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The race for a successful coronavirus vaccine has put biotech investing front and centre, but concerns about access to capital remain.

'Time to shine': New fund Horizon 3 says biotech capital flowing in wake of pandemic

A group of seasoned life sciences investors plan to launch a new fund saying tough economic conditions won't scare Australians from biotech opportunities.

  • by Emma Koehn
Plan for extra time if you're heading to the footy this weekend.
Public transport

State told to slash tram, bus and off-peak ticket prices to avoid crowded trains

Peak-hour tram and bus fares would be slashed and off-peak travel heavily discounted under a proposed overhaul of public transport ticketing designed to drive people away from crowded trains.

  • by Timna Jacks and Danielle Collis
City life

Meteoric rise is talk of the legal fraternity

A speedy ascension to the magistracy has got competitive lawyers chattering.

  • by Stephen Brook and Samantha Hutchinson

The model was obsolete when the project began

Readers discuss the $3.5 billion upgrade to the National Broadband Network.

Dr Peter Walsh.
Coronavirus pandemic

15 minutes to diagnosis: the quick COVID test that could 'change the game'

A Melbourne doctor is in talks with the state government about rolling out nasal swab tests that can identify the coronavirus within 15 minutes.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Noel Towell
We don't know how to get life back to normal.
Coronavirus pandemic

There will be no return to a pre-COVID world; it has changed forever

While the voice of religious communities has gone largely unheeded in recent years, at this time of great fear it turns out religious people are motivated by something positive and inspirational.

  • by Peter Comensoli
French police officers secure the bridge leading to the Eiffel Tower after a phone-in bomb threat.

Eiffel Tower reopens after phone-in bomb hoax

Police cars and tape surrounded the streets below the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza.

  • by Geert de Clercq
COVID-19 has brought closer big questions about death and life’s meaning.
Coronavirus pandemic

Week what? Day what? I’ve lost count

It's just another day in the life of Rona Lockdown.

  • by Aubrey Perry
A late-stage trial of a COVID-19 vaccine will begin soon.
Coronavirus pandemic

Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US

The Johnson & Johnson study starting on Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine trials so far.

  • by Linda Johnson
Christian Petracca (left)
AFL 2020

Petracca crowned Dees' best and fairest

Christian Petracca's breakout season at Melbourne has been rewarded with a maiden best and fairest crown.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Some Victorian families of Port Adelaide players were given exemptions to cross the border into South Australia for the Power's qualifying final.
AFL 2020

'Inappropriate': SA revokes border exemptions for Power players' Vic families

Eleven people from Victoria who are family of Port Adelaide players were wrongly given permission to enter South Australia ahead of the club's qualifying final against Geelong next week.

  • by Scott Spits
Coronavirus pandemic

Extended detention powers are a bridge too far

Planned legal changes that could dramatically increase the number of state officials with the authority to detain people considered a high risk of negligently spreading COVID-19 have rightly caused consternation.

  • The Age's View
The suburb of Werribee in Melbourne one had more than 200 active coronavirus cases, now it has 39.
Coronavirus pandemic

As it happened: Victoria records 15 COVID-19 cases as US death toll surpasses 200,000; Australia secures COVAX agreement as nation's death toll jumps to 859

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 31 million, Johns Hopkins University data shows, while deaths from the virus have passed 966,000.

  • by Craig Butt and Paul Sakkal
Police Minister Lisa Neville.
Coronavirus pandemic

Hotel quarantine inquiry LIVE updates: Lisa Neville, Martin Pakula point finger at Health Department for hotel quarantine procedures

Two key government ministers have pointed the finger at the Health Department, saying it was in charge of Victoria's ill-fated hotel quarantine program.

  • by Marissa Calligeros
Racing NSW chief Peter V’landys is suing the ABC for defamation.
Horse racing

ABC expose could have cost V'landys rugby league role, court hears

The court heard how V'landys was abused for days after the ABC's investigation, with one email sender saying they "hoped his children got cancer".

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Lisa Neville taking an oath on the Bible before giving evidence at the hotel quarantine inquiry.
Coronavirus pandemic

Ministers claim they were in the dark as hotel quarantine program went wrong

Senior Andrews government ministers have admitted they had little or no knowledge of key decisions about the ill-fated hotel quarantine program until after they were made.

  • by Noel Towell and Tammy Mills
Sam Walsh
AFL 2020

Blue Walsh claims coaches' prize

Sam Walsh's burgeoning career has reaped another prize with the Carlton youngster named the AFL Coaches' Association's best young player.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Crown Resorts CEO Ken Barton giving evidence to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority's probity inquiry on Wednesday.

Crown boss withheld 'daily updates' to Packer from other shareholders

The commissioner leading a NSW inquiry into Crown has labelled revelations as 'extraordinarily troubling' as the casino group's CEO conceded he should have told shareholders the truth about financial updates going to James Packer.

  • by Patrick Hatch
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim waves after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
World politics

Opposition Leader Anwar claims 'formidable' majority to govern

If Anwar Ibrahim wins the leadership of Malaysia it would be the culmination of a 22-year-long struggle, including almost 10 years in jail.

  • by Joseph Sipalan
Australian Army soldiers assist New South Wales Police Officers at the Wodonga Place border control point in Albury.
Coronavirus pandemic

Safe for NSW to open up to regional Victoria, experts say

Two leading epidemiologists say it is time to allow residents of regional Victoria to travel interstate, despite Melbourne remaining in COVID-19 lockdown.

  • by Benjamin Preiss and Emma Anvari
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Steve Johnson of the Giants celebrates with team mate Jeremy Cameron after kicking the winning goal during the round eight AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Collingwood Magpies at Spotless Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/AFL Media/Getty Images)
AFL 2020

Coach poach: Johnson leaves Swans to head back to GWS

Steven Johnson will return to Greater Western Sydney next season as an assistant coach after the club swooped to regain their former player.

  • by Andrew Wu
 Westpac will be bracing for a ten-day pitching frenzy from brokers trying to convince it to sell its stake in Pendal Group.
Big four

Westpac closing in on $1b AUSTRAC settlement

Senior figures at the bank held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss a penalty that could exceed $1 billion and surpass CBA's fine in 2018.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Jobs Minister Martin Pakula gives evidence to the hotel quarantine inquiry on Wednesday.
Coronavirus pandemic

Ministers, and Victorians, in the dark on hotel quarantine decision

Police Minister Lisa Neville and Jobs Minister Martin Pakula were not consulted about Victoria's hotel quarantine. Nor did they seek to find out.

  • by Chip Le Grand
Leon Davis (left) with then-teammate Heritier Lumumba in 2011.
AFL 2020

Leon Davis says Collingwood must confront the truth about their past

Former Magpie Leon Davis says the club's review into the environment that existed at the club between 2005-2014 must be part of a bigger reckoning that confronts the truth of the past

  • by Peter Ryan
Olympian Nova Peris in the Senate after she was elected to the upper house in 2013.
Indigenous culture

'Urgent acquisition': Olympian demands government seize copyright to Aboriginal flag

Nova Peris has warned Indigenous communities could turn their back on the Aboriginal flag unless the federal government intervenes to seize the copyright.

  • by Rob Harris
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from hospital after treatment for poisoning.
Putin's Russia

Hospital says Kremlin critic Navalny has been discharged

Doctors said he was well but it was still too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.

  • by Riham Alkousaa
William Wall failed to return home after his daily walk.

Missing teen William Wall found dead, police confirm

A teen missing for more than 30 hours in bushland east of Melbourne has been found dead.

  • by Simone Fox Koob, Rachael Dexter and Paul Sakkal
Minister Paul Fletcher says his department kept him in the dark over the $30 million price tag for a piece of land taxpayers bought near the Western Sydney Airport.
Western Sydney International

'The price was not in the brief': Minister ignorant of $30m paid for airport land

Minister Paul Fletcher says he didn't know his then-department intended to pay 10 times the value for a piece of land owned by Liberal Party donors.

  • by Katina Curtis
A sample of a drugs sent from Melbourne to a Spanish testing lab.
Coroners Court of Victoria

Five young men died from rare synthetic drug cocktail, coroner told

The drugs caused the men to act bizarrely with one falling from a CBD balcony and another suffering a heart attack after running into windows and walls.

  • by Erin Pearson
Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government would try to legislate its preferred ideas from the working groups.
Industrial relations

'Imperfect agreement': Unions and employers end months of talks with no deal

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government will push ahead with ideas it believes will create jobs even without consensus between business and unions.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Greater bilbies are being reintroduced to the wild in NSW after being wiped out by feral competitors a century ago.

Accelerating evolution: greater bilbies will be 'trained' to fear cats

A decade-long campaign to reintroduce small native marsupials to the wilds of NSW has moved a step closer to its goal.

  • by Peter Hannam
William Wall failed to return home after his daily walk.
Missing person

Dad of 'energetic' missing teen asks searchers to approach him calmly

The father of missing autistic teenager William Wall has asked anyone who spots his son to offer him a protein bar and tell him his mum wants to talk to him.

  • by Simone Fox Koob and Rachael Dexter
Mark Butler

'Short-sighted': Mark Butler says no room for gas in Australia's future prosperity

Labor's energy spokesman said coal and gas won't play any part in Australia's future prosperity, stoking growing divisions within the opposition.

  • by Rob Harris
The stranded animals are understood to be pilot whales, a species which can weigh up to three tonnes.

380 pilot whales dead, 30 still stuck after strandings on Tasmanian coast

Earlier, wildlife authorities identified an additional 200 whales offshore - all of which were dead. The finding pushed the total number of whales stranded to 460.

  • by Laura Chung and Mary Ward
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
China relations

China dismisses concerns over human rights abuses tarnishing Winter Olympics

China's Foreign Ministry says many countries approve of its actions, rejecting calls that it should be stripped of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
World politics

Moon proposes regional initiative to tackle health, peace

The South Korean President says the pandemic has highlighted the importance of protecting thy neighbour.

  • by Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge

Judge blasts acting Immigration Minister over 'criminal' conduct

A Federal Court judge has blasted acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge for leaving a man in immigration detention after he was granted a protection visa.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Fremantle's Caleb Serong,
AFL 2020

Is the AFL's Rising Star award too subjective?

Former AFL Rising Star winner Paul Hasleby has suggested the league should consider changing the award's format to make the title less subjective.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Wesfarmers chairman Michael Chaney.

Wesfarmers chairman warns of high unemployment if tax reforms stall

Wesfarmers chairman Michael Chaney has warned if significant industrial relations and tax reforms are not passed Australia will face a future of high unemployment.

  • by Dominic Powell
Yoshihide Suga.
Digital transformation

Suga wants new digital agency to cure Japan's bureaucratic woes

Old systems were blamed for delaying delivery of cash payouts to help citizens withstand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • by Kaori Kaneko
Police Minister Lisa Neville addresses the hotel quarantine inquiry.
Coronavirus pandemic

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos was not briefed on crucial welfare concerns

Health Department boss Kym Peake failed to tell her minister, Jenny Mikakos, about serious welfare concerns held by Victoria's three most senior health experts over the disastrous hotel quarantine system.

  • by Tammy Mills and Noel Towell
Tom Hardy has scored the coveted role of James Bond, if an online blog specialising in Star Trek news is to be trusted.
James Bond

Tom Hardy is the new James Bond? We'll believe it when we see it

The eccentric actor has scored the coveted role, if an online blog specialising in Star Trek news is to be trusted.

  • by Robert Moran
The recession Paul Keating said we had to have has shaped voter perceptions of Labor.
Australian recession

The 'Reverse Bank' has to quickly rediscover the gear stick

When a real crisis is upon us, the RBA is invariably late to the party, writes former prime minister Paul Keating.

  • by Paul Keating
Restaurant owner Michelle Loielo with Liberal MP Edward O'Donohue.
Coronavirus pandemic

Government moves to withhold key curfew advice in legal challenge

Lawyers defending Andrews government in curfew court challenge will withhold documents that reveal why senior government official made the call to extend it.

  • by David Estcourt
Ricky Henderson has announced his retirement.
AFL 2020

Hawks farewell Glass and Henderson, Giants pay Perryman

Conor Glass has ended his AFL career, with the Hawthorn defender to return home to Ireland, while teammate Ricky Henderson announced his retirement.

New Zealand Opposition Leader Judith Collins has focused her attack on Jacinda Ardern in recent weeks.
NZ election

'This is nonsense': Collins on the attack in first NZ leaders' debate

But the opposition is on the defence in the campaign, as it remained 17 points behind Labour in a poll released just before the debate.

  • by Henry Cooke and Thomas Coughlan
Malka Leifer in court.
Please Explain podcast

Please Explain podcast: Israel rules alleged pedophile Malka Leifer can be extradited to Australia

In this episode, Sunday Age editor David King is joined by The Age's investigations editor Michael Bachelard to discuss the likelihood of Malka Leifer's extradition to Australia. 

  • by David King
Westfield operator Scentre has priced its debt market raising
Capital raising

Scentre Group's unconventional $4b option fits the peculiar times

The market expected equity but Westfield operator Scentre Group gave it debt as it shored up its balance sheet during the pandemic. It’s not for everyone, but it will appeal to some in these most peculiar and uncertain times.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Matildas' new away kit will soon be available to purchase in women's sizes.

FFA, Nike find a fix for Matildas away kit own goal

Australia's soccer bosses and kit manufacturer Nike on Wednesday promised fans that replicas of the national team's away shirt would now be available in women's sizes next year after a storm of outrage from fans.

As a pure investment, rough diamonds are preferable to polished diamonds because the market for rough diamonds is very liquid and the buy and sell price is very close, much the same as gold bullion.

Even diamonds are on discount in the coronavirus slump

De Beers has cut prices for smaller diamonds in its latest move to draw customers back to the market after the pandemic froze up trading in precious stones.

  • by Thomas Biesheuvel
Commuters cycle through in Stockholm, Sweden, where COVID-19 cases have begun to rise again.
Coronavirus pandemic

Sweden considers restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise

"The downwards trend is broken," the country's health chief said. "We can only hope this is a blip, that the spread starts decreasing again."

  • by Richard Orange
Australia's women won the T20 World Cup in their last competitive match in March.
Australian Women's cricket team

Lanning's women intent on becoming 'one of the greatest teams that's ever played'

Staying at the top is not the only aspiration for Australia's world champion women's team according to star batter Beth Mooney.

  • by Andrew Wu
Jamal Murray dances down the court after sinking a three-pointer.

Murray, Nuggets hang on to win, cut Lakers' lead to 2-1

Jamal Murray had 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and made two late three-pointers to halt a Lakers charge, helping the Nuggets to a 114-106 victory.

Exhausted players after the final siren of the drawn Grand Final.

From the Archives, 1977: The first VFL Grand Final broadcast live in Melbourne

In 1977, the VFL Grand Final, played between Collingwood and North Melbourne, was televised live in Victoria for the first time. The rights to the broadcast were purchased by HSV-7 for $100,000. The game itself ended in a draw, for just the second time in VFL history.

  • by Ron Carter
Bob Ingham embraces jockey Darren Beadman after Lonhro's victory in the 2004 Australian Cup at Flemington.
Horse racing

'Pioneer and visionary': Octagonal and Lonhro owner Bob Ingham dies aged 88

Businessman and philanthropist Bob Ingham has been remembered as a giant of the racing industry.

  • by Chris Roots
Plenti chief executive Daniel Foggo.

'Nothing to see here': Plenti IPO flops as public awaits inquiry findings

The now-listed solar panel lender has been punished by investors as it awaits the public release of an investigation into improper treatment by a powerful government body.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Florence Pearce: “ran away” by staying home to help on the farm.

‘If you think something is important, you have to have a go’

Gippsland historian and author Flo Pearce, 101, may have quit school quite early, but her lifelong love of learning made her a formidable and knowledgeable student of local history.

  • by Pauline Hitchins
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Amazon forest fires

Bolsonaro tells the world: Brazil is victim of 'brutal misinformation'

Addressing the United Nations, the far-right President said his country was feeding a global population that chose to make it a target.

Michael Hooper.

Rennie wanted Wallabies captain to be one constant in ever-changing world

New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has had months to think about who should lead the side but, in the end, he opted for stability in a year of instability.

  • by Tom Decent
Penrith Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher plans to contact cybercrime experts.
NRL 2020

Panthers call in Seibold's cybercrime experts to investigate 'false' sex rumours

A star player and two staff members are caught up in a rapidly spreading rumour which has forced the Panthers to investigate its origins.

  • by Michael Chammas and Chris Barrett
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says bonuses paid to NBN Co executives are not a matter for the government.

NBN bonuses to executives to be decided by board: Paul Fletcher

NBN Co is poised to pay millions of dollars in bonuses to its senior management, including chief executive Stephen Rue, despite its plans to cut hundreds of staff and a government crackdown on public service pay.

  • by Rob Harris and Jennifer Duke
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves in a prison van after appearing in court in January.
Assange saga

Julian Assange's risk of suicide 'very high', psychiatrist tells court

Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London said he had visited the Wikileaks founder in Belmarsh Prison about 20 times.

  • by Latika Bourke
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signalled he is willing to negotiate with the crossbench on controversial legislation.
Coronavirus pandemic

Andrews open to doing a deal on arbitrary detention laws

Faced with opposition in the state's upper house the Premier has suggested he is happy to discuss changes with independent MPs.

  • by Rachael Dexter
Facebook has been under pressure for the spread of misinformation.
Influence campaigns

Facebook takes down fake pages created in China aimed at US, Philippine politics

Officials said the actions on Facebook so far were small and Beijing had not yet begun to mount a large operation on the US like Russia's this year.

  • by Adam Goldman, Sheera Frenkel and Julian E. Barnes
Myer hasn't issued a sales update since March, leaving investors and analysts in the dark.

Still room for improvement on Myer's board despite cuts, says Wilson

The department store chain has agreed to cut its board of directors by two and slash its board fees in response to pressure from its second-largest shareholder, Geoff Wilson.

  • by Dominic Powell
John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of NSW (left) with Coffs Harbour Nationals MP Gurmesh Singh (centre) with Nationals chairman and former Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser during the 2019 election campaign.
Political infighting

Senior Nationals asked news website to remove party-stacking article

Senior NSW Nationals intervened to block social media circulation of a Sydney Morning Herald article that questioned the eligibility of a party candidate to stand in the 2019 state elections and raised issues of branch stacking.

  • by Peter Hannam
Healthcare workers man a drive-through coronavirus testing facility in Clyde, Melbourne.
Coronavirus pandemic

Falling cases to accelerate Melbourne's road back from restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed more restrictions will be eased this weekend, beyond those he previously flagged, after declaring the state is winning the battle against coronavirus.

  • by Rachael Dexter, Noel Towell, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Michael Fowler
Steve Smith returned from concussion overnight, hitting a half-century in the IPL.

Smith stars in comeback game after concussion

Steve Smith made a winning return from concussion after missing Australia's one-day international series against England.

  • by Andrew Wu
"Even a 50-basis point reduction would still keep the Fed funds rate well above zero," Shelton said.
Federal Reserve

She has Trump's support but Fed nominee's track record raises eyebrows

Judy Shelton's enigmatic background has fuelled concerns about which version of the nominee would show up to the Fed board if she wins one of its seven seats.

  • by Jeanna Smialek and Emily Cochrane
Australia's Patty Mills and a host of international and US NBA stars may have their Olympic plans disrupted.

Basketball Australia watching closely as later NBA season may rule stars out of Tokyo Olympics

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, acknowledging top players could miss next year’s Games.

  • by Roy Ward
The American flag flies at half mast outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
US votes 2020

Pennsylvania Republicans plan to appeal ballot ruling to US Supreme Court

Republicans say they plan to ask the Supreme Court for an emergency stay to block a state court's decision on voting from taking effect in time for the election.

  • by Amy Gardner
Grant Hackett.
Best Games ever

As it happened: Aussies win incredible water polo gold, Hackett goes the distance

Australia's dominance in the 1500m continued at Sydney 2000 but there was a new king in town.

  • by Phil Lutton
Kathmandu has weathered a brutal year at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kathmandu predicts outdoor activity boom after COVID hits sales

Outdoors apparel retailer Kathmandu is hoping its sales will rebound strongly through spring and summer after the company weathered a brutal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • by Dominic Powell
Senator Mitt Romney, pictured, is one of few Republicans in Congress willing to criticise Trump.
US Supreme Court

'We've got the votes': Republicans push to fill Ginsburg vacancy before election

Filling the seat will allow Republicans to lock in a 6-3 conservative majority on the court that would probably take years to reverse.

  • by Matthew Knott
Kobe Bryant, right, and his wife Vanessa Bryant in 2018 at the Oscars.

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorised photos of the crash.

  • by Stefanie Dazio
David Moyes.

West Ham boss Moyes, two players test positive for COVID-19

The London club's medical staff were informed of the test results as the team were preparing for a League Cup match against Hull City.

Pascale Ferrier is accused of mailing a package containing ricin to the White House, with a letter in which she told President Donald Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election".

'I hope you like it': Woman suspected of sending ricin to Trump to appear in court

The letter contained a message to Trump that read, in part: "I found a new name for you: 'The Ugly Tyrant Clown.'"

  • by Christinne Muschi
Carvana car vending machine.
World markets

Father and son used-car sellers get $7 billion richer in a day

Carvana, which sells car out of gigantic vending machines, has yet to post a quarterly profit since going public in 2017, but it's created two of the richest people in America.

  • by Jack Pitcher and Gabrielle Coppola
Safety reviews of coronavirus vaccine candidates will be slowed by the FDA.
US votes 2020

FDA to tighten coronavirus vaccine trial standards before election

The guidance is to boost transparency and public trust as health experts worry the Trump administration might be interfering in approval process.

Former world No.23 Damir Dzumhur won't take the court at Roland Garros.
French Open

Dzumhur, coach taking legal action over French Open COVID-19 test

Petar Popovic, the coach of Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur, says his test was a 'false positive' because he had already contracted the virus earlier this year.

Both personal matters and empirical matters have a role to play in the voluntary assisted dying debate.

'Plainly immoral': Vatican reiterates opposition to euthanasia, assisted suicide

The document highlights what Pope Francis has called a "throwaway culture" seeking easy solutions to alleviate suffering.

  • by Elisabetta Povoledo
Tech giants led a Wall Street rebound on Tuesday.
World markets

ASX set to jump as Amazon surge leads Wall Street rebound

Amazon has been the headline act on a bright session for Wall Street, setting up the ASX for strong gains this morning.

  • by Herbert Lash
Wendy Harris, QC, says unconstrained exercise of powers in the Labor bill could  breach human rights.
Coronavirus pandemic

'Unconstrained powers': Top legal minds warn Andrews government bill enables arbitrary detention

The Victorian Bar has written to state Attorney-General Jill Hennessy expressing deep concern over legislation that would allow non-public servants to detain anyone they suspect may negligently spread COVID-19.

  • by Paul Sakkal, Noel Towell and David Estcourt
This year's ARIAs will take place but without a live audience.

They'll look a little different but the ARIA Awards will go ahead in November

The awards will take place without a live audience for the first time.

  • by Nathanael Cooper
An Italian police officer holds a submachine gun at a roadblock in 2007 near San Luca, a Calabrese town notoriously known as an organised crime stronghold.

'Like water': 'Ndrangheta is top crime group in West, says prosecutor

Giuseppe Governale, Italy's chief anti-mafia prosecutor, said the group was “underestimated” and dangerous because of its ability to proliferate across nations.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testify at a House Financial Services Committee hearing.
Coronavirus pandemic

Fed chair Powell warns US economic recovery is still 'highly uncertain'

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the US economy has a long way to go before fully recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and will need further support.

  • by Christopher Condon

NBN executives eye bonuses despite government pay crackdown

The national broadband network will not rule out paying millions of dollars in bonuses to its senior management.

  • by Jennifer Duke and Rob Harris
Donald Trump delivers a pre-recorded message to the United Nations General Assembly.
Coronavirus pandemic

In UN speech, Trump blasts China for 'unleashing virus plague on the world'

The leaders of the world's two largest economies laid out their competing visions as relations have plunged to their worst level in decades against the backdrop of the pandemic.

  • by Michelle Nichols and Steve Holland
Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by a nurse as she sits at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio in California.
Coronavirus pandemic

'Completely unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone is by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, and it is still climbing.

  • by Carla K. Johnson