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Severe storms, hail in Wollongong

Severe thunderstorms barrelled through Melbourne today and rolled into areas south of Sydney this evening. NEW SOUTH WALESA severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 9.43pm on Tuesday for people in parts of the Blue Mountains and…

Doubts raised on Martin’s aboriginal claim

Doubts have emerged about Shane Martin's claim that he has Aboriginal heritage.The exiled father of AFL star Dustin Martin failed in his bid to return to Australia last weekend, following a landmark High Court ruling that indigenous…

Latest facts and figures on coronavirus

AUSTRALIA'S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS* 15 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia: five in Queensland; four in New South Wales; four in Victoria; two in South Australia* Eight of the earlier cases have recovered, other seven are in a…

Positive signs in global, domestic economy

Some positive signs in the global and Australian economies drove the decision to keep interest rates on hold, the Reserve Bank says.The minutes of the most recent RBA board meeting, which led to the cash rate being unchanged at 0.75 per…

Flawed process in sports grants: inquiry

The public spending watchdog says sports groups have a right to expect fair handing of grant applications.Auditor-General Grant Hehir gave evidence on Thursday on the first day of public hearings of an inquiry into the so-called sports…

Attorney examines court indigenous ruling

The federal government is looking at ways to shore up its ability to deport convicted criminals following a High Court ruling that Aboriginal people are exempt from immigration laws.The court found in a 4-3 majority decision on Tuesday…

Government leader dodges senate sanctions

Pauline Hanson has saved the government's senate leader Mathias Cormann from unprecedented sanctions over the refusal to release a report on the sports rorts saga.One Nation, which controls two upper house votes, made the last-minute…

Tests clear Australian evacuees of virus

The first Australians quarantined on Christmas Island are on course to leave the former detention centre next week with three suspected cases testing negative for the coronavirus.So far, 540 Australians have been airlifted from the…

Auditor to front inquiry into sports rorts

Australia's auditor-general will be the first senior official to shed light on the controversial "sports rorts" scheme at a public inquiry into the scandal.The auditor-general found blatant political pork-barrelling in the Community…

Bushfire protesters descend on parliament

Anjali Brisbane believes losing your house to bushfire in Australia has become a political issue.Her grandfather's property was destroyed when a fireball tore through the NSW south coast on New Year's Eve.The 18-year-old joined a group…

Albanese draws line through coal stations

Anthony Albanese has given his strongest statement to date about the future of coal in Australia.Repeatedly asked if a future Labor government would allow new coal projects to proceed, the federal opposition leader said: "You may as well…
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