A dispute between two men at a Buddhist temple in Sydney's south-west resulted in one of the men shooting the other in the head with a nail gun, before turning the weapon on himself, police say.
Police will use new laws requiring customers' phone and internet records be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illicit music and movie downloaders.
Multinationals operating in Australia paid almost $40 billion in company income tax in 2013 and transacted $400 billion worth of related party deals.
The Australian sharemarket bounced on Thursday, defying a weak lead from Wall St, as investors responded positively to slew of corporate updates including from NAB, Wesfarmers and Coca-Cola Amatil.
The Petersham street party, where guests have been asked to "wake the monster inside", is one of the growing number of community-building events in Sydney celebrating Halloween.
The closure of oil refineries has heightened Australia's exposure to disruptions in fuel supplies now the reliance on imported products has topped 90 per cent, motorist lobby the NRMA has warned.
A record number of human trafficking cases involving sex slavery, forced marriages and child brides, are being investigated by federal police.
Obese and overweight patients over the age of 45 are costing the hospital system $4 billion per year, according to a large cohort study of middle aged and older Australians.
Australian military personnel in Afghanistan are set to have their daily pay bonus cut because the war-torn country is considered "less dangerous" than in the past.
Fear is hindering federal police investigations into sex slavery, forced marriages and the child bride trade as numbers continue to rise in Australia.