State News

ABC News: New South Wales
New development makes cars redundant Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:19:00 +1000
A Council in north-west Sydney says it is proposing a new housing development that will reduce the number of cars on the road by providing easy access to public transport.
Gov ignored water advice: TEC Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:04:00 +1000
The Total Environment Centre (TEC) says it has obtained documents that is says show that the New South Wales Government ignored advice that the quality of Sydney's drinking water could be depleted by underground coal mining.
NSW allows therapeutic cloning Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:40:00 +1000
The New South Wales Parliament has passed legislation overturning a ban on therapeutic cloning.
SE Aust catchments record promising rainfalls Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:40:00 +1000
The upper part of the Murray River has recorded some of the best rainfall for the last 12 months but the drought is yet to break in much of the basin.
Flood threat eases in drought city Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:14:00 +1000
The threat to Goulburn residents from floodwaters has eased but emergency crews are preparing for wild weather to hit the drought-stricken south-east New South Wales city overnight.

ABC News: Queensland
Icey cold temperatures predicted for SEQ Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:49:00 +1000
The Queensland weather bureau says widespread rainfall over the south-east delivered 40 to 50 millimetres of rain since Monday morning.
Water poll mayor to step aside Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:33:00 +1000
Toowoomba Mayor Di Thorley says she is honouring a commitment to her children in deciding not to recontest the next election.
Mental health body calls for overhaul of services Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:16:00 +1000
A peak mental health body says it is time for a major overhaul of how Queensland's mental health services are delivered.
Jetstar eyes Gold Coast base Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:16:00 +1000
Low-cost airline Jetstar says it is looking at introducing direct international flights to the Gold Coast.
Ipswich Mayor set to deliver record budget Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:13:00 +1000
The Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasle says he will deliver a record budget for the city worth more than $400 million later today.

ABC News: Northern Territory
Martin grilled over child sex abuse response Wed, 27 Jun 2007 06:24:00 +1000
Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin has faced a long night of questions about her Government's handling of child sex abuse cases dating back to 2004.
Teams set for NT deployment Wed, 27 Jun 2007 00:24:00 +1000
Federal Police, the military, health and Centrelink workers will be rolled out to remote communities in the Northern Territory today as part of the Commonwealth's radical plan to combat Indigenous child sexual abuse.
MPs call for total NT grog ban Tue, 26 Jun 2007 21:09:00 +1000
Two of the Northern Territory's Indigenous politicians say there needs to be more than alcohol bans in remote communities to stop liquor fuelling child sex abuse.
PM happy to meet premiers over Indigenous plan Tue, 26 Jun 2007 21:00:00 +1000
Prime Minister John Howard says he is willing to discuss his plan to curb Indigenous child sexual abuse with premiers and chief ministers individually - but not as a group.
Politicians to calm concerns over Indigenous reforms Tue, 26 Jun 2007 17:00:00 +1000
Northern Territory Government politicians are heading out to their bush seats to try to stem panic about the Federal Government's reforms targeting Indigenous child sexual abuse.

ABC News: Western Australia
Airlines slow to act on climate change: report Wed, 27 Jun 2007 05:22:00 +1000
An aviation think tank says airlines should be compelled to offset their carbon emissions because they have been slow to act on climate change.
WA failing Indigenous children: task force chief Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:14:00 +1000
The head of a federal task force into child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory has been critical of Western Australia's response to the crisis.
Moody preparing for Warriors' season Tue, 26 Jun 2007 19:00:00 +1000
New Western Australian cricket coach Tom Moody says he is looking forward to getting to know his squad as it prepares for the domestic cricket season.
Two powerful unions to form alliance Tue, 26 Jun 2007 17:04:00 +1000

The Australian Workers union says forming an alliance with the Maritime Union to campaign for better safety conditions is not a smokescreen to recruit more members.
Fong sought advice on how to deal with media Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:38:00 +1000

The Health Minister Jim McGinty says he'll be providing a statement to Perth Barrister Ken Pettit, as part of his inquiry into the Director General of Health Neale Fong.

ABC News: Victoria
Employer confidence at record high: report Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:15:00 +1000
A new survey has found employer confidence is at a record high, with a large number of businesses planning to hire more staff this year.
Klim calls it quits Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:00:00 +1000
Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim has announced his retirement from swimming, ending a 12-year international career.
Gippsland braces for drenching storms Wed, 27 Jun 2007 06:38:00 +1000
Communities in eastern Victoria are bracing themselves for gale force winds bringing up to 200 millimetres of rain in the next two days.
Man stabbed to death in Melbourne's east Wed, 27 Jun 2007 05:10:00 +1000
Police investigating the stabbing death of a man in Melbourne's east say the victim had been arguing with a woman just before the attack.
Flood warning issued for Gippsland Tue, 26 Jun 2007 19:45:00 +1000
Victoria's State Emergency Service (SES) is warning residents in the eastern Gippsland region to prepare for heavy rainfall over the next couple of days.

ABC News: South Australia
Indigenous community casts doubt over child abuse campaign Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:37:00 +1000
An outback Aboriginal community in South Australia says it fears the Federal Government's moves to tackle child abuse in Northern Territory communities will result in an increase of sexual and drug abuse.
Taxi drivers want more training Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:27:00 +1000
A group representing Adelaide taxi drivers says a graded training system should be introduced to improve the standard of drivers and security of passengers.
Work keeps Australians from family and friends: study Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:26:00 +1000
A survey has found that 60 per cent of Australians say work regularly keeps them from spending as much time as they would like with family and friends .
Alleged alcohol breach to influence selections: SANFL Tue, 26 Jun 2007 20:36:00 +1000
Four South Australian under-18 footballers could miss out on playing in the National Championships this weekend after allegedly breaching squad rules on drinking alcohol.
Policing facilities in Aboriginal lands disgraceful: union Tue, 26 Jun 2007 19:33:00 +1000
Policing facilities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands in South Australia's far north have been called a disgrace by the union representing police officers.

ABC News: Tasmania
Devonport seeking top class cricket again Wed, 27 Jun 2007 06:06:00 +1000
The Devonport City Council says it will do whatever it takes to get the Tasmanian Tigers playing cricket at the Devonport Oval again.
Inquiry into ambulance allegations Wed, 27 Jun 2007 06:06:00 +1000
The Tasmanian Opposition has raised allegations that a 78 year old man was forced to " wet himself "during a five hour ambulance trip from Hobart to Launceston.
Energy talks today after gas loss Wed, 27 Jun 2007 05:24:00 +1000
The Tasmanian Government will get a better indication of the future of northern Tasmania's gas-fired power station project today.
Concern over winter fires Wed, 27 Jun 2007 05:17:00 +1000
The recent spate of house fires has sparked a renewed call for Tasmanians to take care when using heaters and electric blankets.
Experts warn on biodiversity Tue, 26 Jun 2007 21:18:00 +1000
Experts say Australia is moving too slowly on land management and that the issue is more crucial to the environment than climate change.

ABC News: Australian Capital Territory
Bridge a step closer Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:48:00 +1000
The first stage of work on the new Tharwa bridge is expected to start this week.
Goulburn flood threat eases Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:45:00 +1000
Anxious Goulburn residents won a reprieve from rising floodwaters last night.
SE Aust catchments record promising rainfalls Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:40:00 +1000
The upper part of the Murray River has recorded some of the best rainfall for the last 12 months but the drought is yet to break in much of the basin.
Carney named to make Raiders return Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:00:00 +1000
Canberra Raiders coach Neil Henry has recalled Todd Carney for Sunday's round 16 NRL game against the Wests Tigers in Canberra.
MP considering vote against land rights changes Tue, 26 Jun 2007 17:37:00 +1000
A federal Labor MP has indicated he might vote against the changes to the Northern Territory Land Rights Act when it comes before Parliament as part of the action to stop Aboriginal child abuse.