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Qld trawler survivor reunited with family

The sole known survivor of a fishing vessel that sank off the central Queensland coast has been reunited with his family as authorities try to find the bodies of his six crewmates.

Burn booze laws and start again: NT chief

The Northern Territory chief minister says he'll embrace "once in a generation" reforms to combat alcohol abuse following a sweeping review of liquor laws.

Westpac to refund $65m to customers

Westpac is refunding about $65 million to 200,000 customers who did not receive discounts on insurance and other products to which they were entitled.

Murders won't affect Qld tourism, expert

This month's stabbing death of a German backpacker - the seventh tourist to be killed in Queensland in four years - should not dent the state's reputation as a safe place to visit, says a criminologist.

NSW man found dead after assaulting mother

A man who allegedly assaulted his mother following a two-car crash near Wollongong has been found dead at a home in the NSW Illawarra less than 12 hours later.

NSW man in police chase with child in car

A man who allegedly sped off from a random breath test in NSW despite having a small child in his car has been charged with dangerous driving during a police pursuit.

Qld restaurateur fined for exploitation

The owner of a Gold Coast restaurant has been slapped with penalties of almost $300,000 after paying Japanese workers as little as $8 an hour and trying to cover it up.

Young bear brunt of home ownership decline

Home ownership among young Australians has fallen by more than one-third in the past 25 years despite relatively low interest rates, a major welfare report has found.