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These women will probably be the first same-sex couple to marry in Australia — and it's happening next week | Australian Broadcasting Corporation These women will probably be the first same-sex couple to marry in Australia — and it's happening next week
Megan Stapleton and Stephanie Dyball will tie the knot in Victoria in what looks likely to be Australia's first same-sex wedding, after successfully applying for a waiver from the one-month waiting period.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Emergency bushfire warning issued to Victorian town of Balmoral | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Emergency bushfire warning issued to Victorian town of Balmoral
School students are in lock down in Balmoral in Victoria's west, after the Country Fire Authority issued an emergency warning for a fire burning out of control at the town's recreation reserve.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Man dies, another arrested in Deer Park, in Melbourne's west | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man dies, another arrested in Deer Park, in Melbourne's west
Police arrest a man following an incident that left another man dead in Deer Park, in Melbourne's west.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Neglect of kinship carers through discriminatory financial arrangements 'shameful' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Neglect of kinship carers through discriminatory financial arrangements 'shameful'
The Department of Health and Human Services fails to act in the best interests of some of Victoria's most disadvantaged children by neglecting kinship carers, Victoria's ombudsman says.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Bushfire under control after threatening Victorian town of Balmoral | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Bushfire under control after threatening Victorian town of Balmoral
The Country Fire Authority downgrades an emergency warning for the town of Balmoral in Victoria's west, which saw school students put into lock down.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Accused asked family of alleged slave if they'd like her 'returned in a coffin', court hears | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Accused asked family of alleged slave if they'd like her 'returned in a coffin', court hears
The family of an Indian woman allegedly kept as a slave by a Melbourne couple were met with verbal abuse when they pleaded for her to be returned home, a Melbourne court hears.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 13, 2017
Unions ordered to stop blockading Melbourne port | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Unions ordered to stop blockading Melbourne port
Unionists are ordered to abandon a blockade at a major Melbourne port, as a court finds the maritime union "outsourced" industrial action after being ordered to stay away from the site.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Man charged with murdering Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man charged with murdering Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski
A 53-year-old man is charged with murdering Karen Ristevski, whose body was found in bushland in February, eight months after she was last seen at her home. He is expected in court later this morning.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Better hospital care could have saved 2yo Lachlan's life: Coroner | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Better hospital care could have saved 2yo Lachlan's life: Coroner
Human error probably led to a boy's death after Melbourne doctors misdiagnosed a blood infection and failed to reassess his condition despite worsening symptoms, the Victorian Coroner says.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Widow of policeman speaks out about his suicide | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Widow of policeman speaks out about his suicide
The widow of a northern Victorian police officer who took his own life wants change in the force to improve staff mental health.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Young Indigenous people share their joys and challenges | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Young Indigenous people share their joys and challenges
Ten young Indigenous Australians share their thoughts on everything from turtle hunting to buzz cuts to hoping for an Aboriginal prime minister one day.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
'Church forces' must not dilute child abuse response: advocates | Australian Broadcasting Corporation 'Church forces' must not dilute child abuse response: advocates
Justice for survivors of child sexual abuse now hangs on the courage of politicians to resist religious influence and self-interest when acting on the royal commission's recommendations, a ground-breaking former Victorian MP says.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Complainants to give evidence against George Pell over two weeks | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Complainants to give evidence against George Pell over two weeks
It is expected to take up to a fortnight for the multiple complainants against Cardinal George Pell to give their evidence at an upcoming committal hearing, a Melbourne court hears.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
There's a shared anxiety around the world for teens finishing high school | Australian Broadcasting Corporation There's a shared anxiety around the world for teens finishing high school
Too much pressure. Outside your comfort zone. Finding out who you are. A fresh start. From the red desert to juvenile detention, bustling Beijing to jobless Kenya, graduates share similar hopes and fears.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Eureka stockade flag fragment bought by union movement | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Eureka stockade flag fragment bought by union movement
A fragment of the original Eureka flag is purchased by the Victorian Trades Hall Council at an auction for $26,000, so it can be seen by people around the state.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Man charged with murder after 40yo allegedly hit by car | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Man charged with murder after 40yo allegedly hit by car
A 26-year-old Sunshine West man is charged with murder following the death of a man who was allegedly struck by a car and assaulted in Melbourne's west.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Matildas, Kerr the fan favourites at AIS awards | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Matildas, Kerr the fan favourites at AIS awards
A brilliant year for women's football in Australia is capped by a triple triumph, with Sam Kerr winning ABC Sports Personality of the Year, the Matildas taking out Team of the Year and coach Alen Stajcic also honoured at the AIS awards.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Caution urged for parents considering website matching babysitters, parents | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Caution urged for parents considering website matching babysitters, parents
The peak body for childcare in NSW is concerned about an Australian company offering an online platform matching parents with babysitters and nannies.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Karen Ristevski's husband faces court charged with her murder | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Karen Ristevski's husband faces court charged with her murder
The husband of Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski, whose body was found in bushland in February, indicates he will plead not guilty to her murder after being arrested this morning.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Will Victorians buy another decade of tolls for a road they didn't vote for? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Will Victorians buy another decade of tolls for a road they didn't vote for?
Victorians have heard it all before when it comes to big road projects to solve Melbourne's congestion problems. But while Daniel Andrews' West Gate Tunnel looks likely to survive an election, his Government might not, writes Richard Willingham.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 12, 2017
Real estate company fined for underquoting properties | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Real estate company fined for underquoting properties
The Melbourne franchisee admits to false and misleading conduct for deliberately advertising nine properties at price ranges lower than the homes would sell for.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
International legal action against the Federal Government's backpacker tax | Australian Broadcasting Corporation International legal action against the Federal Government's backpacker tax
The validity of the Federal Government's backpacker tax is under fire, with the legislation now facing a legal challenge from an international tax firm.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Akira creator's son illustrates 'unhappiness' at heart of modern Japan | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Akira creator's son illustrates 'unhappiness' at heart of modern Japan
Growing up, Shohei Otomo didn't dare attempt to emulate the work of his father, the artist behind Akira. Now he's forging a new artistic style of his own.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
As it happened: Australian top order collapses but hosts on top | Australian Broadcasting Corporation As it happened: Australian top order collapses but hosts on top
England bowlers cause some mischief when Steve Smith opts not to enforce the follow-on after England falls 215 runs short of Australia's total in its first innings.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
From $29,000 to nothing: Concerns raised over NDIS review process | Australian Broadcasting Corporation From $29,000 to nothing: Concerns raised over NDIS review process
A woman has lost $29,000 of NDIS funding after the disability agency reviewed her previously successful application.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Revealed: Victorian aged care residents suffered wounds, burns and stalking | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Revealed: Victorian aged care residents suffered wounds, burns and stalking
Documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws have detailed serious concerns around the treatment of residents in aged care homes across country Victoria.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Why farmers and banks will benefit from a royal commission | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Why farmers and banks will benefit from a royal commission
While a banking inquiry was not a top priority for the National Farmers' Federation, president Fiona Simson hopes it will be of benefit in the long term, rather than an expensive, unproductive exercise.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Flood threat in Wangaratta eases | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Flood threat in Wangaratta eases
The Ovens River near Wangaratta is expected to reach a peak of 12.2 metres Monday afternoon.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
'10 out of 10' storm label overused, Lapsley admits | Australian Broadcasting Corporation '10 out of 10' storm label overused, Lapsley admits
The weather bureau has been "spoken to" about the sort of language that was used during weather warnings ahead of record-breaking rain which flooded parts of Victoria's north-east, the state's Emergency Commissioner says.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Disability services 'barely scraping through' due to NDIS delays, peak body says | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Disability services 'barely scraping through' due to NDIS delays, peak body says
Many disability providers are out of pocket and having to "effectively bankroll the Government" due to flaws and inefficiencies of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Flood clean-up underway in Victoria with more rain forecast | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Flood clean-up underway in Victoria with more rain forecast
Residents of north-eastern Victoria are counting themselves lucky the weekend flooding was not worse, while farmers assess crop damage and forecasters keep an eye on another weather system off the coast.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Couple allegedly treated woman as slave for eight years | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Couple allegedly treated woman as slave for eight years
An Indian woman who came to Australia to perform domestic duties for a Melbourne couple was allegedly physically assaulted and was not allowed to leave the home while the family went on holidays, a court is told.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Dog breeders get 10-year ban for 'significant cruelty' to animals | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Dog breeders get 10-year ban for 'significant cruelty' to animals
A Ballarat couple have been banned from owning dogs for 10 years, after animal welfare groups found seven puppies crammed into a cage built for just one.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Water authorities plan for 'Sahara' conditions in lower Darling River | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Water authorities plan for 'Sahara' conditions in lower Darling River
The lower Darling River would continue to flow in a repeat of the river's driest period on record under a plan developed by New South Wales water authorities.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Horses heal war veterans with PTSD | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Horses heal war veterans with PTSD
Tucked away in the forest behind Trentham in Central Victoria, is a secluded property where horses are being used to help Australia's war veterans.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Eight injured in multi-car crash on Melbourne's Ring Road | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Eight injured in multi-car crash on Melbourne's Ring Road
A man is fighting for his life and seven others are injured, including a school-aged child, in an eleven-vehicle crash on one of Melbourne's busiest arterial roads.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Truckie 'had teeth knocked out' trying to enter Melbourne docks union blockade, court hears | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Truckie 'had teeth knocked out' trying to enter Melbourne docks union blockade, court hears
Trucks have stopped trying to enter a Melbourne shipping terminal after union workers knocked out the teeth of a driver earlier this month, a court hears.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Women's Big Bash run-fest set to continue | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Women's Big Bash run-fest set to continue
Expect more big hitting in WBBL03, says Melbourne Renegades star Jess Duffin, as women players look to up the boundary rate in this year's competition.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Australian dollar steady | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australian dollar steady
The Australian sharemarket and dollar both marked time, and the talking point on the markets was the launch of Bitcoin futures in Chicago.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Cyclist death prompts calls to reinstall bike lanes on 'frightening' Victorian road | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Cyclist death prompts calls to reinstall bike lanes on 'frightening' Victorian road
Cycling groups question whether the death of cyclist in central Victoria could have been avoided if authorities had not removed bicycle lanes from the popular riding route.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Tasmanian tigers were in 'bad genetic shape' before extinction | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Tasmanian tigers were in 'bad genetic shape' before extinction
Scientists have sequenced the entire thylacine genome. We now know where they fit on the family tree, but don't count on resurrecting the species anytime soon.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
The advocates and agitators who fought for child abuse survivors | Australian Broadcasting Corporation The advocates and agitators who fought for child abuse survivors
Meet the courageous individuals who took on religious and government institutions to bring about the ground-breaking child abuse royal commission, blowing the lid off some of Australia's most shameful scandals.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
The key events that triggered a shocking national inquiry | Australian Broadcasting Corporation The key events that triggered a shocking national inquiry
As the child abuse royal commission prepares to hand over its report, we look at some of the key moments that led one of Australia's most pivotal inquiries.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
West Gate Tunnel costs blow out by more than a billion dollars | Australian Broadcasting Corporation West Gate Tunnel costs blow out by more than a billion dollars
The cost of Victoria's West Gate Tunnel project linking the West Gate Freeway to CityLink blows out to $6.7 billion, because the tunnels will be twice as long as originally planned.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Hospital breakfast caused boy's death: mother | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Hospital breakfast caused boy's death: mother
A 13-year-old boy died from an allergic reaction after eating breakfast at a Melbourne hospital, even though staff knew about his allergies, his mother tells an inquest.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 11, 2017
Melbourne City claims A-League win as post-Tim Cahill life begins | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Melbourne City claims A-League win as post-Tim Cahill life begins
Ross McCormack scores the only goal in Melbourne City's 1-0 defeat of Central Coast Mariners in its first match since the exit of Socceroos great Tim Cahill.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Here's what you need to know about inland rail | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Here's what you need to know about inland rail
It's going to cost taxpayers at least $10 billion and isn't predicted to turn a profit for about 50 years, but proponents say Australia is in desperate need of an inland railway to ease the number of trucks on our roads and create a more efficient freight system for the next 100 years.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Flood warnings remain in force in Victoria's north-east as rain eases | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Flood warnings remain in force in Victoria's north-east as rain eases
Rainfall rates ease across Victoria but flood warnings remain in place in the state's north-east, after wild weather prompts more than 2,700 calls for help to the SES.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
City steal win over Jets, Roar upset Wanderers in the wet | Australian Broadcasting Corporation City steal win over Jets, Roar upset Wanderers in the wet
A late Manny Muscat goal earns Melbourne City all the points against Newcastle Jets, while Brisbane Roar show signs of improvement in a 2-0 win over a disappointing Western Sydney Wanderers.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017
Roads were closed around Myrtleford as waters rose. | Australian Broadcasting Corporation Roads were closed around Myrtleford as waters rose.
Victoria's SES has received more than 1,500 calls for help as heavy rain continues to fall across the north-east of the state and authorities prepare for possible evacuations in the north-east.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | December 10, 2017