Australia govt trails opposition after voter-friendly budget – polls

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, May 14 : Australia’s centre-right government trailed the opposition in two opinion polls released on Monday, suggesting that last week’s voter-friendly budget had not delivered a much-needed boost for the ruling coalition, an analyst said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National government unveiled a package of personal income tax cuts for low […]

Australian police find seven dead in rural town, guns seized

By Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY, May 11 : Australian police found seven dead people on Friday, including four children, in a rural town in the Margaret River wine-growing region, and said guns were involved in the killings. The bodies of four children and three adults were found at or near a property in […]

Aussie shares firm as miners gain; New Zealand at record high

By Ambar Warrick Undated, May 11 : Australian shares were on track to end the week higher as a spillover of positive sentiment from Wall Street, coupled with stronger material stocks prompted extended gains in local equities. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 18 points or 0.31 percent to 6,137.6 by 0239 GMT. The benchmark rose […]

Five more Australian MPs leave parliament after court’s citizenship ruling

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY, May 9 : Australia faces a series of by-elections after the High Court ruled on Wednesday an 11th lawmaker must leave parliament in a test-case decision that prompted four more lawmakers to quit amid a widening citizenship crisis. The court found unanimously that opposition Labor Party Senator Katy Gallagher was a […]

High-flying Jets bid to complete A-League fairytale

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, May 3 : The Newcastle Jets will look to complete a fairytale season when they bid for their second A-League title in the Grand Final against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Having finished bottom of the table last season, the Jets’ stunning transformation from whipping boys to winners has captured the imagination […]