Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries in the world, a study of global laws says, urging states to close legal loopholes that allow abusers to escape punishment.
Almost 300 bushfire-hit businesses have applied for federal government loans in the week the scheme has been open, but just one application has been approved.
George Calombaris continues to come under fire after he shut down most of his restaurant empire, with ACTU president Michele O'Neil accusing him of shameless behaviour.
A 61-year-old man has been extradited to Darwin from Queensland more than 20 years after allegedly failing to attend court on child sex charges.
THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK* The death toll in China rose by 97 to 1113 on Tuesday, with 2015 new confirmed cases (the lowest since January 30)* The total number of cases on the mainland has reached 44,653* In Hubei province, deaths rose by 94 to 1068 as of...
The federal government is looking at ways to shore up its ability to deport convicted criminals following a High Court ruling that Aboriginal people are exempt from immigration laws.
Properties are under threat in tiny communities isolated by an inland sea of floodwater west of Brisbane, while the state's far north braces for searing heatwave conditions.
China has reported its lowest daily number of new coronavirus cases since late January, lending credence to a prediction from the country's senior medical adviser that the outbreak could be over by April.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will not testify in his rape trial in New York City, his defence team says.
UN agencies have decided to name the novel coronavirus "Covid-19," the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.