Most talked about Australian Broadcasting Corporation News stories

'Start your life difficult' - the wit and wisdom of Colleen McCullough

abc.net.au — Colleen McCullough was not only one of our great writers, she had a wonderful sense of humour. In this 2011 interview, she relives some of her painful past, with a smile. "Things happen to me, and there doesn't seem to be a way out of it.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @rglover702: If you're enjoying #myozobituary, as I am, pls enjoy the woman herself. Listen. You'll love her: abc.net.au/local/stories/… Espec @caitlinmoran

Jan 30, 2015

RT @rglover702: If you're enjoying #myozobituary, as I am, pls enjoy the woman herself. Listen. You'll love her: abc.net.au/local/stories/… Espec @caitlinmoran

The plan to save Greece: Yanis Varoufakis

abc.net.au — 'My greatest fear' says Yanis Varoufakis, 'is that I may turn into a politician'. Varoufakis, formerly Professor of Economics at the University of Athens, and visiting professor of economic theory at University of Texas, has just been appointed Greek Finance Minister.
Jan 30, 2015

The plan to save Greece: Yanis Varoufakis -Late Night Live- ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) abc.net.au/radionational/…

James Packer's Crown pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan after Colombo scraps tax concessions

abc.net.au — Updated January 30, 2015 19:15:13 James Packer's Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million luxury hotel and resort in Sri Lanka, following a decision by the government in Colombo to scrap tax concessions for the project.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @AmanthaP: Australian James Packer's Crown group pulls out of $400m Sri Lanka casino project, 1 day after new taxes imposed abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3…

Jan 30, 2015

Australian James Packer's Crown group pulls out of $400m Sri Lanka casino project, 1 day after new taxes imposed abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3…

'Freedom' brand muesli bars rejected by Manus Island detention centre operators

abc.net.au — Updated January 30, 2015 12:49:59 The company running the Manus Island detention centre has refused a large shipment of "Freedom" muesli bars because the brand was thought inappropriate to give to asylum seekers who were locked up.
Jan 30, 2015

#ManusIsland Detention Centre operator @TransServices rejects muesli bars worth $30k because they're called 'Freedom' ab.co/1ESK4CK

Jan 30, 2015

RT @JezNews: Muesli bars ordered for Manus detainees, rejected because they're made by 'Freedom Foods'. abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3… via @ABCNews

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Jeff_Sparrow: In Manus Island detention centre, even muesli bars called 'Freedom' are prohibited abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3…

Mount Stromlo Director's Residence opens to public after being destroyed in 2003 Canberra bushfires

abc.net.au — Updated January 30, 2015 15:39:05 One of the most recognisable ruins of the 2003 Canberra bushfires has opened to the public as a poignant memorial nearly 12 years after being destroyed. The historic Mount Stromlo Observatory Director's Residence was gutted when the fire swept through the Brindabella mountains and into Canberra on January 18, 2003, destroying about 500 homes.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @abcnewsCanberra: ICYMI: Mount Stromlo Director's Residence rises from the ashes of the 2003 #Canberra bushfires ab.co/1JRBo2g pic.twitter.com/xlUghOAi9Q

Jan 30, 2015

RT @abcnewsCanberra: The Mount Stromlo Director's Residence rises from the ashes of the 2003 #Canberra bushfires ab.co/1JRBo2g pic.twitter.com/YdWBOzrFUZ

Queensland election 2015: Behind-the-scenes of ABC's TV and radio broadcast

abc.net.au — See behind-the-scenes as the ABC prepares to broadcast live across television and radio for election night 2015.

Queensland election countdown

abc.net.au — The frenetic pace of Queensland's snap election has continued into the final hours, with a leadership debate between Premier Campbell Newman and Labor candidate Annastacia Palaszczuk. RN Drive unpacks the key issues facing Queenslanders with a panel of political experts.
Jan 30, 2015

Queensland election countdown - RN Drive - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) abc.net.au/radionational/…

Tony Abbott declares himself a 'good captain' of the Government as Joe Hockey warns colleagues against complaining about PM

abc.net.au — Updated January 30, 2015 13:18:40 Tony Abbott has declared himself "a very good captain" of the Government's team, at the end of the most punishing week of his tenure as Prime Minister. The decision to knight Prince Philip on Australia Day set off an internal storm in the Coalition which has rocked Mr Abbott's leadership to its foundations.
Jan 29, 2015

Abbott declares himself a 'good captain' of the Government abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3… via @ABCNews

Jan 29, 2015

RT @abcnews: Video: @TonyAbbottMHR declares himself "a very good captain" of the Government's team youtu.be/kRerI3lKo4E Story: ab.co/1JR48sb

Chinese police question ABC journalist

Jan 30, 2015

Video of Australian Broadcasting Corp correspondent @HueyFernTay being questioned by cops at MH370 gathering 2day abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3…

Queensland election 2015: One in five votes likely to be cast ahead of polling day

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 20:18:05 Nearly one in five Queenslanders is expected to have already voted by the time polling booths open in Saturday's state election. The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) said more than 200,000 people, or 20 per cent of eligible voters, had already cast their ballot.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @ABCNewsBrisbane: Nearly one in five #Qld'ers expected to have already voted by the time polling booths open tomorrow ab.co/1tD6TZS #qldpol #qldvotes

MH370: Chinese families of passengers onboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight consider legal action

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 19:54:55 Chinese families of passengers who were onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are considering legal action after Malaysian officials formally announced that there were no survivors. The aircraft was carrying 239 people when it went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8.
Jan 30, 2015

'A private meeting with the media was disrupted by Chinese police and the ABC was among those questioned' abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3… #mh370

Campbell Newman could stay on as Premier if he loses seat at Queensland election, says law expert

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 07:35:21 Campbell Newman could stay on as Queensland Premier even if he loses his seat at tomorrow's state election, a constitutional law expert says. Polling continues to show Mr Newman in danger of losing his Ashgrove seat, in Brisbane's inner west, where he is facing a strong challenge from former Labor MP Kate Jones.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @abcnews: Campbell Newman could stay on as Premier if he loses seat at Queensland election: law expert ab.co/1KcP6uX pic.twitter.com/OcRl772ke7

Jan 29, 2015

RT @abcnews: What do you think of the chance that Campbell Newman could remain Qld Premier even if he loses his seat? ab.co/1tA9G64 #yoursay

Jan 29, 2015

There would be a spill if that happened I reckon @abcnews_qld @theqldpremier could stay on as Premier if loses seat ab.co/1KcP6uX

Jan 29, 2015

RT @abcnews: Campbell Newman could stay on as Premier if he loses seat at Queensland election: law expert ab.co/1KcP6uX pic.twitter.com/OcRl772ke7

The art of asking for help

abc.net.au — Rock 'n' Roll icon Suzi Quatro and crowd funding pioneer and musician Amanda Palmer have both learnt there's no point in being backward about coming forward. In fact, Amanda Palmer has written a book about it called The Art of Asking:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.

Murdoch's influence: how much is too much?

abc.net.au — Rupert Murdoch's provocative tweet calling on the Prime Minister to replace his Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin, has raised eyebrows after receiving extensive media coverage. But how much attention should we pay to the Twitter musings of an old media mogul? Tony Abbott overhauled his media team before Christmas after lobbying by Murdoch over the choice of his personel.

Australian dollar plunges as rate cut bets rise, commodity prices sink

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 10:39:22 The Australian dollar plunged again overnight, as falling commodity prices dragged it to a fresh five-and-a-half-year low. The local currency fell as low as 77.17 US cents, as a combination of strong US data boosting the greenback and falling commodity prices hurting resources exporters, before bouncing back to 77.85 by 10:30am (AEDT).

Queensland election 2015: LNP to retain government, ABC Vote Compass survey suggests

abc.net.au — Updated January 30, 2015 18:22:27 More than 120,000 people who took the ABC's Vote Compass survey expect the LNP to retain power in Queensland in tomorrow's state election. However, the ALP stands to regain plenty of lost ground, with respondents believing Labor will win 35 seats out of 89.

Three children missing since Australia Day; police plea for public help to locate them

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 18:27:33 Three Perth children aged up to 12 years have been missing since Australia Day, sparking a plea from authorities for the public to help locate them. Desmond Narrier, 12, Clive Hart, 12, and Ryheem Davey, 11, were last seen at their Parkerville home on January 26.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @abcnewsPerth: Little boys lost: Plea to help find 3 Perth kids 11 & 12 years old missing since Australia Day abc.net.au/news/2015-01-3… htt…

'Aviation nirvana' : Qantas captain prepares 747 to land at Albion Park Rail

abc.net.au — Landing a 747 in one of New South Wales' smallest domestic airports? No problem, according to the Qantas captain that will fly the new permanent exhibition to the Illawarra Regional Airport in Albion Park Rail. "It will be aviation nirvana," Qantas Fleet Captain Ossie Miller says.
Jan 30, 2015

'Aviation nirvana' : Qantas captain prepares 747 to land at Albion Park Rail - ABC Illawarra NSW abc.net.au/local/stories/…

Housing investors lead strongest credit growth since early 2009

abc.net.au — Posted January 30, 2015 15:11:19 Lending to Australian businesses and households grew at the fastest pace in six years over 2014, with housing investors again leading. Reserve Bank figures show credit grew by 5.9 per cent over 2014, the fastest pace since the start of 2009.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @abcnews: Housing investors lead strongest credit growth since early 2009, @mikejanda reports ab.co/1JRwjHo #ausbiz