Adani says it still needs a loan for rail line if coalmine is to go ahead | Environment

Adani says its Carmichael coalmine remains contingent on a loan to build a rail line to the Galilee Basin – comments that analysts believe will ramp up pressure on the Australian government to further subsidise the project. Karan Adani, the son of company boss Gautam Adani, and the head of …

Chickens lay eggs on top of clucky possum in Darwin chook pen

Chickens lay eggs on top of clucky possum in Darwin chook pen

Updated July 18, 2018 13:59:11 Photo: Owner Kathy Allen said chickens had started sitting on the possum to lay eggs. (Supplied: Kathy Allen) What came first: the possum or the egg? It is probably not the idiom you are familiar with, but this is no ordinary marsupial. Darwin resident Kathy …

Westpac loans $1.6m to couple ‘earning a very modest living’ in possible breach of lending laws

Westpac loans $1.6m to couple ‘earning a very modest living’ in possible breach of lending laws

Posted July 18, 2018 13:17:53 A Queensland couple is considering legal action against Westpac, arguing the bank failed to lend responsibly and that it ultimately cost them their family home. Key points: Couple’s expenses underestimated in loan application Bank used HEM measure to benchmark expenses HEM architect says other tools …

A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

Posted July 18, 2018 13:25:04 Photo: In many open-plan offices, the drive for increased interaction and collaboration comes at the expense of the ability to focus and concentrate. Related Story: Get out of my face! We’re more antisocial in a shared office space Related Story: ‘Ultimately, it’s freedom’: Young digital …

Enough to get from Sydney to Perth: NBN Co’s latest copper purchase revealed

Enough to get from Sydney to Perth: NBN Co’s latest copper purchase revealed

Updated July 18, 2018 12:58:42 NBN Co has now bought enough copper to run halfway around the Earth. Key points: NBN Co has bought 4,478km of copper since October It has now bought more than 21,000km — half the Earth’s circumference The Government argues the “multi-technology” rollout has been a …

Melbourne plane crash: Engine replaced before fatal accident near Moorabbin Airport, report finds

Melbourne plane crash: Engine replaced before fatal accident near Moorabbin Airport, report finds

Posted July 18, 2018 11:55:56 Photo: The plane burst into flames when it crashed into a street near Moorabbin Airport. (AAP: Supplied) An aircraft that crashed onto a suburban street near Moorabbin Airport last month, killing the pilot, was making its first flight after having a new engine installed, crash …

Victorian judge bans niqab in court’s public gallery | Australia news

A Victorian judge has banned a woman whose husband is facing terrorism charges from wearing a niqab in court, saying it posed a potential security risk. The woman applied through her husband’s lawyers to wear the face veil, which she said was a “a fundamental way in which she observes …

Matildas add 15-year-old striker Mary Fowler to Tournament of Nations squad

Matildas add 15-year-old striker Mary Fowler to Tournament of Nations squad

Updated July 18, 2018 12:02:46 Photo: Mary Fowler scored 10 goals in six games for the young Matildas in the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s championship. (FFA) The Matildas have added one more player to their Tournament of Nations squad — a 15-year-old wildcard who coach Alen Stajcic rates as the …

My Health Record: Former digital transformation head raises concerns about security of online system – Politics

My Health Record: Former digital transformation head raises concerns about security of online system – Politics

Posted July 18, 2018 12:09:30 Photo: About 20,000 people decided to opt out of My Health Record on Monday, when the withdrawal period began. (Pixabay) The man appointed by Malcolm Turnbull to transform the Commonwealth’s digital public services has said if he was Australian he would probably opt out of …

Fairfax Media and News Corporation agree to share printing facilities to offset newspaper decline

Fairfax Media and News Corporation agree to share printing facilities to offset newspaper decline

Updated July 18, 2018 12:06:27 Photo: Fairfax hopes to make savings of around $15 million by sharing printing plants with News Corp. (ABC News) Related Story: a2 Milk, Seven Group and Fairfax stocks surge amid mixed results In a deal that confirms the financial viability of published newspapers remains pressured, …