Sites will be blocked but Aussies will escape punishment for illicit downloading under proposals being presented to cabinet.
Kalynda Davis, who was held in China on suspicion of smuggling a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, has returned home to Sydney's western suburbs more than a month after she was detained.
Madeleine Holme has given up on buying her own house, along with most of her friends in their 20s and 30s. But life is looking pretty rosy for her parents' generation.
Local shares are poised to edge lower at the open after concerns about China, Greece and oil put overseas investors on the defensive.
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Fairfax Media is expected to mount a full takeover of Antony Catalano's Metro Media Publishing Holdings before Christmas, a source close to the deal says.
EG Funds Management has paid $20 millon for the former Festival Records headquarters at Pyrmont, to end what investors have said was one of the busiest years on record for high quality office transactions.
The 96-year-old, who loves the cut and thrust of retailing and is equally enthusiastic about big game fishing, will mark one another milestone in an extraordinary business career on Wednesday when vacuum cleaner group Godfreys lists on the Australian Securities Exchange in a $78 million float.
Former Labor state education minister Bronwyn Pike has been drawn into the controversy surrounding her old department, with a confidential briefing revealing a $7.6 million cost blow-out for a teaching institute built in her electorate.
If 2014 was a year that saw investors target yield investments, then 2015 should be one of major portfolio diversification as growth in China slows and opportunities in the local market shrink, according to UBS.