An Afghan man detained at a West Australian detention centre required hospital care amid reports that he tried to take his own life.
James Massola, Lisa Cox Respected NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos has launched an extraordinary attack on his former ministerial colleagues for leaking against Treasurer Joe Hockey, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to sack anyone found guilty of destabilising the government.
Matthew Knott State governments should look to US-style "charter schools" - privately-managed public schools - as a way to boost the poor test results of Australian students, a new report argues. The report, published by the free market Centre for Independent Studies, argues that charter schools would encourage innovation and extend school choice to poorer parents who cannot afford private schooling. Charter schools would be funded at an equivalent rate to public schools, but would be run by private organisations - including for-profit companies. They would not charge fees. "Charter schools can be much more responsive to the challenges local communities face," one of the report's authors, CIS policy analyst Trisha Ja, said. "There has been a strong trend towards greater school autonomy in Australia over recent years and this would be the next step to bring more flexibility and choice into the public system."
Amy Corderoy Women are being 'upsold' invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery might be unnecessary, experts say.
Noel Towell Troubled department to undergo full review.
James Massola, Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer if the Canning byelection goes badly for the Liberal Party, in a move designed to shore up his own leadership.
James Massola Analysis: Tony Abbott is famed for his personal loyalty, but it might yet cost him dearly politically.
Adam Gartrell A Victoria move to hold state-based inquiry into portable long service leave has prompted a push for Federal Labor to get behind the idea.
Kate McClymont Although Sydney property developer Nati Stoliar once resided in the most palatial homes in the nation, on August 19 he celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances – a jail cell in Nevada.
Lisa Cox Labor has called on the Auditor-General to investigate what training Australian Border Force officials have been given since the agency was established in July this year and whether their legal powers extend to random visa checks.
2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photos: REUTERS
LAUNCESTON Church Grammar's Year 10 Formal at Archer's Manor.
BRODIE Sward's 18th birthday at the Launceston Workers Club.
LAUNCESTON City Basketball Club's 50-year Anniversary at Hotel Launceston.