Coronavirus economic shocks put a greater focus on Australia-India relations

Australia will be at risk of greater economic pain if it withdraws from the global community over fears of a coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s chief international business advocate has warned. Key points: Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is leading a delegation of Australian businesses to India He has warned against withdrawing from the global community amid […]

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Melbourne University offers students $7,500 to help circumvent coronavirus travel ban

One of Australia’s most prestigious universities is offering cash grants of $7,500 to help Chinese students get around the coronavirus travel ban and resume their studies. Key points: The grants will help students serve quarantine periods in other countries Other Australian universities have offered smaller grants Research suggests some Australian universities are over-reliant on revenue […]

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Rio Tinto joins BHP in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

Rio Tinto has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, supported by $1.5 billion worth of investments in climate-related projects over the next five years, after posting its largest profit in eight years. Key points: The world’s second-largest mining company’s 2019 underlying profit was more than $US10 billion As well […]

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BOM says 'remarkable' ex-tropical cyclone Esther could re-intensify

Ex-tropical cyclone Esther is tracking an unpredictable path across northern Australia and could re-intensify later in the week, with the Bureau of Meteorology describing it as “a remarkable system”. Key Points: Ex-cyclone Esther Key points: Ex-tropical cyclone Esther could re-intensify on Friday after spending most of this week inland Some NT cattle stations have received […]

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Forest protesters no longer face big fines after regulator withdraws ban

Forest protesters in Tasmania no longer have the potential of a huge fine hanging over their heads after the state’s workplace safety regulator lifted a ban on their activities. Key points: A notice effectively banning protests by the Bob Brown Foundation has been withdrawn by Tasmania’s work health and safety regulator A Hobart magistrate described […]

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'I could feel the embers': Kangaroo Island resort workers survive catastrophic bushfire in bunker

The co-managers of a luxury Kangaroo Island resort have described how they took shelter in a bunker to survive a catastrophic bushfire that tore through the region. Key points: The Ravine bushfire tore through about 50 per cent of Kangaroo Island The Southern Ocean Resort was completely destroyed by the fire Resort staff survived by […]

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Tigerair axes five domestic routes, citing impacts of coronavirus

Budget airline Tigerair will axe five domestic routes and cut its fleet by a third, with regional centres the hardest hit. Key points: Virgin Australia has scrapped mostly regional Tigerair routes and reduced its fleet in response to ongoing losses The company says the coronavirus crisis is having a “weakening effect” on international and domestic […]

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This award-winning bike-friendly road cost $8 million. Now council's spending $2 million to rip it up

An $8 million, award-winning stretch of tree-lined street in central Geelong, which was designed to keep cyclists safer, will be partially ripped up after the council decided it was causing too much congestion for cars. Key points: The first phase of the Geelong green spine was only completed in 2018 but council last night voted […]

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GPS tracking devices and increased jail time proposed to combat family violence

People who try to strangle their partners would be sent to jail for 14 years under the Opposition’s plan to strengthen domestic violence laws in Queensland. Key points: Queensland Opposition propose on-the-spot Domestic Violence Orders The maximum penalty for attempted strangulation would increase from seven to 14 years in jail The changes would make Queensland’s […]

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Liberal Josh Frydenberg sounds alarm on Holocaust deniers and 'the rise of the far right'

Federal Parliament’s most prominent Jewish MP, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, has warned far-right extremism is rising across the world, including in some parts of Australia. Key points: Josh Frydenberg said people were seeking to diminish the loss of life in the Holocaust He warned about the consequences of the rise of the far right within Australia […]

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Council candidate and partner of big game hunter-blogger criticised for safari review

A Gold Coast City Council candidate has defended herself after online attacks criticised her links to a well-known big game hunter — her husband. Key points: Council candidate Mary-Anne Hossack says she isn’t surprised her husband’s passion for big game hunting is being used to discredit her campaign Division 9 Councillor Glenn Tozer says criticism […]

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Fresh Australian orange juice 'may disappear' from supermarket shelves in the next five years

Citrus growers say that fresh Australian orange juice may not be widely available in the future because of low prices paid to growers. Key points orange juice Key points: Low supermarket orange juice prices have reduced plantings Citrus growers can get better returns selling for fresh fruit than juice Drinks such kombucha and energy drinks […]

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Has the market for investment in coal started to decline?

Related Story: Albanese says coal mining could continue in a net-zero-emissions Australia Related Story: World’s biggest investment firm ditches coal in ‘fundamental reshaping of finance’ A London-based resource royalties company with a stake in a north-west New South Wales thermal coal mine has announced it will no longer invest in thermal coal extraction. Key points: […]

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Report reveals 60,000 Australians hospitalised due to sport, but some say the rewards outweigh the risks

Men are more than twice as likely to be hospitalised playing sport than women, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Key points: Just under 60,000 people were hospitalised due to sports injuries in the 2016-17 period A third of those hospitalised were injured playing one of the […]

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'Definitely a regional facility': How North Sydney Council won a $10m pool upgrade grant earmarked for the regions

Wedged between Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park, the North Sydney Olympic Pool has been an icon of the harbour for 84 years. Key points: North Sydney Council was awarded a $10 million Federal Government grant to upgrade the North Sydney Olympic Pool The Federal Government awarded the grant out of the Female Facilities and […]

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'Our family is now in sorry business': Uncle of toddler who died on childcare centre minibus thanks community for support

Related Story: ‘I’m going to jail’: Childcare manager’s triple-0 call revealed in court after boy found dead on bus The family of a toddler who died after being left for hours on a childcare centre minibus have thanked the community and Cairns police for their support as they struggle to deal with their devastating loss. […]

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Emergency declaration in place and swiftwater crews on standby as St George prepares for flooding

Related Story: Emergency flood alert issued for St George with more rain forecast for Queensland Related Story: Cars stuck in floodwaters prompt multiple swift water rescues Swiftwater crews are on standby in St George in Queensland’s southern inland, with dozens of homes in low-lying areas at risk of flooding from the rising Balonne River. The […]

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Greta Thunberg got to meet her 'role model' Malala Yousafzai, and the internet is all for it

Related Story: Malala Yousafzai says Taliban ‘made a mistake’ thinking they could silence her Related Story: Greta Thunberg nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has met her role model, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, during a visit to Britain’s University of Oxford, where she spoke to students about climate […]

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Sydney's escaping baboons were from a medical research lab — here's what happens inside

Related Story: Three baboons recaptured after escaping from Sydney hospital, ‘no danger’ to public They weren’t pets — that’s illegal in Australia — and they weren’t from the zoo. The three baboons that yesterday broke free from a truck in Sydney’s Inner-West were from a research facility, where medical experiments are conducted on animals. In […]

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In the quest to treat Alzheimer's, are we heading in the wrong direction?

Before I have a chance to ask dementia researcher Amy Brodtmann about the failure of yet another Alzheimer’s treatment, she wants to make one thing clear. “Whenever these drugs fail, you can’t underestimate how devastating it is.” After three decades of research and billions of dollars of investment, news that another Alzheimer’s drug treatment has […]

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Australia's infrastructure body wants to see 'cycling superhighways' in Melbourne

A proposal to create hundreds of kilometres of “cycling superhighways” from Melbourne’s booming suburbs to the CBD has been backed by Australia’s infrastructure advisory body. Key points: Infrastructure Australia’s priorities list says the RACV plan should be built within five years Victoria’s Transport Infrastructure Minister says the recommendation shows a “stark contrast” between the priorities […]

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'Total waste of money': Code of conduct complaints 'used as weapons', councillors say

Related Story: ‘The public wants blood’: Councillor quits live on radio over ‘personal attacks’ There are calls for an overhaul of Tasmania’s local government code of conduct system, with councils forking out tens of thousands of ratepayer dollars for complaint investigations. Key points Of the 20 code of conduct complaints investigated in the 2018-19 financial […]

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Live: Australian shares drop another 2pc, taking weekly losses above $130 billion

The Australian share market is following global markets sharply lower after Wall Street plunged for a second straight day. Share traders are increasingly concerned about the growing financial fallout of the COVID-19 coronavirus as it spreads outside of China. Follow the latest market moves and analysis on our live blog. External Link: Live: ASX follows […]

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Live: ASX plunges again as Dow loses nearly 2,000 points in two days

The Australian share market is following global markets sharply lower, after Wall Street plunged for a second straight day. Share traders are increasingly concerned about the growing financial fallout of the coronavirus, COVID-19, as it spreads outside of China. Follow the latest market moves and analysis on our live blog. External Link: Live: ASX follows […]

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'Very disrespectful to the victim': Mother of suspected murder victim Josh Warneke slams authorities over case

Ten years on from the death and suspected murder of her son in Broome, the mother of Josh Warneke says the botched investigation into his death has highlighted serious issues with how victims of crime are treated in Western Australia. Key points: Today marks 10 years since 21-year-old Josh Warneke was found dead in Broome […]

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Opera singer Placido Domingo 'truly sorry' after union finds he sexually harassed women

Opera singer Placido Domingo has apologised to the women who have accused him of sexual harassment after an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) found he had behaved inappropriately with female performers. Key points: Dozens of female performers said they witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour Domingo allegedly forced wet kisses on women, […]

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CrossFit community create workout in memory of Hannah Clarke, hundreds join movement to remember

A fitness workout has been created in honour of Hannah Clarke as hundreds of athletes from Australia and across the ditch take part to celebrate her life. Key points: Hannah Clarke was an avid member of the fitness community Her tribute workout is being done by CrossFit groups across Australia and New Zealand “Handstands for […]

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The red flags were clear well before Perth Glory's bizarre cryptocurrency sale turned into a debacle

Related Story: Ambitious bid to sell Perth Glory to a UK-based cryptocurrency group falls over Related Story: A-League club Perth Glory set to be sold to London-based cryptocurrency group Right from the start, something did not seem right about this. Was it the shed in rural Wales that was supposedly the office of the London […]

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Green shoots of renewal give hope to the people of 'forgotten' Keilira bushfire

Related Story: Fires could break containment lines in SA as temperatures soar, CFS warns Related Story: Suspicious blaze comes close to SA campground but Cudlee Creek fire contained Rain has softened the fire-scorched landscape of Keilira in South Australia’s south-east with a wash of green growth. And while locals are also working hard to rebuild […]

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Kangaroo Island bushfire clean-up a 'disgrace' as tourism operator lays off staff

Kangaroo Island residents have slammed the SA Government’s fire recovery response — with one labelling it “disgraceful” — because only five of 170 bushfire-affected properties have been cleaned up so far. Key points: About half of Kangaroo Island was burnt in bushfires in January Clean-up has been slow and the SA Government is facing criticism […]

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Four years to see a specialist: Canberra's public hospitals fail to meet targets in every medical area

Sick Canberrans are becoming gravely ill while waiting years for specialist medical care, doctors say. Key points: The average waiting time for “urgent” outpatient clinics in the ACT public health system exceeds the target in every specialist area “Urgent” rheumatology patients wait, on average, more than 16 months for an appointment — the clinical standard […]

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From shiraz to Wagyu, fires and floods have ruined Australia's fresh food image. So what happens now?

There’s a reason Australian tourism ads feature panning shots of untouched remote beaches and valleys lined with vineyards. The value of Australia’s agriculture and livestock, from shiraz to Wagyu beef, is inherently tied to the perception of Australia as a country of unspoilt beauty and bountiful and fresh produce. Prior to this season’s bushfires, Australian […]

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WIRES under fire over slow progress of donations reaching wildlife bushfire causes

Volunteers working with Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, WIRES, have raised questions over the distribution of funds and delays in reaching services helping affected wildlife. Key points: $50 million out of $60 million donated to wildlife rescue organisation WIRES will support long-term recovery The charity said it has paid out $7 million and reassured donors […]

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Wallan derailment driver praised for passion for trains as final carriage is moved off track

Related Story: Derailed XPT train would have been travelling slower under Victorian regulations, rail union says Related Story: Train driver killed in derailment had told friend about issues on the line With the lead locomotive now removed from the tracks at the scene of last week’s train derailment north of Melbourne, the deceased train driver […]

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'These are not luxury items': Scotland set to make sanitary products free for women in world first

Related Story: Female athletes skipping periods ‘not normal’ — app tracks menstruation cycles to boost performance Related Story: These women have started an Australian business selling pads and tampons to fight period poverty Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to make sanitary products free to all women. Key points: A […]

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Bipartisan support for Bettina Arndt to be stripped of OAM after Hannah Clarke comments

The Senate has condemned the comments of Order of Australia recipient Bettina Arndt, as pressure ramps up to have her stripped of the honour. Key points: Liberal and Labor senators have joined in their condemnation of Bettina Arndt’s comments Only One Nation senators opposed the motion to condemn the comments about Hannah Clarke’s murder Ms […]

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