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Premier Daniel Andrews said now was not the time to be cutting isolation requirements.

Chief medical officers delay investigating isolation rule changes until September

Australia’s peak medical body will investigate cutting the COVID-19 isolation requirements from seven days to five at the end of September when surging coronavirus cases are expected to subside. 

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey
Australian golfer Cameron Smith holding the famous Claret Jug after winning the British Open.

Australia news LIVE: Cameron Smith wins 2022 British Open; rising interest rates to cost taxpayers an extra $13m

Golfer Cameron Smith has become the first Australian to win the British Open since 1993, rising interest rates are expected to set taxpayers back an additional $13 million and parts of Europe are battling heatwaves and wildfires.

  • by Broede Carmody and Pallavi Singhal
Racing returns to Wyong on Tuesday.

Race-by-race preview and tips for Wyong for Tuesday

Everything you need to know to pick a winner on an eight-race card.

  • by Neil Evans
A guard at the Hope Hostel in Kigali, Rwanda which is currently empty as it awaits the first flight of the UK’s unwanted asylum seekers.

UK warned it faces Australian-like reputation damage over asylum seeker plan

The group of MPs warned the UK government that offshoring asylum seekers to Rwanda would not work to stop boat crossings in the English Channel.

  • by Latika Bourke
A Whitehaven Coal mine near Narrabri in NSW.

Whitehaven flags record $3 billion profit as coal prices surge

Australian coal miner Whitehaven has flagged record profits as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drives coal prices higher, despite climate change concerns threatening the fossil fuel’s long-term viability.

  • by Lachlan Abbott
Scott Morrison delivered a sermon to Victory Life Centre on Sunday, urging churchgoers to trust in God, not government.

‘Don’t trust in governments’: Scott Morrison delivers Pentecostal church sermon

In a sermon to former tennis champion Margaret Court’s Pentecostal congregation, the former prime minister told churchgoers to trust in God, not the government or the UN.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Wall Street bounced higher to finish a losing week with gains.

The Wrap: ASX posts best day in three weeks thanks to tech rally

The Australian sharemarket has started the week on the front foot, climbing by 1.2 per cent thanks to resources and tech stocks.

  • by Lachlan Abbott
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the hit to real wages will be larger than expected in the March budget.

Real wages to take larger hit as inflation pressures grow: Chalmers

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will update the country on the state of the economy next week. It will show an even larger than expected to hit to real wages.

  • by Shane Wright
Jonathan Rubinsztein, CEO of Nuix

Nuix’s latest horror outlook revealed to sharemarket

The Australian tech company keeps finding new ways to disappoint investors.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Peter Bain is back with Family First and is leading a legal battle over the right to use the name at the upcoming state election.

Family feud: Battle over party naming rights heads to court

Rival outfits are fighting over the right to use Family First Victoria branding at the upcoming state poll.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos.

‘Incredible’: Chris Judd blown away by Nick Daicos’ stunning debut season

Two-time Brownlow medallist Chris Judd played one of the game’s greatest debut seasons, and even he is blown away by the staggering first-year campaign of Collingwood’s Nick Daicos.

  • by Jon Pierik

When is it a good idea to get back together with an ex?

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck just married after 18 years apart. Experts say it’s possible to have an even stronger relationship the second time around.

  • by Samantha Selinger-Morris
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

‘Gotta go open a police station’: Premier pulls plug on quota questions

Annastacia Palaszczuk has called an abrupt end to a press conference amid questions on the state COVID response and her party’s rules on the representation of women in state parliament.

  • by Matt Dennien
Suncorp’s solution may not be so simple.

Navigating the booby traps hidden in ANZ’s deal to buy Suncorp Bank

ANZ doesn’t want to leave anything to chance, and it’s prepared to invest its way to the Queensland government’s approval.

  • by Elizabeth Knight

WA tips over a million COVID-19 cases as hospital admissions surge

WA Health has reported 5514 new cases to 6pm on Sunday night, taking the state’s total recorded cases since the pandemic began to 1,003,678.

  • by Hamish Hastie and Daile Cross
Violent insurrectionists loyal to then-president Donald Trump stand outside the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Prime-time hearing to reveal the most compelling evidence of Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’

After a year-long investigation, the January 6 inquiry is seeking to wrap up what may be its last hearing, even as its probe continues to heat up.

  • by Hope Yen
Nina Kennedy missed her first two jumps but nailed the third to win bronze.

‘I’m going to soak this up’: Kennedy overcomes horror start, claims world pole vault bronze

Nina Kennedy has become only the second Australian woman, and the first this century, to win a pole vault medal at a world championships.

  • by Michael Gleeson and John Salvado
One spectator, shown on the right, has been banned for life from Wallabies Tests after climbing on top of a stand at the SCG.

‘Disgraceful and dangerous’: Life ban for fan, others face sanctions after wild scenes at Wallabies match

An Australia fan has paid a high price for his alleged actions at the third Test against England at the SCG.

  • by Georgina Robinson
Gordon Copeland, pictured with one of his children, died in July 2021.

Man remained alive in cold river for 40 minutes after police left, inquest told

Gomeroi man Gordon Copeland was only 22 when he fell into the Gwydir River and drowned. It took three months for police to discover his body.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
Tami Neilson

Artist’s road from struggle street to singing with Willie Nelson

Country/rockabilly singer Tami Neilson has never forgotten her tough early years.

  • by Bernard Zuel
Taking a leap to Australia: Joseph Caley in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort.

The moments that changed these dancers’ lives – and brought them here

One of The Australian Ballet’s new recruits fled Russia as the war began, another grew up in the north of England and preferred football to dance.

  • by Catherine Lambert
COVID measures will be scaled up at NSW schools when students return on Tuesday.

NSW schools to begin four-week COVID-19 ‘blitz’ as term 3 begins

The NSW Education department has stopped short of mandating masks, but staff and students will be strongly encouraged to wear them.

  • by Daniella White and Lucy Carroll
Jack White celebrated after this dunk over Japan at John Cain Arena this month - now he has even more reasons to celebrate after signing with the NBA Nuggets.

Gamble pays off as Melbourne United star signs with Denver Nuggets

Australian Boomers forward Jack White is joining a growing list of NBA exports, having signed a deal with the Denver Nuggets after an impressive Summer League.

  • by Jon Pierik
Shopper Media installs screens in malls, which display ads that are tailored to the activity of customers logged into the free WiFi network.

Woolies forks out $150m for targeted ad company Shopper Media

The co-founder of targeted advertising company Shopper Media says the deal is ‘bittersweet’ after losing his co-founder at the start of 2022.

  • by Emma Koehn
Xi Jinping speaks to hospital workers via video in Wuhan during the first outbreak of the virus.

Flatlining: China’s economy has been crippled by its zero-COVID policies

Xi Jinping has made it clear that trying to keep control of COVID outbreaks is his priority and China’s economy is paying the price.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
In an undated image provided by NASA, and other agencies, Jupiter, center, and its moon Europa, left, seen through the James Webb Space TelescopeÕs NIRCam instrument 2.12 micron filter.

James Webb offers new perspective on something closer to home: Jupiter

Scientists are buzzing over new infrared images of Jupiter, including its icy moons which some think could harbour life in their vast undergound oceans.

  • by Kenneth Chang
Cameron Ciraldo and the Dragons.
NRL 2022

Why the Dragons must go all-in on Cameron Ciraldo

With Anthony Griffin’s future to be discussed at a board meeting on Tuesday, now is the time to go after the Panthers assistant.

  • by Andrew Webster
Ben Roberts-Smith outside the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday.

Roberts-Smith entitled to presumption of innocence, court told

Decorated former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith was effectively convicted of war crimes by three newspapers without a trial, his defamation case has been told.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says people should take “sensible precautions” against illness.

Queensland COVID modelling ‘just a couple of charts’ says premier

Queensland’s hospital system is straining under the weight of the third COVID-19 wave, as the health minister asks people to take “sensible precautions” to avoid illness.

  • by Stuart Layt
Robert Wilson’s Princess Caroline, Princess of Monaco; Lady Gaga: Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere; and Jeanne Moreau, Actress.

Celebrities play their strangest roles yet in new portrait show

Robert Wilson’s video portraits are fitting for an era of globalised culture and digital media.

  • by John McDonald
Pat Cummins is in doubt for the fifth Ashes Test.

Cummins rested due to ankle injury as King dominates again

Pat Cummins has been left out of Australia’s one-day squad to play Zimbabwe and New Zealand, while Alana King has starred again in Northern Ireland.

  • by Malcolm Conn
Sam Riley in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

A century after Kerouac’s birth, will it take me another 100 years to finish On The Road?

The novel struck me as that most tedious of literary endeavours: a writer writing a book about a writer writing a book.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Queensland police generic. 

Boy dies in hospital after falling off e-scooter

The boy died in hospital five days after coming off an e-scooter in Logan.

  • by Jocelyn Garcia
Firefighters at a wildfire  near Landiras, southwestern France.

Flames reach the beach as heat and wildfires rage across Europe

Wildfires are burning through the French countryside as Europe wilts under an intense heatwave driven by global warming.

  • by Angela Charlton and Joseph Wilson
Reports suggest Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have tied the knot.

Meet Jennifer Affleck: J Lo and Ben Affleck married in secret Las Vegas wedding

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have tied the knot, and the actress/pop star has officially changed her name.

  • by Travis M. Andrews
Suncorp closed its financial advice business Guardian after it drew the attention of regulator ASIC.

ANZ’s move to buy Suncorp’s banking arm for $4.9 billion to face intense scrutiny

The deal, one of the biggest in the banking sector in years, will need the green light from the consumer watchdog and federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers, as well as amendments to Queensland legislation.

  • by Simone Fox Koob and Clancy Yeates
Surveillance video shows authorities responding to the school shooting.

Nearly 400 police on scene but ‘egregiously poor’ decisions: Uvalde report

The most exhaustive report yet on the mass school shooting in Texas spread blame across federal and state law enforcement, not just local authorities.

  • by Jake Bleiberg and Paul J Weber
Cameron Smith road hole 2

The shot that inspired Open triumph: How Smith avoided the ‘Road Hole’ bunker

It’s the most famous little patch of sand in world golf. As Cameron Smith looked at it during the final round at St Andrews, he was faced with a tough choice: pitch or putt?

  • by Adam Pengilly
Nurses at Westmead and Blacktown hospital will stage a simultaneous walkout at the end of their shift on Monday.

NSW nurses at ‘breaking point’ amid surging flu, Omicron

More than 2700 NSW health workers are currently in COVID isolation, as chronic understaffing leaves hospital emergency departments buckling under surging rates of flu and Omicron.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Lisa Visentin
Tourists have returned to Venice after pandemic shutdowns but now face higher taxes.

‘Like leaving doors of the Louvre open’: New fee for Venice day-trippers

Italy’s floating city will become the first in the world to charge an entrance fee - but not everyone wants Venice to crack down harder on tourism.

  • by Rob Harris

Zelensky fires top officials over agency collaboration with Russians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy cleared house overnight as Russia warned that any attack on its control of Crimea will prompt a “Judgment Day” response.

  • by Tom Balmforth and Max Hunder
Cameron Smith won the 150th edition of The Open.

Putting masterclass: Smith wins historic 150th edition of The Open

Cameron Smith has become the first Australian in almost 30 years to win the British Open, holding off Rory McIlroy to claim the famous Claret Jug at St Andrews.  

  • by Mark Tallentire
Cameron Smith and the famous Claret Jug.

British Open final round as it happened: Cameron Smith wins the Claret Jug

Cameron Smith has claimed the 150th edition of The Open at St Andrews. Join us for all the wash-up from a red-letter day for golf.

  • by Adam Pengilly
Ajay and Taylor ask for Melanie’s help in creating their ultimate “rock and roll sex dungeon.”

The sauciest show on TV: Netflix’s latest offering will transform your sex life

A new Netflix show combines your two main interests: sex and interior design

  • by Thomas Mitchell
Nationals senator Samantha McMahon in the Senate on  Wednesday.

Former senator splurges on taxpayer dime

Sam McMahon billed taxpayers for thousands of dollars’ worth of hotel rooms in her final months as a senator.

  • by Kishor Napier-Raman and Paul Sakkal
The Landgate building in Midland.

Spending watchdog to examine controversial WA development bids

Since introduced in 2019, market-led proposals have included the contentious Landgate building sale, Fremantle film studio announcement and Swanbourne station development proposal.

  • by Hamish Hastie
The pandemic shift to flexible work arrangements has benefitted women.

Silver linings: The surprising way the pandemic has helped women at work

A move to flexible work has got more women into jobs, but there are still barriers that stop Australian women from reaching their full work potential.

  • by Rachel Clun
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney on July 16, 2022  Photo: Flavio Brancaleone/The Sydney Morning Herald

Pandemic leave reversal is a teachable moment for Albanese

The federal government’s justification for ending the pandemic leave payment did not wash. It fell over at the first hurdle.

  • by Shaun Carney
Australian and Chinese ministers are talking again.

Australia can safely improve its relations with China. Here’s how

Australia’s relationship with China has sharply deteriorated since 2017. But there are initiatives we can, should and must deploy to improve bilateral ties.

  • by Bob Carr
Ronald Schultz stands by the new Firesticks memorial by Parramatta River, Parramata.

‘The only way forward’: the bullet-shaped canoes that tell the story of two wars

A memorial on the banks of Parramatta River will light up in memory of Indigenous soldiers in all wars.

  • by Anthony Segaert
Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan changed his own mind with psychedelics. Now he’s changing others

Interviews with cancer patients as well as his own experiences with psychedelics changed the mind of renowned writer Michael Pollan. He makes the case for us all changing our minds too.

  • by Sarah Berry
Young people are being warned against switching to conservative investment options within their super.

‘Come back when you’re grey’: Young people warned against super switching

A recent survey conducted for lobby group Industry Super Australia found that a third of industry fund members are considering switching in response to the latest global market swings, with those aged between 18 and 34 the most likely to move.

  • by Simone Fox Koob
Dried out carter’s mussels after being stranded by drought.

From mussels to ancient fish, WA freshwater species plummet

River flows in WA’s South West region have fallen 70 per cent in 50 years and for previously widespread species like Carter’s freshwater mussel, time is running out.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
Alyona Lapchuk at a relative’s home in Kyiv before travelling to give evidence at The Hague about her husband Vitaliy Lapchuk’s torture and murder by Russian soldiers in Kherson.
Russia-Ukraine war

Inside the Ukraine war crimes investigation, Part 3: The resistance

Outnumbered and outgunned, a brave few Ukrainian civilians have fought back against the Russian onslaught, forming resistance units to defend homes and loved ones.

  • by Anthony Galloway and Kate Geraghty
Opposition defence spokesman Andrew Hastie.

Britain should try to build Australia’s first nuclear subs: Andrew Hastie

Peter Dutton said he was close to securing two off-the-shelf nuclear-powered boats from the US, but Andrew Hastie has challenged Britain to compete.

  • by Latika Bourke
Jasper Philipsen claims the stage victory in Carcassonne.

Philipsen wins stage 15 sprint finish as Vingegaard survives tough day

Jasper Philipsen claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France after winning a bunch sprint into Carcassonne.

The first “digital wallet” trial is due to start at Wests Newcastles in the next month.

Cashless pokies: Long-promised trial to start as money laundering risks increase

The opt-in wallet will be linked to a player’s identity and an Australian bank account, and will include harm minimisation protections such as spending limits and real-time spending data.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Australians spent nearly $4.5 billion on streaming services in 2021.

Australians spent $8 billion on streaming and gaming in 2021: PwC

More than 75 per cent of households paid for at least one streaming service last year, a figure that is expected to increase to 80 per cent by the end of this year. 

  • by Zoe Samios
First home buyer Jasmin Kelaita spent about six months searching for her first property.

The unexpected hurdle for first home buyers after saving a deposit

They’ve put together a deposit, got a home loan approved and are counting the cost of rising interest rates – but many potential buyers aren’t prepared for the next challenge.

  • by Kate Burke
Older people who received cataract surgery were less likely to experience a fall or injury.

Lengthy waits for cataract surgery led to injuries, falls

Doctors say the research highlights the need for elective surgery to continue as the pandemic again affects hospitals’ ability to tackle the procedure backlog.

  • by Mary Ward
Lleyton Hewitt acknowledges the crowd at his induction ceremony.

‘Competitor’ Lleyton Hewitt enshrined into Tennis Hall of Fame

One word came easily to mind when Lleyton Hewitt was asked how he wanted to be remembered on the eve of his enshrinement into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers with RBA governor Philip Lowe and Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das in Bali at the weekend meeting of G20 nations.

Rising interest rates to cost taxpayers an extra $13 billion

The budget bottom line is facing the same hit from higher interest rates as the household budgets of ordinary mortgage payers, the treasurer says.

  • by Shane Wright
Latrell Mitchell.
Canterbury 28 South Sydney 36
Match report

‘That NSW jersey is mine’: Mitchell sends reminder to Burton in brutal display

Of all the reasons the Blues lost the State of Origin series, maybe one reason stands above all others: South Sydney superstar Latrell Mitchell.

  • by Adam Pengilly
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Jake Stringer of the Bombers celebrates kicking a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium on July 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Sun starts to set on Gold Coast’s finals hopes, Dons too hot to handle

Essendon notched their fourth win in five games and broke the 100-point mark as they nudged Gold Coast further away from finals hopes.

  • by Marnie Vinall
Streaming services have multiplied but government data shows piracy rates have not followed suite.

Netflix’s next challenge: piracy is back

“I’ve got Disney+, Binge, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Stan. It’s out of control and I’ll be damned if I also pay for Paramount+,” one viewer said.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
I’m finally here: Reverend Iain Batty flew from London to do a Neighbours bus tour.

Neighbours super-fan flies from UK to visit sets of much-loved soapie

A Baptist minister who is an avid fan of Neighbours has flown across the globe to do one of the last bus tours of the Melbourne streets and studios where the series was shot.

  • by Carolyn Webb
Ryan Papenhuyzen goes down with a serious knee injury.
Storm 16 Raiders 20
NRL 2022

Papenhuyzen faces knee surgery as Canberra Raiders beat Melbourne Storm

Ryan Papenhuyzen’s season appears over after going down with a knee injury as Melbourne slumped to a third straight defeat.

  • by Roy Ward
A perfect storm of climate change, a European war and Covid have left the French scrambling for alternatives to Dijon mustard.

No mustard! France stews without must-have condiment

The mysterious disappearance of mustard from French supermarket shelves has caused deep disquiet.

  • by Roger Cohen
Geelong’s Mark Blicavs.
AFL 2022

Four Points: Blicavs the utility, Blues’ hopes, battling Tigers, and the fast-rising Daicos

If footy cards still came with a stick of chewing gum and great exaggerated poses from players scooping up a ball one-handed or baulking a non-existent opponent then Mark Blicavs’ card would be appended with the position utility.

  • by Michael Gleeson