National News

Labor wants easier Nauru medical transfers

Asylum seeker children on Nauru would be given speedier medical transfers to Australia under new laws being introduced to parliament by the federal opposition.

Share the growth to tackle poverty: ACOSS

After 27 years of economic growth in Australia, it's time for the nation to spend more on welfare to help people lift out of poverty, a social services boss has declared.

Thurston revisits 'horrific' past in book

Reflecting on the brutal death of his uncle was the hardest part of the process but Johnathan Thurston says writing his autobiography helped him realise how strong he really was.

Geelong, Ballarat promised faster trains

No matter who wins the Victorian election, Geelong and Ballarat have been promised faster trains to Melbourne in a game of one-upmanship between the major parties.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, has died at the age of 65.

Disney concessions to secure Fox deal

The Walt Disney Company has offered antitrust concessions to help secure EU approval of its $US71.3 billion ($A99.9 billion) acquisition of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets.