Three people were struck by lightning and almost 15,000 homes and businesses lost power across a wide area of Sydney when a fierce thunderstorm hit Sydney on Monday afternoon.
As her friends jet off to tropical islands for schoolies, Gabrielle Saunders will be doing sit-ups and swim tests.
A senior Melbourne ABC journalist has criticised cuts to the national broadcaster saying they had ignored "the elephant in the room" - the ABC's loss-making ABC News 24.
The Australian sharemarket has started the week with its best session in a month, as some beaten-down iron ore miners posted their strongest day in years.
Banks have a public-relations problem stemming from a deficit of trust that won’t be restored by regulation but rather requires leaders to fix cultures, said the chairman of the financial system inquiry, David Murray.
The head of the ABC Mark Scott has committed to sticking around for the remaining 18 months of his contract to oversee a tumultous period at the broadcaster.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he has broken a pledge not to cut funding to the ABC and SBS, telling Parliament his government had "fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people".
ABC staff confronting forced redundancies consoled each other with hugs after managing director Mark Scott announced on Monday that more than 400 jobs will be cut.
It might be time to track down the remote control to the air-conditioner - Perth is set to have three straight days in the 30s this week.
Consumer watchdogs around Australia are launching a national crackdown on businesses making false or misleading "was/now" price claims.