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The pest hides out in pot plants and rainwater tanks, and feeds on humans and pets. Clivid/Flickr

Aussie mozzie found in urban California

An Australian native mosquito has for the first time been detected in urban California, in the latest wave of mozzies hitching…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced Australian forces will be part of an international coalition against ISIL. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Abbott deploys 600 Australians to Middle East

The government will deploy a contingent including up to eight Super Hornets and special forces – involving 600 personnel…
ASIO chief David Irvine is seriously contemplating raising the terror threat level. AAP/Lukas Coch

Terror level could be raised: ASIO chief

The retiring head of ASIO, David Irvine, has said Australia’s official terror threat level could be raised within days. The…
Tim Costello says the not-for-profit sector overwhelmingly believes the government has got it wrong in its attempts to dismantle the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. AAP/Alan Porritt

Abbott government blamed for not for profit pessimism: Tim Costello

The not-for-profit sector is pessimistic about its performance and its future, with the Abbott government’s approach to funding…
Much of the Great Barrier Reef is in poor health. Scientists have called for dredging decisions at Abbot Point to be reopened. Flickr/Robert Linsdell

Abbot Point dredging debate needs to be reopened: experts

Approval for dumping dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park at Abbot Point could be reopened, with port developers…