Turnbull, Shorten to inspect cyclone zone

The prime minister and opposition leader will head to cyclone-hit north Queensland on Thursday to inspect damage and see relief efforts first-hand.About 1200 Australian Defence Force personnel have been committed to the recovery operation, Queensland Assist 17, to support emergency services workers and volunteers.They will be supported by RAAF aircraft...

Wests' Tim Simona charged with fraud

Disgraced Wests Tigers NRL player Tim Simona has been charged with fraud over his dealings with charity.NSW Police say a 25-year-old was arrested at a Macquarie Fields home, in southwestern Sydney, early on Wednesday morning and subsequently charged with obtaining benefit by deception.Simona was deregistered from the NRL earlier this...

Report backs TasWater takeover: govt

The latest report on Tasmania's water and sewerage services has steeled the resolve of the state government to take control of TasWater and bring forward urgent upgrades.The Tasmanian Economic Regulator on Wednesday released its 2015-16 Tasmanian Water and Sewerage State of the Industry Report, which found "no tangible progress towards...

Tas chase injures innocent elderly woman

Police are searching for a driver who rammed a car off the road in suburban Hobart, causing serious injuries to an elderly female passenger.Officers had unsuccessfully tried to intercept the blue Commodore sedan on Tuesday night at Glenorchy before it hit the rear of a VW hatchback, forcing it off...

Pyne assures Tas maritime college relevant

The federal government has told Tasmania to seek other opportunities for Launceston's long-standing Australian Maritime College as it pours millions of dollars into a new South Australian facility.The new national technical college hopes to start taking enrolments in 2018 to help prepare Australia for a naval shipbuilding boom.Defence Industry Minister...

Flooding cuts off Debbie-ravaged towns

Flooding is stranding residents of north Queensland communities already battered by Cyclone Debbie, as forecasters warn the state's southeast to also brace for a drenching.Floodwaters have cut off the main roads in and out of the cyclone-ravaged towns of Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine.Motorists tried to leave the tourist town...

Asbestos threat in Bowen clean-up

Damage to properties with asbestos could leave Bowen residents homeless in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.The coastal Queensland town escaped the worst of the category four system after the eye headed south and hit tourism hot spot Airlie Beach.Renter Joel Medil said he ran to his friend's house during...

The shocking aftermath of Cyclone Debbie

THE DAMAGE FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE DEBBIERoads are cut around Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, with isolated northern communities still out of contact.More than 63,000 homes are without power.The Clarke Range, west of Mackay, recorded 646mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am (AEST).Many other nearby areas received more than...

Princess Kate ponders life on school run

The Duchess of Cambridge has joked with parents that she will see them "at the school gates" when Prince George starts school in September.Kate was chatting to guests at the 2017 Portrait Gala in the National Portrait Gallery in London when the subject of George's school came up.It was announced...

What we know about the Essendon crash

MELBOURNE SHOPPING CENTRE PLANE CRASHWHAT HAPPENED?Four Americans on a golfing holiday and a Victorian pilot died when the small plane crashed into a DFO shopping centre soon after take-off from Essendon Airport.DO WE KNOW WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?Not yet. The ATSB says a few things have hampered its investigation:* there's...