Giant coalmine approved for NSW

A huge coalmine will be built on the edge of fertile farmland on the NSW Liverpool Plains.
Australian-based friends of a South African couple killed in an apparent axe-attack have expressed shock and grief at news of their deaths.
A Cairns mother accused of murdering eight children, including seven of her own, will have her case mentioned in court on Friday.
Residents of Campbell Newman's seat of Ashgrove are either indifferent or deterred by the Queensland premier's spending promises, a poll suggests.
A former detective says an investigation into a NSW police phone-tapping scandal is targeting whistleblowers rather than wrongdoers.
Australian and Papua New Guinean researchers say they have discovered a treatment that completely cures one of the most common strains of malaria worldwide.
A controversial US anti-vaccine campaigner has officially cancelled her Australian tour because of alleged 'safety and security' concerns.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security says ASIO should not be allowed to store telecommunications data indefinitely.
The man tipped to be in the running as the next NSW police commissioner has slammed the cover up of a police bugging campaign to discredit him.

Newman cancels Qld blitz

Campbell Newman has cancelled a blitz of electorates so he can respond to the Labor's costings and law and order policy.
Telstra says a new system to store subscriber telecommunications data would be an attractive target for hackers and would require extra security.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing increasing pressure from his peers and conservative commentators with Andrew Bolt labelling him a 'laughing stock' in the...
Premier Campbell Newman says the Liberal Nationals won't be re-elected unless he is, while the treasurer says that scenario is a "matter for the pundits".
A former Australian Army member has questioned the use of weapon used by authorities in the Sydney siege, which resulted in the deaths of three people.

NSW minister denies wrongdoing

NSW minister John Ajaka has denied breaching the government's disclosure rules in relation to a $26,000 taxpayer-funded trip to India and Dubai.
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