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India flight passenger tests positive in NT

India flight passenger tests positive in NT

One of the passengers on the first repatriation flight from India to Australia since the federal government lifted its ban has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Territory.

America’s unmasking offers Australia a lesson: stop downplaying the vaccines

While Australia has excelled at keeping the virus at bay, it seems to be falling behind the rest of the world in its understanding of what the vaccines can do. 

Federal election hinges on timing, not policy

Both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese have made “off-budget” spending a feature of their budget week pitches.

The Liberal Party wants us to cast our votes in the pandemic age. Labor needs us to do so with that era behind us.

Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly

Columnist and former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

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Energy

Rescue deal for Australian oil refineries saves 1250 jobs

Australian refineries have been battered by a slump in demand and margins during the pandemic.

Ampol and Viva Energy reach a deal with the federal government to continue operating refineries in Brisbane and Geelong for at least another six years.

Wealth divide between young and old narrowed during pandemic

The record gulf between the wealth and wellbeing of the oldest and youngest Australians is shrinking for the first time in seven years.

He’s a Dogecoin millionaire. And he’s not selling

Glauber Contessoto, a Dogecoin millionaire, at his home in Los Angeles

In February, when Glauber Contessoto decided to invest his life savings in Dogecoin, his friends had concerns.

Should the Golden Globes be cancelled?

Where the Oscars were stiff, the Golden Globes were delightfully messy. What went wrong?

Daisy Head and Jessie Mei in Shadow and Bone.

I let Netflix’s shuffle feature decide what I watched. The result was mixed, at best

The platform thinks I’m obsessed with Spanish-language telenovelas and shows about Argentinian BBQ, rather than my true passion: heartwarming sitcoms.

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Trade wars

China’s not winning its trade war with Australia

China’s not winning its trade war with Australia

China hasn’t been able to hurt the Australian producers of the two big commodities that really matter. If this is a trade war, Australia is winning its first phase quite handsomely.

Stephen Bartholomeusz
Stephen Bartholomeusz

Senior business columnist

Snapchat powers up to $6.8m profit as people take to screens during pandemic

The Snapchat app.

Snapchat has turned around its fortunes in Australia, battling TikTok, Instagram and Facebook for market share.

Crown rejects Blackstone offer, still weighing The Star proposal

Crown Resorts has formally rejected an improved takeover offer from US private equity outfit Blackstone, saying it materially undervalues the company.

Why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict exploded again

Flashpoint: An Israeli border policeman swings their batons at Muslim worshippers outside the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday.

A police raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Islam, was one of many actions that led, less than a month later, to the sudden resumption of war between Israel and Hamas.

War? What war? Business as usual as Israel promotes tourism

It’s an odd proposition at an odd time given that major airlines have suspended flights to Israel amid the deadly violence.

How Joel Edgerton’s cruellest role turned into a blessing

Joel Edgerton

The 46-year-old actor was driven to play a ruthless slave catcher in the year’s most anticipated TV series. It may be his defining moment.

Bill Gates’ history of questionable behaviour

On at least a few occasions, Gates pursued women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to people with direct knowledge of his overtures

Composites for men’s style piece by Melissa Singer

The silver fox effect: our obsession with men who age well

Ben Affleck’s rumoured reunion with Jennifer Lopez has reignited interest in men who seem to improve their appearance with age, or a new love.

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 Natalie Battaglia, 37, mum of two boys joins a growing number of people taking a break from alcohol. She has a hobby of making mocktails and has her own mocktail site.

The sliding doors moment that led Natalie to ditch booze in lockdown

A growing number of people are now taking it on themselves to do something about how much – and how often – they drink.

At the height of the UK epidemic, Salisbury’s medieval cathedral was used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

UK warns COVID complacency in winter will ‘bite you on backside’

Victoria’s vaccination program is running well below capacity due to a shortage of AstraZeneca doses and public hesitancy about the locally manufactured vaccine.

Local

Fourteen children, aged between two and 17, have been rescued from alleged child sexual abuse in the Phillipines.

Victorian man arrested over child sexual abuse in the Philippines

Six girls and eight boys, aged between two and 17, were rescued on May 7 and placed in the care of a local social welfare office after Australian police provide intelligence to local authorities.

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Illness

Melbourne’s outer suburbs hit by syphilis epidemic

There has been a rise in syphilis cases in Victoria.

Melbourne scientists will use genomic sequencing for the first time to track fast-spreading syphilis outbreaks running rampant on Melbourne’s outskirts as doctors warn immediate intervention is needed to contain an evolving epidemic of the STD.

Border Force officers find $94.5 million of ‘ice’ inside BBQ grills, water heaters

Police said the crystallised substance returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine.

The shipment, which arrived in Sydney from Thailand, was declared to contain food items and electric barbecue grills.

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Crime

Police probe deaths of two Melbourne women in separate incidents

Homicide squad detectives are now investigating two separate incidents where women were killed in Melbourne.

A 63-year-old woman’s body was found in a South Yarra apartment block, while a 78-year-old woman was found dead in her Chelsea home.

Property industry warns consumers will be hit following property tax hikes

Property industry warns consumers will be hit following property tax hikes

Acting Premier James Merlino said the tax package, aimed at beginning the process of budget repair, was an “appropriate, responsible measure in extraordinary times”.

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Former The Farm owners list their latest reno project outside Byron

Former The Farm owners list their latest reno project outside Byron

They previously turned a modest dairy farm into a Byron Bay restaurant destination, and now they've transformed a run-down camp site. Take a look.

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Sam Kerr tries to keep tabs on Barca goalscorer Aitana Bonmati.

‘Taste of her own medicine’: Barca rub salt into Kerr’s wounds after UCL rout

A two-year-old tweet has come back to haunt the Matildas superstar after Barcelona destroyed Chelsea 4-0 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

‘It gives hope to athletes’: Study reveals brain fades not all down to CTE

A former Australian rules umpire is working on research in the US that offers some reassurance about head knocks in footy.

Blues coach David Teague speaks with Nic Newman during their side’s clash with the Demons.

‘Pretty average by me’: Teague concedes he was wrong to dismiss Cripps injury story

Carlton coach David Teague has admitted he handled a mid-week press conference poorly when he bristled at questions about an Age story that revealed co-captain Patrick Cripps had played through a fractured back.

Toby Greene will miss at least the next month with a shoulder injury.

Giants dealt severe blow with injured Greene to miss four weeks

Greater Western Sydney’s stand-in captain Toby Greene will be sidelined for the next month after suffering a shoulder injury against Richmond.

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‘The finger-pointing is going to go on’: coach responds to Bancroft bombshell

Australia’s bowling coach at the time of the ball-tampering scandal says the finger-pointing will not go away, suggesting that the incident could dog cricket in this country for decades.

Novak Djokovic will chase a 10th Australian Open crown at next year’s opening grand slam.

Australian Open boss insists 2022 grand slam will remain in Melbourne

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insists the tournament will go ahead in Melbourne following a report that said it could be forced offshore because of border closures.

Zach Merrett came under close checking from Fremantle.

Not a great look for the game: Rutten questions Fremantle’s treatment of Merrett

Essendon coach Ben Rutten has criticised Fremantle’s off-the-ball treatment of star midfielder Zach Merrett during the Dons’ seven-point win over the Dockers at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.

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