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Government likely to place caps on vocational education loans: Birmingham

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Government is likely to introduce caps on loans provided to vocational education students.

Texas students protest new gun law with sex toys

Students at the University of Texas gather on the first day of semester classes to protest against a new law allowing people to carry handguns into campus buildings.

Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

More spending cuts for Papua New Guinea in supplementary budget

The Papua New Guinea Government announces more spending cuts and revenue raising measures in a bid to reduce a deficit blowout.

Fix houses or legal action begins, NT Indigenous town warns

Residents in a remote Indigenous community in Central Australia are threatening legal action if emergency repairs are not made to their homes by Monday — the first day of the newly elected NT government.

MPs and former military chiefs push to broaden war powers beyond PM

A group of MPs and former military chiefs is calling for changes to who has the power to send Australian soldiers to war.

Plan to scrap hand-written HSC essays quietly abandoned

A long-standing plan to let New South Wales students type their HSC exam essays appears to have been quietly shelved by the board of studies.

Asbestos described as 'lethal weapon', calls for Dutton to meet victims

There are calls for Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton to meet with asbestos victims after more building materials containing asbestos sourced from China are found on an Australian building site.

Hannah Gadsby voices opposition to same-sex marriage plebiscite

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby condemns the plebiscite on same-sex marriage as a "very bad idea," which she fears will be "another open season for hate".

New rapid infant hearing test comes to Queensland

New devices to rapidly test the hearing of newborn babies are being introduced to Queensland in an Australian first.