Imagine being paid to live here and learning you may be about to get more ABC NEWS
Where you live could be worth more than $1,000 a year extra to you and, depending on the outcome of a government review, you could be about to get more.

Council CEO sacked after sexual harassment allegations ABC NEWS
An Adelaide council sacks its chief executive after an investigation into claims of repeated sexual harassment of staff. He plans to sue for defamation.

'Distasteful' motion causes stink in parliamentary toilets ABC NEWS
South Australian MPs vow to get to the bottom of who has been leaving toilets in State Parliament "significantly soiled", in a situation staff worry will leave visitors with a nasty impression of the institution.

Marsh the masochist has Australia needing to use its Head ABC NEWS
After Shaun Marsh got his Twitter foes talking and his fellow batsmen faltered again, it was Travis Head who steadied the ship on day two ? but the task for the local boy is even greater on day three.

A new kidney and pancreas, then home for Christmas ABC NEWS
Diabetic patients in Adelaide requiring dual organ transplants faced the prospect of gruelling trips to Melbourne and Sydney for surgery and then recovery ? until now.

A community rebuilds after fires wreak havoc ABC NEWS
Eleven months ago 12,000 hectares of land and 2,000 livestock were destroyed in a fire in regional South Australia. Today members of the community say it is more important than ever to look out for each other.

Australia left with a tough chase on day five as India close on victory, as it happened ABC NEWS
Australia struggles for much of the day before finding a glimmer of hope through the fifth wicket partnership of Marsh and Head. See how the day unfolded in our blog.

Thousands of couples have tied the knot since Australia legalised same-sex marriage ABC NEWS
Nearly 6,000 couples from around the country have tied the knot in the 12 months since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia, with New South Wales leading the way down the aisle.

Australia's hopes of victory slim at best after tough fourth day in Adelaide ABC NEWS
There is a mountain between Australia and a first-Test win against India, still requiring 219 runs to win, with just six wickets left at the Adelaide Oval.

For Australia's cricketers, what is the right level of aggression? ABC NEWS
With Mitchell Starc facing questions about his body language and Usman Khawaja seemingly responding to criticisms about his batting intent, the question will continue to be asked ? should the Aussies be more aggressive?

How surveillance technology can keep older people in their homes for longer ABC NEWS
Surveillance technology is raising privacy concerns around Australia ? but it may enable older people to live independently for longer.

Former SA deputy premier John Rau quits Parliament ABC NEWS
Former South Australian deputy premier John Rau joins former premier Jay Weatherill in retiring from State Parliament, opening the way for a double by-election.

Millennials v baby boomers battle may be hiding something more sinister ABC NEWS
The millennials versus baby boomers battle is nothing new. But is the discussion masking deeper issues?

Australia falls painfully short of miraculous first-Test win in Adelaide ABC NEWS
Australia pushes India to the edge on day five at the Adelaide Oval, but ultimately loses by just 31 runs after an admirable batting display by its tail-enders.

Survey finds fast-food workers spat on, abused and threatened ABC NEWS
A national survey reveals 87 per cent of fast-food workers have experienced abuse, with some facing death threats and having cigarettes and hot coffee thrown at them during shifts.

Australia has lost to India at home for the first time in a decade. How does it respond? ABC NEWS
While India celebrates a breakthrough Test win Down Under, the time for reflection for Australia is short and crucial ? but what options are available for the team, and which should it take?

Teen accused of murder stabbed woman dozens of times, court hears ABC NEWS
An 18-year-old woman accused of murdering a 61-year-old Kilburn woman last Friday stabbed the victim 30 to 40 times with a knife and was found with bloodstains on her clothes, a court hears.

The 'raggedy eight' with a stuffed cod who took on the elite to row in the Olympics ABC NEWS
They were a knockabout bunch: railway workers, musicians, a coffin-maker. One rowed with shrapnel in his back. And 94 years ago, the unlikely Aussie rowers made it all the way to the Paris Olympics.

China's thirst for baby formula creating problems for Australian shoppers and staff ABC NEWS
An ABC investigation uncovers a network of Chinese personal shoppers in Adelaide, flouting limits on baby formula purchases to sell overseas. But what they are doing is not illegal.

SA farmers and shooters push to turn kangaroos into pet food ABC NEWS
South Australian farmers want to turn kangaroos into pet food, rather than shooting them and leaving them in the paddock to rot.

SA Government steps in amid 'crisis' doctor shortage ABC NEWS
As more than 60 GP positions remain unfilled state-wide, and regional Emergency Departments persist understaffed and overworked, one senior woman was made to wait in agony for more than five hours before her twisted bowel could be assessed and she was flown to Adelaide for emergency surgery.

PFAS report reveals contamination at RAAF base, while MFS begins investigation at station ABC NEWS
Chemical testing is underway on fruit and vegetables grown at a South Australian fire station, as the Department of Defence releases its report into PFAS contamination at the Edinburgh RAAF base.

Family history key to righting wrongs, says historian ABC NEWS
A farmer was surprised to learn his great-grandmother took over the station in 1919, but a historian says women in farming have been overlooked.

'Extremely anxious' parents face the brunt of baby formula demand ABC NEWS
Parents share their concerns about being able to access infant formula for their children following an ABC investigation into a network of Chinese buyers targeting premium baby formula products.

Aussie kids need to jump into an active lifestyle, study finds ABC NEWS
New research shows children are less likely to participate in physical activity due to decreased muscular fitness and confidence.

Council considers seeking compensation over PFAS contamination ABC NEWS
An Adelaide council considers seeking compensation from the Federal Government after two of its wetlands were contaminated by run-off from the nearby Edinburgh RAAF base.

South Australia to become home to Australia's new space agency ABC NEWS
PM Scott Morrison says South Australia is the ideal home for the new space hub.

Overland train to continue after getting Victorian funding ABC NEWS
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he is "puzzled" at the attitude of the South Australian Government for withdrawing funding for the Overland train service, as Victoria pledges $200,000 to keep it going.

Adelaide teacher jailed for sexually exploiting male student ABC NEWS
A former teacher at a prestigious high school in Adelaide who "manipulated" and groomed a student for sex will spend more than two years in jail.

Collision of two weather systems to create eastern seaboard deluge ABC NEWS
Heavy rain, destructive winds and hail are set to pummel much of the eastern seaboard in the coming days, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing severe weather warnings in several states.

Farm lobby slams new drought agreement signed at leaders' meeting ABC NEWS
The National Farmers Federation wants an overhaul of an intergovernmental agreement on drought but fears a freshly inked deal does not go far enough to support farmers.

Complete skeleton of 'Tasmanian devil on steroids' reveals secrets of Australian 'stealth predator' ABC NEWS
Researchers have used marsupial lion fossils discovered in Naracoorte and the Nullarbor to discover that the Thylacoleo was similar to a tree-climbing Tasmanian devil, ambushing its prey in forests.

Man charged with manslaughter after friend shot dead in forest ABC NEWS
A man accused of fatally shooting his friend while "messing around" in a forest south of Adelaide is charged with manslaughter, just months after a previous charge on him was dropped.

Wrong person elected to council following 'deeply regrettable' error ABC NEWS
The Electoral Commission of South Australia apologises after a council candidate in Adelaide wrongly receives 700 extra votes during a council election, thanks to human error.

Water ministers on cusp of 'momentous' Murray-Darling Basin Plan decision ABC NEWS
Water ministers are on the cusp of a "momentous" decision on the Murray Darling Basin Plan that could see the controversial rescue plan delivered in full.

Vape laws based on 'ideology not science', but e-cigarette debate still smoulders ABC NEWS
South Australia is on the frontline of an ongoing debate over e-cigarettes, where a clampdown on vaping has drawn fire from advocates who believe it will cost jobs and leave addicts little choice but to revert to smoking.

Family Christmas party bail application denied for brothers charged with manslaughter ABC NEWS
A South Australian Supreme Court judge denies a bail variation for the Von Stanke brothers, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August, to attend the same family Christmas party.

Study reveals link between metabolic syndrome and complications during pregnancy ABC NEWS
A study reveals that pregnant women who suffer from metabolic syndrome have an increased risk of suffering from complications during pregnancy, with diabetes and pre-eclampsia at the top of the list.

Murray-Darling Basin breakthrough as ministers agree on water deal ABC NEWS
Delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been secured with state and federal governments agreeing to terms about how environmental water will be returned to rivers.

Man accused of accidentally shooting friend in forest granted bail ABC NEWS
A court hears that a man accused of fatally shooting his friend in a forest south of Adelaide was "freaking out" after the incident, as he is granted bail in court.

The ingredients that make up a recipe for disaster ABC NEWS
Tropical Cyclone Owen is the first for the Australian summer and he is starting the season with a bang.

Secret phone app to provide 'unique security' service for victims of domestic violence ABC NEWS
A secret phone app developed in Adelaide provides support to victims of domestic violence. The "unique security" technology provides legal services to victims who need it.

Mobile treatment truck lets dialysis patients bond over rare beach holiday ABC NEWS
Dialysis can be isolating but a mobile treatment truck is giving these South Australian families the chance to get away from home.

Australia walks climate tightrope at COP24 ABC NEWS
The Australian delegation at the UN climate conference in Poland is juggling its Paris agreement obligations and its support for fossil fuels. Meanwhile, nations remain deadlocked on how to implement the Paris agreement.

'Dead tree detectives' wanted to map drought's environmental toll ABC NEWS
Unprecedented dry conditions this year have been killing trees that have survived previous droughts, and scientists ask the public for help to find out the scale of the problem.

Son donates long hair for medical wig in honour of his mum ABC NEWS
A high school PE teacher cuts his long hair in honour of his mum, as donations of human hair for medical wigs increases.

Protesters interrupt Bill Shorten's keynote speech at ALP conference ABC NEWS
Activists protesting refugee rights and the Adani coal mine were also present outside the ALP conference in Adelaide.

Woman wanted over US hit-and-run 'languishing' in Adelaide prison, court told ABC NEWS
A woman wanted by the FBI in the United States over a fatal hit-and-run tells an Adelaide court that she is "still languishing in prison" eight months after her arrest.

Fugitive killed woman with a concrete owl, court hears ABC NEWS
A court hears fugitive killer Travis Kirchner used a concrete owl statue to attack and kill Murray Bridge woman Sally Rothe after argument erupted between them at her house.

How Rupert Murdoch helped save a man from death row ABC NEWS
In 1959, an Indigenous man who worked at a travelling carnival was accused of raping and killing a child. A true crime episodic saved him from death row and made the career of a young Rupert Murdoch.

'A bit lonely' for SACE student all by herself at high school ABC NEWS
Sage Metcalf was one of only 17 students at her Mallee school, and the only one over 10 years old, but today she will get her SACE results.

Intensifying climate change protests 'could rival Vietnam War activism' ABC NEWS
Mass protests of the scale held during the Vietnam War are just around the corner for people concerned about climate change, environmentalists have warned, as a growing number of activists turn their attention to those who fund fossil fuel industries.

Brothers take 'responsibility' for fatal Mount Gambier street attack ABC NEWS
A court hears the young children of Mount Gambier father Rex Court, who was killed in a violent street brawl, cry for their dad "to come down from the stars", as his attackers issue an apology to his family.

Prison guards lose bid to avoid giving evidence over Aboriginal death in custody ABC NEWS
Prison guards will be required to give evidence over the death of Wayne Fella Morrison with the South Australian deputy coroner rejecting an application to give them blanket protections.

Nine people arrested after Murray Bridge ice raids ABC NEWS
Police arrest nine people in a co-ordinated sting after a nine-month investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in the South Australian city.

Leyonhjelm struggling to find colleague support in Hanson-Young defamation case ABC NEWS
The Federal Court hears Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm is finding it "difficult" to get supporting affidavits from parliamentary colleagues, as he defends defamation action brought by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young

Wildlife rescuer forges incredible 'friendship' with magpie ABC NEWS
Magpies can have a bad reputation at times, and would be considered an unlikely pet by many, but one wildlife rescuer has forged a friendship with a baby magpie after nursing it back to health.

Killer jailed for 20 years after stabbing man with knife stolen from Woolworths ABC NEWS
Shaun Falkiner, 28, is sentenced to life in prison with a 20-year non-parole period for murdering Alexander Watts, who yelled at Falkiner after a dispute with a woman in a shopping centre.

'You can't eat it': Meals at Adelaide healthcare facility described as inedible ABC NEWS
Hospital food has a poor reputation, but the meals served at an Adelaide healthcare facility are being described as particularly inedible. It is the second facility to come under fire for its food quality this year.

Frustration leads to innovation for SA oyster grower ABC NEWS
Garry Seidel became so frustrated with the durability of his oyster baskets, he set out to create a more robust design capable of lasting years longer than those that had failed and were stacking up in his shed.

National deadlock over fruit fly management ABC NEWS
Despite several states experiencing millions of dollars in expenses as a result of fruit fly this year, the state and territory governments are yet to commit to a $16.9 million federal management strategy for the pest.

SA businessman suing Swedish company claiming lighter caused car crash ABC NEWS
A South Australian gourmet dip producer is suing a Scandinavian tobacco company claiming a flint from one of its lighters hit him in the eye, causing him to crash his car.

From a beautiful Christmas tree to a burning heap in a matter of seconds ABC NEWS
Firefighters reveal just how quickly a Christmas tree can become engulfed in flames during a safety warning message ahead of the festive break.

Video shows how quickly Christmas trees can ignite ABC NEWS
Adelaide Metropolitan Fire Service released this video.

Catholic Church 'delighted' as Archbishop Phillip Wilson escapes further trial ABC NEWS
The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions will not appeal a decision to overturn the conviction of the former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide on charges of concealing historical child sex abuse in the Hunter Valley.

Man allegedly tries to sneak 50kg of cannabis onto commercial flight ABC NEWS
A Queensland man is charged with drug trafficking after police allegedly find 50 kilograms of cannabis in two of his suitcases at Adelaide Airport.

Renewables set to drive down power prices, but there's a catch ABC NEWS
A flood of new green energy projects is likely to drive down household electricity bills, according to new analysis by government policy adviser the Australian Energy Market Commission.

Australians want to die at home but struggle to get access to care ABC NEWS
Australians "are not dying well", with only one in four people able to access palliative care, a national advocacy group warns.

Town with no beer bands together to save their only drinking hole ABC NEWS
Community-run pubs, like the only watering hole in the Victorian town of Nandaly, are becoming a revolution and a way to save bush towns from extinction.

Psychiatric report ordered for mother accused of murdering baby ABC NEWS
An Adelaide mother charged with murdering her nine-week-old baby boy will be remanded in a secure psychiatric facility after appearing in court today.

Cherry crops ruined just one week from Christmas ABC NEWS
Cherry growing regions are reporting more than 50 per cent losses after storms destroy crops.

Prosecutors drop assault case against former Whyalla mayor Lyn Breuer ABC NEWS
Former Whyalla mayor and former parliamentary speaker Lyn Breuer, who was accused of assaulting the wife of a councillor at 2017 Remembrance Day service, is no longer facing charges.

The storm clouds that hit Sydney had a green glow ? here's the best theory why ABC NEWS
Not only was there lightning, rain and catastrophically expensive hail, the storms that hit Sydney on Thursday also brought a mysterious green glow.

Meet Mr Maxwell ABC NEWS
Scott Maxwell, who teaches music at Grant High School, won the 2018 ARIA award for Music Teacher of the Year.

Inside the classroom of an ARIA award winner ABC NEWS
Scott Maxwell may not have been a model student in music classes, but he has found the ultimate success in teaching them.

One woman's road trip with 55 cats ABC NEWS
Take a trip down memory lane, back to a time when one woman and decided to take her 55 cats on a road trip from Sydney to Adelaide ? and back.

When almost 1,700 construction businesses went bust in a year, people like Joe paid the price ABC NEWS
Several large corporate collapses in the building industry are causing a world of pain for smaller contractors further down the chain. Now, with the property market busting in Sydney and Melbourne, things are about to get worse.

Bees dying in their boxes as erratic weather takes heavy toll ABC NEWS
Bees are starving and hives have died following erratic weather patterns in South Australia that are being blamed for an 80 per cent fall in honey yield.

Bush tucker ingredients give Christmas puddings authentically Aussie twist ABC NEWS
A delicious Christmas pudding is championing the traditional ingredients of the first Australians that date back thousands of years, while also helping create jobs in the local community.

'Extreme heatwaves' expected after Christmas and into 2019 ABC NEWS
Toasty temperatures will sweep through parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales over the holiday period, with the mercury expected to be 12 degrees higher than normal.

What made the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race deadly ABC NEWS
Twenty years ago the sun was shining as the yachts set off in the annual race but an intense east coast low was about to brew in their path. What have we learnt and could these conditions happen again?

Capital cities and regional towns swelter through heatwave ABC NEWS
Temperatures soar above 40 degrees Celsius throughout Australia as extreme weather hits parts of South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

Racist slur allegedly hurled by Adelaide fans at Roly Bonevacia investigated ABC NEWS
The Western Sydney Wanderers club has spoken to Roly Bonevacia "in regards to alleged racial slurs made to him in Dutch" during the second half of a match against Adelaide United.

Rusty's head wanted back after Christmas vandals strike ABC NEWS
People who removed the head of a beloved beachside sculpture at Glenelg South are being asked to return it with no questions asked.

Police search for man missing from Glenelg beach ABC NEWS
SA Police conduct a land, air and sea search for missing man Nischal Ghimire, after a child in his care was found wandering nearby streets late on Thursday night.

Police find body of missing man on Adelaide beach ABC NEWS
Police have found the body of Nischal Ghimire, who went missing from Glenelg Beach Friday morning, after an extensive air and land search.

School of the Air kids close the books on a tough year under continuing drought ABC NEWS
These bush kids have battled one of the driest times that New South Wales has seen, but at least they can be glad to conclude this school year.

Battling school and drought ABC NEWS
These bush kids have battled one of the driest times that New South Wales has seen, but at least they can be glad to conclude this school year.

Likely culprits found for mysterious Odeon Theatre sand ABC NEWS
A pile of sand found beneath the Odeon Theatre could possibly be the remains of two "beaches" left there after a suspect show by Peter Goers and the filming of a 1980s sex comedy.

Game tests children for hearing loss and disorders ABC NEWS
It is pretty common for children to start school with undiagnosed hearing problems, but testing and a new app is aiming to identify any problems early on.

Teacher loses unfair dismissal case over 'sugar daddy' remarks ABC NEWS
A teacher is fired from his job at an Adelaide private school for suggesting to a student that he could be her "sugar daddy" and that they could drink wine together.

Meet the 12-year-old who started an eco-friendly surf wax business with $20 ABC NEWS
Young South Australian Noah Pronk is tackling microplastics and chemicals in the ocean with an eco-friendly surf wax company that he designed for a school project.

Cyclist dies after crashing into barrier in Adelaide Hills ABC NEWS
A cyclist dies after hitting a barrier at Crafers West in the Adelaide Hills this morning, as South Australia looks set to have its lowest road toll on record.

Remembering those remarkable Australians who died in 2018 ABC NEWS
As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the fascinating and diverse life stories of some prominent people in Australia who died this year.

New app teaches vital life skills to young people who have been in care ABC NEWS
A new app, developed in the style of computer game SimCity, aims to help young people leaving foster care to learn life skills like renting a house and keeping a job.

Two men injured after boat catches fire in South Australia's Riverland region ABC NEWS
Two men are transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital after the boat they were travelling in caught fire on the Murray River.

Three people winched to safety during cliff rescue south of Adelaide ABC NEWS
A man winched from cliffs south of Adelaide claims rescuers picked up the wrong person during the recovery, but those in charge say the woman who waved at them was at "significant risk".

'Call it Coonawarra': Former deputy PM Tim Fischer on NT/SA merger vision ABC NEWS
A proposal to forge a new Australian state is dismissed by both NT and SA governments ? but it has at least one high-profile supporter.

Second Valley rescue helicopter picks up extra person during New Year's Day recovery ABC NEWS
Three people were winched to safety.

Nauru asylum seekers welcomed with Australian tradition ABC NEWS
Every year, Adelaide Hills resident Catherine Russell opens her doors to host new arrivals for a favourite Australian pastime, a barbecue.

Wild Eyes yacht find prompts emotional reaction from former sailor Abby Sunderland ABC NEWS
American former sailor Abby Sunderland said her "heart skipped a beat" upon hearing her abandoned yacht Wild Eyes was found off the coast of South Australia.

Welcome to Australia's furnace: How WA's Pilbara has unleashed a heatwave on the nation ABC NEWS
Melbourne and Adelaide are being scorched by a mass of hot air that was generated thousands of kilometres away in north-west WA. So what is it about this region that triggers such extreme heat?

Off-duty paramedics resuscitate woman at beach south of Adelaide ABC NEWS
The two paramedics performed CPR on the woman after she was pulled from the water. SA Ambulance says she responded well to treatment on the way to hospital.

Meningococcal disease claims life of 101-year-old woman in SA ABC NEWS
A dozen people who had close contact with the woman from rural South Australia are directed to receive clearance antibiotics after the first case of invasive meningococcal disease of the new year is reported in South Australia.

Body found in Adelaide Parklands believed to be missing woman ABC NEWS
A body found by a woman walking her dog is believed to be that of missing 23-year-old Georgia Wallace, who was last seen on December 29.

Police track alleged Uber carjacker to the pub through iPhone app ABC NEWS
Police use a smartphone location-tracking app to track a stolen Uber vehicle to an Adelaide pub, where they arrest a man who allegedly drove off in the black Honda with the driver still holding onto the vehicle.

SA blackout inconvenience payments slashed, faulty light incentives remain ABC NEWS
South Australian households are set to lose $100 "inconvenience" payments for extended blackouts, but financial incentives for people who call in faulty street lights will still be on offer.

Uniting Church to continue to allow same-sex marriages following SA's deciding vote ABC NEWS
The Uniting Church in Australia will continue to allow ministers the right to decide whether to marry same-sex couples following a vote in South Australia. Conservative church members say they will continue their campaign.

Missing man's body found at Grampians following extensive police search ABC NEWS
The body of missing South Australian man David Moscarda is found near Mount Shelley at the base of the Grampians, police confirm.

Crawler lightning: Why tentacles of light flash across the sky ABC NEWS
Check out this amazing imagery of lightning reaching out across the sky on the weekend. What causes these spectacular strikes?

It's a snake-eat-snake world for one of Australia's most venomous ABC NEWS
A South Australian farmer stumbles across a "fairly large" brown snake devouring another of its kind on his property.

Attempts to control syphilis outbreak a 'total failure' says expert group ABC NEWS
Attempts to reduce the spread of a disease that can kill newborn children have been labelled a "total failure" of Federal Government by an expert medical group.

Customers hit out as banks branches and ATMs continue to close ABC NEWS
Bank customers say they are feeling the pinch of branches and ATMs closing throughout regional and suburban towns. Next week two more bank branches will close in Adelaide.

Adelaide radio host labels colleague a 'weirdo' over far-right rally comments ABC NEWS
High-profile South Australian commentator and radio presenter David Penberthy lashes out at fellow talkback announcer Andrew Reimer for his comments on a far-right rally in Melbourne.

Uber driver was making Salvos donation at time of alleged carjacking ABC NEWS
An alleged thief helped a driver carry furniture into a charity store moments before he allegedly stole his car and dragged him about 30 metres along a road, a court hears.

Man dies after falling into grain bin on SA farm ABC NEWS
A 77-year-old man dies on a rural property on the west coast of South Australia after falling into a grain bin. SafeWork SA will investigate.

Pet owners warned to prepare bushfire survival plan as fire danger season continues ABC NEWS
Fire authorities and the RSPCA issue a warning to pet owners to have a bushfire survival plan ready for their animals ahead of severe heat early next week in South Australia.

SA supermarket bans free smiley fritz for children ABC NEWS
A South Australian supermarket appears to have done the unthinkable ? banning free handouts of the iconic smiley fritz to children because it is a "slipping hazard".

Would you bring your own container to the grocery store to reduce waste? ABC NEWS
Reusable containers are growing in popularity as people continue to look for new ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste they create, and some businesses are starting to get on board.

Speed camera arsonist jailed for theft in Adelaide ABC NEWS
A man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a speed camera using a sock doused in accelerant last year makes a second appearance in court in three days and is jailed for stealing alcohol from bottle shops around Adelaide.

How's the weather been for you in 2018? ABC NEWS
BOM has just released its official review of the weather in 2018 but what was it really like on the ground? Here is the weather through your eyes.

NDIS criticised by Labor MP for 'failing to provide second carer' in childcare worker drowning incident ABC NEWS
The drowning of a carer could have been avoided if the National Disability Insurance Scheme had responded to requests for a second carer for an autistic boy, a South Australian MP claims.

Charges dropped against Wallaroo siege-accused Conan Taylor ABC NEWS
Police drop all charges against the man accused of sparking a nine-hour siege in South Australia last August.

Pastoralists call for wombat cull as populations swell, cause issues on farms ABC NEWS
Conservationists dismiss the idea of culling southern hairy-nosed wombats while pastoralists say the marsupials are impacting on native grasses.

Chinese daigou concerned 'biased' media reports setting them up for abuse ABC NEWS
Verbally abused and threatened in stores, Chinese personal shoppers are feeling the brunt of what they claim are "biased" media reports.

Move over smashed avo, here come avocado desserts ABC NEWS
While the humble avocado on toast is tipped to remain a staple well into the future, avo and banana popsicles, brownies and a chocolate mousse are broadening the options.

Growers and chefs prepare to get more farmed Murray cod on the menu ABC NEWS
The sustainably-farmed fish is in high demand and farmers are ramping up production, even as it made headlines this week with up to a million killed in their natural habitat.

As we adapt to global warming, our air conditioners are making the problem worse ABC NEWS
An explosion in demand for air conditioners around the world is alarming climate change experts and now a treaty has come into effect to limit the environmental damage.

Football clubhouse fire devastates town, but Saints vow to break four-year losing streak ABC NEWS
After years without a win and their clubhouse now destroyed by fire, the Nangwarry Saints is still determined to make 2019 the year its fortunes turn around.

Could you survive a ban on single-use plastics? ABC NEWS
The South Australian Government is looking at banning single-use plastic products such as straws and cutlery in a bid to lead the nation in another anti-littering cause.

From victim to instructor: Women fighting back ABC NEWS
More than 60 women from across Australia and New Zealand learn self-defence at the first all-female martial arts event held in South Australia.

Are Google Maps' 'incorrect' outback travel times putting off tourists? ABC NEWS
Business owners in south-west Queensland are worried that "incorrect" travel times on Google Maps are deterring tourists from making the trip to the bush.

Australia set to swelter through heatwave, outback towns to top 45 degrees ABC NEWS
Temperatures are set to soar across Australia, with the mercury expected to exceed 45 degrees in parts of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales ? including a whopping 47 degrees in the outback town of Oodnadatta.

Roadhouse shuts over Coorong camp closures, government 'neglect' ABC NEWS
A popular SA roadhouse that played a pivotal role in the rescue of two kidnapped backpackers in 2016 closes in protest against what its owner says is government "neglect".

Plants trained like dogs in research seeking to break new ground ABC NEWS
A researcher breeds dissent from the science community with experiments she believes proves that plants are making intelligent choices and listening to sounds.

Audit looking at 'cash cow' speed cameras finds they actually do work ABC NEWS
Ten new speed and red-light cameras will be added in Adelaide after an audit found the devices mostly helped reduce crashes.

Culture and law drive Indigenous Adelaide lawyer Ashum Owen ABC NEWS
Ashum Owen says she knew early on the colour of her skin made her "a little bit more suspicious" ? now the Adelaide lawyer is "walking in two worlds" educating and advocating for change.

Temperature records broken in South Australian outback ABC NEWS
Temperature records break in Port Augusta and Tarcoola as South Australia suffers through an extreme heatwave, causing bats to fall from trees in Adelaide.

Great Australian Bight seismic testing gets green light ABC NEWS
Oil and gas testing is set to take place in the Great Australian Bight this year, with the national petroleum regulator granting permission to exploration company PGS.

Ton-up Kohli, chasing Dhoni help India level ODI series in Adelaide ABC NEWS
India levels the one-day international series at 1-1 after beating Australia by six wickets in an expertly-paced chase under lights, led by the superb Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Darling River mass fish kill could impact other states ABC NEWS
Fish experts warn the die-off of fish in the Darling River could result in lower native fish stocks in other states, and call for irrigators to reduce water uptake by 40 per cent.

Man arrested over alleged cyclist hit-and-run in Adelaide Hills ABC NEWS
Police arrest a man they believe seriously injured a cyclist in a hit-and-run crash in the Adelaide Hills on the same day the Tour Down Under starts in the city.

Victorian boy goes missing while swimming near Victor Harbor ABC NEWS
Police hold grave concerns for a 17-year-old who has gone missing while swimming at a notoriously dangerous beach in South Australia.

The art of going downhill fast ABC NEWS
How do pro cyclists manage the physical and mental challenge of hurtling down a mountain at speeds over 100kph, when the slightest of errors can lead to serious injury or worse?

Adelaide councils reveal how many dog poo fines they've issued ABC NEWS
Everyone knows they need to clean up after their dogs while on a walk, but just how many fines have been issued in metropolitan Adelaide?

Stone fruit burning from the inside out, severely damaging SA crops ABC NEWS
Extreme temperatures in South Australia are causing peaches and nectarines "jammy" where they hang. With the mercury tipped to push 47C, growers are scrambling to harvest what they can.

Virat Kohli matching 'peerless' Tendulkar, Justin Langer says ABC NEWS
The coach of the Australian team beaten by India last night says the "peerless" Sachin Tendulkar should be joined on his pedestal by current captain Virat Kohli.

Man killed by truck on busy Adelaide road ABC NEWS
A 72-year-old man dies after being hit by a truck at a busy Adelaide intersection this morning.

Heatwave expected to peak over the coming days ABC NEWS
With extreme heatwave conditions predicted for the end of the week even fit, healthy people are encouraged to take precautions to keep cool when the temperatures soar.

Future of country hospital in doubt despite funding boost ABC NEWS
The future of Keith and District Hospital is in doubt as the South Australian Government reveals it has provided the facility with $400,000 in emergency relief funding.

Pram sun shades a safety risk, experts warn amid heatwave ABC NEWS
While parents may think they are doing the right thing by using covers to shield children in prams from the sun, they are putting them in grave danger, safety advocates warn.

Sunspots to blame for jellyfish surge, expert says, as warming waters 'rev up' metabolism ABC NEWS
A researcher pours water on "emotive" claims that warming seas are spawning an abundance of jellyfish, instead pointing the finger at a correlation with solar activity.

Teen missing off SA coast was 'best person a person can be' ABC NEWS
Friend of missing teenager Arash Yari says they were only hip deep in water when they got into trouble at a notoriously dangerous South Australian beach.

'Last resort' charity saves sick pets from death ABC NEWS
After spending $30,000 to save the life of her rescue dog, Jennifer Hunt started a pet charity to help people afford their vet bills, and has now saved more than 450 pets from being put down.

'Pedo hunter' asks to be spared conviction ABC NEWS
A self-proclaimed "paedophile hunter" who posed as an underage boy and filmed men who responded was acting through "altruism" and should be spared a conviction, his lawyer tells an Adelaide court.

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