot down flight MH17

Hmmm... Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings are at historically high levels, now at 85 per cent.

ADAM TAYLOR Just 3 per cent of Russians believe separatists in Ukraine might have shot down the plane, a new poll shows.

CT Letters

A renewable argument

What J. McKerral overlooks is the signal that Australia's high per capita emissions sends to the rest of the world.

Victoria

Alcoa's Point Henry aluminium smelter in Geelong prepares to close

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Tomorrow, it's all over at Alcoa. The last shipment of alumina unloaded from the pier, the fires extinguished in the furnace, smelting pots shut down and no more jobs for life.

Banking & Finance

Cheap money fires home loan competition

Big Four Banks ANZ Westpac NAB Commonwealth  Illustration Karl Hilzinger
For SI 12th January 2010

CLANCY YEATES AND JONATHAN SHAPIRO Australia's big banks are fuelling their hot competition in the home loan market by ramping up their use of cheap global financing, raising $125 billion on wholesale funding markets in the last...

Political News

Jobless treated same as offenders

Job seekers browse job notices at a jobs and skills expo run by the Australian government in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Australia's unemployment rate probably climbed to 5.3 percent last month from 5.1 percent in August, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News

GARETH HUTCHENS People who are asked to join work-for-the-dole program may end up doing the same work, and working alongside, people completing court-ordered community service for breaking the law.

Political News

Clive Palmer hits out at 'failed' budget, calls for double dissolution

Clive Palmer

JAMES MASSOLA, LATIKA BOURKE Clive Palmer says the federal government's budget has crashed and he has challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a double dissolution or implement a mini-budget.

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Top Ebola doctor dies from the virus

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a national hero in Sierra Leone for his efforts to combat the worst outbreak of Ebola on record, died from the disease on Tuesday.