Record number of cruise ships visit Tasmania, but backpackers worth more to the state

Record number of cruise ships visit Tasmania, but backpackers worth more to the state

By Fiona Blackwood Posted March 30, 2018 08:10:10 Photo: The number of cruise ship visits to the Port Arthur Historic Site jumped to 25 this summer season. (Supplied: Rodney Atkins) Related Story: Calls to ban cruise ships near Tasmanian national parks Related Story: Cruise ship emissions to be tested at …

Man who killed wife in front of children ‘over Islamic State’ jailed for life

Man who killed wife in front of children ‘over Islamic State’ jailed for life

Updated March 29, 2018 11:33:03 A Melbourne man who brutally murdered and mutilated his wife in front of their three young children has been sentenced to life in prison. Police believe the 36-year-old Broadmeadows man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, may have killed his wife because she didn’t …

Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

Updated March 18, 2018 18:48:28 Photo: Buddhist mobs swept through the town of Kandy, burning at least 11 Muslim-owned shops and homes. (AP: Pradeep Pathiran) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed earlier this month after Buddhist-Muslim clashes. “Upon assessing the public safety situation, …

Bill Shorten’s brazen pledge on company tax cuts shows a remarkable state of affairs

Bill Shorten’s brazen pledge on company tax cuts shows a remarkable state of affairs

Updated March 27, 2018 17:27:40 Photo: Bill Shorten has calculated the PM won’t withstand a Labor “fairness” assault. (ABC: Nick Haggarty) It’s a measure of Bill Shorten’s inestimable confidence and Malcolm Turnbull’s perceived political ill-health that Labor should dare promise a repeal of company tax cuts that have not yet …

Victoria weather: First snow of the season at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek as cold snap crosses state

Victoria weather: First snow of the season at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek as cold snap crosses state

Updated March 26, 2018 10:16:39 Photo: There was enough snow at Mount Hotham for Ella Hocking, 10, to have a toboggan ride. (Supplied: Chris Hocking) A wintry cold front has brought the first snowfall of the season to Victoria’s alpine resorts and the coolest start to the day in Melbourne …

China ready to ‘defend its national interests’ in US trade spat, state media says – Donald Trump’s America

China ready to ‘defend its national interests’ in US trade spat, state media says – Donald Trump’s America

Posted March 24, 2018 17:53:45 The United States has violated international trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China is ready to defend its interests, Vice-Premier Liu He told US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, state media said. Key points: Financial market experts fear the dire consequences of trade …

Chinese students angered by visa delays as state media issues ‘red alert’ to not enrol in Australia

Chinese students angered by visa delays as state media issues ‘red alert’ to not enrol in Australia

Posted March 22, 2018 16:25:12 Chinese state media has issued a “red alert” advising students not to enrol in Australian universities after a series of public accusations that Canberra was delaying visas for politically motivated reasons. Key points: Chinese state media blames “anti-China rhetoric” in Australia for visa delays Students …

Girls to be banned from playing rugby at state schools in Tonga after Minister’s decree

Girls to be banned from playing rugby at state schools in Tonga after Minister’s decree

Posted March 21, 2018 18:04:15 Photo: Australian international player Caroline Fairs says the ban on schoolgirl rugby in Tonga is “ludicrous”. (Supplied: Caroline Fairs) Related Story: The rugby league revolution rewriting Tonga’s curriculum Related Story: Academy plan could ensure bright future for league in Tonga Girls will be banned from …

Rocket attack on market in Syrian capital kills 35 people, state media reports

Rocket attack on market in Syrian capital kills 35 people, state media reports

Updated March 21, 2018 08:34:29 Photo: Eastern Ghouta has come under heavy attack in recent days. (Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets via AP) Rockets fired on a market in a Government-controlled neighbourhood of Damascus have killed 35 people and injured more than 20 others, according to Syrian state-run media, marking …