The nation's top spy and police chiefs have denied journalists will be unfairly treated under new national security laws.

Union boss says loan was discussed

The president of the NSW Electrical Trades Union has directly contradicted evidence from another union official about a $500,000 loan to the NSW ALP.
Perth woman Sue Roberts has described frightening and chaotic scenes in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck.
Australian Nanny Association vice-president Annemarie Sansom is "over the moon" about a planned trial of taxpayer subsidies for nannies.

Court grants greyhound trainer bail

A Queensland greyhound trainer charged over the live baiting scandal has been granted bail on the condition he makes no contact with witnesses.
Native title advocates are hopeful two long-standing claims will finally be wrapped up in Cairns this week.
Reports of a conflict of interest linked to the licensing of controversial fishing trawler the Geelong Star have angered Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.
The families of the two men were due to begin their final visit on Tuesday morning ahead of their expected late night executions.

Costello changes tune on GST rate

Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello now believes it would be better to raise the rate of the GST rather than just tax the rich.
A mother is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, while her baby daughter has bruising after being hit by a car driven by an 80-year-old man.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says next Tuesday's budget will include $1.5 billion for planning and design of the Metro Rail project.
Two people have suffered minor injuries in a random attack at a busy Melbourne train station.
The government will organise emergency flights to help stranded Australians leave Nepal after this week's devastated earthquake.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the opposition that if it rejects his second budget it will put jobs growth at risk.

Sheridan family feel Zachary is safe

Actor Hugh Sheridan is heading to Nepal to find his brother Zachary who has not made contact with his family since the earthquake.

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