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Monday, 13 July 2020 






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Washington NFL team drops Redskins name and logo  

The Washington Redskins NFL team announces they will no longer use their franchise name, which has been criticised as a "dictionary-defined racial slur".

China issues upgraded travel warning for Australia  

China alleges Australian law enforcement agencies have been "arbitrarily" searching Chinese citizens and seizing their possessions.

Documents reveal AFP's use of controversial facial recognition technology  

Documents obtained by the ABC reveal how the AFP made use of facial recognition technology that is now the focus of a federal investigation.

Court of Arbitration of Sport says Manchester City can play in the Champions League  

Manchester City will play in next season's Champions League after a two-year UEFA ban from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

North Macedonia holds first election since historic name change amid coronavirus surge  

The country will hold the election after being run by a caretaker government since January after Prime Minister Zoran Zaev resigned. He did so after the European Union failed to set a date for North Macedonia to begin accession talks to join the bloc.

AFL grand final re-match between Tigers and Giants to highlight round eight  

The AFL reveals the round eight fixture, with Richmond and GWS to face off for the first time since last year's grand final, while Monday night matches are set to feature for the remainder of the home-and-away season.

Adelaide attempted explosives maker had Christchurch shooter's manifesto on his phone, court hears  

An Adelaide man awaiting sentencing for trying to make explosive devices had "anti-Islamic and patriot-style ideologies", and the Christchurch mass shooter's manifesto on his phone, a court hears.

Gun dealer jailed for selling hundreds of weapons to underworld figures  

Ten of the firearms illegally supplied by Port Kembla man Shane Simpson, 47, have been used in serious crimes, including murder, with more than 260 weapons remaining unaccounted for.

Emus do a runner, leaving a WA town bereft  

A marauding mob of emus clears out from a town in WA's South West and locals are once again divided as to whether they should return.

Queensland university student Drew Pavlou's suspension upheld by appeals committee  

The University of Queensland's senate discipline appeals committee advises Drew Pavlou it is upholding a six-month suspension against him for his role in anti-China protests on campus, but had found him not guilty of 13 out of 18 misconduct allegations.

Big storms to bring dangerous weather to Perth and south-west WA this week  

A severe weather warning is issued for the south-west of WA, including Perth, as a strong cold front packing gusts of up to 125 kilometres per hour approaches the west coast.

New man accused in WA corruption scandal over alleged fake invoices worth almost $400,000  

WA Police lay corruption charges against a 57-year-old man from East Fremantle as part of their ongoing investigation into the former Department of Communities executive Paul Whyte.

NT Police frustrated after issuing coronavirus fines for cafe and pub visits over the weekend  

Police in the NT are warning a small minority of visitors and returning Territorians are endangering lives after seven people broke quarantine rules over the weekend, including to go to a cafe and visit a pub.

VC recipient's slouch hat fetches $30,000 at auction but goes on public display  

Vietnam veteran Keith Payne, Australia's oldest living Victoria Cross recipient, sold his historic slouch hat to raise money for Mackay rotary to help with their coronavirus response.

Bulldogs pair involved in Port Macquarie incident have NRL contracts reinstated  

Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera could play again this year, with the NRL's independent appeal committee overturning the league's decision to deregister their contracts.

'For the sake of Allah, go get tested': Mother of AFL star in intensive care  

Bachar Houli has revealed his mother is in intensive care undergoing "heavy treatment" for COVID-19, and has pleaded with Melbourne's Muslim community to "change your mindset" about the deadly virus.

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies of breast cancer  

John Travolta takes to Instagram to confirm his wife Kelly Preston, who appeared in films such as Jerry Maguire and Twins, has "lost her two-year battle with breast cancer".

Pub capacities slashed as NSW Government tightens coronavirus rules  

The State Government is set to unveil tough new restrictions for some licensed venues — including reduced group booking numbers and stricter requirements for collecting customer details — in the wake of a coronavirus cluster being linked to a south-west Sydney pub.

Canberra Writers Festival accused of lacking diversity as Christopher Pyne headlines event  

The launch of the Canberra Writers Festival program for 2020 attracts outrage from across the Australian writing community for what some are calling a lack of diversity.

'Given plenty of time': SA to charge travellers up to $3,000 for hotel quarantine  

International travellers returning home will soon be charged for hotel quarantine in SA, after the State Government deemed they had been given "plenty of time" to get back by now.

Rotting whale carcass poses health risk: Beachgoers warned to stay away  

Swimmers and surfers are advised to steer clear of a decomposing whale on an Eyre Peninsula beach as it will likely attract sharks, but is too big to remove.

North Melbourne AFL player apologises to Conor McKenna for COVID-19 taunt  

Essendon's Conor McKenna receives an apology from North Melbourne's Luke McDonald for an on-field taunt related to the Bomber's recent COVID-19 scare.

'We actually moved out of our house': Victorian travellers bound for WA left in limbo  

Travellers due to arrive in Western Australia from Victoria say they have been left stranded after their permission to enter the state was cancelled at the last minute due to tightened restrictions.

Mystery surrounds car with 'COVID 19' number plate parked at Adelaide Airport  

A BMW with a striking number plate has set tongues wagging at Adelaide Airport, with one staffer saying the car has been parked there since before Australia's coronavirus lockdowns began.

Advice on using face masks has changed for some — here's what you need to know  

In a change to its previous advice, the Victorian Government is urging Melbourne residents to cover their face in situations where they cannot maintain physical distancing. We answer some of the most common questions about face masks.

Penrith NRL player Charlie Staines stood down after COVID-19 protocol breach  

Charlie Staines is found to have breached the NRL's biosecurity protocols during the post-match celebrations that followed his four-try effort on debut for the Panthers at the weekend.

Perth couple trekking across WA with camels savour the 'wow' moments, and the odd shower  

Jacqui Craigs and Kim Callcott are making headway on their camel trek from Perth to the vast Nullarbor Plain, carrying plenty of water but not often washing, because: "You'll die of thirst before you die of being dirty."

Former ANU student sues university over alleged sexual assault during college hazing ritual  

An Australian National University college is accused of failing in its duty of care, over an alleged sexual assault during a "pub golf" hazing ritual five years ago.

Controversy over how to mourn Seoul's 'feminist' mayor' reportedly accused of sexual harassment  

Controversy has erupted in South Korea over how to mourn Seoul's self-described "feminist" Mayor Park Won-soon, who reportedly died by suicide last week after being accused of sexual harassment.

Ex-councillor accused of using sham lease for electoral fraud 'vehemently' denies charges  

Former City of Perth councillor Jim Adamos pleads not guilty to charges of electoral fraud and unlawfully gaining a benefit of more than $600 while in office.

Hundreds of Australian jobs secured as NZ Army closes $75m Bushmaster deal  

Manufacturer Thales says the contract will secure 300 jobs at its Bendigo factory for at least the next two years, as well as another 200 along the supply chain.

1,000 ADF personnel, 5 million masks sent to Victoria  

A 1,000-strong Australian Defence Force contingent will be sent to Victoria to help with the state's coronavirus response, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.

Low pressure system set to bring big surf, heavy rainfall — and farmers are overjoyed  

Sydney and parts of the Illawarra and Hunter regions are in for heavy rainfall as a low pressure system rolls in, but farmers plagued by drought aren't complaining.

Good news for mental health, bad news for deliveries as coronavirus lockdowns lift  

Australians are going out more, getting fewer home deliveries and feeling a lot less lonely and anxious than they were a month or two ago, according to the latest research from the ABS.

Packed nightclub and hostel fined for breaching coronavirus rules in Adelaide CBD  

Police issue $5,000 fines to a backpackers hostel and a nightclub in the centre of Adelaide for failing to comply with public health regulations intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Business run by tourism heavyweight loses bid to eliminate worker entitlements  

A Tasmanian business owned by the head of the state's tourism council will have to pay out $24,000 in employee entitlements after a failed bid to have the amount dropped to zero because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Police issue 'cry' for patience after four killed on Far North Queensland roads  

Queensland police say a 16-year-old boy was among those killed over the weekend, having been a passenger along with several other teenagers in a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old that rolled at Lockhart River in Cape York.

Victoria's lockdown will last 'as long as it needs to' as state records 177 new cases  

Victoria records 177 cases of coronavirus overnight — the first daily increase below 200 in three days. But authorities are warning against complacency and say the peak may still be yet to come.

There are conspiracy theories undermining Melbourne's COVID-19 testing blitz  

While testing is ramping up to detect COVID-19, misleading information is circulating social media about how — and whether — the tests detect the virus.

Premier League star Zaha cops online racist abuse, 12-year-old arrested  

The Premier League denounces racist messages sent to Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha, as a police investigation leads to the arrest of a 12-year-old boy.

The Star fined $5,000 over COVID-19 breach, Crossroads Hotel cluster grows  

Sydney's The Star casino is fined for breaching social-distancing rules just hours after confirming a patron who attended the venue early this month has tested positive for coronavirus. It comes as the Crossroads cluster rises to 21.

If ever there's a season for one of AFL's great rivalries to be turned on its head, it's this one  

Fremantle hasn't beaten West Coast in five years as one of the great AFL rivalries has been all one-way traffic, but things may be about to get interesting again, writes Tom Wildie.

ASX jumps on hope for remdesevir, Estia Health reveals 15 coronavirus infections  

Australian shares kick off the week higher, as markets ignore a spike in COVID-19 infections and instead focus their hopes on a drug to combat the virus.

Dominant Hamilton to continue Black Lives Matter protests all season  

Lewis Hamilton is dominant in his 85th Formula 1 victory at Austria's Red Bull Ring, but Daniel Ricciardo is left "frustrated" with eighth as Renault launches an appeal against Racing Point.

Tiny town determined to ride out pandemic downturn  

The tiny town of Derby has already reinvented itself once — transforming from a mining town to a mountain-biking destination — and even though the coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on that enterprise, it will take a lot more than that to stop Derby in its tracks.

Victorian principals 'extremely anxious' as kids return to the classroom  

Victorian school principals are worried about senior students and specialist schoolkids returning to classrooms today in the face of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Australian Principals Federation says.

'It's a very big step': Human trials begin on coronavirus vaccine in Brisbane  

Human trials are underway on 120 volunteers in the search to find a vaccine for coronavirus with preliminary results expected to be released at the end of September.

Victorians fined thousands for lying on border declaration in a bid to enter Queensland  

Six people are collectively fined more than $24,000 after lying on border declaration forms while trying to enter Queensland on Saturday.

Children's app creator accused of 'covertly filming' women, possessing child abuse material  

An Adelaide man accused of possessing child abuse material and "covertly filming" women inside their homes has been identified as a video producer and children's app creator.

21 injured in explosion and fire on ship at US naval base  

It's not yet known where the blast and fire occurred on the 255-metre amphibious assault vessel USS Bonhomme Richard, which was docked at its home port in San Diego.

Even in dark times, footy still gives us reason to smile  

As life for many AFL fans takes a big hit amid COVID-19 restrictions, footy continues to provide a powerful escape and reasons to smile, writes Alister Nicholson.

Authorities list NSW venues attended by people who later tested positive for coronavirus  

The venues include a gym, a casino, a shopping centre, a golf course, restaurants and leagues clubs. Authorities are advising people who visited the venues at certain times to be on the lookout for symptoms.

Pope Francis 'deeply pained' by Turkey's decision to reopen Hagia Sophia museum as a mosque  

In a very brief, improvised remark, the Pope, speaking from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square, says he is "thinking of St Sophia".

One job for every 15 unemployed Queenslanders on JobSeeker payments  

There are just over 25,000 job vacancies but nearly 380,000 unemployed Queenslanders, according to senator Anthony Chisholm who is calling on the Federal Government not to reduce the JobSeeker payment come September.

Want to cut down your power bill? Find out where your home is bleeding energy  

"Leaky homes" are hard to keep warm in winter and cool in summer, but there are simple ways to fix them.

Cindy thought her dream of a family was impossible. But a DNA test changed everything  

For many people like Cindy Black with depression, finding the right medication can take years of trial and error — but that may be about to change, thanks to genetic testing and personalised medicine.

Disney reopens Florida theme parks as state smashes US record for new coronavirus cases  

Florida records 15,299 new coronavirus cases in a single day, shattering the record set by California less than a week ago and more than New York's worst day in April.

NSW Now: Planet Fitness member at Casula contracts COVID-19, NSW Government proposes Melbourne Cup move to Sydney  

MORNING BRIEFING: Police launch an investigation into a baby's death in Bargo house fire, and Planet Fitness gym at Casula in Sydney's south-west is closed after a member was identified as having contracted COVID-19.

Grandparents were unable to reach five-month-old killed in NSW house fire  

Police say a fire that killed a baby south-west of Sydney last night appears to have started in the girl's room. They say the child's grandparents tried to save her, but were unable to battle through the smoke and flames.

Money meant for new public housing 'reprioritised' for home renovation scheme blow-out  

Huge demand for the tradie voucher stimulus scheme saw Labor's spend balloon to $100 million. But the NT is deeply in debt, so millions will come from funds that were set aside for new public housing.

Carlton public housing resident 'very worried' as coronavirus infections detected  

Cory Memery says he hopes authorities get on top of coronavirus infections at more Melbourne public housing estates "before it gets worse".

The mystery of the mouse that died of smoke inhalation nowhere near a fire  

I looked through the microscope at the insides of a dead smoky mouse, and could barely believe my eyes. Thousands of tiny smoke particles lined its lungs. But the mouse had been kept more than 50 kilometres from the nearest bushfires, writes Andrew Peters.

'We're asking them not to do it': NSW towns say Victorians still visiting despite border closures  

Menindee's tourism chief says "hundreds" of Victorians have been in his town in the last several weeks, while an Indigenous group in Wilcannia says tourists are still stopping there despite signs asking them to stay away.

Returning Australians risk losing seat if they don't upgrade to business class  

Australians returning from overseas on economy fares say airlines are cancelling their seats unless they upgrade to business class as international arrivals are reduced.

How rugby became a vehicle for empowering young women on and off the field  

Kirby Sefo, one of the first women to go professional in Australia's Rugby 7s competition, is working to help teenage girls thrive on and off the field.

This is what it's like to live in a society that doesn't see you as human  

This is not a story for me, it is my life. I don’t get to turn away from this. To not care is not an option because I live in a world where race and racism can suffocate us, writes Stan Grant.

'Hong Kongers never give up': 600,000 cast 'protest' vote against new security laws  

More than 600,000 citizens in the Chinese-ruled city cast ballots as a symbolic protest vote against tough national security laws imposed by Beijing.

Three countries are about to send missions to Mars. Two have never done it before  

Three new spacecraft are launching to Mars this month and each of them will test new technologies in the race to reach the Red Planet next year, on a quest to find evidence of past life. We explain the missions and why July is the month to travel.

Sydney developer funds 'grassroots volunteer group' lobbying for high-rise rezoning  

Roydon Ng was shocked to discover that a grassroots volunteer group of south-west Sydney residents lobbying to fast-track high-rise rezonings in the area is being funded by an eastern suburbs developer.

'Buy art because you like the artist,' economist warns as auctions take coronavirus hit  

Coronavirus hit the art world hard, with art auction sales the slowest in 22 years, but some sellers, such as art specialist Gene Sherman, are rolling the dice.

Recessions punish our youth and this downturn is no different  

Historically, we've measured recessions in terms of growth, but unemployment measures are a far better indicator of economic performance — and youth workforce underutilisation is currently hitting record highs, writes Ian Verrender.

Will you have an extra $750 in your bank account soon?  

From today, 5 million Australians on lower incomes who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive cash payments as the Federal Government rolls out the second round of Economic Support Payments.

CEOs treading a 'dangerous line' as mental health impacts of coronavirus bite  

As one of Australia's best known business and community leaders, Geoff Cousins is used to making tough calls. But over time, the stress and uncertainty of his position took its toll.

Coronavirus update: South Africa bans alcohol sales to stop 'drinking sprees'  

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says halting alcohol sales will reduce the number of trauma patients presenting at hospitals, freeing them up for COVID-19 treatment.

Trail-blazing NT Aboriginal cabinet minister John Ah Kit dies, aged 69  

A former NT Labor minister and head of the Northern Land Council, John Ah Kit is being remembered as a "leader and advocate for Aboriginal people" and a man with a remarkable sense of humour.

Iran blames bad communication and missile misalignment for shooting down passenger plane  

Iranian investigators blame a misaligned missile battery and miscommunication between soldiers and their commanders for the Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing 176 people.

Bondi parties shut down by police as guests flout social-distancing rules  

NSW Police shut down a number of private parties in Sydney's eastern suburbs because guests are not complying with social-distancing rules.

Australian Defence Force arrives at South Australian-Victorian border to support police  

Australian Defence Force personnel arrived in South Australia's south-east today, ready to assist SA Police with bolstering the state's hard border with Victoria.

League-leading Eels claim crucial win over Knights, Dragons smash struggling Sea Eagles  

Parramatta moves back to the top of the NRL table with a 10-4 win over Newcastle, while the Manly Sea Eagles are left searching for answers after being smashed 34-4 by the Dragons.

Many Victorian kids have returned to remote learning. Parents, here's your survival guide  

The Victorian Government confirms it's back to remote learning for many prep to year 10 students. Here's your guide on how to get through homeschooling (again).

Port top ladder after beating GWS, Blues beat Dogs in eye-catching game  

Port Adelaide sits clear on top of the AFL ladder after a win over GWS, while Carlton beats the Bulldogs in a an entertaining game and Richmond records an ugly win over Sydney.

Will Callaghan back in the bush and smiling after nights lost in Victorian wilderness  

Will Callaghan, the 14-year-old, non-verbal autistic boy who went missing on Mt Disappointment earlier this year is back in the great outdoors, and he couldn't look happier.

'Farm obsessed' boy from east of Alice Springs steals the show with online video  

The Alice Springs Show might not have gone ahead this month in a physical sense because of COVID-19, but cattle stations still got involved online — with adorable results.

Australian Alexander Volkanovski retains UFC title with controversial split-decision win  

Alexander Volkanovski hangs on to the UFC flyweight belt despite being knocked down multiple times in his rematch with American Max Holloway.

'Last line of defence': Healthcare workers among hundreds of new Victorian coronavirus cases  

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says "it's a concern" to see healthcare professionals among the hundreds of new coronavirus infections across Victoria.

Wild weather heading to NSW with 5-metre waves set to batter coastline  

Wild weather is on the way for parts of New South Wales, but it is more likely to bring relief than cause concern with heavy rain expected to fall in dry catchment areas.

Adelaide council worker pinned between cars during CBD crash  

A City of Adelaide council worker is pinned between two vehicles after a provisional driver allegedly crashes into a parked car.

South Australian firefighters to face upcoming fire season with more trucks, improved equipment  

South Australian emergency services will receive 25 new trucks and improved communications technology ahead of the upcoming fire season, the State Government announces.

Robert Mueller defends Russia probe, says Roger Stone remains a felon  

Former special counsel Robert Mueller says his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign was of "paramount importance", adding that Trump ally Roger Stone "remains a convicted felon".

'If there's a character concern, they'll be sent back': Minister offers no guarantees to Hongkongers  

Thousands of Hong Kong citizens in Australia have been offered visa extensions of up to five years following a crackdown on personal freedoms by China. But there are no guarantees those fearful of returning will be allowed to stay in Australia.

Federal MP self-isolates after dining at Sydney pub linked to nine coronavirus cases  

NSW Health confirms nine coronavirus cases are linked to the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, with an 18-year-old staff member one of those to have tested positive.

'He died alone': Granddaughter's message for Melburnians after 90yo's COVID-19 death  

Gabrielle Cordwell says she doesn't want "another family to have to go through this" after her "one-of-a-kind" grandfather Alf Jordan died from COVID-19 in Melbourne this week.

'No alternative' but to return to remote learning in Victorian lockdown zones, Premier says  

Victorian state school students from prep to year 10 in lockdown zones will return to home learning from July 20 as coronavirus cases continue to climb.

It's definitely not the Top End but these buffalo are thriving 3,000 kms away  

Buffalo are usually at home roaming the steamy tropics of remote northern Australia but nearly 3,000 kilometres away, there's a herd dotting the green hills of northern Tasmania.

Federal Government pledges $233 million to boost tourism in national parks post-coronavirus  

The money will fund tourism and infrastructure projects in Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks; Booderee on the NSW south coast; Christmas Island and Canberra's Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Meet three South Sudanese refugees making their mark in Australia  

After a childhood in a refugee camp, a new life in Australia is a "miraculous" but daunting experience. We talk to three refugees making their mark in their new adopted home.

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic  

US President Donald Trump is a latecomer to wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, having previously sent mixed signals about the usefulness of masks in curbing the spread of the virus.

How fans of a popular podcast helped 'reunite' a dress with its owner  

A high school teacher who lost a dress made from vintage 70s material is delighted to receive an identical fit, after Facebook fans of a podcast hosted by ABC journalists band together.

For the Neale family, the case of Ann Marie Smith represents a 'worst nightmare'  

The horrific death of Ann Marie Smith shocked the public, but it also got Tom Neale's family thinking about future plans to ensure he continues to receive care and support.

'Time for a new chapter': Former Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak retires  

Mile Jedinak, who retired from international football in 2018, calls time on his professional football career with an Instagram post.

NSW community reels from ‘sudden and tragic’ death of surfer, 15, in great white shark attack  

Surf Life Saving NSW says drones and jet skis will patrol beaches on the NSW Mid North Coast after Mani Hart-Deville, a 15-year-old boy, died following a shark attack.

'We got this one wrong': NRL bunker criticised by head of football for second straight week  

It appears the only people who thought Bailey Simonsson committed a professional foul during the NRL clash between the Raiders and Storm were the ones sitting in the video referees' bunker.

'Raging hormones and boys': Why mental illness is not always the cause of suicide  

When Allie Chadburn talks about losing her teenage daughter to suicide, there is one aspect of her story many people find difficult to accept — the idea that mental illness did not play a part.

The ways young people are adapting to pandemic life  

From job losses to mental health issues, COVID-19 has been particularly brutal for young people. We asked them how they’re adapting to the world shutting down just when life is supposed to begin.

Crude tattooing tools, gambling chips among finds at convict-built Fremantle Prison  

Archaeologists working at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison uncover a trove of historical artefacts, including a piece of convict clothing, crude tattooing implements and designs, and a mysterious letter.

Confronted with an 'absolutely terrifying' threat, our flying doctors had little time to spare  

Every day the RFDS takes to the skies above Australia to cover vast distances and save lives. But when a new and "terrifying" threat reached our shores, it had to work out how to stay in the air.

How hard is the LNP willing to go on jailing kids?  

The Queensland Opposition's "three strikes and you're out" policy is not only short on detail, it is arguably high on risks for society's most vulnerable, writes Peter McCutcheon.

Brisbane Airport opens second runway despite COVID-19 aviation shutdowns  

Brisbane's airport opens its new $1.3 billion second runway — the largest aviation construction project in Australia — despite flights being cancelled and borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NSW Crossroads Hotel patrons 'required' to self-isolate 'regardless of symptoms'  

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says anyone who was at a pub at the centre of an outbreak in NSW between July 3-10 will need to isolate for 14 days from the date of their visit. Look back at how the day unfolded in our live blog.

Coronavirus has stranded many foreigners in Australia. Some have gone out bush to volunteer  

A temporary change to immigration rules is helping both foreign travellers and communities that are still struggling after the summer bushfires.

'Mad as hell' Victorian town takes bushfire recovery into its own hands  

Mallacoota made international headlines when the skies turned red and thousands fled to the beach for shelter. Now the isolated community is leading its own bushfire recovery, bypassing government.

Stoicism looks like it's making a comeback. So what's the appeal?  

Amid the uncertainty of a pandemic, racial injustice and looming environmental disaster, is it only natural that stoic and existentialist philosophies are making a comeback?

French bus driver dies after 'barbaric' attack by passengers who refused to wear face masks  

The widow of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after he asked four passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle calls for "exemplary punishment" for her husband's killers.

Hard times to hard lockdowns: Melbourne's endless housing challenges  

As tower lockdowns brought Melbourne's overcrowded public housing system into focus, the problems faced today echo those confronted by the state's leaders early last century.

The use and abuse of language — why the unemployment rate is not it seems  

The use of the English language by governments has allowed them to claim "full employment", even when as many as 5 per cent are out of work.

Does Australia's smallest state have the answers to Victoria's COVID crisis?  

As Melbourne grapples with daily triple-figure rises in coronavirus cases, experts are referring to how Tasmania dealt with its deadly COVID-19 outbreak in April. So what lessons were learnt?

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo and Australia's Tom O'Halloran wants to be there  

Tom O'Halloran lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic, but he is refusing to let that challenge stop him from chasing his dream of competing in a new Olympic sport in Tokyo next year.

Why is there controversy over Turkey declaring Hagia Sophia a mosque?  

Turkey recently converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, but why is the decision causing so much controversy among international leaders?

Australia is treading carefully with its response to China's crackdown on Hong Kong, but what happens next is uncertain  

When Scott Morrison declared Australia was suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, it was simply the inevitable. But in the eyes of China, these were grave provocations, writes Stephen Dziedzic.

Health experts hope Victoria's lockdown will have an impact 'from now'  

Health officials and epidemiologists hope Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown could start to have an impact on case numbers within days, but warn the measures will only be successful if people follow restrictions.

Life at this lighthouse could be 'spooky' and one keeper wants to go back to haunt it  

When howling winds combined with whale song and auroras, John Cook was captivated by Australia's southern most lighthouse. He now wants to be buried there.

At-risk students turned away from school during coronavirus lockdown, watchdog says  

Victoria's child safety watchdog says schools turned away children living in high-risk homes during the height of the state's coronavirus lockdowns, while other students suffered potentially catastrophic disruptions to their education.

They made a TV show over Zoom. Yes, people forgot to put themselves on mute  

While Hollywood shows have done one-off iso-specials, the ABC's Retrograde becomes possibly the first scripted TV series to air that has the reality of lockdown baked into its premise.

'How can the world just stop?': Vanuatu's tourism-reliant economy is feeling the COVID-19 pain  

Vanuatu's picturesque beaches and turquoise waters would normally be busy with tourists at this time of year — but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they're empty.

South Africa was long warned of a coronavirus 'storm'. Now it has hit  

Named by the World Bank as the most unequal place on earth, South Africa has had old wounds ripped open by the coronavirus, with some experts suggesting the lockdown highlighted how urban areas are still divided along racial lines.

Morrison wants to 'flick the light on'. But it's looking rather dark once again  

Hopes of a steady path back towards normality have been replaced by fears we're in for exactly the sort of stop-start scenario the Prime Minister said we couldn't allow, writes David Speers.

Coronavirus update: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan hospitalised with coronavirus  

Indian actor, producer, television host and former politician Amitabh Bachchan is hospitalised with coronavirus as India passes 800,000 total cases on the back of a record 27,114 infections in 24 hours.

Raiders go down to Storm and lose Hodgson on horror night  

Canberra's injury worries just get a whole lot worse as Josh Hodgson goes down with a suspected ACL injury in a 20-14 loss to Melbourne Storm.

Western Force's return to Super Rugby spoiled by Waratahs  

The Western Force show they aren't in Super Rugby AU to make up the numbers after giving the NSW Waratahs a scare in their return outing.

Demons see off Suns despite Izak Rankine magic on debut, Bombers beat Roos  

Melbourne claims victory over Gold Coast despite Izak Rankine's memorable debut, before Essendon climbs into the top four with a win over North Melbourne.

Jack Charlton, World Cup winner and football great, dies aged 85  

"Big Jack", a member of England's legendary 1966 World Cup-winning team, an icon at Leeds United and a successful manager for Ireland as well as English national club sides, dies aged 85.

'What a historical day': Victoria to establish truth and justice process for Aboriginal Victorians  

Victoria will establish Australia's first formal truth-telling process for Aboriginal Victorians in a "historic" move some community members have waited decades for.

NicNat gifts O'Reilly a new phone after Twitter slipup as Eagles thump the Crows  

Days after an accidental tweet called him "lazy and unfit", Nic Naitanui outplays Reilly O'Brien — and gifts him a new phone — as the Eagles ease past the Crows.

Panthers pile the pain on Sharks in 56-24 flogging, Broncos finally win  

Penrith makes light work of Cronulla to move to the top of the NRL ladder for now, winning 56-24, while the Broncos claimed an overdue win over the Bulldogs.

WA Opposition Leader Liza Harvey backflips on state border closure  

Liza Harvey had been pushing the State Government to open up WA to states with low levels of coronavirus, but now says borders to all states should remain closed until recent arrivals from Victoria have been tested for COVID-19.

TGA approves Remdesivir as Australia's first treatment option for severe coronavirus cases  

The drug approved for some Australian coronavirus patients does not prevent infection or relieve mild cases but it is described as a promising treatment option that may help reduce the time patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms are in hospital.

'An amazing Australian': Civil rights activist Uncle Lyall Munro Senior laid to rest  

Civil rights activist and freedom rider Uncle Lyall Munro Senior has been honoured with a state funeral in Moree.

Freo mounts monumental comeback to clinch memorable win over St Kilda  

A clutch goal from Lachie Schultz sees Fremantle clinch a memorable win over St Kilda after coming from 36-points behind with two injured players down.

Bushwalker dies after falling down cliff in Queensland's Mount Barney National Park  

A bushwalker has died after falling down a cliff while hiking at a Scenic Rim national park in South East Queensland.

Teen killed by shark attack in 'traumatic scene' near Coffs Harbour  

Despite the efforts of paramedics and fellow surfers, a 15-year-old boy dies of leg injuries after being bitten by a shark north of Coffs Harbour, in an area described as a "shark hotspot".

'Justice for victims highest priority': Dutch Government to take Russia to European Court of Human Rights  

By launching the case against Russia, the Dutch authorities can share evidence so it can be considered individual cases by victim's families. Russian authorities call it "another blow to Russian-Dutch relations".

Want to make your own mask to help protect yourself and others during the pandemic? Here's how  

The Victorian Government has flagged that when Melbourne's six-week lockdown is over, wearing masks will be an "important feature" of the state's coronavirus response. If you're having trouble finding one, we've put together a quick guide on how to make your own.

Victorian A-League clubs arrive in NSW amid coronavirus border closure  

After two failed attempts to leave Victoria during a week of border closures, players and staff from Melbourne Victoty, Melbourne City and Western United finally arrive in Sydney.

Tiny swift parrot finds flock after accidental journey to Lord Howe Island  

The bird, found exhausted and very thin in a chook pen after flying nearly 600km off course, is successfully rehabilitated and released on the mainland.

Family keeps fighting for koala protection despite eviction  

A family advocating for better protection for one of NSW's last healthy koala colonies is taking property developer Lendlease to court.

Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin remembered as a champion whose personality 'outshone all his accolades'  

Hundreds of teary-eyed mourners paddle out in tribute to Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin at the site of his death on a Gold Coast beach as the Olympian's girlfriend, Ellidy Vlug, leads family and friends in a ceremony.

Former ambulance officer who had sex with cadet could return to work in seven years  

A former high-ranking St John Ambulance officer found guilty of sexually pursuing teenage cadets could be free to return to work in less than seven years, after he argued he would be an "excellent, well-qualified" nurse.

Man who tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Sydney pub linked to three new cases  

Health officials warn NSW is at a critical point in the fight to contain coronavirus after three new cases developed in connection to a man who visited a busy south-west Sydney pub last week.

New look at 200-year-old graffiti shines light on Australian history  

A new analysis of a tree stump from the Gulf of Carpentaria, on which Matthew Flinders carved 'Investigator' in 1802, disproves a theory about when explorers first arrived on the shores of northern Queensland.

Australia's coronavirus toll hits 107 as Victoria records another 216 cases, one death  

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews warns Victorians in lockdown zones that "we all have to play a part" in stemming the spread of the virus as another 216 cases are detected in the community.

Farmers worry new laws will shrink working dog gene pool  

WA Farmers are concerned that it will be too hard to breed working dogs under the WA government's new puppy farming legislation, which will require all breeders get approval.

Sudan ratifies law criminalising female genital mutilation  

Sudan's ruling body ratifies a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation in a country where the practice had been performed on some 87 per cent of women and girls.

'It was a witch hunt': Roger Stone reacts to Donald Trump's commutation of prison sentence  

Roger Stone speaks to reporters outside his Florida home after Donald Trump commuted his prison sentence for lying to Congress during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Remote food price inquiry hears of rotten meat being refrozen and sold  

Some of the poorest communities in Australia paying double prices for basic items like nappies and bananas, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Josh Reynolds, Latrell Mitchell face three-game bans after Souths-Tigers clash  

A kick to the head followed by a late swinging arm and a lazy tackle have the Tigers' Josh Reynolds and Souths' Latrell Mitchell in danger of missing three games each.

Victorian healthcare workers in aged care and hospitals are rationed PPE as shortages continue  

Healthcare workers continue to struggle to get hold of personal protective equipment and fear they may be facing even more shortages as cases climb and the Victorian Government recommends everyone in the state starts using masks.

'It could be a love letter': Message in a bottle found on Bass Strait island  

The flicker of light from a glass bottle on a remote Tasmanian beach drew Brendan Hannon to investigate. Now he's drying out the letter found inside.

The Eels have turned to the unfashionable offload, and it might just be working  

If rugby league's offload is a work of art, then Parramatta's Junior Paulo is the Michelangelo of the NRL.

'Very much a clown': How not to take life too seriously  

When Michelle Pears goes to work, locals smile and tourists wonder. She usually leaves home as a clown, a fairy or a bee but these days she has to share her world of make-believe online.

Ghislaine Maxwell denies Jeffrey Epstein charges, seeks bail citing coronavirus risk  

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, denies luring underage girls for him to sexually abuse and says she could contract COVID-19 in jail if denied bail.

'We are ready': NT Health authorities reassure Territorians about coronavirus risk after US marine tests positive  

Health authorities in the Northern Territory say the latest local coronavirus case, a US marine on rotation in Darwin, presents a low risk to the community and that if there are further military cases, it will have a minimal impact on the health system.

Canberrans aren't being asked to wear masks as coronavirus cases rise — here's why  

As Canberra records new coronavirus cases linked to an outbreak in Victoria, ACT residents are told they don't need to wear masks but should ensure they do not become complacent about social distancing or hand hygiene to avoid a similar surge.

Cheryl Watson survived the Bali bombings and breast cancer, and knew 'the fear' when she saw it  

Between overcoming the Bali bombings and breast cancer, Cheryl Watson has shouldered her fair share of trauma — and she has sound advice for those feeling floored by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mammoth effort by citizen scientists to track threatened whales  

The appearance of a southern right whale calf this week was celebrated by those dedicated to protecting the fragile population.

'We have had enough': Residents angry over proposed $4m waste-to-energy plant  

A proposed $4 million waste-to-energy incinerator, which would turn non-recyclable items into electricity, has residents at Ipswich, west of Brisbane, up in arms over concerns it will encourage people to create more waste, rather than recycle it.

Community races to keep their economy afloat by saving bushfire-blackened timber before it's too late  

The loss of forest, especially pine plantations, means a cloud of economic uncertainty hangs over Tumbarumba in southern NSW.

Coronavirus border checks continue as two more cases recorded in Queensland  

A surge of arrivals to Queensland face waits at the border, a day after the state lifted coronavirus travel bans on most interstate visitors.

How bad is COVID for house prices compared to other great crashes of history?  

Experts say a decline in Australian house prices since the beginning of the pandemic is not yet anywhere near as steep as other historic market crashes, but this time there's little ammunition left to blast the economy — and the real estate industry — out of a trough.

They're just 28km apart but the crossings at these two NSW border towns couldn't be more different  

Away from the busy Albury-Wodonga crossing, life in Howlong on the NSW-Victorian border continues with little change — and a lot of local hospitality.

Cancer patient numbers fell during lockdown — but not for a good reason. Now, doctors fear it'll happen again  

New data from the Cancer Council shows a 37 per cent drop in breast cancer reports in Victoria after lockdown restrictions were imposed earlier this year.

Victoria passes NSW for total coronavirus cases: As it happened  

The latest official statistics show that with 216 new cases to Saturday afternoon, Victoria has overtaken NSW for the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. Look back at today in our live blog.

'I'm really feeling it': As the lockdown ended, the weight of Emma's loss was just hitting  

During lockdown it was normal not to see people. For Emma Russack, it was as if "grieving had been put on hold". But as restrictions lifted, she started to really feel the weight of the loss of her best friend.

Self-taught photographer says to ditch the rules and take more photos on your phone  

Ockert Le Roux is one of the Limestone Coast's most in-demand photographers, but he's never had a formal lesson, works in forestry full-time and takes 20 per cent of photos on his phone.

Are we grey-washing our suburbs to be boring and bland?  

Painters and colour consultants say grey is the new beige when it comes to house exteriors, with "neutral" tones spreading across our cities. But a Brisbane artist says seeing newly "bland" streetscapes is "heartbreaking".

Ugly football: Could broadcasters be the source of AFL's image problem?  

Watch AFL on television and you could see a completely different game to the one you'd see live. Russell Jackson analyses whether it could be what's broadcast that changes our view.

Don't throw Islamic State on the trash heap of history just yet  

The fall of Islamic State's 'caliphate' was seen by many as the moment the world conquered the terrorist group. But experts warn the militants are quietly recovering from their defeat, with grand plans for a resurgence.

If Australia doesn't turn to its vulnerable neighbours, someone else will  

With the US out to lunch in the Pacific, Australia now needs its alliances in South East Asia and the Pacific more than ever — and for those alliances to mean something material, writes Laura Tingle.

The crucial mistakes that left millions of Melburnians in a second lockdown  

How did the COVID crisis in Victoria escalate so quickly, and has the recent explosion in cases exposed a fundamental flaw in Australia's strategy for tackling the virus?

I spent the week testing residents in Melbourne's locked-down towers. This is what I saw  

My colleagues and I moved between buildings in Flemington and North Melbourne, testing thousands of terrified but lovely residents for COVID-19, writes Lisa Peters.

Mist tunnels and an 11-kilometre safe zone help make the UFC's Fight Island a reality  

Some of the UFC's biggest names, including Australian champion Alexander Volkanovski, are isolated on an island in Abu Dhabi and about to go hell for leather in the octagon.

What scientists suspect happens to coronavirus when we breathe  

After much uproar in the scientific community the World Health Organisation has recognised the possibility of COVID-19 spreading through the air in some indoor locations. So let's look at what that means for infection control at home and in public.

'Fitting end': Depp details messy finish to marriage with Heard  

Movie star Johnny Depp tells London's High Court that his ex-wife Amber Heard or her friend had defecated in their bed in what he described as a "fitting end to the relationship".

Turkish President declares Hagia Sofia a mosque  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally reconverts Istanbul's sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declares it open to Muslim worship, sparking rebukes from Orthodox leaders.

Coronavirus update: US record case rise continues but Disney set to reopen its theme parks  

Visitors at Disney attractions in Florida, where cases have recently been higher than in some countries during their outbreak peak, will have to wear a mask and have temperature checks before entering.

Is Trump laying the groundwork for an election loss and move to TV?  

Donald Trump has been attacking Fox News and promoting another little-known news outlet. There are three theories why.

Collingwood rebounds to put away disappointing Hawthorn by 32 points  

The Magpies ignore their off-field distractions and find winning form as they continue AFL hub life with a convincing victory over the Hawks at Giants Stadium in Sydney.

Malaysian police investigate Australian journalists over Al Jazeera documentary  

Human rights groups say a police investigation into six Al Jazeera journalists — including five Australians — is another example of Malaysia's diminishing press freedom.

Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds play out historic Super Rugby AU draw  

Super Time was not enough to break an 18-all deadlock, as the Rebels and Reds share the points after a 90-minute contest at Brookvale Oval.

Gagai hat-trick highlights Rabbitohs' win, Titans snap losing run at home  

The fleet-footed Dane Gagai scores three tries in South Sydney's spiteful victory over Wests Tigers, while Gold Coast comes from behind to defeat the Warriors.

Victorian charged with breaching self-quarantine direction hours after crossing border into SA  

A Melbourne man has been charged with failing to follow directions to self-isolate for two weeks upon his arrival in South Australia.

Sydney pub fined after hundreds found ignoring social distancing in huge queue  

The Golden Sheaf Hotel, which was photographed with crowds of revellers queuing outside it, in contravention of coronavirus restrictions, is fined $5,500 by NSW Liquor and Gaming.

Online funeral fund for boy killed in horror crash may have disappeared, police say  

Police are investigating the alleged misuse of money raised to pay for the funeral of a boy killed in a North Queensland crash last month.

North Korean leader's sister says denuclearisation 'not possible' at this time  

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea's leader, says another summit with the United States would only be useful for Washington at this point, adding her country had no intention of "threatening the US," according to state media.

Man charged with nine offences after child dies, five injured in horror crash at highway rest stop  

A truck driver is charged after an eight-year-old girl died and several people were injured when a truck ploughed into a rest area on the Hume Highway south of Sydney.

Missed Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews' latest updates? Here is what you need to know  

Arrivals will be slashed, hotel quarantine won't be free and there's been movement on masks. Here's everything you need to know from the PM and Victorian Premier's back-to-back announcements.

'I'm screwed': Australians fear being stranded overseas after inbound flights slashed  

Australians living overseas describe the decision to reduce inbound flights by a third as "shocking", with many saying they don't know if they'll be able to get home.

How Victoria went from zero daily cases to the worst day of any state or territory  

One month and one day ago was the last time Victoria recorded zero new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period. Here's what happened since then.

Teen jailed after stealing taxi at knifepoint during drug-induced psychotic episode  

A teenager who threatened a taxi-driver with a knife, stole his cab and then "erratically" drove around Hobart's eastern shore will spend more than 18 months behind bars.

'It would have been pretty full': Sydney pub ordered to close after positive COVID-19 tests  

A pub in Sydney's south-west has been ordered to close while authorities investigate whether it is the source of two coronavirus infections, while a man in his 20s from Melbourne has also tested positive in NSW.

'Ridiculous behaviour': Party-goers betrayed by late-night KFC run as coronavirus fines ramp up  

Victorian police issue a warning to people tempted to breach stay at home orders, saying they won't be as lenient as last time when it comes to dishing out fines.

'Impossible to stop': Bitcoin scam doing the rounds using celebrities to 'endorse' product  

An 80-year-old pensioner on Queensland's Sunshine Coast lost his life savings in an online scam, which uses identities like Dick Smith and trusted brands like the ABC to promote them.

Victoria, and arguably Australia, is standing on the edge of a COVID-19 precipice  

We've had success containing the coronavirus so far but now Victoria — and Australia — are teetering on a precipice. Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor take a look both ways.

'The situation on the mainland is changing': Tasmania to keep COVID-19 drawbridge up  

Tasmania has deferred the July 24 reopening of its borders by at least a week, with authorities saying they need more time to see if the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria can be contained.

Moment Perth sinkhole swallows front half of car caught on camera  

A sinkhole apparently caused by a burst water pipe partially engulfs a car in the northern Perth suburb of Bennett Springs, leaving its driver shocked but uninjured as bystanders tried in vain to pull the vehicle from the hole.

Tail rotor of helicopter in fatal crash 'separated' in flight  

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says the helicopter involved in last weekend's fatal crash in Broome had experienced "unusual" vibrations in the days beforehand.

Complacency blamed as WA's phase five restrictions pushed back to August  

The WA Premier delays relaxing COVID-19 restrictions further due to numbers in hotel quarantine and the Victorian crisis, as West Australians are also warned they are becoming too complacent.

Drugs found at house at centre of four-hour siege in Adelaide, police say  

Police say they have found drugs and hydroponics equipment in a house in Adelaide's north that was surrounded by heavily armed officers during a four-hour siege. 

'Ignorance is not an excuse': NRL adds $20,000 fine to Fonua-Blake's penalty for referee slur  

Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake is fined $20,000 and told to volunteer at wheelchair rugby league games for calling referee Grant Atkins "a f***ing retard" during a game on Sunday.

Teacher charged over alleged sexual assault of 14yo student at school  

A 23-year-old teacher remains in custody after being charged over allegations she repeatedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student on school grounds in Western Sydney.

Canberra records fifth coronavirus case in three days, but authorities say outbreak risk is 'very low'  

The latest person to be infected by COVID-19 is a woman in her 20s who is a close contact of the earlier cases and, like them, lives in Gungahlin.

Hongkongers say they are 'surprised' by Australia's visa decision  

Hong Kong nationals in Australia say they feel relieved and grateful for the Morrison Government's visa extension announcement, but some believe it does not go far enough to protect those at the forefront of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in the Chinese city.

Melburnians urged to wear masks as Victoria records 288 new coronavirus cases  

Victorians are urged to wear masks when they cannot maintain physical distancing as the state records 288 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, the largest daily increase of the pandemic so far.

Losing David Fifita would be a fitting footnote in a shocking Broncos season  

The Brisbane Broncos built a team that is not suited to the current NRL, and now there are questions over the future of one of the only players at the club who is.

In pictures: NSW-Victorian blockade changes life in border towns  

Life in parts of NSW and Victoria was this week turned upside down as police and soldiers moved in to control movement across the border. The ABC's Brendan Esposito was there to capture this new normal.

Number of Australians allowed to return home each week slashed  

National Cabinet has agreed to slash the number of returning Australians allowed into the country by a third, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

Notre-Dame's rebuild won't have a modern twist after all  

Authorities have agreed on how Paris's iconic Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, more than a year since the centuries-old structure was gutted by fire.

There's been an important shift on masks in Victoria — and Australia — for COVID-19 protection  

Face masks are a common sight in many parts of the world to protect against COVID-19 — and today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced new advice, recommending that the people of Melbourne should wear them when they can't physically distance.

Wild weather system heading for NSW coast  

NSW coastal communities are being warned to brace for heavy rain and flash flooding as a wild weather system forms off the east coast.

Bedlam at the borders as Queensland reopens to every state but Victoria  

Long queues form at border crossings into Queensland as the Sunshine State officially reopens to all interstate visitors except Victorians, after 15 weeks of coronavirus restrictions.

Hydrogen didn't work for the Hindenburg, but could it work for households?  

Ever since the Hindenburg airship disaster of 1937, hydrogen has had a reputation as being a risky source of fuel — but a project in Adelaide is part of a push to change that.

Whether in person or via Skype, horses helping us live in the moment  

The use of horses remains a constant in Jane Ashton's counselling sessions despite having to adapt to the needs of clients during the coronavirus crisis.

US marine tests positive for coronavirus in the Northern Territory  

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles confirms a US marine has tested positive for coronavirus in the Northern Territory.

Energy stocks drag down ASX, tech rally fades  

After an overnight slump in oil prices, energy stocks weighed on the Australian share market. Technology stocks pulled back from early gains.

Are your quiz battle skills as hardened as the power stance of this mighty toddler? Find out with our News Quiz  

Will you adopt a power stance like an adorable Alice Springs toddler, or will this quiz vanquish you like a rogue creature in the tray of a ute?

Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor to resign citing 'constant criticism'  

The mayor of the controversy-laden Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on Tasmania's east coast says she will resign effective immediately, citing the impact of "constant criticism" on her health and wellbeing.

Former HR manager accuses Australia's biggest solar panel distributor of underpaying staff  

Liesa Oldfield claims she was told she didn't fit the "culture" of One Stop Warehouse after complaining about under-award payments, and is now taking court action for compensation.

Wildlife officer stood down over African hunting photos but Premier wants him sacked  

Premier Mark McGowan calls for a wildlife officer who posed for photographs with dead big-game animals in Africa to be sacked, calling his actions "depraved, disgusting and disgraceful".

Victoria announces $534m to help business survive 'very regrettable' second lockdown  

The Victorian Government announces a $534 million support package for businesses impacted by the coronavirus lockdown, including $5,000 grants for 80,000 businesses in the lockdown zone.

Man charged with murder after fight at Kingston Hotel  

A 35-year-old Canberra man is charged with the murder of NSW South Coast man Warren Hordpenko, who died on Sunday night after an altercation at the Kingston Hotel.

Young Australians turn to mental health apps to ease stress during coronavirus  

When Ballarat real estate agent Sam Young felt his seemingly perfect life going off the rails, phone apps helped him get back on track.

Sprinter thought he'd smashed Usain Bolt's world record, but he hadn't run far enough  

World champion sprinter Noah Lyles briefly thought he had obliterated Usain Bolt's 200 metres world record, only to be told he had started from the wrong line and had only run 185 metres.

Search for missing Glee star turns into recovery mission  

Glee star Naya Rivera is presumed dead by authorities, a day after she went missing while swimming in a lake in California with her four-year-old son. Here's what we know so far.

Family members grieve as teenager's fatal attackers set to go free in months  

Three men responsible for the death of a teen from a head injury he sustained during an attack in 2018 will be released from jail before the year's end, having already served time for engaging in a "violent act causing death".

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison  

In a statement, the Bureau of Prisons says Cohen has "refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility".

How some countries are now making moves out of China's playbook  

For months the coronavirus has exacerbated global tensions, but it's been a particularly rough week for China with diplomatic rows exploding on multiple fronts, writes China correspondent Bill Birtles.

Is Anthony Albanese correct about COVID-19 and cuts to the CSIRO?  

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says the Coalition Government's first budget in 2014 had cut $110 million from science funding and "hollowed out" the nation's lead scientific agency, the CSIRO, one of the groups that Australia was "now counting on" to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

Backyard fire danger brought home for Breen family by little Eleanor's firepit 'hug'  

The Breen family of Mackay were among the Queensland families that stoked backyard fires during the COVID-19 lockdown. Despite precautions, their toddler ended up in Mackay Hospital, which has seen a rise in burns patients.

Clifftop pool stays shut as agency investigates potential sacred site damage in Kakadu  

The case centres around the path to one of Kakadu's best loved sites, the clifftop pool at Gunlom Falls, which was being upgraded last year.

Back sweat becomes England's new post-COVID tactic for shining the ball  

With Test cricket making its post-lockdown return, England's fast bowlers devise a new tactic for shining the ball now the use of saliva is banned.

Imported pets could be behind potentially deadly dog disease outbreak  

A tick-borne bacterial disease that can be deadly to dogs has been detected for the first time in Australia, and the country's top vet believes flawed testing of imported pets is to blame.

'No hugs, no handshakes' as PM rams social-distancing messaging home  

As Victoria sees a record spike in COVID-19 cases and authorities scramble to deal with a possible outbreak at a Sydney pub, the PM asks Australians not to let their guard down this weekend.

Your best photos from the past week  

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Seoul Mayor found dead after daughter reported him missing  

After a search involving hundreds of police, the Mayor's body is found at Mount Bugak in northern Seoul, near where his phone signal had last been detected.

Live: NSW Now: 90 people in self-isolation after crossing closed border, Sydney shrouded in fog  

MORNING BRIEFING: About 30,000 vehicles have crossed the border since it was closed from Wednesday, but most people have held exemptions from the requirement to isolate, while iconic Sydney landmarks were swamped in fog this morning.

Fears 'something bad could happen' in Melbourne's last tower in lockdown  

The prospect of another nine days in strict lockdown has people fretting about how they will cope in tiny apartments with no outdoor space, no open windows, and the fear they are surrounded by others carrying coronavirus.

How a death in custody became the catalyst for a ground-breaking police program  

A disproportionate number of Indigenous people are incarcerated. As calls to address the problem grow louder, three on-the-ground programs show how changing that involves listening to Aboriginal communities.

'Changed the goalposts': COVID-19 hardship grant process under attack  

Labor wants to know why the Tasmanian Government changed criteria for the business hardship grants after applications were made, as figures show 1,125 businesses were refused any help.

Queenslanders raising alarm about Victorian number plates for 'no good reason'  

Concerned Queenslanders are reporting sightings of Victorian number plates on cars travelling through the state, but there's a reasonable explanation why they're here.

Teen stowaway who ended up owning world's biggest crocodile celebrates 90 years  

Before he settled on Green Island, George Craig picked bananas in Jamaica, swam with Tarzan and hunted crocs in PNG — and that was only the first half of his extraordinary life.

'People keep clicking the link': Inside the battle to keep Australia safe online  

This Canberra headquarters looks like any other nondescript government building but, a few steps inside the lobby, a lattice made up of zeros and ones provides a clue as to what's going on inside. Here's what happens in Australia's 24/7 cyber security watch room.

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