Teaching English to school children in India or building a community restaurant in Peru have become part of a fashionable rite of passage for thousands of young people each year, but critics argue the commercialisation of volunteering is doing more harm than good to the communities they seek to help.
Every asylum seeker child on Christmas Island has been transferred to a Darwin detention centre, as promised by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in his negoitations with Senate crossbenchers.
A body believed to be that of a missing man has been found in Victoria's north-east.
Perth heavyweight boxer Mark de Mori has the bright lights of Las Vegas in his sights, as he waits on a work visa that would allow him to take up a big-fight offer in the USA in January.
Two homemade explosive devices have been found in Bendigo, police say.
Police are appealing for witnesses after car collided with an ambulance then fled the scene in Coburg on Saturday night.
A man has been shot in Melbourne's north.
The former Labor government's decision to delay the installation of anti-suicide barriers on the West Gate Bridge for cost reasons is being blamed for the deaths of a mother and child in a new lawsuit.
Wealthy Chinese property developer Wang Hua has been revealed as the secretive overseas investor behind a last ditch bid to take over failing private school Macedon Grammar.
Sometimes from Bad Seeds, good things grow. But when it comes to gardening, Nick Cave does love her so.