Day: November 1, 2011

Photo finish for the Melbourne Cup

French horse Dunaden has won the 2011 Melbourne Cup in the tightest ever finish in the 151 year history of the big race. The horse’s Qatari owner will pocket more than three and a half million dollars for the win.

Fashions in the field

While the horse owners and jockeys were taking on the serious task of preparing for the big race, tens of thousands of Australians were turning out in their finery to celebrate in their own way. For many people, fashion was

Reserve Bank cuts rates

The Reserve Bank has cut the cash interest rate by 25 basis points and the major banks are moving to lower their mortgage rates in response. Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank were the first of the majors to announce cuts,

Qantas in the air to stay

Qantas has begun the difficult task of clearing the backlog of passengers after it was ordered by Fair Work Australia to get the planes back in the air. But the saga continues, as the airline scrambles to address the potential

Boy faces Bali drug court

The 14-year-old Australian boy arrested for allegedly buying a small amount of marijuana in Bali, has appeared in court for the first time. The teenager was masked as he was ushered into the Denpasar District Court this morning. Michele Harris

Neighbourhood fence disputes

Neighbourhood rows over trees are no longer an issue for the courts in Queensland. Residents now have the right to take fencing issues into their own hands. Candice Anderson reports.

QUT study finds solution to radioactive materials

A group of Brisbane scientists has developed a way to remove radioactive materials from water – a technique, they say, could help clean up contaminated sites around the world. The new process uses nanotube technology to filter the toxins out

Moustaches are back in fashion for Movember

It’s moustache season – or Movember if you like – so expect to see a lot more male facial hair this month. The popular charity drive raises awareness of men’s health issues and provides funds for research. Rebekah Fay reports.