A backpacker held hostage in a South Australian pig shed used a hook to free herself from the shackles and signal for help, sparking a police investigation to track her down.
Five people have been charged with drug supply and more than a dozen will front court for possession after allegedly being caught with illegal substances at a dance festival in Sydney's west.
Two males remain on the run after allegedly kicking and punching a man in the head and chest near a train station in a leafy Melbourne suburb.
A 36-year-old woman has been charged with a string of offences after allegedly driving her car at another person and then crashing into a house in Adelaide.
Yet another senior labour movement leader has called for controversial Victorian construction unionist John Setka to quit.