- Veterans warn any change to pension would be 'act of bastardry'
On the eve of Anzac Day, veterans are warning the Federal Government not to touch military pensions in next month's budget.
The ABC has learnt the Coalition's razor gang will consider savings which could leave some former Defence personnel worse off.
One of the proposals is believed to involve closing an old Defence pension scheme and forcing members into a modern version.
Veterans say changes to the military pension would be "an act of bastardry".
- Government releases climate change policy white paper
The Federal Government has released its detailed policy white paper on its Direct Action climate change plan.
At the core of the policy is the $2.5 billion emissions reduction fund (ERF) which the Government says will pay industry for activities that reduce carbon emissions.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the ERF has been designed to buy the lowest-cost carbon abatement schemes to reduce emissions through reverse auctions.
He says it will encourage "practical ways of reducing emissions where every dollar is spent on actually purchasing real means of decreasing Australia's overall emissions".
- Luke Batty's mother Rosie calls for more action against domestic violence
Rosie Batty has turned the pain of her son Luke's murder into fuel for a campaign against domestic violence.
- Prince William and Catherine tour Canberra
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have toured the National Arboretum, Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra as their tour of Australia and New Zealand draws to a close.
Excited crowds lined public areas outside and inside Parliament House in the hope of catching a glimpse or securing a quick chat with the Royal couple.
The Royal couple signed the parliamentary guestbook before leaving Parliament House and heading to the National Portrait Gallery, for their final public appearance for the day.
- Anzac cocktails, plastic surgery shows sacred day 'for sale'
A respected military veteran and historian has declared Anzac Day is now "for sale" and is being taken advantage of by pubs, confectionary outlets and even plastic surgeons.
- Father hugs truck driver jailed for killing daughter on Hume Highway
The father of a woman killed alongside a tow truck driver on the Hume Highway has hugged the man responsible as he was sentenced to jail.
Kaine Barnett has been handed a three-year jail term for the deaths of 23-year-old university student Sarah Frazer and 40-year-old tow truck driver Geoffrey Clarke.
In a rare act of compassion, Ms Frazer's father, Peter Frazer says his family does not hate Barnett, rather they feel sorry for him as his life is ruined.
- Former NSW Supreme Court judge Barry O'Keefe dies
Barry O'Keefe, a former New South Wales Supreme Court judge and commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), has died aged 79.
- Child abuser who forced boy's head down toilet avoids jail
An Adelaide aged care worker who sexually exploited his former partner's two young sons has avoided a jail term after the judge declared he was not a danger to other children.
He also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for forcing the head of one boy into a toilet and flushing it.
The judge suspended the man's sentence, saying he did not commit the offences for sexual reasons but entertainment.
- High-risk loans return to Australian mortgage markets
Almost six years after the collapse of the US subprime mortgage market triggered the global financial crisis, risky lending is having a revival in Australia.
- South Korean crew member says 'we were ordered' to leave sinking ferry
A crew member of the South Korean ferry that sank last week says she and her colleagues were "under command" to abandon ship.
Twenty of the 29 crew that were on board the vessel when it began to capsize escaped the ferry and have been condemned for leaving hundreds of passengers trapped in the ship.
Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are presumed to have drowned.
- Teen killers of Tauri Litchfield jailed
Four boys have been sentenced to more than four years in detention over the death of Mandurah man Tauri Litchfield.
The boys, aged between 15 and 17, were part of a group who set upon Mr Litchfield in March last year as he was walking home along Pinjarra Road.
The 28-year-old had been involved in an altercation with the boys moments earlier after one of them tried to steal his wallet.
He ran away from the group and hit his head when he fell from a car park wall. He later died in hospital.