Australia jet and navy data stolen in 'extensive' hack
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Canberra: Sensitive information about Australia's defence programmes has been stolen in an "extensive" cyber hack.
About 30GB of data was compromised in the hack on a government contractor, including details about new fighter planes and navy vessels.
The data was commercially sensitive but not classified, the government said. It did not know if a state was involved.
Australian cyber security officials dubbed the mystery hacker "Alf", after a character on TV soap Home and Away.
The breach began in July last year, but the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was not alerted until November. The hacker's identity is not known.
As many as 46 university graduates are competing for each graduate job vacancy
Sydney: As many as 46 university graduates are competing for each job vacancy in one Australian state, according to analysis from a job website.
Statistics released this month have highlighted just how difficult it is for young university graduates to get a job.
As many as 46 university graduates are competing for every job advertised in South Australia according to statistics released by an Australia-wide employment site.
Adzuna is a search engine that aims to list every job ad across Australia and according to its analysis the number of advertised vacancies in Australia has increased 13.56 per cent in the year to September 2017, with 138,582 job vacancies currently being advertised on Adzuna.
Additionally, September saw competition for jobs drop to 5.22 jobseekers per vacancy, the lowest point of 2017.
Howard warns on guns in NSW by-elections
Sydney:Former prime minister John Howard has warned voters in two NSW by-elections this weekend of the "dangerous" policies of the Shooters Party, citing Port Arthur and the Las Vegas shooting massacres.
In a letter to the voters in Murray and Cootamundra, he says the Shooters party wants to dilute the tough gun laws his government introduced 21 years ago after Port Arthur.
"The Shooters' first priority is to fundamentally weaken our existing firearms laws, introduced by the Howard-Fischer government after the Port Arthur tragedy," the open letter to voters, published in the Daily Telegraph, says.
"We can't take a risk on a party with such dangerous policies."
Tougher gun laws for Qld set to go ahead
Brisbane: Tighter restrictions on lever action shotguns that would bring Queensland into line with other states are set to go ahead after the LNP opposition said it won't support a crossbench bid to block the reforms.
The minority Labor government wants to change gun regulations by strengthening restrictions on the high-capacity firearms under an agreement made at a COAG meeting last December.
Katter's Australia Party on Wednesday said they would attempt to block the changes in parliament with the support of One Nation MP Steve Dickson and independent Billy Gordon.
International students to face English tests
Hobart: International students will need a good grasp of the English language to proceed with their studies in Australia, under a scheme to be introduced next year.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham will tell an education conference in Hobart on Thursday the government would introduce new English language standards for students in 2018.
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will have to formally assess students where they provide direct entry to a tertiary course.
At the moment, students can pass a course without proof and then start in a tertiary course.
Charges laid over Vic mosque shooting
Melbourne: Five people have been charged following a series of police raids investigating a shooting outside a Melbourne mosque.
The anti-bikie Echo Task Force searched properties across Melbourne from 4.30am on Wednesday, arresting four men, three women and a teenage boy.
A 28-year-old Lalor man was charged with offences including intentionally causing serious injury, kidnapping and car theft.
Another Lalor man, 33, faces charges of causing serious injury and recklessly endangering life.
Both men faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday and were remanded in custody to reappear on February 5.
Police confirmed the charges are in relation to the shooting of a 41-year-old Fawkner man on April 17.
'Yes' camp will win postal survey: Dutton
Canberra: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, one of the key people in designing the postal survey on same-sex marriage, believes the "yes" camp will prevail.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Tuesday that 10 million citizens have had their say, with 62.5 per cent of the voting papers received.
On Wednesday night, Mr Dutton told the audience at a Fairfax Media event in Sydney he believed the "yes" vote would win.
The minister is personally against changing the law but has pledged to vote for same-sex marriage in parliament if the "yes" vote wins.
New skin cancer warning: not all suspect moles are dark
Brisbane: Until now, public health messages about skin cancer haven't warned about paler, less obvious lesions.
"Typically, a lot of people assume, wrongly, that melanomas are associated with dark pigmented moles," said Chris McMillan, the CEO of Cancer Council Queensland.
But research has shown that risks missing a significant number of potential lethal melanomas.