National News

New laws delay Qld cold case inquest

The family of a World War II veteran who disappeared from Townsville 26 years ago has been told an inquest exploring fresh evidence about his suspected murder must wait until the Queensland Coroner's Act is updated.

Doctors lobby on climate health risk

Doctors have called on the federal government to take urgent steps to prepare health services for more extreme weather events and disasters.

VW settles Australian diesel class actions

Car maker Volkswagen has settled multimillion-dollar Australian class actions over the global diesel emissions scandal, which affected about 100,000 vehicles locally and 11 million worldwide.

Aussies lose final Test, Ashes drawn 2-2

Australia's disappointing 135-run loss and a drawn series proved a somewhat underwhelming end to Tim Paine's first Ashes tour but the captain remained proud to be returning home with the urn.

Senators split over community service idea

Should young Australians be put to work in emergency services to boost the number of volunteers?Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie is calling for a return to conscription to help tackle drought, fires and floods caused by climate change, but One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is against the idea.