National News

Huge quakes hit off NZ, tsunami fear over

A powerful series of undersea earthquakes have struck northeast of New Zealand, but tsunami waves that forced many people on the country's North Island to flee to high ground passed without causing substantial damage.

Higher arrival limit flagged for Aussies

More stranded Australians will soon be able to return each fortnight with a quarantine facility in the Top End given the all clear to increase its capacity.

Iron ore exports buoy record trade surplus

Australia posted the biggest monthly trade surplus in history on the back of record iron ore exports, as the economy continued to rack up new markers in its rebound from last year's deep recession.

Tax driver and bikie shot in Sydney

A taxi driver has managed to drive himself to hospital after he was caught up in the brazen daylight shooting of a bikie outside at a home in Sydney's northwest.

ICAC-bound NSW MP moves to cross bench

Embattled former NSW minister John Sidoti has moved to the cross bench after the state's corruption watchdog announced it would hold a public inquiry into his property dealings.