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Sydney Mardi Gras celebrates Freedom Rides and combats homophobia in sport

More than 10,000 people take part in parade on Saturday evening watched by some 80,000 spectators, as police report good behaviour from revellers<p>More than 10,000 people took part in the 37th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, kicked off by the Dykes on Bykes convoy and a …

Mardi Gras

The $1 trillion ticking time bomb for Australia

The unemployment figures have hit a decade-high while the Reserve Bank has again warned about current property prices keeping first home buyers out …

Economics

Tony Abbott: immigration, welfare and citizenship too easy for extremists

PM says Australians have been ‘played for mugs’ by ‘bad people’ and signals sweeping policy shift aimed at bolstering national security<p>Tony Abbott has said Australians have been “played for mugs” by “bad people” and the government would no longer give “the benefit of doubt” when it comes to …

Australia

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Television Commercial

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Australian dollar shocks experts as it sinks to five-year low

Currency fell to 77.20 US cents, a level not seen since 2009, and all eyes are now on the Reserve Bank of Australia and whether it will cut interest rates<p>The Australian dollar has stunned foreign exchange markets by hitting a new five-and-a-half year low amid growing expectations of a local …

Australian Dollar

LOOK: Australians Have the Cutest New Way to Celebrate Their National Holiday

It was Australia Day on Monday, and Sydney celebrated with the Every Man and His Dog race.<p>Watching men and dogs race on stand up paddle boards is absolutely the most adorable way to celebrate a national holiday.<p>The event took place on the beachfront at Watsons Bay, one of Sydney's most popular …

Pets

Cosy Country Getaways: Australia's 10 Best Hidden Gems

<i>By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com</i><p>Australia is about so much more than its major city centers - from beaches to deserts, it lays claim to some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. And with over 12,000 diverse Aussie accommodation options on our site, we here at HotelsCombined …

Australia

The Top Travel Trends and Hot Destinations of 2015

It's the start of a brand new year and time to reveal the top travel destinations for 2015. As the snow drifts higher in our driveways and we fight …

Tourism

Brett Lee denied fairytale hat-trick in dramatic Big Bash final

• Lee was denied a last-ball hat-trick as career ends • Perth Scorchers scrambled a single to win Big Bash • As it happened: Scorchers beat Sydney Sixers • Russell Jackson: a farewell played out in instalments<p>Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hat-trick and a fairytale end to his professional career …

Big Bash League

Adam Goodes: Australia still has a way to go in eradicating racism

AFL star and outgoing Australian of the Year says he will continue to push for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people<p>Australia has made progress in eradicating racism, but still has a way to go, the outgoing Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes, said.<p>Goodes made his valedictory speech at …

Australia

Australia Day 2065 won't be on January 26

What appears certain, however, is Australia Day will one day not be celebrated on January 26.<p>It may take ten years, or even 50, but we will reach a …

Best things to do in Brisbane in summer

Summer is a slow awakening in Brisbane. After the indulgences of Christmas and New Year the city shakes off its hangover and the events calendar slowly springs back into life. Restaurants reopen, bars begin to fill and the city’s sultry, sociable party atmosphere once again takes hold. By late …

Australia

Prince Philip: Tony Abbott takes Australia back to the future

• Prince Philip made an Australian knight<br>• Bill Shorten calls for republic debate<br>• Prince Philip's gaffes<br>• Another colourful title<p>Whoa! I didn't even know …

The Aristocrats: why knighting Prince Philip is a joke at Australia's expense

If Tony Abbott absolutely had to knight a royal, why didn’t he choose one who was popular with the electorate, like Prince William?<p>• Australia Day – live coverage of all the day’s events<p>The trade joke of stand-up comedians is a classic called the Aristocrats. It’s a well-known format: a family …

Prince Philip

Sydney's top 10 gelato spots

Holy cow and the moon, Sydney loves gelato. These days we'll happily join a kilometre-long queues if there's a cone of salted caramel at the end. Why …

26 odd things about Australia

<b>1. CONVICT COPS</b><p>The first police force in Australia was made up of the best-behaved convicts when, in 1789, the Night Watch and the Row Boat Guard …

The truth is January 26 should be First Fleet Day, not Australia Day

I love this land and its people and believe I won the lottery of life being born here.<p>Celebrating our national day on the date of British settlement …

What foreign visitors really think about Australia

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>It can be challenge to convince Australians to see their …

Australia

Too much tax? Middle income Australians pay 11 cents in the dollar, says the Australian Council of Social Service

Dr Goldie said the goods and services tax hit low earners far harder than high earners meaning they paid much more in consumption tax than income tax …

Australia

Australia: Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef

With its whimsical wildlife, unusual geology, and one of the oldest cultures on the planet, there is much that is extraordinary about Australia. …

Australian airlines the first to drop airfares to match oil prices

Virgin said seats on its flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles have been lowered by more than 50 per cent in the last four months.<p>Qantas responded, according to a report published by the Australian news agency news.com.au, by lowering its fares between London and the US, with Sydney to …

Welcome to Marble Bar, Western Australia, where 48C is just another summer day

As the mining town came within a whisker of a record 49C-plus day, the locals were unimpressed by all the media interest<p>Thomas Fox doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.<p>As publican of the Ironclad Hotel, one of the most easily-identifiable buildings in Marble Bar, in Western Australia’s …

Australia

The big lap

Toyota rules among the towing cognoscenti and is the brand of choice across outback Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, where the …

'Speak English' comments not racially motivated: Mark Taylor

<i>The Australian cricket team has long been known for its aggression, but an incident between David Warner and India’s Rohit Sharma has caused many to</i> …

National Geographic Travel

Plan to put Tasmania's south-west on tourist map fires up wilderness debate

A draft plan of management for the world heritage-listed area has opened a deep divide between conservationists who claim it is the greatest threat to the region in decades and tourism operators who say the proposed changes are long overdue<p>In the winter of 2008, forestry workers doing some airborne …

Australia

Malabar headland sized up for future development, report reveals

"The site is both surplus to Commonwealth requirements and ideal for improvement through cooperation with the private sector," the business case …

Australia

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Shark threat gone, big surf shuts beaches

The great white shark may have disappeared but wild weather and big surf have rolled in to keep most of Newcastle's beaches closed.<p>The city's beaches …