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Media unites in fight against secrecy


Australia’s major media organisations have taken the unprecedented step of uniting to fight for press freedoms and the public’s right to know what’s going on in this country

Beddown volunteers make up beds in the recent Brisbane carpark trial. Picture: supplied

Sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep in a carpark


One man’s big plan to help Australia’s homeless people have a good night’s sleep is a step closer to becoming a reality after a trial turned an empty carpark into pop-up accommodation

Extinction Rebellion cartoon

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs


In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought


PM promises Australia will help US land on Mars


During an official state visit with US President Donald Trump, PM Scott Morrison has revealed our new national space agency will help NASA in its mission to land on the moon and Mars

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100


It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN


A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Boris rocks to a new anthem on Brexit

Mark Knight cartoon on the Brexit situation

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight reveals why he drew British PM Boris Johnson as a punk rocker to help explain Brexit and whether the UK should stay or go

Indonesia to relocate capital city from Jakarta

Local residents play on the shore in front of a mosque that has been claimed by the sea beside the protective seawall barrier at Muara Baru, North Jakarta. Picture: Graham Crouch

President Joko Widodo has announced plans to move Indonesia’s capital city from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to Borneo island, known for rainforests and orang-utans

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

Endeavour Arrival

Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

Fight to free Aboriginal flag from restrictions


Australian Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is leading the fight against a clothing company that bought the copyright to the Aboriginal flag from the artist who designed it

Why Barnaby Joyce crying poor was a bit rich

Mark Knight's cartoon on Barnaby Joyce crying poor on $200K a year

In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at why Barnaby Joyce crying poor over having to support two families was a bit rich and a cartoonist’s dream

Three pink seesaws unite children across divide


Children and their parents on either side of a high fence at the US-Mexico border are playing and having fun together on three bright pink seesaws

Historic Dog on the Tuckerbox statue damaged

CIRCA 1971 : The Dog on the Tuckerbox statue at Gundagai in a circa 1971 photo. pic News Ltd.
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Australia's First Century [Used for 1932 story]

UPDATED A little bronze statue of a loyal dog has been damaged, upsetting locals who regard it as an icon of Australia’s pioneering heritage. We look at the history of the Dog on the Tuckerbox

Outdoor smoking ban a first for a major CBD


North Sydney Council has decided to ban smoking outdoors in its CBD, a move it said is about “nonsmokers claiming back the streets”. The ban has overwhelming public support

Goodes film on racism sparks strong emotions

The Final Quarter

Former AFL footballer Adam Goodes’ documentary, in which he addressed bullying and racism he faced while playing, has led to expressions of strong emotion and support for the Swans star

Families in feud about footies over fence

Footballs kicked over the neighbours' fence are causing problems.

A man and woman “annoyed” at finding their neighbours’ kids’ footballs in their backyard have begun legal action, claiming the children have ruined their “enjoyment” of their Perth home

City bans big pig from walking streets

Grunt the Pig

Grunt is a local star but that hasn’t stopped the council from banning the pig from walking on a lead like a dog would around the streets where he lives

Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. D-Day, the Allied soldiers disembark from transport ships, World War II

Australia’s Prime Minister and other world leaders and veterans are gathering to remember D-Day — June 6, 1944 — one of the most significant days of World War II

Scott Morrison still PM after election win

BESTPIX - Scott Morrison Claims Victory In 2019 Australian Federal Election

Scott Morrison is still the Prime Minister of Australia after his come-from-behind federal election win, which keeps the Liberal-Nationals Coalition in charge of the country

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has died


Australian Labor Party legend Bob Hawke, often described as one of Australia’s most popular prime ministers, died last night. We look at Mr Hawke's life and his legacy to our nation

New laws to protect animals’ feelings

Badger dog

The ACT could become the first state or territory of Australia to recognise in law that animals have feelings and that humans should care for their physical and mental wellbeing

What happens on election day and why?

Penrith Polling

On May 18 more than 16 million Australians will vote in the 2019 federal election. We’ve compiled the answers to 10 of the most common questions about what happens and why

Teen to fly solo around Australia for charity

Solomon Cameron will embark on a solo circumnavigation of Australia in his light aircraft in May 2019.

A teenager who can’t drive a car is about to fly an aeroplane solo around Australia to try to raise $40,000 for a rural medical charity called Angel Flight

Prime Minister calls federal election for May 18

Australians to vote

Australia is going to the polls on May 18 to elect a new government after Prime Minister Scott Morrison officially called the 2019 election

Earth Hour: Change the way we live

WWF Earth Hour

Join the global movement of hundreds of millions of people all turning off the lights as a way of working together to care for the environment

World’s richest prize for teacher of the poor

This handout picture provided on March 24, 2019 by the Global Education and Skills Forum, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, shows Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi (C) holding up the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) trophy after winning the US$ 1 million award during an official ceremony in Dubai presented by Australian actor Hugh Jackman (C-L) and attended by the Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum (C-R). - Tabichi, a 36-year-old maths and physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in the village of Pwani, in Kenya's Nakuru county, was named as winner of the "largest prize of its kind", set up by the Varkey Foundation to "recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession." (Photo by - / Global Education and Skills Forum / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS FORUM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

There is only one computer, bad internet access, no library, no science laboratory and drought and famine are frequent, yet Peter Tabichi’s students are achieving great things

High-speed rail on the fast track to reality

A trip between Melbourne and Geelong would take just 32 minutes on the fast rail line to be announced 21/3/19

PM Scott Morrison has promised to spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail links across Australia with the first project linking Melbourne to Geelong in 32 minutes

Hobart votes to ban single-use plastic

New plastic bylaw

After an 8-4 vote by Hobart councillors, the city is set to become Australia’s first to ban single-use plastics including straws, sauce packets and cups

Footballers say no to racism

Set up of 4 AFLX captains

The AFL has praised its players for their public support of Adelaide Crows star Eddie Betts and said player power is one of the strongest tools in fighting racism

Kakadu’s traditional owners granted Jabiru native title

Jabiru handback

The Mirrar people have been granted native title rights over the Kakadu mining town of Jabiru after a 20-year fight. We look at the history of the Native Title Act in Australia

Pioneering women honoured for breaking new ground

Florence the second of the four massive tunnel boring machines on the Sydney Metro Northwest broke through into the site of the new Showground station off Carrington rd Castle Hill this month, June. There are eight new stations on the 36km Sydney Metro Northwest to Chatswood which is expected to open in the first half of 2019

The massive machines that will tunnel under Melbourne have been named after two important Australian women who helped shape our country

Reach out and say ‘thanks for serving’

Australia's latest Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, today unveiled a display of his Victoria Cross in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour in Canberra.

Kids News is supporting #ThanksForServing: a movement to recognise the service of armed forces veterans, past and present, and the sacrifice of their families

Mega kitchen to make millions of meals


Australians waste food to the value of $20 billion a year, yet millions of people go hungry. A new mega kitchen will help solve both big problems

New rule for where migrants live

Australia, map, generic, lights.

Overcrowding in Australia’s biggest cities is costing the country billions of dollars. The government plans to make migrants move to regional areas as part of the solution. Is this fair?

PM wants national day for indigenous Aussies

NAIDOC celebrations

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested adding a new national day to our calendar to celebrate indigenous Australians

Kids building helping hands

Supplied Editorial

Students are setting aside Lego and picking up the makings of prosthetic hands in a program that helps those in need overseas. What would you make if you were an engineer?

Student’s anthem protest

No anthem

A nine-year-old Australian girl and her school are locked in a battle about her right to sit in protest against the national anthem’s lyrics. 

Boy raises $1 million

Fanuli Furniture concerns over B Line proposal

A 10-year-old boy’s response to learning about Australia’s drought was to find a way to help. In five weeks, he has raised more than one million dollars. What are your ideas for helping people?

Snapshot of Australian history

Orphaned children set to fly to Australia in 1948

The government tried to fill Australia with immigrants from the UK after World War II. Old photos of this time are a fascinating snapshot of one chapter of our history

Scott Morrison our new Prime Minister

Prime Minister elect Scott Morrison and Deputy leader of the Liberal party Josh Frydenberg leave after a Liberal party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, August 24, 2018. Malcolm Turnbull has vacated the leadership position after a second spill motion was instigated. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

UPDATE: Scott Morrison is Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after a dramatic week in Australian politics

Turnbull holds onto PM job

Turnbull and Morrison

It’s an unstable time in Australian politics, with another politician trying to take over as Prime Minister from Malcolm Turnbull yesterday. We’ve explained how and why the vote happened

Council bans Christmas glow sticks

Girls playing with glow sticks banned by the council

Single-use plastics are being banned around the world. One of the latest examples is on glow sticks at an Australian Christmas lights festival. Do you agree?

Population to reach 25 million

Giggles, cuddles and snuggles

Australia is growing faster than ever before, with one baby born every 102 seconds. This week we reach 25 million, much earlier than expected

NZ says Australia should change its flag

Australia Flag

NZ’s acting PM Winston Peters wants Australia to change its flag to avoid mix-ups between our countries. His suggestion? Add a big kangaroo to the design

Aussie cave rescuers honoured

Australia Salutes Thai Cave Rescuers

Nine Australians were key to the success of the long and dangerous rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team from a flooded cave. Today their heroism was honoured

Australians come to farmers’ rescue


One newspaper story about a family in need prompted a flood of donations and tears of joy and gratitude at the many kindnesses. What could you do to help Australia’s struggling farmers?

Shorts and pants for Qld girls at school

School Uniforms

Many schools haven’t updated their uniform rules for years. But one state is about to make schools let girls wear pants or shorts. How would you update your school’s uniform?

World remembers Nelson Mandela


July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day and the 100th anniversary of his birth. We look at the life and achievements of this incredible man and how he continues to inspire others

Australian food labelling laws begin

Coles Rickie Lee

Buyers can now read the labels on the food they buy to better understand where it was grown, made and packed. Some say the laws don’t go far enough

Helium sky ship to give bird’s eye view of Uluru

Supplied Editorial SkyShip Uluru

A new helium balloon sky ship will offer amazing bird’s eye views of Uluru for tourists when they are no longer able to climb the famous rock

Queen honours young Australians

Young Leaders Awards Ceremony

Two amazing Australians visited the Queen, who awarded them for many years of service to the community. Their achievements show you’re never too young to be a leader

Kids campaign to save orang-utan habitat

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 4, 2016 shows an orphan orangutan baby playing in a tree during "jungle school" at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 -- nearly 150,000 of the apes -- largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said on February 15, 2018. Illegal hunting of the critically endangered apes is also a leading factor in their disappearance, said the study published in the journal Current Biology. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

Australian children have shown their commitment to the environment, writing more than 50,000 letters to politicians to campaign for labelling of palm oil

English test plan for residency applicants

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Almost one million Australians can’t speak English. To push people to learn, the government wants to test residency applicants. Do you think it is important everyone can speak English?

Food waste to become 100 million meals

Mix vegetables on rustic background.

Coles supermarkets will greatly cut the amount of food waste going to landfill to make 100 million meals for the hungry

President thanks Spider-Man for saving boy

TOPSHOT - French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Mamoudou Gassama living illegally in France is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Thibault Camus

Onlookers watched in horror as a toddler dangled from a fifth-floor balcony. Now his rescuer – nicknamed Paris Spider-Man – has become the story

Is a bigger Australia better?


As Queensland’s population hits five million, debate continues over whether a big, fast-growing Australia is best

Dobbing on your mates could be a good thing

Kids who tell tales have a social conscience they are not keeping themselves out of trouble

New research shows that children dobbing on their mates could be a good thing and teach them to become responsible citizens

This man didn’t put the bin out for two years

Waste warrior

It’s been two years since waste warrior Justin Lang has put his rubbish bin out for collection. Find out how he reduces his waste

Heat on fast food giants to use Aussie ingredients

Snack bar

The Turnbull Government is putting pressure on fast food giants to tell customers where ingredients come from under a plan to help Australian farmers

Ed Sheeran’s anti-bullying message

Ed Sheeran concert
safe kids

International music superstar Ed Sheeran has used his local concert to send an anti-bullying message to all Australian schoolkids

Pupils learn the power of the pen

Woman writing in notepad at wooden table

Pupils learn the power of the pen after voicing their concerns to a local real estate agent over his opinion of schooling in their area

Bindi’s International Women’s Day honour

Bindi Irwin Barbie Doll for international women's day.BARBIE® HONORS GLOBAL ROLE MODELS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Through One-of-a-Kind Dolls, Barbie Celebrates Bindi Irwin and Spotlights Careers Not Yet Held by Females in Australia to Show Girls They Can Be Anything Wednesday March 7th 1am AEST– Today, ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie is honoring role models from around the world. These women come from diverse backgrounds and fields and are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Barbie is honoring Australian conservationist, Bindi Irwin as a Barbie Shero, with a one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness. Bindi is being inducted into the esteemed range of Shero dolls for her ongoing work in wildlife conservation and honoring her late father’s legacy by promoting the virtues of wildlife preservation and sustainability across the globe. Picture: Mattel

Wildlife campaigner Bindi Irwin has been turned into a Barbie doll to honour her as a role model for girls on International Women’s Day

PM acts to stop bullying in schools

Bullying Blackboard.
safe kids

PM Malcolm Turnbull has personally written to every school in Australia asking them to join the fight against bullying

Donald Trump to greet our PM

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are seen at a trilateral meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

US President Donald Trump wil greet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy at the White House for economic talks this weekend — but have they put last year’s clash behind them?

Your face will soon be your passport

Face detection software recognizing a face of beautiful young woman

Australian airports are testing technology that recognises your face instead of having to carry a passport.

Push to ban helium balloons


Victor Harbor Council in South Australia is the latest to consider banning helium balloons to help protect native and marine wildlife. Are you allowed to have them where you live?

10 years since Stolen Generation apology

Liverpool marks Sorry Day

Today marks 10 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s historic apology to the Stolen Generation in the Australian Parliament. But has it made a difference over the past decade?

Australia votes for marriage equality

A message in support of a Yes vote in the marriage equality postal survey seen on a mailbox in Sydney's inner west, Tuesday, October 3, 2017. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING

More than 12 million Australians took part in the voluntary poll on marriage equality with 61.6 per cent voting in favour of it. But what happens next?

What is the citizenship saga?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, October 27, 2017. Today the Australian High Court handed down its decision on the legality of the election of seven MPs with dual citizenship, including Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Eight politicians have been forced to resign in the dual citizenship saga affecting our Parliament. What does it all mean? VIDEO

World unites for Remembrance Day


Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I. VIDEO

Robot awarded Saudi Arabian citizenship

Diary Note- Sophia - the World's Most Advanced Hum

Sophia the humanoid robot has been granted Saudi Arabian citizenship during a tech conference. VIDEO

Charity plans to cook 6 million free meals

Group-wide Feed Melbourne Appeal story - Sargents bake-off

Melbourne-based food charity FareShare is opening a second kitchen in Brisbane today making it capable of cooking more than six million meals

Rainbow flags and the marriage vote

Marriage equality advocate Russell Nankervis poses for a photograph during the 'Sea of Hearts' event supporting Marriage Equality outside Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, August 8, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Australians are being given the chance to have their say about marriage equality through the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey