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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

PM urges states to ease testing rules, sparking more backlash about RATs

The unions say the government should boost rapid antigen test supplies rather than telling companies to use them less often. 

‘In the name of God, go’: Tory heavyweight urges Boris Johnson to resign

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a possible revolt among his backbenchers.

Senior Tory and former Brexit minister David Davis told him to resign for the good of the country.

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Vaccination

Surfer Kelly Slater has ‘no chance of getting in’ if not vaccinated: sports minister

Surfing legend Kelly Slater has expressed scepticism about vaccines, including in social media posts supportive of Novak Djokovic.

In light of the Novak Djokovic saga, the World Surf League has warned unvaccinated surfers will face significant challenges travelling the world.

‘A decision of my own making’: Christensen quits plum role after vaccine slap down

Anti-vax MP George Christensen has resigned from a key parliamentary committee after the PM urged parents to ignore his views on vaccinating children.

Alexander Zverev.

Millman bows out, Zverev on track for breakthrough slam triumph

John Millman hit the ball as well as he has for years. Unfortunately he was hitting it over the net to Alexander Zverev, as the local crowd favourite was beaten by the big-serving German.

To the Max: The numbers behind Glenn Maxwell’s ton for the ages

Brutality: Glenn Maxwell bludgeoned a mind blowing 154 not out in a Big Bash record innings.

With the highest ever individual score in the Big Bash leading the way to the biggest team total in competition history, it just had to be Glenn Maxwell front and centre.

Bring it on: Bol wants Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Peter Bol ( left) and Joseph Deng would welcome the Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne in 2026.

Melbourne stepping in to rescue the Commonwealth Games and host the 2026 edition would be “awesome”, according to Australia’s middle-distance stars Peter Bol and Joe Deng.

Big banks face climate heat over ‘carbon bomb’ gas plant

NAB, Westpac and ANZ have drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists for helping to fund a private equity group’s stake in the expansion of Woodside’s controversial gas plant in Western Australia.

Lawsuit details claims against one of Murdoch’s ‘closest cronies’

Col Allan in Sydney in March 2020.

After a working life that has stretched from the Dubbo Daily Liberal to the New York Post, Col Allan’s career soured this week as he faced accusations of sexual harassment.

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Video games

Microsoft’s historic $96b deal comes with a lot of games - and a spotty reputation

Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot and more will soon be under the Xbox umbrella, along with Activision Blizzard’s tarnished reputation.

Police use GPS, CCTV to track alleged killer to child’s body
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Crime

Police use GPS, CCTV to track alleged killer to child’s body

Following an alleged failed attempt to launch a boat in Sydney, Justin Stein was tracked by police to the Colo River, where Charlise Mutten’s remains were located.

‘They didn’t get it’: ’60s ‘shocker’ Vivienne Binns outlasts her scandalised critics

Vivienne Binns in her Canberra studio: “I can recognise those works that stop at the surface.”

‘Pure obscene horror’ was one reaction to her first solo exhibition. Now recognised as a trailblazer, the feminist artist is enjoying a major retrospective.

Hate poetry? This impressive book might just change your mind

Sarah Holland-Batt offers an indispensable introduction to contemporary Australian poetry.

Sarah-Holland Batt will guide you through the thickets of contemporary Australian poetry.

‘Frankly amazing’: Kata Kita (and its cat robot) brings a taste of Indonesia to the city

Charcoal-licked flavours delivered to your table by a kitten-faced robot make this a destination restaurant, reviews Dani Valent.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022

Aleks Vukic.

Vukic’s ‘dream’ Open ends in second round after straight sets loss

The Australian was never quite able to gain the momentum after Radu Albot got an early break in the first set and never looked back.

Nadal was clinical as he progressed to the third round.

Nadal clinical with straight sets win in pursuit of history

After keeping alive his pursuit of history with another superb display on Rod Laver Arena, Rafael Nadal is feeling footloose and fancy-free.

Local

Texts between Mark McGowan and the WA Attorney-General regarding Clive Palmer’s border challenge will be aired in court.

WA loses bid to keep Premier’s texts about Palmer case secret

Confidential text messages to Attorney-General will be aired publicly at trial.

No other bidders: Melbourne set to step in to host Commonwealth Games in 2026

The Australian team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the MCG.

The state government has confirmed an approach from a desperate Commonwealth Games Federation faced with the embarrassment that no city wants to play host in 2026.

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AFL 2022

De Goey case adjourned, Pies await verdict before making call

Jordan De Goey after an earlier court appearance.

Collingwood will not make a call on Jordan De Goey’s future until his case is finalised.

No cash relief as Omicron spread batters businesses

New coronavirus rules are now in effect across Melbourne and the rest of Victoria.

Experts predict state and federal government will wait before providing more cash assistance to COVID-hit businesses and workers.

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Electric cars

Could cleaner, greener, quieter trucks be part of the supply chain solution?

The Fuso eCanter light duty delivery truck. The manufacturer says its quiet and clean engine makes it well suited to urban deliveries.

The trucking industry is pushing for a plan to make delivery vehicles electric, which it says will allow suburban noise curfews to be lifted and companies to save money.

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OMICRON SPREADS

IVF treatments have been paused amid the crisis in Victoria’s hospitals.

Andrews apologises for IVF pause, says ‘positive news’ very soon

The Victorian move drew a negative reaction from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

As it happened: Victorian minister tests positive for COVID-19

As it happened: Victorian minister tests positive for COVID-19

Employment Minister Jaala Pulford took to social media to announce her positive result.

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Perth house prices could continue to rise as borders reopen.

When WA’s hard border comes down, will property prices go up?

Perth’s house prices could see another small boom once borders reopen and people start to return to the property market.

Bendigo has been attracting tree-changers from Melbourne.

The town where almost every home makes a profit, but not everyone wins

The growth – welcomed by sellers –has made it more challenging for locals to save a deposit as the market runs away on the back of growth driven by tree-changers fleeing Melbourne.

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Sport

The AFL's author of its COVID-19 program has been poached by the NBA.

Footy under the COVID cloud: Half the AFL players in Victoria, NSW, and QLD have had the virus

Close to half of the AFL’s players, excepting those from the two Western Australian teams, have tested positive to COVID-19 over summer.

Brutality: Glenn Maxwell bludgeoned a mind blowing 154 not out in a Big Bash record innings.

To the Max: The numbers behind Glenn Maxwell’s ton for the ages

With the highest ever individual score in the Big Bash leading the way to the biggest team total in competition history, it just had to be Glenn Maxwell front and centre.

Alexander Zverev.

Millman bows out, Zverev on track for breakthrough slam triumph

John Millman hit the ball as well as he has for years. Unfortunately he was hitting it over the net to Alexander Zverev, as the local crowd favourite was beaten by the big-serving German.

Surfing legend Kelly Slater has expressed scepticism about vaccines, including in social media posts supportive of Novak Djokovic.
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Vaccination

Kelly Slater has ‘no chance of getting in’ if not vaccinated: sports minister

In light of the Novak Djokovic saga, the World Surf League has warned unvaccinated surfers will face significant challenges travelling the world.

Meg Lanning (left) and Heather Knights (right) with the Women’s Ashes trophy in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Australia need a flying start in Women’s Ashes, says Lanning

Australia’s women begin their Ashes campaign on Thursday in Adelaide and know how important their upcoming T20 matches are in the context of the series.

Peter Bol ( left) and Joseph Deng would welcome the Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne in 2026.

Bring it on: Bol wants Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Melbourne stepping in to rescue the Commonwealth Games and host the 2026 edition would be “awesome”, according to Australia’s middle-distance stars Peter Bol and Joe Deng.

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