Woolworths (WOW) posted a slightly softer than expected 1% lift in net profit to $979m for the 27 weeks to 30 December 2018. Group sales (which includes supermarkets, Big W and other divisions) rose by 2.3% and largely met consensus.
An emergency warning has been renewed for residents in Western Australia's southwest with a bushfire threatening lives and homes. The warning has been issued for parts of Southhampton and Cundinup in the shires of Donnybrook-Balingup and Nannup. Residents in the area have been urged to leave immediately for a safer place if the path is clear.
The Advertiser's Matt Smith visits the formerly registered head office of little-known company Paladin, which was awarded a $423m contract to provide security on Manus Island
Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he is running for president in 2020, and will try again to win the Democratic Party's nomination. Mr Sanders, 77, failed in his bid to become the party's candidate in 2016, losing to Hillary Clinton, but said he would again seek to win the White House. In a lengthy email to his supporters on Tuesday, the independent Vermont senator, who usually votes with the Democrats, promised to take on the special interests he believes dominate Washington. 'Our campaign is about creating a government and economy that works for the many, not just the few,' Sanders said in the email, asking for one million people to sign up to start the effort.
Supplied video obtained February 20, 2019 of senate estimates hearings in Canberra. The Minister for Small Business Michaelia Cash is answering questions from Senator Doug Cameron regarding the AFP raids on the offices of the AWU in Melbourne 2017 and the high cost of legal fees expended on behalf of the minister defending accusations against her. Ms Cameron suggests that Ms Cash "just come clean" and save the taxpayer any further expenditure. Ms Cash responds by saying she has already given evidence under oath to refute the allegations. Ms Cash added that the opposition leader Bill Shorten should go under oath to clear up allegations that he used union money of $100,000 to donate to 'Get UP' and $25,000 towards his own election campaign funds without union authorisation. Ms Cash explains that legal assistance is normal practice to provide legal funding to ministers. "Proper process has been followed as it is for Labor ministers or as it is for Liberal National ministers," Ms Cash says. (AAP Video/Supplied/Parlview) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Islamic State has been cornered into a 700 square metre area in southern Syria and is expected to be defeated ‘within days or weeks’, Australia's acting military chief of has revealed. Vice Admiral David Johnston told a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday the remaining pocket consists of ‘hardcore fighters’ who will be defeated by Syrian Democratic Forces. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have begun an assault on the final Islamic State stronghold in Syria. SDF official Mustafa Bali said it was 'the last battle', adding that the enclave, comprising two villages on the Iraqi border, would be 'cleared soon'. President Donald Trump has announced the United States will withdraw its troops from the country by April.
He believes September 11 was an inside job, that the world is controlled by alien lizards and that the Holocaust never happened.
February 20, 2019. The Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud speaks to the media in Canberra in relation to the wholesale price of milk paid to dairy farmers by supermarkets. The minister is not impressed with the statement from Coles "that it is prepared to act if everyone else does" regarding the milk prices paid by other supermarkets. Woolworths has offered to pay an extra ten cents per litre for milk at the farm gate. "All the supermarkets need to get on the journey and help sustain the industry," Mr Littleproud says. (AAP Video/Marc Tewksbury)
A price shift in Manningham has injected new life into the market, with young buyers returning to the east in force.
Chris Griffith joins James Daggar-Nickson on Skype to discuss gadgets with AI.