Australia backs turning Northern Territory into seventh state

Australian political leaders on Thursday backed the establishment of the country`s seventh state -- the Northern Territory -- by mid-2018, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceding the national flag could be changed.

Fear of violence after nationalist Australia rallies

Australian officials urged vigilance on Monday following nationalistic and anti-Islam rallies, to ensure sentiment does not boil over into ugly race rights similar to those seen in 2005.

New Zealand to host Australian Sheffield Shield match
New Zealand to host Australian Sheffield Shield match

Cricket Australia will stage a domestic Sheffield Shield match in New Zealand next year to allow players to warm up for the test series in February.

England coach Trevor Bayliss targets triumph after tragedy
England coach Trevor Bayliss targets triumph after tragedy

There are a lot of people within cricket who are apt to call a one-sided match a "massacre" or a dropped catch a "tragedy", but new England coach Trevor Bayliss is unlikely to be one of them.

Sheffield Shield match to honour Phillip Hughes
Sheffield Shield match to honour Phillip Hughes

New South Wales and South Australia will play a Sheffield Shield match in honour of Phillip Hughes near to the former test batsman`s home next year.

Breastfeeding ban on tattooed Australian mother overturned

A woman from Australia's New South Wales state on Friday won a legal battle to breastfeed her 11-month-old baby after a Family Court overturned an injunction that banned her from doing so because she got a tattoo.

Islamic State recruiters at Sydney community centre

 Recruiters for the Islamic State (IS) terror group have been masquerading as social workers at a community centre in Australia`s New South Wales state to entice youths to join the jihad organisation, a media report said on Tuesday.

Ricky Ponting not keen on dumping commentary commitments for coaching
Ricky Ponting not keen on dumping commentary commitments for coaching

The success in the Indian Premier league (IPL) with Mumbai Indians notwithstanding, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting would not be tempted into abandoning his Big Bash League (BBL) commentary commitments for a more involved move into coaching.

Trevor Bayliss makes Australia`s Ashes job tougher: Darren Lehmann
Trevor Bayliss makes Australia`s Ashes job tougher: Darren Lehmann

The appointment of Trevor Bayliss as the new England coach will make Australia`s job of winning the Ashes series much harder, his Australian counterpart Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday.

Indian-origin politician takes oath on Gita in Australia

 An Indian-origin MP from the Australian state of New South Wales on Tuesday become the first politician to be sworn in to Australian parliament on the Hindu religious text, the Bhagavad-gita.

New treaties needed to tackle illegal sea trade: Australian Police

New regional agreements are needed to tackle criminal gangs using the world`s oceans for illegal fishing and smuggling, a top Australian maritime officer said, calling the lucrative trade an "imminent threat" to global security.

Clear-up in Australia after destructive storms

Crews began the "immense task" of clearing up Thursday after three days of wild weather left four people dead and millions of dollars in damage across Sydney and surrounding areas.

Australia's Ed Cowan still dreams of Test comeback
Australia's Ed Cowan still dreams of Test comeback

Uncontracted Australian Test batsman Ed Cowan on Sunday admitted that a national recall is unlikely, but his cricket career still remains alive.

'Sydney's plan to take F1 Grand Prix ill-advised'
'Sydney's plan to take F1 Grand Prix ill-advised'

A plan to move Australia's Formula One Grand Prix to Sydney and run it over the city's famous harbor bridge is "ill-advised", Australian Grand Prix corporation chief Ron Walker said on Friday.

Australian cafe siege hostage killed by ricocheted police bullets

A coronial inquest into the deaths of two hostages and a gunman during a siege at a Sydney cafe was told on Thursday that one of the hostages was killed by police bullets that ricocheted from hard surfaces when they stormed the cafe.

Mitchell Marsh to play Sydney Grade Cricket
Mitchell Marsh to play Sydney Grade Cricket

Injured Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is trying to find his way back by playing Sydney Grade Cricket from Jan 24.

Australian beaches closed after shark-sighting
Australian beaches closed after shark-sighting

Beaches on Australia's New South Wales coast remained closed for the fifth day after sharks were sighted in Newcastle.

India vs Australia: SCG to honour Hughes with bronze plaque ahead of 4th Test
India vs Australia: SCG to honour Hughes with bronze plaque ahead of 4th Test

As the Australian players prepare for an emotional return to the SCG ahead of the fourth Test against India, the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust has planned to unveil a bronze plaque in memory of Phillip Hughes, who fell to a fatal bouncer on this ground last month.

Australia's New South Wales opposition leader resigns

 The leader of the opposition in Australia`s New South Wales (NSW) state resigned Tuesday over revelations that he provided electoral help to the Sydney hostage crisis gunman Man Haron Monis, reported media.