- $1b spent on detention contracts without authorisation, audit finds
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.
- Centrelink's controversial data matching program to target pensioners and disabled
The Federal Government is looking to claw back $1.5 billion by expanding Centrelink's automatic debt recovery program to target aged pensioners and those on disability support payments.
- How did hackers compromise senior politicians' private email accounts?
Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a dataset including extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials. Who were the hackers and how serious was the attack?
- Australia Day billboard featuring girls in hijabs taken down
Advertising company QMS takes down a billboard promoting Australia Day featuring two girls in hijabs after receiving threats and abuse.
- Missing Australian family found safe at Japan ski resort
An Australian woman and her three sons reported missing at a Japanese ski resort after failing to return from a day of skiing are found safe and well.
- Telco union officials lured into 'catastrophic' identity fraud scam
It started off with a series of suspicious emails and ended in a catastrophic con that saw scammers gain access to union officials' phones, private social media accounts and even their bank accounts.
- Britain's red telephone boxes get makeover
England's redundant red telephone boxes have new lives as salad bars, souvenir stores, tiny coffee shops, as well as housing defibrillators.
- Importers 'swapping prawns' so disease is not detected, Barnaby Joyce fears
The Agriculture Minister hits out at seafood importers suspected of knowingly importing diseased prawns, comparing them to sporting drug cheats who do "urine swaps" to avoid detection.
- European leaders call for calm after Trump's attack on NATO, EU
Stunned European leaders are reacting with defiance to the US President-elect Donald Trump labelling the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) "obsolete".
- Supreme Serena makes winning start at Aussie Open
Serena Williams begins her campaign for a seventh Australian Open singles crown with a straight-sets victory over Belinda Bencic on Rod Laver Arena.
- Surfers at Tasmania's big wave 'Shippies' fear access cut after cliff collapse
Big wave surfers say a cliff collapse at Shipstern Bluff will not deter them, even if their access is cut off.
- Bat in the face sums up Nevill's nightmare three months
He's copped bats and balls to the face, lost the knack for runs down the order and lost his place in the Test side. It's been a shabby three months for one Peter Nevill.
- New Year's nightclub attack suspect caught in Istanbul: reports
The man who is believed to have killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day is captured in a police operation along with four other people, Turkish media reports.
- Over 80 dogs seized from puppy farm, two dead
Malnourished and injured dogs are seized from an alleged puppy farm near Goondiwindi, with police and the RSPCA finding nearly 100 animals at the Glenarbon property, many without adequate shelter and water.
- Roof of Czech gym collapses on floorball match
Footage shows the moment a gym roof began to collapse on a Floorball game in the Czech Republic, forcing players and spectators to flee.