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Palmer's constituents criticise MP for China comments

Voters in Clive Palmer's electorate have criticised their MP for his recent comments on China and failure to attend parliamentary committee hearings.

Stepfather admits sex abuse and secret bathroom filming

A man with a surveillance equipment business sexually abused his stepdaughter, gave her drugs and secretly filmed her in a bathroom the Adelaide District Court has been told.

Sydney Harbour contaminated with hidden microplastics

Scientists scouring the bottom of Sydney Harbour discover microplastic contamination that could enter the food chain.

Reza Barati murder suspect 'tried to fake own death'

Police in Papua New Guinea say a former Salvation Army worker arrested over the murder of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island tried to evade capture by faking his own death.

Muslim leaders 'foolishly boycotted' anti-terror meeting: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Muslim leaders who boycotted a meeting with him over counter-terrorism laws have acted "foolishly".

Police, protesters clash ahead of Indonesia election ruling

Indonesian police have fired tear gas at protesters in the centre of Jakarta as the country awaits a decision from the Constitutional Court about the validity of July's presidential election. Demonstrations started out loud and largely peaceful, but as the nine high court judges began reading their lengthy decision, some of the protestors tried to force their way through razor wire constitutional court. Riot police responded firing tear gas into the crowd and thousands of demonstrators began fleeing down the otherwise empty Main Street. Parts of the Indonesian capital are in lockdown as thousands of supporters of the losing candidate, Prabowo Subianto, were blocked from entering the court's premises. The National Election Commission awarded the next presidency to Mr Widodo, with more than 53 per cent of the vote. But Mr Subianto has alleged widespread fraud and manipulation, and taken his contest to the country's highest court.

Family wins review of VW Golf crash death inquest

The family of a Melbourne woman killed when her car appeared to suddenly lose power on a freeway has won the right to an independent review of the coronial inquest into her death.

Pell 'never anticipated' church abuse complaint numbers

Cardinal George Pell says he was surprised by the number of complaints made in the lead up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response to abuse within the Catholic Church.

Crikey to destroy leaked accounts showing News Corp decline

Online news site Crikey has responded to legal threats by agreeing to destroy leaked accounts indicating a steep decline in News Corporation's Australian newspaper business.

Murdered Foley 'never gave in' to brutal militants

Freed hostages who were held captive with murdered journalist James Foley say the American "never gave in" despite being singled out for brutal treatment by his Islamic State (IS) captors.

Their comments came a day after IS released a video showing one of its members beheading Foley, and as the Pentagon revealed US commandoes failed in a secret bid to rescue the freelancer.

Released Frenchman Nicolas Henin says Foley was treated "extra bad" by the militants because his brother was in the US Air Force, but "remained implacable".

Bill Shorten says name cleared over 1980s rape allegation

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has identified himself as the senior Labor Party figure who had been the subject of rape allegations dating back to the 1980s and says the matter is now "over".

Victorian Police had been investigating the matter but confirmed earlier today that they will not be proceeding with criminal charges over the claims, which were published on his female accuser's Facebook page several months ago.

"I will not go into the details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent," Mr Shorten said, adding that his name had been cleared.