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Government pledges $1.3m to restore Gough Whitlam’s home in Sydney’s west

The mid-century ‘Lodge in Waiting’ in Cabramatta will be preserved and treasured for future generations, minister saysThe federal government will put up $1.3m to buy and restore the former prime minister Gough Whitlam’s family home in Sydney’s west.The assistant minister to the prime minister, Ben Morton, announced on Saturday that the mid-century ‘Lodge in Waiting’ would be entrusted to the Whitlam Institute, within Western Sydney University. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Labor party, Gough Whitlam, Whitlam Institute, Ben Morton, Cabramatta, Western Sydney University Continue


Michael McCormack ‘concentrating on his job’ as rumours swirl of Nationals leadership spill

Acting prime minister says ‘if other people have agendas that is a matter for them’ as speculation Barnaby Joyce is lining up for top jobAs leadership speculation erupts once again in his party, the Nationals leader Michael McCormack says he is going about his business in an orderly fashion “but if other people have agendas, that’s a matter for them”.The junior Coalition partner has convulsed this week about climate change policy, with McCormack and the resources minister, Keith Pitt, publicly w...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, McCormack, Michael McCormack, Keith Pitt


Masks compulsory on Sydney public transport after new ‘fleeting contact’ case

Victoria also recorded one new case on Friday as its acting premier criticised the slow vaccine rollout Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster growsNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sitesAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and overFace masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for at least five days, as New South Wales scrambles to prevent the eastern suburbs cluster from growing.The announcement of the mandate came as the state recorded another locally acq...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus, Westfield Bondi Junction Myer


NSW Covid update: three new Sydney cases of ’near and present danger’ delta variant recorded

‘Fleeting contact’ spurs decision to introduce mask mandate but no other restrictions in place yetNSW and ACT hotspotsVictorian hotspotsQueensland hotspotsNew South Wales reported three cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the total associated with the Bondi outbreak to six.Two previously unreported cases were announced, including a woman in her 40s from the eastern suburbs who visited a number of venues in Westfield Bondi Junction. The second case, reported overnight, is a man in his 30s who l...
Tags: Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Sydney, South Wales, Bondi, Westfield Bondi Junction, Coronavirus, COVID, Westfield Bondi Junction Continue


New South Wales records three new Covid cases as mandatory masks introduced

‘Fleeting contact’ spurs decision to introduce mask mandate but no other restrictions in place yetNew South Wales reported three cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the total associated with the Bondi outbreak to six.Two previously unreported cases were announced, including a woman in her 40s from the eastern suburbs who visited a number of venues in Westfield Bondi Junction. The second case, reported overnight, is a man in his 30s who lives in Sydney and also visited Westfield Bondi Junction....
Tags: Australia news, Infectious Diseases, New South Wales, Sydney, South Wales, Bondi, Westfield Bondi Junction, Coronavirus, COVID, Westfield Bondi Junction Continue


Australia takes China to WTO over its trade sanctions on Australian wines

Coalition says despite going to the World Trade Organization it ‘remains open to engaging directly with Beijing to resolve the issue’Australia is lodging a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization over China imposing anti-dumping duties on Australian wine exports, the federal government announced on Saturday.The decision follows “extensive consultation with Australia’s winemakers”, it said, adding: “Australia remains open to engaging directly with China to resolve this issue.” Continu...
Tags: Australia, China, International Trade, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, World Trade Organization, WTO


‘There are viruses just waiting in the wings’: how do we stop the next pandemic?

Understanding the connection between humans, animals and the environment is key to planning for future pandemics, experts warnIn late 2019, Kirby Institute virologist Prof Stuart Turville was looking for another job.“The funding rates were too low to survive,” he says. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Kirby Institute, Coronavirus, Prof Stuart Turville


Coffee brought to you by coal: a week in the life of Australia’s acting prime minister

Michael McCormack has a few things to say about nibbling mice, coffee drinkers and inner-city activists It’s always an interesting ride when Michael McCormack serves as acting prime minister.The last time the Nationals leader stepped into the role was January, when Scott Morrison took a quick holiday. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian Greens, Scott Morrison, National party, Michael McCormack


The whale sentinel: two decades of watching humpback numbers boom

After more than 20 years watching from the cliffs of Botany Bay, Wayne Reynolds’ passion is having tangible results He may have seen it tens of thousands of times before but when Wayne Reynolds spots a whale emerging from the water, he reacts with the excitement of a child pointing out a rollercoaster at an amusement park.“Oh wow, there’s a minke and her calf,” he yells out with boyish enthusiasm from the rocky cliff at Potter Point in Kurnell, in Sydney’s south. “I just go into auto-mode, I can...
Tags: Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Sydney, Whales, Cetaceans, Botany Bay, Kurnell, Wayne Reynolds, Potter Point


‘I’m living proof’: how Melbourne’s drug-injecting room has changed – and saved – lives

Despite established benefits, a proposed second facility in the city is facing fierce oppositionAt the lowest point of her 25-year addiction, Lisa Townsend had nothing left. Not her children, whom she had had to give up, nor a roof over her head. For three and a half years, she slept rough in the streets of the Melbourne CBD, scraping together whatever money she could to score heroin in the city, or along Victoria Street and Lennox Street in the nearby suburb of North Richmond.“My depression and...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria Street, North Richmond, Lennox Street, Lisa Townsend


Pay the rent, and the rest: tenants hit back at the rise in third-party processing

Aggrieved tenants forced to pay fees as real estate agents outsource rent collecting feel little choice but to pay upWhen Max* moved into a new rental property in Queensland earlier this year, one of his first questions, naturally, was how to pay the rent.So he called his new real estate agency, Harcourts Chermside, a Brisbane firm which boasts of its “high ideals and standards”. The agent sent Max an email explaining that a third-party company called RentPay was its “primary and preferred” meth...
Tags: Housing, Australia news, Queensland, Renting Property, Brisbane, Max


‘Glad and her boo’: Gladys Berejiklian dating prominent barrister who represented her at Icac

NSW premier has started dating leading Sydney lawyer Arthur Moses SC who last year represented her at an Icac hearing into her ex-loverThe NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has begun dating a prominent barrister who represented her during an anti-corruption inquiry into her former lover, the disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire.The premier’s sister, Mary, posted a photo to Instagram on Friday night of Berejiklian and Arthur Moses SC with the caption: “After work Friday feels with these two … Glad and he...
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‘Glad and her boo’: NSW premier dating prominent barrister who represented her at Icac

Gladys Berejiklian has started dating leading Sydney barrister Arthur Moses SC who last year represented her at an Icac hearing into her ex-loverThe NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has begun dating a prominent barrister who represented her during an anti-corruption inquiry into her former lover, the disgraced ex-MP Daryl Maguire.The premier’s sister, Mary, posted a photo to Instagram on Friday night of Berejiklian and Arthur Moses SC with the caption: “After work Friday feels with these two … G...
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Donors pull support after University of Newcastle appoints coalmining executive Mark Vaile chancellor

In an open letter, 16 philanthropists said they would not support the appointment of ‘someone who is determined to build new coal mines’Major donors to the University of Newcastle have pulled their support after coalmining executive Mark Vaile was appointed the institution’s new chancellor.Vaile, a former federal Nationals leader and the current chairman of Whitehaven Coal, was named the university’s new chancellor earlier this month, a decision that prompted a member of the university council t...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Australia news, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Australian education, Australian Universities, Newcastle And The Hunter, University of Newcastle, Whitehaven Coal, Mark Vaile, Vaile


Witness K spared jail after pleading guilty to breaching secrecy laws over Timor-Leste bugging

ACT magistrate Glenn Theakston says Witness K appeared to be motivated by justice rather than personal gainWitness K has been spared jail time for his role in exposing Australia’s 2004 bugging of Timor-Leste with a Canberra court finding he appeared to be motivated by justice not personal gain.The former Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer stood behind a wall of black panels, invisible to the packed courtroom, as he was sentenced on Friday to a three-month suspended term of imprisonme...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Canberra, Timor Leste, Secret Intelligence Service, Witness K case, Glenn Theakston


NSW Covid update: Masks compulsory on Sydney public transport after new ‘fleeting contact’ case

Victoria also recorded one new case on Friday as its acting premier criticised the slow vaccine rollout Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster growsNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sitesAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and overFace masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for at least five days, as the state scrambles to prevent the Eastern suburbs cluster from growing.The announcement of the mandate came as the state recorded another locally acquired ...
Tags: Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus, Westfield Bondi Junction Myer


Morning mail: Vaccine rollout setback, Earth traps ‘unprecedented’ heat, ageing irreversible

Friday: State and territory leaders raised concerns about the safety of AstraZeneca for Australians aged 50 and over back in April. Plus: Endangered birds get singing lessons in captivityGood morning. Another setback to the federal government’s already challenged vaccine rollout, Sydney’s Covid-19 cluster is causing concern, and the world is still getting hotter. It’s Friday 18 June, and this is Imogen Dewey with the main stories to see out your week – plus a soothing recommendation for baths.In...
Tags: World news, Australia news, Queensland, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Imogen Dewey


National aged care plan did not exist before Coalition published ‘7th edition’ in late 2020

Guardian Australia FOI shows federal government ‘revising history’ by claiming earlier versions existed, experts sayExperts have accused the federal government of “revising history” by describing the current national Covid aged care plan as the “7th edition” when no prior editions of the document exist.The aged care royal commission in October 2020 criticised the Coalition for failing to establish a dedicated plan on how to deal with the virus in aged care and recommended it take “immediate acti...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Aged Care, Coronavirus, Guardian Australia FOI


NSW Covid update: Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows as Queensland asks residents to reconsider travel

A driver who transported flight crew has been diagnosed with the Delta coronavirus variant and was not vaccinatedNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listFollow the Thursday Australia liveblogNew South Wales has recorded a third Covid case connected to the eastern suburbs cluster, as the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, told residents to be on “high alert” but did not announce any new restrictions.A fourth case in another part of Sydney, believed to be unconnected and po...
Tags: Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus


AstraZeneca shake-up: who gets it now, who doesn’t and what does it mean for Australia’s vaccine rollout?

Health authorities have recommended AstraZeneca shots no longer be given to people aged 50 to 59. Here’s whyAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians 60 and overAustralia’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout numbersNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listAustralia has undertaken the second major shake-up of its Covid-19 vaccination program in three months, prompted by concerns the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause blood clots in rare cases. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Online outages as major banks go down; NSW cases rise to four – as it happened

AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for over-60s; Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows. This blog is now closed. AstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over in blow to Covid vaccine rollout 9.42am BST That is where we will leave the live blog for Thursday evening.In case you missed it, here’s what made the news: 9.30am BST The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the Senate report on Uyghur forced labour. Human Rights Law Centre senior lawyer Freya Dinshaw says:Th...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Xinjiang, Anthony Albanese, Michael McCormack, Human Rights Law Centre, Coronavirus


Australia politics live: online banking outages as major banks go down; NSW Covid cases rise to four

AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for over-60s; Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows; Victoria records no new local cases. Follow the latest updates liveSydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows as Queensland asks residents to reconsider travelNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over in blow to Covid vaccine rollout 7.32am BST The outage affecting a large number of Australian banks, Australia Post...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Michael McCormack, Patricia Karvelas, Dan Tehan, Coronavirus


Australia politics live: Coalition grilled in question time on changed AstraZeneca advice; NSW Covid cases rise to four

AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for over-60s; Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows; Victoria records no new local cases. Follow the latest updates liveSydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows as Queensland asks residents to reconsider travelNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over in blow to Covid vaccine rollout 6.18am BST It’s important to repeat that the severe and rare clotting associated w...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, University of Sydney, Michael McCormack, Coronavirus, ATAGI


Australia politics live: Coalition grilled on changed AstraZeneca advice as NSW Covid cases rise to four – question time

AstraZeneca vaccine now recommended for over-60s; Sydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows; Victoria records no new local cases. Follow the latest updates liveSydney’s eastern suburbs cluster grows as Queensland asks residents to reconsider travelNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listAstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over in blow to Covid vaccine rollout 5.29am BST The Australian Medical Association says the changes to the Atagi advice...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Ama, Josh Frydenberg, Michael McCormack


Australia politics live: NSW on alert after Sydney Covid cases increase to four, Atagi recommends raising age for AstraZeneca vaccine to 60

NSW Health names new hotspots after more people in eastern suburbs test positive; Victoria records no new local infections. Follow the latest updates liveNew Sydney Covid case visited Bondi venues while potentially contagiousNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots list 4.35am BST Greg Hunt on vaccine hesitancy:Let me just get the latest figures, the latest figures that we have seen is at least 70% of Australians are intending to have a vaccine, I did there was anoth...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, World Health Organisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Melbourne, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Bondi, NSW


Australia politics live: NSW on alert after four Sydney Covid cases, Atagi recommends raising age for AstraZeneca vaccine to 60

NSW Health names new hotspots after more people in eastern suburbs test positive; Victoria records no new local infections. Follow the latest updates liveNew Sydney Covid case visited Bondi venues while potentially contagiousNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots list 2.28am BST NSW’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says the first time the driver received saliva testing was June 15. 2.27am BST It also needs to be stressed that NSW police have not complete...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Bondi, NSW, Michael McCormack, NSW Health, Coronavirus


Australia politics live: NSW on alert after two Sydney Covid cases, Victoria records no new local infections

NSW Health names new hotspots after two people in eastern suburbs test positive. Follow the latest updates liveNew Sydney Covid case visited Bondi venues while potentially contagiousNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots list 12.13am BST Oh, and as Graham Readfearn reports, Australia’s great future in coal includes using Australian coal to make plastic. Related: Adani blasted over ‘toxic’ $4bn plan to use Australian coal to make plastic in India 12.11am BST ...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Bondi, NSW, Adani, Michael McCormack


Australian politics live: Sydney on alert after two Covid cases, Labor defends gas industry

NSW Health names new hotspots after two people in eastern suburbs test positive New Sydney Covid case visited Bondi venues while potentially contagiousNSW Covid hotspots and map; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots list 11.18pm BST Anthony Albanese spoke to Melbourne radio Triple M yesterday afternoon and didn’t take the bait to criticise Scott Morrison for photos of him at an English pub:Host: OK, let’s get to the G7, if you don’t mind. There seems to be some reasonable stuff going on in ...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Bondi, Parliament House, Michael McCormack, NSW Health, Coronavirus, New Sydney, Bernard Collaery Rex Patrick


Morrison says Indo-Pacific must remain ‘secure and resilient’ in veiled swipe at China

Macron backs prime minister, saying Australia is at the forefront of threats in the region and France is committed to ‘defending the balance’The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has called for global cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, lashing China for undermining the rule of law and threatening a world order that “favours freedom”.In a speech to the council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, Morrison called for other countries to j...
Tags: Australia, France, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Paris, Australian politics, OECD, Scott Morrison, G7, Morrison, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Organisation for Economic Co, Indo Pacific


‘Scapegoating’: protesters to gather at Australian parliament before Witness K sentencing

Former NSW DPP says ‘the wrong parties are being prosecuted’ in case that exposed government’s bugging of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations in 2004Protesters supporting Witness K will gather at federal parliament to decry his treatment as he faces sentencing and “a very real prospect” of being jailed for speaking out about Australia’s misconduct abroad.Witness K is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing on Thursday for his role in exposing the Australian government’s bugging of Timor-L...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Timor Leste, Witness K case, NSW DPP