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International Cycling Union lifts ban on Australian Rogers

The International Cycling Union has lifted its ban on Australian Michael Rogers.

Peter Dutton fuels speculation of Medicare co-payment

Health Minister Peter Dutton has fuelled speculation the Federal Government is poised to introduce a new payment for GP visits by indicating high income earners should not expect to see a doctor for free.

$12bn for extra Joint Strike Fighters 'not new spending'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the multi-billion-dollar program to purchase new jet fighters for the Defence Force does not involve any new spending by taxpayers.

The Government has given the go ahead for the purchase of 58 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of $12.4 billion - making it the nation's most expensive Defence asset.

"I want to stress that this is money that has been put aside by government over the past decade or so to ensure that this purchase can responsibly be made," Mr Abbott said.

Rival Palestinian factions agree deal to form unity government

Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and president Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation have agreed to implement a unity pact.

Moyes says he understands 'frustration' of Man United fans

David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since his sacking as Manchester United manager, saying he understood fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Old Trafford.

Duke and Duchess take a spin on the turntables in Adelaide

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met with disadvantaged young people in Adelaide's northern suburbs, as part of a short visit to the city.

Hockey was concerned GrainCorp bidder 'not of good character'

The Federal Treasurer has revealed he blocked a foreign takeover bid for GrainCorp partly because the US-based company was "not of good character".

New leads for retired detective hoping to solve 34yo murder

A new witness in a 34-year-old cold case provides leads for retired murder investigator Ron Iddles, who is still trying to solve his first case.

Buddy Franklin questioned over car smash

AFL star Lance "Buddy" Franklin has been questioned by police after he crashed into four parked cars in Sydney's east.

Material washed ashore examined for links to flight MH370

Authorities are examining material that has washed ashore south of Perth to identify if it is related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Police secured the material that washed ashore 10 kilometres east of Augusta, in the South West of Western Australia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining photographs of the material, believed to be metallic and about 2.5 metres long, to see if it is related to the search for the aircraft.

Hockey warns of crisis without tough measures to cut budget spending

Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned next month's federal budget will introduce tougher means testing of support payments and more upfront costs for government services.

In a speech entitled The Case for Change in Sydney, Mr Hockey began to unveil the findings and recommendations of the Government's much-anticipated Commission of Audit, which the Government is using to frame the May 13 budget.

Mr Hockey says the report makes it clear the nation has "a serious spending problem" and recommends "substantial spending restraint".