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Queensland

Queensland dad, son fight it out in mudflats

2:18pm A man and his son are no doubt feeling a little foolish after the pair had a public punch up while stuck in mudflats off central Cairns.

Banking & Finance

It's not a question if, but when lending rules are tightened, S&P says

Regulators have made it clear that any changes to lending rules will mainly target housing investors.

CLANCY YEATES 2:18pm Standard & Poor's says it's no longer a question if, but when financial regulators will tighten lending rules to dampen the growth in borrowing by housing investors and fend off a potential property...

Video Trailers

Trailer: The Pyramid

2:16pm An archaeological team attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature.

Trends

Is this Australia's best mechanic?

ALEXANDRA CAIN 2:12pm It’s entirely possible I have the best grease monkey in the country, if not the world.

Growing

Resilience at the heart of Australian small business

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MARTIN SEWARD 1:53pm Research shows business is getting tougher.

Cricket

Helmets make modern-day batsmen feel impregnable

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GEOFFREY BOYCOTT 1:53pm Most of my career I batted on uncovered pitches without a helmet. This taught me how important it was to have a good technique and courage against fast bowling.

Video Trailers

Trailer: Kingsman - The Secret Service

1:52pm A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

Business

New iPhones pay off for Optus

“The iPhone 6 period has really heightened that and the device has driven more demand than anyone would’ve really expected.

DAVID RAMLI 1:46pm SingTel-Optus’ release of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones was the most successful device launch in the company’s history.

World

Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

Accused: Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.

BRIAN ELLSWORTH 1:45pm Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro.

Managing

The risks of letting employees work from home

Work from home

JOHN ARGENT 1:43pm It's a strategy that offers multiple benefits, but it's also important to be aware of the risks.

Government IT

NBN Co to charge thousands for fibre-on-demand broadband connections

Morrow

HANNAH FRANCIS 1:38pm If you miss out on the full-fibre NBN, you'll still have options. Just be prepared to pay.

Victoria

Motorcyclist killed in crash with CFA vehicle

MARISSA CALLIGEROS 1:33pm A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a Country Fire Authority vehicle east of Melbourne.

WA News

Senior WA Comancheros charged over brutal bashings

CORTLAN BENNETT 1:31pm West Australian police have arrested the state's most senior Comanchero bikie gang members over a brutal assault on two men at a Muay Thai boxing event two weeks ago.

Video Trailers

Trailer: Peanuts

1:27pm Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace! - embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown...

Banking & Finance

Bank of Queensland reveals big jump in home loans

BoQ says more of its home loans are coming through brokers.

SHAUN DRUMMOND 1:24pm Home loan approvals at Bank of Queensland jumped 20 per cent between September and October.

Culture

Ten ‘bad boy’ cars that ooze cool

MIKE HUYNH 1:22pm You can't buy cool, but you can at least park it in your driveway with these gnarly beasts.

Video Trailers

Trailer: The Age of Adaline

1:19pm A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.

Horseracing

Avonnova's trackwork so poor a Miracle Mile start was last thing on trainer Ian Gurney's mind

CHRIS ROOTS 1:18pm Ian Gurney thought he had "thrown away 20 grand" when he got Avonnova back to Queensland this time last year.

Victoria

Man dies after being run down by cow in Geelong

Cow.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS 1:17pm A man has died after being run down by a cow south-east of Melbourne.

Victoria

Teen drivers in horror crash deny drag racing

MARK RUSSELL 1:11pm Two teenage drivers involved in a horrific crash that almost killed a young woman had been driving side by side at more than 45km/h over the speed limit but denied they were drag racing, a court has...

Cricket

Phillip Hughes: Macksville praying for their home-town hero

Phillip Hughes

DARREN WALTON 1:10pm Phillip Hughes' home town on the NSW mid north coast is in shock and praying that the stricken cricketer pulls through.

Victoria

Victorian MPs on Twitter followed by flock of fake birds

CRAIG BUTT AND SCOTT TIBBALLS 1:08pm Victorian MPs boast a combined Twitter following of more than 175,000, but a sizeable proportion of their flock are less than genuine.

Video Trailers

Trailer: Ex Machina

1:07pm A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

Video National News

GP co-payment 'far bigger' than it needed to be

1:06pm Former policy adviser to Tony Abbott and architect of the GP co-payment says he thinks the Government made the policy "far bigger and more complex than it needed to be" in an effort put more savings...

AFL News

AFL national draft: St Kilda have perfect record with No. 1 pick, says AFL national talent manager Kevin Sheehan

RONNY LERNER 1:04pm If any club should be confident of getting the No.1 draft pick right it would be St Kilda, according to the league’s national talent manager Kevin Sheehan.

Victoria

Ronald Sinclair accused of plan to explode a device in lead up to Victorian state election

Man arrested in possession of gun powder, wiring and ammunition who allegedly planned to explode a device at the state election this weekend.

STEVE BUTCHER 1:01pm Police have arrested a man in possession of gunpowder, wiring and ammunition who allegedly planned to explode a device at this weekend's Victorian state election.

ACT News

Who will replace Kate Lundy as the ACT's Labor Senator?

ROSS PEAKE 1:00pm A dream job is now available in Canberra – being paid $195,000 a year, and with a likely tenure of 10 years or more.

Retail

Woolworths backs full-year profit growth guidance

Woolworths says it doesn't expect discount grocery chains to have the same impact here as they have had in the UK.

SUE MITCHELL 12:59pm Woolworths has quashed doubts that it won't hit its full-year profit targets, despite weak first quarter sales in food and liquor and widening losses at Masters.

World

In Ferguson, black residents guard at white-owned store

Out of operation: The remains of a business set on fire after the announcement of the grand jury verdict.

EMILY FLITTER 12:52pm Since riots and looting first erupted, nearly all the businesses in a 5-square-kilometre area of Ferguson have had to board up. This petrol station is the sole exception.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory eye A-League history against Adelaide

'We can sense a big occassion coming': Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

12:49pm For proud Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat, there are plenty of reasons to be motivated this Friday night.

ARIAs

John Butler reminds ARIAs of embarrassing oversight on the night

John Butler Trio accept an ARIA for best Blues and Roots Album.

ERYK BAGSHAW 12:48pm The ARIA Awards have come under withering criticism from an Aboriginal rights group for failing to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land during the award ceremony on Wednesday night.

Cricket

Phillip Hughes damaged major artery and is not breathing on his own, says Alan Jones

Phillip Hughes

MEGAN LEVY 12:46pm Stricken cricketer Phillip Hughes is breathing only with the assistance of medical technology after he was struck by a bouncer that damaged a major artery in the back of his head, according to...

Cartoons

Pope's view

12:45pm The day's news through the eyes of The Canberra Times' editorial cartoonist David Pope.

Photos

The latest from David Pope

12:43pm The day's news as seen through the eyes of The Canberra Times editorial cartoonist David Pope.

Cartoons

The latest from David Pope

12:43pm The day's news as seen through the eyes of The Canberra Times editorial cartoonist David Pope.

The Economy

Foreigners, sausages and the Great Australian Dream

The Great Australian dream is a real 'barbeque stopper' issue, says Michael Pascoe.

MICHAEL PASCOE 12:40pm After all the hearings and submissions, the House of Representatives Economics Committee Report on Foreign Investment in Residential Real Estate boils down to this sentence on page 86:

Real Estate News

Melbourne's most expensive apartment.

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12:36pm A gargantuan seven-bedroom apartment in the luxury "millionaires' club" 150 East building is set to smash the record price for a Melbourne flat – coincidentally formerly held by another dwelling in...

Political News

Confusion over $7 GP fee deepens as Joe Hockey contradicts PM's office

Treasurer Joe Hockey

MARK KENNY AND LISA COX 12:30pm Treasurer Joe Hockey has added to the confusion surrounding the federal government's proposed $7 GP fee declaring it remains alive even after the Prime Minister's office had briefed several...

World business

First came food trucks, now fashion trucks are on the rise

TAMARA BEST 12:26pm Mobile businesses have been on the rise in the US and elsewhere as aspiring entrepreneurs sought ways to run businesses for less money in a jittery economy.

Digital Life News

George Brandis hides his metadata

Holding back: Attorney -General George Brandis doesn't want who he has called released.

BEN GRUBB Attorney-General George Brandis wants law enforcement agencies to be able to see your metadata without a warrant but won't let you see his.

Video Cricket

Hughes injury felt around the world

Hughes injury felt around the world (Thumbnail)

Former England cricketer Angus Fraser reflects on Phillip Hughes' stint at English county side Middlesex.

TV & Radio

Game of Thrones teases season 5: The Sight

Arya Stark's journey teaser.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI HBO has launched a mysterious online viral campaign that promises a drip-feed of tantalising teasers for Game of Thrones season five.

ARIAs

Shy Sia gives away ARIA statuettes to charitable fans

Sia Fuller missed the ARIA awards but thrilled fans by giving away the four statuettes she won.

In a nifty manoeuvre, Sia, who enraged her fans by not turning up to the ARIA awards, turned the anger into adoration by giving away her four precious statuettes.

Real Estate News

Agent View: Apartments first choice

DEREK WHITCOMBE Because they don't need space to entertain, first home buyers are choosing to buy apartments.

WA News

WA bushfires brought under control after threatening Gingin homes

A series of lightning-sparked bushfires in the Shire of Gingin and town of Eneabba in Western Australia have been brought under control.

Queensland

Newman Government launches into motivational monologues

AMY REMEIKIS The Queensland Government has used the last morning of the final sitting of the 2014 parliament year to talk itself up ahead of next year's election, saying everything it has done has been...

World

Ebola crisis: Vaccine one step closer, as infection rates accelerate in Sierra Leone

The first participant in the trial of the Ebola vaccine received an injection.

Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a trial showing promising results.

Travel

Barrow Creek, Northern Territory: Travel guide and things to do

Barrow Creek is important in the history of the Territory, it is now little more than a pub and a service station on the road between Alice Springs and Darwin.

Victoria

Female job loss anxiety

Altona residents Anthony Ang and his wife Linda Yan at their home. Anthony has been unemployed for the past 18 months since losing his job at the university last year.

NICK TOSCANO, WORKPLACE REPORTER Linda Yan had a good feeling as she brought the kids home from kinder and put the shopping bags on the bench.

Video Travel News

I hate Thailand

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It is an unusual title for an ad meant to promote tourism, but Thai authorities have tried something different.

Video Federal Politics

Gay marriage could pass Senate

If politicians are granted a free vote on the issue gay marriage could pass the Senate says Greens Senator Larissa Waters. But Nationals MP Andrew Broad thinks senators should focus on the budget.

Comment

Are you ready to be a father? Five signals to be looking for...

Are you really ready to be a father?

Video Football

Valcke defiant under FIFA criticism

FIFA's Secretary General insists ongoing claims of corruption and confusion over the Garcia report has not cost them sponsors.

Video Federal Politics

GP co-payment not dead: Hockey

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The government will continue to pursue the GP co-payment Treasurer Joe Hockey says.

Victoria State Election 2014

Breath testing legal fraternity likely to be a dry affair for Daniel Andrews promise

Breath testing: Promise made.

STEVE BUTCHER Changing times and habits among the legal fraternity may see Dan Andrews' promise of random breath testing fall flat.

Video Sports HQ

Adam Scott out for revenge

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Rory McIlroy will defend his Australian Open title in Sydney this week with home favourite Adam Scott likely to be his biggest rival.

Security IT

Tony Abbott announces cyber security review

Prime Minister Tony Abbott opens the Cyber Security Centre in Canberra on Thursday.

BEN GRUBB Are Australia's cyber defences up to scratch? Could traffic lights fail and "Cybergeddon" bring down our critical infrastructure? The Australian government will soon find out after Prime Minister...

Video Federal Politics

Greens: Medicare fight not over

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The political battle over the GP co-payment is set to continue into the new year, says Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

Banking & Finance

Home loan approvals surge for Bank of Queensland

A lending advertising campaign has paid dividends for the Bank of Queensland.

SHAUN DRUMMOND Home loan approvals at Bank of Queensland jumped 20 per cent between September and October driven by brokers and an ad campaign, said acting chief executive Jon Sutton.

Video Football

Arsenal book spot in knockout stage

Liverpool let in a late goal to draw 2-2 to Ludogorets while Alexis Sanchez scores in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

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The dangers of deep-fried turkey

RAW VISION: deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey can have very dangerous consequences, and not just for your arteries, as shown in this US safety video.