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Housing Commission Towers in Flemington that have been locked down due to Coronavirus.
People locked down in their commission flats.
Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions reimposed on Melbourne, Mitchell Shire Council as state records 191 new cases

The NSW-Victoria border will close at 12.01 tomorrow. A travel ban is already in place for residents of Melbourne.

  • by Matt Bungard and Mary Ward
The CFMMEU is pushing for big wage increases for construction workers in NSW.

Builders hit out at 'outrageous' construction union pay push

The CFMMEU wants 5 per cent annual pay rises for construction workers in NSW, but the Victorian branch agreed to 3 per cent.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Could Dockers fans be the only ones left holding tickets to the Derby?
AFL 2020

'Dockers-only Derby' on the cards after ticket suspension leaves Eagles fans hanging

Questions are mounting over whether the Western Derby will be an all-Dockers event, after the 30,000 limit under current restrictions was exceeded in the allocation released to Dockers' VIPs and members on Monday.

  • by Aja Styles
The Tigers and the Bombers could be headed to Darwin.
AFL 2020

Dreamtime game in the NT? Essendon-Richmond clash in Darwin on the cards

A Dreamtime clash between Essendon and Richmond in Darwin is a live option for the AFL’s next fixture block as the league deals with yet another scheduling headache following the announcement that metropolitan Melbourne will return to lockdown.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Coastal towns are worried visitors could help spread the coronavirus, putting extra pressure on their health services.
Coronavirus pandemic

Police to scan number plates, defence roadblocks as Melbourne locks down

Police will use number-plate recognition software to identify where drivers are travelling from, as authorities prepare to enforce Victoria's second wave of lockdowns from 11.59pm on Wednesday.

  • by Bianca Hall and Erin Pearson
Cooks now becomes the sixth contracted player for the Sydney Kings and will join Brad Newley, Craig Moller, Shaun Bruce, Jordan Hunter and Didi Louzada for the upcoming season. 

'Huge for us': Kings avoid rebuild with re-signing of young gun Cooks

Xavier Cooks becomes the sixth player contracted to the Kings next season, alongside Brad Newley, Craig Moller, Shaun Bruce, Jordan Hunter and Didi Louzada.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Coronavirus pandemic

A terrible day for Victoria but decisive action had to be taken

The new and necessary lockdowns in Victoria are a stark reminder that coming to terms with this pandemic will take patience, co-operation and good leadership.

  • The Herald's View
Al-Taqwa College in Truganina has been linked with 90 cases.
Coronavirus pandemic

Senior students behind runaway COVID-19 cluster at Al-Taqwa College

Senior Al-Taqwa College students are said to be main source of Victoria's second-largest COVID-19 cluster, which has exploded from a few cases last week to 90.

  • by Adam Carey
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Coronavirus pandemic

Victoria records 191 new cases of coronavirus

Victoria has recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus, including 37 linked to outbreaks and 154 under investigation.

  • by Aisha Dow and Noel Towell
Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media on Monday morning.
Coronavirus pandemic

Melbourne, some regional areas to re-enter lockdown after 191 new coronavirus cases

Melbourne and several towns north of the city have been ordered back into lockdown for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday as COVID-19 cases continue to soar.

  • by Noel Towell
The sale of Virgin Australia to Bain Capital is being challenged by some of the airline's largest bondholders.

Court documents challenge 'watertight' Virgin sale to Bain

Deloitte has cast doubt on whether its sale of the airline to Bain is as watertight as originally presented, with court documents revealing the deal is conditional and could still be terminated.

  • by Patrick Hatch
DFAT has raised the travel advice for China.

Australia upgrades travel warning for China

Australians living in and travelling to China have been warned they may be arbitrarily detained.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
On Tuesday, 48 documents in relation to William Tyrell disappearance were released.
Tyrrell disappearance

Trove of Tyrrell documents show police doubted evidence of key witnesses

Evidence about cars parked outside the home where William Tyrrell vanished and the recollections of a Kendall man who claimed to have seen him in a car being driven away was doubted by investigators.

  • by Sally Rawsthorne and Laura Chung
Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie
Coronavirus pandemic

Authorities prepare for long queues ahead of Vic-NSW border closure

Long queues are expected to form on both sides of the border of Victoria and NSW after its closure,as authorities scramble to enact a permit system allowing residents to travel between border towns on either side.

  • by Benjamin Preiss
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was not home when the suspect was found on the grounds.
Justin Trudeau

Armed gatecrasher threatened Justin Trudeau: police

Police allege that Corey Hurren brought a prohibited M14 rifle, plus the shotguns and a revolver made by Hi-Standard to the grounds of the PM's residence.

In the Herald

In the Herald: July 14, 1997

Hospital's deadly demolition, national mine dispute: warning, and a beast for all seasons

  • by Brian Yatman
A Muslim man walks past a makeshift memorial on the walls surrounding the Al Noor Mosque following the Christchurch attack.
Christchurch shooting

'Asleep on the job': Police warned of another mosque threat before massacre

The Islamic Women’s Council of NZ says it warned authorities repeatedly about threats to mosques from white supremacists including one on March 15, 2019.

  • by Praveen Menon
Amazon's Tales from the Loop is the most unique sci-fi in years.
The Televisionaries

This strange sci-fi series is one of the best shows of the year

In this week's special episode of The Televisionaries podcast, TV experts from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald discuss their top shows of the year so far. 

  • by Genevieve Rota
Chancal Arokianathan arrives at Downing Centre court on Tuesday, where charges against her were dismissed.

Aged care nurse cleared of assault after tying elderly woman to chair

The lawyer for the assistant nurse said his client deserved to be "congratulated" for her quick-thinking actions that prevented something worse occurring.

  • by Jenny Noyes
Press Conference PHOTOS Supplied by Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment Supplied by Lia Timson 3rd April 2020
Please Explain podcast

Please Explain podcast: Indonesia, the coronavirus hot-spot next door

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire is joined by South-East Asia correspondent James Massola to discuss the challenges Indonesia faces in trying to contain the virus.  

  • by Tory Maguire
The film version of Hamilton (pictured is Lin-Manuel Miranda in the lead role) has people trying to separate about fact and fiction.

FAQ about Hamilton and the historical record

With the filmed version of the hit musical streaming, the critical questions about Alexander Hamilton and the show's depiction of him are back.

  • by Jennifer Schuessler
Graham White outside court in 2019.

Accused toxic fire polluter avoids court appearance because of pandemic

A man linked to one of the worst industrial fires in Melbourne’s recent history has avoided a court hearing into the massive stockpile of chemical waste that sparked blaze.

  • by David Estcourt
The bank's board held rates at the record low level where they have been since late March when much of the economy was frozen to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus pandemic

RBA holds rates as consumers spend on groceries but not services

The Reserve Bank of Australia held rates at the record low level where they have been since late March.

  • by Shane Wright
WA Health Minister Roger Cook gives an update.
Coronavirus pandemic

International arrivals to WA to be capped at 525 passengers a week

International arrivals to Western Australia would be capped at 525 passengers a week, Health Minister Roger Cook announced on Tuesday, after receiving support from the Commonwealth.

  • by Aja Styles
Labor MP Greg Warren is calling for the NSW Auditor-General to investigate the state government's handling of the Stronger Communities Fund.
State Parliament

Auditor-General should investigate council grants, says NSW Opposition

The NSW Auditor-General is facing Opposition calls to investigate the state government's handling of a council grants program that has been slammed as a Coalition pork barrelling fund.

  • by Angus Thompson
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Coronavirus pandemic

Border towns in the dark over permit exemptions amid warning closure will last weeks

The urgent closure of more than 50 road, dirt and river crossings along the NSW and Victorian border is likely to last weeks rather than days as authorities work to stem the growing Victorian outbreak of COVID-19.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Lisa Visentin
Frontline staff at many of Melbourne's major hospitals will now don surgical masks.
Coronavirus pandemic

'Changing circumstances': Melbourne hospital workers told to don masks

In a change to protocol, workers at major Melbourne hospitals are now being advised to wear surgical masks while on duty.

  • by Aisha Dow
It had been hoped the game would be played in front of a packed crowd at Optus Stadium.
AFL 2020

Western Derby ticket sales on hold as government reviews move to next phase

All ticket sales for the upcoming Western Derby have been temporarily suspended, pending the state government’s review of the easing to phase 5 restrictions.

ASIC chairman James Shipton.

Companies must clearly spell out COVID impacts, regulator warns

The corporate regulator has put the hard word on company directors to clearly disclose to investors all positive or negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • by Dominic Powell
On Tuesday morning, emergency services were called to Fadez Barbershop on George Street in Burwood following reports the shop was on fire. 

Damage bill for 'targeted' Sydney barber shop fire put at $500k

About 1.25am on Tuesday morning, emergency services were called to Fadez Barbershop on George Street in Burwood following reports the shop was on fire. 

  • by Laura Chung
Ali Khorami arrives at court on Tuesday.

Doctor who assaulted sleeping patients to remain on bail ahead of sentencing

Ali Khorami, a GP, touched the sleeping women at a Glebe clinic in 2018. A court heard on Tuesday that a custodial sentence is almost inevitable.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
Coronavirus pandemic

NSW Deputy Premier flags 'ring-fencing' NSW-Victoria border towns

John Barilaro says towns like Albury-Wodonga could be "ring-fenced", or the restricted zone could be moved to unpopulated areas south of Wodonga or north of Albury, ahead of Wednesday's border closure.

  • by Sally Rawsthorne
The Wirecard collapse has created a sharper focus on the role of auditors.

Will Wirecard's collapse lead to big changes for the accounting profession?

The collapse of payments giant Wirecard has shone a spotlight on auditors and their role in uncovering elaborate and difficult-to-detect accounting frauds.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
“People are using cards and contactless payments because they don’t want to have to touch anything.": Julien Cornu at his Parisian cheese shop.
Coronavirus pandemic

A fading routine: The world's cash-free future is getting closer

The coronavirus is accelerating a shift toward a cashless future, with attitudes toward coins and brought on by the pandemic is unlikely to be reversed.

  • by Liz Alderman
Charles Leclerc finished second in Austria but Ferrari are still moving up their plans to upgrade their cars.
Formula 1

Ferrari to bring forward F1 upgrades to second Austrian race

Ferrari are planning to speed up the introduction of upgrades to their underperforming Formula One car after a difficult season-opening race in Austria last Sunday.

Belt and Road
Global economy

The UK is playing a dangerous game with China as trade tensions bubble

The once pursued "golden era" of relations with China has given way to the same air of mutual hostility that characterises relations with Russia.

  • by Jeremy Warner
New details have emerged of Addin Fonua-Blake abusing the referee.
NRL 2020

'That is intolerable': V'landys fumes as second Fonua-Blake spray at ref is revealed

New details have emerged of Addin Fonua-Blake's referee abuse following Manly's controversial loss to Newcastle on Sunday.

  • by Adrian Proszenko and Andrew Webster
Police outside the home of Hisham al-Hashimi, where he was shot.
Islamic State

Iraqi terrorism expert shot dead outside home

Hisham al-Hashimi, who advised the US-led coalition in fighting terror, had recently received threats from Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

  • by Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab
Afterpay co-founders Anthony Eisen and Nick Molnar: to "tap into Tencent’s vast experience and network is valuable."

Afterpay founders in $250m sell-off as company announces $1b capital raise

Anthony Eisen and Nicholas Molnar are selling $250m in shares as the company looks to speed up its global expansion after the pandemic delivers a sales surge.

  • by Dominic Powell
Harry and Meghan address the Queens Commonwealth Trust by video.
Royal family

Commonwealth must acknowledge racist past: Harry and Meghan

The Sussexes use their final appearance as working members of the Royal family to address the 'historical injustice' of colonial Britain.

  • by Hannah Furness
Markets have rebounded sharply after hitting their 2020 lows in late March.
Coronavirus pandemic

Wall Street firms scored emergency government loans amid pandemic

Some investment firms, including those that run hedge funds or manage money for wealthy investors, are among the businesses approved for emergency US government loans.

  • by Lawrence Delevingne
Banned from using pro-democracy slogans, Hong Kong protesters are using blank paper to symbolise censorship.
Hong Kong protests

New details emerge on Hong Kong security law as first person charged denied bail

Security forces have overriding authority to enter and search properties, and to stop people under investigation from leaving the city. 

  • by Jasmine Leung and Sophia Yan
The Dakota Access pipeline sparked protests from 2016 onwards.
Environmental protection

In a win for activists, US judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access pipeline

Federal officials failed to carry out a complete analysis of the environmental impacts of the controversial project, the federal judge ruled.

  • by Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis
The pandemic crippled the world economy, and the road back is uncertain.
Coronavirus pandemic

The world economy took the express elevator down, now it faces steep stairs back up

Central banks and governments have poured trillions into the ravaged global economy, but even so, the world is still suffering its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and faces an uncertain road to recovery..

  • by Enda Curran
In volatile or disrupted markets, placements have a critical advantage in terms of speed.

8@eight: ASX set for gains as China optimism drives markets higher; RBA on tap

What happened overnight and what is ahead for the Australian sharemarket.

  • by Kyle Rodda
Patrick Mahomes guided the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
American Football

Patrick Mahomes played NFL for $2.8m this year. His new contract is worth $650m

The man who guided the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl this year is about to throw shade on the previous biggest deal in NFL history.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Tai Wesley of the Phoenix (L) in action during the round 14 NBL match between the South East Melbourne Phoenix and the New Zealand Breakers at the State Basketball Centre on January 05, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

NBL star Tai Wesley announces shock retirement

Tai Wesley had plenty more to give professional basketball but the much-loved NBL power forward has opted against taking his family back to Australia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so has retired.

  • by Roy Ward
Amy Cooper is charged with making a false police report.

White woman who called 911 on black man in Central Park charged

A New York district attorney has charged Amy Cooper with filing a false police report after she falsely claimed an African-American man was threatening her life.

  • by Tom Hays
Mary Trump, the President's niece, and the cover of her tell-all book.
Trump's White House

Mary Trump's explosive book on the President gets early release

After Donald Trump's brother unsuccessfully tried to block the book's publication, Simon & Schuster has brought its release date forward, citing 'high demand and extraordinary interest'.

Amazon shares crossed $US3000 for the first time.
World markets

ASX set to rise as Wall Street jumps; Amazon shares hit record high

Amazon crosses the $US3000 a share mark while Wall Street is boosted on a rebound in US services industry activity in June and expectations of a revival in China's economy.

  • by Caroline Valetkevitch
A man has died after being shot at a home in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Man charged with murder after 'targeted' shooting in Sydney's west

The 28-year-old man allegedly fled the scene after shooting Robert Atkinson, 44, in the garage of his Wentworthville home.

  • by Mary Ward
Britain clears away barriers against Huawei in the West.
Huawei ban

How the US steamrolled Chinese tech giant out of Five Eyes

Huawei has lost the anglosphere. The telecommunications giant that symbolised China's economic rise will no longer build 5G networks across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and now Britain.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Famed investor Warren Buffett built his reputation as an investor able to swoop in during volatile markets to strike unique and complicated deals in past crises.

Crisis investor: Warren Buffett ends drought with $14.3b energy bet

Warren Buffett built his reputation as an investor able to swoop in during volatile markets to strike unique and complicated deals in past crises. Now he has pounced again.

  • by Katherine Chiglinsky
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam.
China relations

British MPs want Hong Kong's Carrie Lam on Magnitsky hit list

Not one organisation or person from China is yet on the list of people and organisations that Britain's new human rights legislation will target.

  • by Latika Bourke
The tie-up comes after a month of frenzied merger talks in the industry as millions of Americans were marooned at home by the coronavirus crisis.
Mergers & acquisitions

Uber buys rival for $3.8b as it makes 'everyday' delivery push

Uber has announced it has acquired Postmates for $US2.65 billion to expand its food delivery market share and significantly increase the business of supplying everyday goods.

  • by Subrat Patnaik and Tina Bellon
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the "Salute to America" event on July 4.
Coronavirus pandemic

Trump under fire as US coronavirus deaths surpass 130,000

The US President has been criticised for suggesting that 99 per cent of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless" as the rate of infection soars across the nation.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Donald Trump also lamended NASCAR's decision to ban Confederate symbols at its events.

Trump suggests NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace should apologise for noose 'hoax'

The US President appeared to urge NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to apologise over an incident involving a noose found in the racecar driver's garage last month, calling it a "hoax".

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in Phoenix in the US on the weekend.
Coronavirus pandemic

Brazilian President tested for COVID-19

Jair Bolsonaro, heavily criticised for not wearing masks in public as the pandemic devastates Brazil, is awaiting test results after local media reported he had symptoms.

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in New York in 2016.
Epstein fallout

Ghislaine Maxwell moved to notorious New York jail

Jeffrey Epstein's long-time confidante has been transferred to a Brooklyn prison known for its problems, facing charges that she recruited women and girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to sexually abuse.

  • by Mike Balsamo
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's handling of council grants fund has been criticised by the Greens and Labor.
Local council

NSW government offered council grant funding to end legal action

The office of Premier Gladys Berejiklian was told about a confidential offer to the City of Parramatta for funding from a community grants program to settle a legal dispute.

  • by Angus Thompson
Australia is set to consider a humanitarian response to China's new security laws.
Hong Kong protests

Australia set to join 'the greatest human capital harvest in recent memory'

A policy to welcome Hong Kong’s high-quality talent will be inherently a self-interested one of national gain.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Victoria and NSW border closed for first time in 100 years
Coronavirus pandemic

'Unprecedented': NSW-Victoria border closed by coronavirus with police on frontline

The NSW-Victoria border will remain closed until the rising number of cases in Melbourne is brought under control.

  • by Alexandra Smith
nobody predicted Australia would have two million households with rooftop solar by the end of 2019.

Renewables confidence rises as solar boom shows no sign of fading

Investor confidence in clean energy has bounced back, led by interest in NSW's new renewables zones, while the boom in solar rooftop installations shows little sign of tapering off.

  • by Peter Hannam
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney with Premier Daniel Andrews at Holmesglen TAFE in 2018. The free TAFE initiative will be expanded.

10,000 new free TAFE places funded as part of COVID-19 recovery plan

Victoria's free TAFE program will be expanded, with 10,000 more places created in fields the Victorian government says will help the state recover from COVID-19.

  • by Adam Carey
Flemington public housing flats.
Coronavirus pandemic

'Confusion and misinformation': Labor wants more health translation services for multicultural communities

Labor is calling on the government to fund a program to make sure Australians who don't speak English as a first language understand vital coronavirus information.

  • by Anthony Galloway
The inner city got its way on the Powerhouse.
City life

In Sydney's west we know all about getting a good haircut, and the Powerhouse backflip fits the bill

Inner Sydney deemed that western Sydney – the country’s fastest growing and most culturally diverse region - could not be trusted as primary custodians of a bold new Powerhouse.

  • by Andy Marks
Annalise McKewen from Gilroy College, Baulkham Hills hopes to get an early offer to university.
Coronavirus pandemic

Early uni offers to target students disadvantaged by COVID-19

Universities are for the first time offering students early entry based on their year 11 work from this year.

  • by Anna Patty
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is presiding over a pokies land grab.

Premier should have acted sooner on Victorian border

With Victoria struggling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak over the past week, the NSW government should have closed the border sooner.

Graeme Thorne - July 1960 kidnapping crime. July 20, 1960.

From the Archives, 1960: The Graeme Thorne kidnapping case

Shortly after his parents won the lottery, eight-year-old Graeme Thorne was abducted on his way to school. He was never seen alive again.

  • by Staff reporter
The local bourse is expected to open lower

AustralianSuper exec warns 'climate laggards' will wither on ASX vine

The chief investment officer of Australia's largest super fund says the pandemic has accelerated a shift to digital that will overhaul the standing of the ASX's biggest players.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Brooke Boney on Q+A.

Brooke Boney slams Pauline Hanson and laments 'distraction' of statue wars

The Today show cut ties with Senator Pauline Hanson on Monday after she said residents in public housing were "drug addicts" and "alcoholics".

  • by Nick Bonyhady
Victoria and NSW border closed for first time in 100 years
Coronavirus pandemic

No way out: Victorians barred from NSW after record infection day

After Victoria's 'second surge' intensified on Monday with 127 new cases, including infections on the border, NSW Police will soon blockade every access point between the states.

  • by Michael Fowler and Noel Towell
The UK Parliament has already used video screens to allow MPs to ask questions in the House of Commons.
Coronavirus pandemic

Federal Parliament prepares for virtual sittings in case of further COVID outbreak

Australian MPs could cast their votes in Parliament over video conferencing as coronavirus lockdowns continue in Victoria.

  • by Rob Harris
The average life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men is about 8.6 years lower than for non-Indigenous men.
Closing the Gap

Commissioner calls for targets to fix Indigenous health 'disaster'

New rural health commissioner Ruth Stewart is calling for measurable, short-term health targets to close the almost 10-year average life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

  • by Dana McCauley
Healthcare workers fear being infected with COVID-19 due to restrictions on who can access protective equipment.
Coronavirus pandemic

Doctors 'bullied' by hospital administration for asking to wear masks

Doctors working in major Sydney and Melbourne hospitals have accused administrators of "bullying" those who demand protective masks.

  • by Dana McCauley
Column 8 granny dinkus
Column 8

A Christmas conspiracy

Santa can't take the heat.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw or recorded the boat incident off shore from La Perouse.

Police appeal for public assistance following drowning of three men after boat capsizes

The three men from Sydney's south were retrieved from the water but they were unable to be revived on Sunday.

  • by Laura Chung
A 35-year-old man has died at a worksite in Smithfield this morning, after a metal beam fell on him.
Workplace safety

Man dies on construction site in Sydney's west

Emergency services were called to Long Street at Smithfield about 11.30am on Monday, but despite the efforts of paramedics, the man could not be revived.

Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli
Cricket World Cup

Axe set to fall on T20 World Cup

An impatient Indian board says it can’t wait any longer to plan this year’s Indian Premier League as the axe hovers over Australia’s doomed men’s Twenty20 World Cup.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Moama Anglican Grammar principal Carmel Spry with students who attend the border school in NSW.

Moama school principal says hard border wall would force remote learning return

The principal of NSW's Moama Anglican Grammar School, whose staff and students come largely from Echuca in Victoria, says it won't be able to reopen unless they can cross the border.

  • by Adam Carey
Police controlling access to virus-hit suburbs may become routine.
Coronavirus pandemic

As the day unfolded: NSW-Victoria border to close as Victoria records 127 new COVID-19 cases; Australian death toll hits 106

Victoria recorded 182 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, placing nine public housing towers into total lockdown and two more suburbs under stay at home orders.

  • by Matt Bungard and Mary Ward