ABC News : Australia (65)

How risky is the Government's use of third-party spyware tools?

The distribution of commercial spyware to government agencies appears to be common practice in Australia. But is there adequate transparency and oversight for the use of these tools?

NRL live: Last-placed Knights take on Roosters

The Knights have their work cut out for them as they try to stop their losing streak against the second-placed Roosters. Follow the NRL action in our ScoreCentre.

From the Great Wave to Starry Night, how a pigment changed the world

Prussian blue — the pigment used in Hokusai's Great Wave and Van Gogh's Starry Night — was created in a lab accident in Berlin and sparked "blue fever" in Europe, writes Hugh Davies.

Australia suffers shock loss in Women's World Cup semi against India

Australia's chances of winning back-to-back Women's World Cups come crashing down in a 36-run defeat against India, sparked by a stunning century from Harmanpreet Kaur.

High-earners using trust funds to reduce taxable income: Australia Institute

Australians are using trust funds to minimise their taxable income to the tune of $3.5 billion a year, according to a new report from the Australia Institute, which found those who contribute the most to the country's $3.1 trillion trust pool make more than $500,000 a year.

Single women taking DIY path to motherhood

So you're single and the bank account isn't a bottomless pit of money, but becoming a mum is all you can think about. For 38-year-old Hannah Slootjes, there was a solution outside of visiting an IVF clinic or sperm bank.

Jordon Steele-John ready to take Scott Ludlam's Senate seat

The federal Upper House looks set to have its youngest-ever senator, with 22-year-old Jordon Steele-John announcing he is prepared to take on the West Australian seat left vacant by his mentor Scott Ludlam.

'Terribly disappointing' if Abbott is intending to damage Government, Morrison says

Treasurer Scott Morrison says he hopes Tony Abbott isn't trying to undermine Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and admits the former PM's interventions are damaging the Government.

Australian meat sales plunged 15pc over cattle cruelty, court told

Australian meat sales plunged 15 per cent due to public "revulsion" over animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs, a court is told.

The simple change that would make life fairer for mothers

If we recognised fathers in the same way as Norway, it would help level the gender playing field, and empower men to take on more responsibilities at home, writes Nicola Heath.

How I found a new bizarre-looking sunfish — using social media

A four-year puzzle about these famously strange-looking animals ends with the discovery of a new species of sunfish.

Potential Greens senator Bartlett faces constitution questions over uni job

The constitution could be about to strike again, this time potentially wiping out Andrew Bartlett's chances of returning to Parliament even before he is chosen as a senator.

Fact check: Can the Gonski 2.0 reforms be described as 'sector-blind'?

The school funding debate has raised rival claims over whether the Turnbull Government's reforms are "sector-blind". But what does this really mean?

Aussie Michael Matthews eyeing Paris after donning green jersey

Michael Matthews claims the sprinter's green jersey on stage 17 of the Tour de France, with the Australian primed to hold onto it until the end of the race on the boulevards of Paris.

When should your child start school?

A growing number of parents are choosing to delay when their child starts school but the decision is also causing them stress and anxiety, a major Queensland study finds.

South China Sea on agenda as top Chinese general tours secretive Defence facility

A top-ranking Chinese general from the People's Liberation Army tours a secretive military facility outside Canberra as part of a low-key "goodwill" visit to meet senior Australian Defence figures.

Weather bureau staff to strike for three weeks

Bureau of Meteorology staff will strike for three weeks from tomorrow. What will that mean for the BOM weather app and website?

Training hospitality workers to understand allergies

As the number of Australians with severe food allergies rises, so too has the number of restaurant diners suffering food-induced anaphylaxis.

Abbott says he was advised against Home Affairs 'super-ministry'

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he was told there was no need for a Home Affairs Ministry when he was in office, casting doubt on the biggest national security shakeup in decades.

Bid to stop march of red fire ants has failed, experts say

Government agencies have failed to contain the spread of the deadly red imported fire ant in Queensland and oversight should be handed to an independent body, according to feral pest experts.

Australia's Matthews sprints to another stage win at the Tour

Australia's Michael "Bling" Matthews wins stage 16 of the Tour de France to close in on the green points jersey.

Changing your mindset could change your life. Science says so

Our day-to-day responsibilities can sometimes interfere with our plans and hopes for a happier, healthier life. But the solution is all in the mind, writes Sophie Scott.

Superbug report reveals rise in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea

More than 1,000 cases of almost-untreatable superbugs were reported in Australia in the 12 months to March this year, with authorities saying they are surprised by the drastic increase in treatment-resistant gonorrhoea.

Disability advocates back 22yo with cerebral palsy for Greens Senate spot

Disability rights advocates are urging Greens member Jordon Steele-John, who has cerebral palsy, to accept the Senate seat left vacant by Scott Ludlam, but the 22-year-old says he will act in the interests of the party.

A crime is a crime, even if it's online — here are six ways to stop cyberhate

If you're abused by a stranger in the street, there's help available. It shouldn't be any different online.

What do the resignations of Waters and Ludlam mean for the Senate?

Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters have made shock announcements that they are leaving the Senate. So what exactly is going on, and why are they having to stand down?

Wallaby great Ella slams leaders for letting Aussie rugby sink so low

As Rod Kafer takes up a new coaching development role, Wallaby great Mark Ella blames administrators for the parlous state of Australian rugby.

Australia could return home as unemployed women's world champs

Australia's female cricket side could return home next week as unemployed world champions, a bizarre scenario that would cause the sport more damage.

'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

Church leaders in Australia say they abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, it is both enabling and concealing it.

From Emma to Clueless: Why people are still obsessed with Jane Austen

As Janeites mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, we speak to book lovers and experts about why they fell in love with her epic tales and why her works continue to captivate old fans and new audiences.

Trees, sunflowers line MH17 memorial unveiled in Amsterdam

A memorial for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine three years ago, is unveiled in the Netherlands featuring 298 trees — one for each victim, including 38 Australians.

Q&A: Was the PM using special forces soldiers as a political prop?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is criticised on Q&A for having masked soldiers in the background of a defence announcement, with Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan accusing him of "politicising the military". But Nationals senator Matt Canavan dismisses the comments, saying the PM was "thanking our armed ...

Foxtel streaming services down as new Game of Thrones season premieres

Foxtel's online streaming services crash on the same day the first episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones is released on the platform, with angry fans venting their frustration on social media.

How do you destroy an Australian flag?

Destroying a tattered national flag is a delicate task often shrouded in customs and tradition — but one Government department has a more low-key approach: scissors and the rubbish bin.

What's the difference between an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious concern for thousands of people who suffer from food allergies in Australia. So how do you spot when a bad allergic reaction becomes a full-blown episode?

What's the difference between an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious concern for thousands of people who suffer from food allergies in Australia. So how do you spot when a bad allergic reaction becomes full-blown episode?

'The best thing I've ever done': NRL's School to Work program earns praise

Sixty Indigenous students graduate from the NRL's School to Work program, with one saying "it's the best thing I've ever done".

US study ranks Australian healthcare system among world's best

American researchers find Australia's healthcare system is the second best in the developed world with the United States' costly model named the worst.

Why a vacancy tax won't solve Australia's empty houses problem

A tax on empty homes will make a modest difference to housing affordability. The sheer wastefulness of our housing system calls for something much more ambitious, writes Hal Pawson from UNSW.

How to buy your first home: a step-by-step guide

It's time to jump into the property market and buy your first home. But how the heck do you do it?

Younger generation of Australians face life as 'permanent renters'

The number of Australian homeowners has been falling for three decades, and researchers say it could take just as long to turn the situation around, prompting fears many young people will be forced to rent forever.

Defence Force to take greater role in responding to domestic terrorism

It will be easier to deploy troops on Australian soil, and Special Forces soldiers will provide specialised training to state and territory police, under a proposed expansion of the ADF's role in responding to domestic terrorism, to be unveiled today.

Souths slip up against Cowboys after Manly overruns Tigers

North Queensland take advantage of a lacklustre South Sydney performance to win 23-10 after the Sea Eagles took down the Tigers.

Eagles win dour Western Derby to wrap up AFL Sunday

The Eagles win the last Western Derby at Subiaco Oval after the Bulldogs and Richmond scored comfortable wins.

'Be adults': Turnbull and Abbott told to end feud or face election loss

The new president of the Liberal Party urges Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott to "be adults" and resolve their long-standing feud, warning public displays of disunity will cost the Coalition the next election.

Souths slip up against Cowboys after Manly overruns Tigers

North Queensland take advantage of a lacklustre South Sydney performance to win 23-10 after the Sea Eagles took down the Tigers

AFL live: Western Derby wraps up AFL Sunday

The Eagles and Dockers are facing off in the last Western Derby at Subiaco Oval. Get live scores, stats and streams in our ScoreCentre.

Fancy Bear, Deep Panda and Charming Kitten: The faces of cyber warfare

Australia is coming under "constant" cyber attack from both nation states and criminal groups, according to Crowdstrike, which helped clean up a data breach that saw Russian hackers steal research on Donald Trump, and uses cartoons to represent cyber threats.

Pyeongchang an opportunity for Australian Winter Olympics glory

Australia's winter athletes are deep into preparations for next year's Winter Olympics, and hopes are high that Pyeongchang could be our most successful yet.

Books with 'girl' in the title are done. Here's the next trend

We've seen Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and the Girl with Dragon Tattoo. James Valentine believes enough is enough: it's time for books like Boy with the Southern Cross Tattoo, and Boy in an Uber.