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SA parents to face fines over truancy

Parents will face fines of up to $5000 if they fail to attend meetings about their child's school truancy, under new laws proposed in South Australia.

Man dies in Tasmania truck-car smash

A driver has died after a two-vehicle smash in Tasmania's north.The man, believed to be in his 50s, became trapped after a car and truck collided on the Bass Highway near Deloraine, 50km west of Launceston, on Monday morning.

Google invests in Chinese e-commerce giant

Google will invest $US550 million ($A740m) in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US internet giant's efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com.

'Cyborg justice' for Opal card biohacker

The Sydney biohacker who fell foul of the law when he implanted a NSW travel card chip into his arm says "cyborg justice has been served" after a court overturned his conviction.

Cost of living the focus for NSW budget

Cost of living is expected to be "front and centre" of this week's NSW budget, with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet planning to mix the state's record infrastructure spend with tax cuts and concessions.

Maroons give injured Napa Origin deadline

They may be no strangers to a comeback but a desperate Queensland admit they must overcome the "fear factor" in Sunday's must-win State of Origin game two in Sydney to keep the series alive.

US festival almost shutdown as shots fired

A 24-hour arts and music festival in the US was on the verge of being shut down due to numerous fights when gunfire erupted with one gunman shot dead and 22 others, including two other suspects, injured.