- Australian who fathered surrogate twins facing abuse charges
An Australian who fathered surrogate twins with a Thai woman has been charged with sexually abusing the children.
Thai surrogate Siriwan Nitichad (pictured) has told the ABC she agreed to carry the man's children after he and his wife offered her around $5,000.
Authorities now face the dilemma of whether to send the children back to Thailand or leave them in the care of their alleged abuser's former partner.
The man denies the charges, which will come to court later this year.
- Morrison defends plan to arm Kurdish Peshmerga fighting IS
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected suggestions Australia is bypassing the Iraqi government in supplying weapons to Kurdish troops in the country's north.
- Ruling paves way for Cash Converters class action
A Federal Court ruling has paved the way for a class action by 40,000 people against Australia's largest pawn broking service Cash Converters.
- NSW police officer arrested over foiled 'robbery'
Three men, including a serving New South Wales police officer, have been arrested over an alleged robbery attempt in Sydney's south-west.
- 14yo childhood cancer campaigner Erin Griffin dies
A 14-year-old girl who campaigned to raise awareness about childhood cancer has died after making history through her participation in a gene therapy trial.
- Move to give Treasurer power over super rises
The Treasurer would be given control over superannuation rises for Australian workers, under legislation passed by the House of Representatives.
- Australia ramps up sanctions against Russia
The Australian Government has ramped up sanctions against Russia following the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.
- Paramedics use hospital alarm to have sick child seen
Paramedics seeking treatment for a three-year-old boy with breathing difficulties have been forced to use an emergency alarm at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
- NZ police arrest suspected gunman after 2 shot dead
New Zealand police have arrested a man wanted over the fatal double shooting at a social security office on the South Island.
- Home insulation report details 'litany of failures'
The findings of the royal commission into the Rudd Labor government's home insulation program are "grave" and detail a "litany of failures", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
The royal commission's final report was today handed down by commissioner Ian Hanger QC and delivered to the Governor-General.
It outlines seven significant failings in the design and implementation of the program, including the speed of the rollout and a failure to identify the risk to installers.
The inquiry examined whether the deaths of four installers in 2009 and 2010, along with hundreds of house fires, could have been avoided.
- 'Get rich quick' GST fraudsters jailed in Adelaide
Two men read get rich quick and identity fraud books before hatching a scheme to cheat the tax office, an Adelaide court has been told.
- ICAC: Tripodi admits to role in McKay smear campaign
Former Labor powerbroker Joe Tripodi has admitted he was involved in the Jodi McKay smear campaign, the ICAC has heard.
Mr Tripodi was quizzed as to why he helped Buildev distribute a pamphlet campaign entitled "Stop Jodi's Trucks".
He said he removed the "political flavour" of the leaflets and admitted to providing some of the wording.
Mr Tripodi told the inquiry he felt "no loyalty" to Ms McKay, even though she was a Labor colleague.