- Troops may be forced to fire at Islamic State militants, Abbott warns
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australian troops in Iraq will fire back if they are targeted by Islamic State terrorists.
Australia is sending 10 aircraft, 400 military support staff and 200 special forces to the Middle East to be on standby for any action in Iraq.
Mr Abbott, who insists the Government has "no intention" of putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq, has warned they may be forced into using their weapons.
"Our troops will certainly be armed and if they're fired upon they'll be entitled to respond, but the whole point of military advisers is to have them with the headquarters of the units that you are working with," he said.
- Bias against older workers 'quite frightening'
The reluctance of Australian employers to hire older workers is costing the country about $10 billion each year, according to Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Susan Ryan says bias against workers over 50 is endemic and she fears it is much worse than previously thought.
She used an address to the National Press Club today to announce a new study into the prevalence of age discrimination in Australian workplaces, and expects to "find a picture that will be quite frightening".
Ms Ryan is also calling for TAFE colleges to be given a central role in retraining older workers, warning that people should review their career plans as they approach 50 and prepare to work another 20 years before retirement.
- Driver who killed three people while high on ice jailed for 16 years
A Brazilian man who killed three people when speeding through a red light while high on ice, has been sentenced to 16 years prison.
Nei Lima Da Costa, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of culpable driving causing death and several other charges including negligently causing injury and recklessly causing injury.
Police said Lima Da Costa was driving 120 kilometres per hour when he went through a red light at Warrigal and Dandenong Roads in Oakleigh, in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.
In sentencing, Justice Lex Lasry said the result of the crash was "nothing less than a massive tragedy."
- Woolworths taken to court over product safety
A dodgy deep-fryer, chairs that were mislabelled about the weight they could hold, and an unsafe drain cleaner have landed supermarket giant Woolworths in court over product safety.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking action against Woolworths in the Federal Court, alleging it failed to adequately report product safety issues and was slow to issue recalls.
Under Australian consumer law, Woolworths is required to file a report if they become aware a serious injury or illness may have been caused by one of their products.
The ACCC alleges Woolworths failed to file the mandatory reports.
- David Stratton 'surprised' by response to resignation
David Stratton says he has been surprised and gratified by the emotional reaction to his and Margaret Pomeranz's decision to disband their film-reviewing partnership.
- Cane toad poison 'attacks prostate cancer cells'
Researchers have found that cane toad poison kills off prostate cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.
- Missing boy could not survive six days in bush: police
Police say they no longer believe it is possible a three-year-old boy could still be alive if he was lost in bushland on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
Three-year-old William Tyrell was last seen wearing a Spider-Man costume and playing with his sister last Friday morning at their grandmother's house at Kendall, south of Port Macquarie.
Since then hundreds of police, SES members, fire crews and locals have searched day and night for the child, while specialist police have been brought in to investigate the possibility the boy was abducted.
Superintendent Paul Fehon said if William did wander into the bush, he was unlikely to still be alive.
- Taxi thief who slashed driver's throat appeals sentence
A young man who slashed the throat of an Adelaide taxi driver then stole his cab has appealed against his seven-year jail sentence.
- 'Lovely angel' killed on ride named as Adelene Leong
The eight-year-old girl killed after being flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show last Friday has been named as Malaysian national Adelene Leong.
South Australian police also released a photograph of Adelene, who was visiting Adelaide.
They said the girl's mother described her daughter as "my lovely, beautiful, wonderful little angel of my heart".
Police were still keen to hear from anyone with information about the accident on the Airmaxx 360 ride, having already interviewed nearly 40 people.
- Australian on Ebola frontline welcomes US troop decision
An Australian doctor who is treating Ebola patients in Liberia has welcomed the US announcement to send 3,000 troops to help combat the deadly disease.
- 2017 firming for Indigenous recognition referendum
The ABC understands Prime Minister Tony Abbott favours 2017 for the referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition.