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Namatjira watercolours on display in Canberra

The legacy of renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira continues to shine through the younger generations' work with an exhibition of watercolour paintings at Parliament House in Canberra.

Palmer 'falsified documents' over alleged $12m fraud

Clive Palmer invented a document to justify taking $12 million from his Chinese business partners to use on his election campaign, a court hears.

Mother pleaded with son as he stabbed her, court hears

A man accused of killing his mother with a samurai sword said she pleaded with him to stop, a Queensland court hears.

Emergency warnings issued for WA bushfires

Lives and homes are under threat from out-of-control bushfires burning in the Shire of Gingin in WA's Wheatbelt area and in Eneabba in the Mid West.

SA builder sentenced to jail for slaughtering miniature horses

A builder who used a butcher's knife to kill six miniature horses in South Australia as revenge on clients who owed him money has been sentenced to three-and-half years' jail.

Defence abuse taskforce recommends royal commission

Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy should be investigated by a royal commission, according to a Defence Abuse Response Taskforce report released today.

US National Guard called in to quell Ferguson protests

Protests in Ferguson erupt for a second night after charges were not laid over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. It comes after Missouri's governor orders National Guard reinforcements into the area.

Woman collapses after sinkhole fall, sparking ambulance review

Ambulance Victoria is reviewing why a woman who plummeted three-metres into a sinkhole and later suffered a heart blockage was not taken to hospital.

GP co-payment 'back to the drawing board'

The Abbott Government is preparing to drop or radically rework one of its most contentious budget policies - the $7 GP co-payment.

Phillip Hughes injury one of the worst cricket's seen, Jim Maxwell says

ABC Grandstand cricket commentator Jim Maxwell says Phillip Hughes's head injury, which has left him in an induced coma, is one of the worst the game has ever seen.

Johnston censured by Senate over 'canoe' remarks about submarine firm

The Senate passes a motion to censure Defence Minister David Johnston for his attack on the Government-owned submarine building firm. Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier rejected Opposition demands for the senator to be sacked.